University of St Andrews

University Library Special Collections



Business records

Images of our Business records collection

Special Collections holds significant collections of local business archives. Some were given to us on the liquidation of the business, other businesses are still going and have deposited their historical records for safekeeping.

Many are solicitors' records: a valuable resource for names, house histories, property and financial transactions. They may also contain personal papers of individuals.

There are also papers from businesses connected with engineering, ship-building, furniture making, paper-mills, publishing, pharmacies, architects, auctioneers and others.

Other business records are held within personal papers collections, i.e. Tullis Russell paper mill records are in the David Russell collection, while Davidson & Baxter are within the papers of James Houston Baxter.

Visit the Business Archive Council and Business Archive Council Scotland website for help researching business histories.

Manuscript or muniment?

Not quite sure what the difference is? Learn about how to distinguish between our different archival collections.

Collection development policy

Discover how the Special Collections Division makes decisions on the development of its manuscript and muniment collections.

Current projects

Read about the exciting projects the Archive team is currently working on, and those that have been completed recently.