The Collection of General Photographic Albums (collecting area)Record level Collection
The University's Photographic Albums Collection contains some of the earliest Sottish photographs in the world. Many of these early albums were created in and around St Andrews and represent the earliest development of photographic practice. As objects, the albums document the evolution of the cultural practice of consolidating and consciously organising views into groups and narratives for the sake of documentation, history, self-representation and representation of contemporaneous socio-cultural values. From the 1840s to the later part of the 20th century, these photographic albums document not only an inward view of Scottish and English families and their regional interests but also an outward view of travel and expeditions wherein photographers often worked from differing perspectives as well as backgrounds. In addition to containing images created by the owners of the albums, often such albums function as showcases for purchased images used to illustrate particular interests, subjects of study as well as commercially produced tourist views of distant lands and cultures.
ca. 1850 - 1975