Abertay University Archives

Dundee Technical College Graduation showing a Graduand being capped 1967

Welcome to the Abertay University Archives

The University is currently closed, following UK and Scottish Government instructions on Covid-19. It is not possible to make archive appointments at this time, but please contact us at archives@abertay.ac.uk about your query.

We collect and preserve the historical records of the University, and other archive collections of historical significance that relate to the University and its objectives.
The archives are free to use and open to everyone - members of the public, students, alumni and staff. People visit for all sorts of reasons: academic research, family history, local history, and even to inspire creative projects.

If you'd like to donate collections or memories to be held in trust by the Archives Service you can do this at our Archives Submission Page

Please explore the archive in the pages and image gallery below.


Current Projects

Abertay 25 - a project that helps the Dundee community explore its rich history through the University archives. Find out more.

Memories Re-Animated - a project to collect and share memories of the people that made Abertay University. Find out more

First of Abertay's Firsts - part of Abertay 25. 25 innovations and changemakers who deserve to be celebrated. Find out more.​

Archives Submission Page - it's now possible to donate archives or memories to be held by us in trust through a special page on this site. Find out more.

Find out more about what we do, and how to book an appointment.

Our Records

Records and collections relating to the University and its predecessor institutions going back to 1887.

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Donating Collections

How to donate collections to the University Archive.

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Visiting the Archives

How to arrange an appointment to visit our unique Archive collection.

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Contact the Archives

How to contact the University Archives.

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Explore the Archives


Archivist's Blog: Annie Keir Lamont and Emergence Annie Lamont was a former student at Abertay who went on to become a prominent Dundee politician. Our Archivist explores her life and the message she left for the future. Find out more here.  

Archivist's Blog: Abertay and Nursing Our Archivist delves into our history with developing Scotland's first science-based nursing degree. Find out more here.

Archives Colouring Activity The archive collections include a 1907 art nouveau style design for tiles in what is now Old College on Bell Street. The design has been turned into a  colouring activity that you can download here.

Abertay 25 Plaque Design Competition You can find information and guidance on designing a plaque for our First of the Firsts competition here.

Archivist's Blog: The Day The Sex Pistols Played in Dundee  Our Archivist discovers some "anarchy in the archives" as he delves into our history of inviting up and coming bands to play here. Find out more here

Archivist's Blog: First World War Heroes of Abertay For Armistice Day 2019 our Archivist looked into the lives of some former staff and students who fought and died during the First World War. Find out more here