The theses have initially been uploaded in a bulk import and will be redistributed by cataloguing staff to appropriate collections before the next upload in August.They all date from 1900 to the present day and include handwritten and typewritten PhDs; all typed theses have been OCR-ed and are searchable by keyword.
The collection covers a broad range of academic subjects, ranging from explorations of disease through to microbiology, chemistry and histories of the Middle East. Some of the most popular, and slightly unexpected, topics include:
- Potatoes (Some physico-chemical characteristics of the potato tuber; and Effect of cultural treatments on the growth and yield of the potato crop)
- The perils of drink (Unit for the treatment of alcoholism : an evaluation of the response of alcoholics treated by a specialised clinic; and Epidemic arsenical poisoning in beer-drinkers: a clinical and public health study)
- Sheep (Behaviour of Scottish blackface sheep and their preference for different swards as observed on a hill pasture in south east Scotland)
We will continue to add more theses to the collection throughout the project – access them all at: https://www.era.lib.ed.ac.uk/handle/1842/15956