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Hunterian Collection

Collection Details

Hunterian Collection held at University of Glasgow Library [Institution record]

Description of Collection

Content description

A fine eighteenth-century library of printed books and manuscripts, including many oriental manuscripts.

History and development

Collected by Dr William Hunter (1718-83), anatomist, teacher of medicine, Physician Extraordinary to Queen Charlotte, and collector of coins, medals, paintings, shells, minerals, and anatomical and natural history specimens, as well as of books and manuscripts. Under the terms of Hunter's will, his library and other collections remained in London for several years after his death - for the use of his nephew, Dr Matthew Baillie (1761-1823) - and finally came to the University in 1807.

Strengths

Includes Arabic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish manuscripts; Chinese block-books and manuscripts.

General arrangement and access regulations

Closed access.

Subjects of the Collection

Regions of Asia

Central Asia and the Caucasus, East Asia, Near & Middle East and North Africa.

Languages of material

Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Persian, Turkish, Ottoman (1500-1928).

Subjects

Anthropology, History, Language, Literature, Medicine, Religion, Travel.

Collection Material and Size of Collection

Material Types

Books, Manuscripts, Visual materials (includes photographs, prints, drawings, videos & films).

Total size of collection

10,000 printed books. 650 manuscripts.

Size of collection - vernacular

Approximately 150 manuscripts.

Collection Management Information

The collection is not being actively developed.

Content date range

0 to 0 AD

Collection Catalogue Information

Catalogue

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