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History and Archaeology of Asia

Collection Details

History and Archaeology of Asia held at University of Glasgow Library [Institution record]

Description of Collection

Content description

A general collection of books, serials, some microfilms and official publications.

History and development

Reflects the teaching and research interests of the History and Archaeology Departments and some other University Departments, for instance the Institute of Central & East European Studies, as they have evolved during the past 500 years, plus related donations. Areas in which the collection is being developed to meet the needs of recently appointed staff or new teaching and research themes include Landscape Archaeology, the Archaeology of the Near and Middle East and the History of China, Israel and Russia. With the exception of China and Japan, South and East Asia is least well-represented.


The Archaeology collection is particularly strong in foreign language material (particularly German and French), site reports and museum catalogues from the 19th century onwards, particular strengths being Egypt, India and the Near and Middle East, particularly Palestine/Israel. For instance, the library holds the Memoirs and Catalogues of the French Archaeological Mission in Cairo and Persia, American University Museum Catalogues and site reports, serial publications of the American, British, french and German archaeological missions to Egypt and the Middle East, the Egypt and Palestine Exploration Funds, the Archaeological Survey of India. The History Collections are particularly strong on Russia, colonial India, China, Japan, Israel/Palestine, description and travel in the Near and Middle East and North Africa and international relations in East Asia during the Cold War period. The Library holds several titles in the China report series and the Surveys of the Chinese Press. The Israel/Palestine collection, enhanced by official publications, has expanded considerably during the past 2 years and continues to expand.

General arrangement and access regulations

Open access. Catalogued (some material pre-1981 is not on the online catalogue). Printed books are arranged in separate History and Archaeology classified sequences, by geographical area and period. Official publications are held in the Library's Maps and Official Publications Unit.

Subjects of the Collection

Regions of Asia

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


Afghanistan, Algeria, China, Cyprus, Egypt, India, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Vietnam.

Languages of material

English, French, German, Russian.


Archaeology, History, Industries, International relations, Travel, Women.

Collection Material and Size of Collection

Material Types

Archival materials (includes non-published & mixed material), Books, Official publications, Serials, Theses.

Total size of collection

c. 30,000 volumes c. 26 microfilms c. 90 serials

Collection Management Information

The collection is being actively developed, and the average intake has risen.

Annual intake

c. 200

Content date range

1850 to present

Collection Catalogue Information


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