Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives exists to collect, preserve, promote and provide access to the historical records of Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council, together with other significant records relating to North East Scotland. By doing this, the Archives aims to support the culture, heritage, economy, and communities of North East Scotland; and the ongoing business of Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council.
What we do
We provide an important service to members and officials of Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils while maintaining public access to our collections through our searchroom services and outreach activities.
We ensure that the records are housed in secure accommodation under suitable environmental conditions on our two sites - the Town House and Old Aberdeen House. Fragile material is protected and stored appropriately and conservation of documents is undertaken by specialists when required.
The records are sorted and catalogued by us and made available to the public in the searchrooms. Our Online Catalogue has detailed descriptions of many of our collections and is continually updated so remember to keep checking back. Collection level descriptions of some of our records are also available on the Scottish Archive Network (SCAN).
For more information about how to access our records or obtain copies, see our How to access our records page. Search room staff are available to help with queries during opening hours, or you can Contact the Archives with your queries by phone, email or letter. If you're unable to visit we offer a paid research service. Details of our charges are available via our Table of Fees or on request.
We have also been involved in a number of Collaborative Projects to open our collections up to new audiences.
We are happy to discuss further deposits of records of historical significance. Please see our Advice to depositors for more information.
News & events
To keep up to date with our news and events, you can;
- Check our our Archive Service Blog, our Criminal Portraits blog and the Aberdeen Harbour Board Project blog
- Sign up to the Archives Newsletter
- Follow AbdnArchives on Twitter
- Like our Facebook page: Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives Facebook
- Find us on Instagram at Aberdeen City and Shire Archives
Reports and policies
Our annual reports detail the work Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives have undertaken during that period.