Collections database

To search the database, click here or use the search box at the top of this page and select “catalogue” from the drop down menu.  Please note that the database will open in a new browser window.

The archive database contains descriptions of collections held across the Outer Hebrides by public authorities, historical societies, community archives, businesses and private individuals.  Descriptions range from full catalogues to broad overviews of collections.  Significant archive collections relating to the Outer Hebrides held on mainland Scotland and elsewhere are also included. 

The database does not include every collection or archive repository in the Outer Hebrides.  Archive collections from repositories already included as well as new additions are being added regularly.  If you have any specific queries, please contact us.

Accessing collections

The collections are physically located across the Outer Hebrides.  Each description has a link to contact details for the host archive where the collection may be accessed. 

Searching the database

Enter your search term into the box at the top of each page of the www.tasglann.org.uk website and select catalogue from the drop down menu then select go.

This will open a new browser window where the result of your search will be displayed in the main database. Throughout the main database, a search box for quick searches is available at the top of the screen.

Browsing descriptions

The contents of the database can be browsed by category.  This can be useful if you are trying to get a flavour of the type of material that is held. Browse options appear on each page of the catalogue underneath the main search box. 

Collections can be browsed in the following ways.

  • Collections

This allows you to see the title of every archive collection held in the database.  You can select a collection to see its full description at collection level.  If a full catalogue is available, this will shown by a structure chart on the right hand side of the screen under “Collection”

  • Names

This is an index of personal, family and corporate names that feature within the database.  Names have been indexed against individual documents and collections where possible but individuals names mentioned within a volume, such as rentals or inventories, have not been individually indexed within the database.  Clicking on a name in this list will show you all the collections to which the name has been indexed which you can then explore. 

  • Places

Place names linked to individual archive collections have been indexed and can be browsed.  Although the index is in English, Gaelic spellings have been cross-referenced so a search for “An t-Ob” or “Obbe” will retrieve “Leverburgh”. 

  • Subjects

Subject terms for each collection have been added and can be browsed here.  These can be quite generic but can be useful if you have particular topic or research area in which you are interested.

  • Archives & museums

This option allows you to browse a list of all archives repositories and museums who have archives included in the database.  Clicking on an individual name will show you all the collections included in the database held by that particular organisation. 

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