University of St Andrews

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Anderson Collection

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The library of James Maitland Anderson (1852-1927), St Andrews University Librarian 1881-1925, presented by his executors. It consists of c. 1000 vols, mainly published in the 19th and 20th centuries, but with 72 pre-1801, 17 pre-1701 and 2 pre-1601 items. The main subject areas are philosophy, especially the works of Kierkegaard, and education history. There is a strong Scandinavian bias throughout the collection. Anderson's papers are available in the Manuscripts section.

Finding aids

Supported by Revelation and with records created as a part of the Lighting the Past Project, the whole collection is in the library’s online catalogue. The collection consists of 863 volumes. Classmarks for books in this collection have the prefix And and can be found on the online catalogue here.


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Collection development policy

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Current projects

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