The Royal Scottish Academy
library contains an eclectic mix of books and catalogues on the
fine arts and architecture. Its particular strength is in Scottish
material of the 19th and 20th centuries, and it contains a complete
set of RSA Annual Reports and Annual Exhibition catalogues.
The Royal Scottish Academy archive contains documents pertaining
to the RSA as an organisation such as the Minute Books of Council
and Assemblies, the Registers of the RSA Life School and photographs
of many of its members. The archive also includes an extensive
letter collection, dating from 1826 onwards. In addition the archive
holds documents relating to other Edinburgh based art organisations,
such as the Academy of St. Luke and the Society of Artists, and
also an extensive collection of letters, documents, photographs
and memorabilia relating to the painter, William Gillies.
The Royal Scottish Academy does not provide a valuation service.
The Royal Scottish Academy library, archive and art collections
may be consulted by researchers on weekdays, 10.00 - 13.00 and
14.00 - 16.30. Space is extremely limited and it is essential
to make an appointment in advance by writing to the RSA, Modern 2,
73 Belford Road, Edinburgh EH4 3DS.