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In recognition of the essential restrictions and measures imposed by the Scottish and UK Governments, we have closed all sites, depots and offices, including the HES Archives and Library, with immediate effect. Read our latest statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Understanding collection records

We archive using the General International Standard of Archival Description - ISAD(G) for short.

It will vary but this is the kind of information you will find on a collection record:

  • Where an item is a copy of another, a link to the record for the original. For example, when a physical manuascript has been scanned and digitised.
  • Non-digitised items are available to view in our Search Room or can be "Digitised On Demand" for a fee.
  • Wherever possible, we provide a digital file for you to download. We are working hard every day to digitise more of our collection so it is accessible online to all.
  • Related information pulled from other parts of our catalogue.
  • Links to galleries or projects this item appears in.

To help you we have created a glossary of our vocabulary used on this website.

If you have a question about a collection or a record please contact us.

You can add to our records by contributing your own text. Register for a MyCanmore account to get started.


Help Topics

Help is available on the following items. Please click on the relevant link below to read more. If you cannot find what you are looking for please contact us.