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Silver City Vault
Aberdeen Local Studies have developed a new website offering access to a range of our collections to users all around the world - The Silver City Vault contains over a thousand images of Aberdeen, along with over 50,000 records from various sources including our Obituary Index, Marriage Index, List of Paupers, Periodical Index and Newspaper Index.
So, if you are looking to trace an Aberdeen ancestor, search for a specific aspect of Aberdeen history or simply want to browse through our selection of fascinating images from the comfort of your own home - take a trip into the Vault and start exploring today...
Click here to start exploring The Silver City Vault.
Other Resources in our Collections
Books and Pamphlets:
Our bookstock ranges from sixteenth century early printed books to the latest local publications and covers the whole spectrum of local studies:
- Parish and local histories
- Biographies and family history
- Education, literature and architecture
- Local authority minutes and development plans
- Electoral and valuation rolls
Newspapers and Periodicals:
Local historic newspapers are available on microfilm. View or download our leaflet on Newspaper Resources on Microfilm (PDF 2.4M)
- A newscuttings file covering both people and topics was maintained for many years.
- The British Library 19th. Century Newspapers database includes the Aberdeen Journal.
- Various local periodicals, both historical and current, are held, such as The Deeside Field, Leopard Magazine, Northern Scotland and Roustabout.
We hold a complete file of the Aberdeen Post Office Directory 1824-1982 and the Aberdeen Almanac 1753-1933 (early years incomplete), succeeded by the Northern Year Book 1934-1952.
We have a series of maps and street plans of the City, dating from 1661, with harbour, estate and railway plans for North East Scotland. In addition, we hold an extensive range of current and historical Ordnance Survey sheets for the same areas.
Maps can be photocopied depending on size and condition. For Ordnance Survey maps published within the last 50 years, only one A4 copy is permitted.
Please note: We are not permitted to supply OS mapping for the purposes of Planning or Building Warrant application.
Family History Resources:
Visit our Family History page
Publications and Leaflets
Visit Local Studies Publications & Leaflets
Local Studies holds an extensive collection of historical photographs covering buildings, streets and harbour scenes in the City.
Special collections include:
- George Washington Wilson Archive
- A comprehensive record of air-raid damage suffered by Aberdeen during World War Two
- A unique collection of fishing vessels including herring drifters and steam trawlers
- The SCRAN website is an online learning resource base of images and multimedia files on all aspects of Scottish life. The database contains 300 images of Aberdeen from the Local Studies Photographic Archive. Access to SCRAN is in the Central Library only.
Appeal for photographs:
We are always happy to receive donations of photographs and postcards covering Aberdeen and the surrounding area(originals can be copied and safely returned).
All Local Studies books and pamphlets added to stock after 1993 can be found on the on-line catalogue. Go to: Library Catalogue
Items in stock prior to 1993 can be located on the Local Studies Author card catalogue in the Information Centre. Please contact Local Studies if you need to check a title is in stock.
Please note that non-book formats are not included in the catalogues.
View or download our Local Studies Charging Policy - April 2012 (PDF 92Kb) for letter, email and telephone research enquiries.
Please note that no photocopying of Local Studies stock is permitted without first consulting a member of the Local Studies team. Our collections are delicate and must be protected from the damage caused by photocopying. Your co-operation in this matter is greatly appreciated.
Copyright restrictions will apply to some material.
Copies can be made from material held on microfilm but please note that the quality of copies can vary.
We do not operate an advance booking system for the microfilm readers but during busy periods, sessions will be limited to 1 hour maximum
Dedicated PCs provide access to websites relating to family history and local studies information sources. Access is free but print-out costs apply.
We can supply digital copies of photographs from our collection of photographs and illustrations.
Price List for Digital Copies including VAT at 20%
Digital print B&W or Colour
Digital print B&W or Colour
Digital print B&W or Colour
Scan to CD
JPEG file B&W or Colour
£3.50 per image scanned + 50p per disc
VAT is not applied to overseas customers outside the EU.
Written permission must be obtained for the reproduction of any historical images, and a Reproduction Fee of £50.00 is normally payable.
- Monday & Wednesday 9am to 8pm
- Tuesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday 9am to 5pm
Local Studies is located within Information Services on the first floor of the Central Library, Rosemount Viaduct, at the east end of the building. It is fully accessible to disabled visitors via the lift and ramped entrance.
The Central Library is located on Rosemount Viaduct, at the end of Union Terrace, adjacent to St Mark's Church and His Majesty's Theatre. It is approximately 10-15 minutes' walk from the railway station. Car parking facilities are available at the rear of the building at the Denburn Car Park, Skene Street. Charges apply.
- Aberdeen Library and Information Services:
Aberdeen City Council.
Tel: 01224 652512
Fax: 01224 624118
Please remember to include your full name and postal address in any e-mail enquiry to assist us should we need to send you copies of relevant material.
Local and family history related websites
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