Photographic Collection in Edinburgh
I have found
that there are lots of old photos and old postcards of streets and buildings in
the centre of Edinburgh, both Old Town and New Town, and the centre of Leith.
photos of other parts of Edinburgh and its suburbs can be more difficult..
there are several large collections of photos held in held in Edinburgh,
a) Edinburgh Central Library. Many
of the photos have now been digitised for the library's Capital Collections web
b) RCAHMS (The Royal Commission on the
Ancient & Historical Monuments of Scotland), now part of Historic Environment
Scotland. Photos from this collection can be viewed by appointment at
RCAHMS or on RCAHMS's Canmore web site.
The RCAHMS collection also includes:
- a Begbie Collection of stereo views from the late 19th century.
- Edinburgh Photographic Society Survey Group photos from the
early 20th century.
- a very large collection of Aerial Photographs
c) Scotsman Publications have many photos
that have been published in The Scotsman and Edinburgh Evening News.
Photos in this collection include newsworthy events, rather than 'straight views
of streets and buildings.
d) Museum of Edinburgh has a collection of
photos, including many of social interest, e.g. Newhaven' Fishwives'
Choir, The Co-op and its workers.
e) National Museum of Scotland has a
collection including workers in some of the rural trades around Scotland.
f) The National Library of Scotland has
one of the Edinburgh Calotype Club Albums from the 1850s