Echoes from the Vault is the official blog of the Special Collections of the University of St Andrews. Here you can find posts about unique or exciting finds amongst the vaults in our day-to-day work, bringing to light voices that have remained quiet for many years. This blog will also feature news and events happening within the Special Collections Division and the University Library.
The Special Collections Division of the University of St Andrews is composed of four main collections: Manuscripts, Muniments (the insitutional archive), Photographs (over 700,000 images) and Rare Books (over 200,000 volumes). As libraries themselves are experiencing their largest sea-change since electronic cataloguing was introduced, special collection departments are slowly becoming what defines one library from another. It is our hope that we can reawaken the potential of these books, manuscripts and photographs as research and educational resources by getting them in the hands of students, staff and researchers.