Part of our remit in the DIU has been to work through a list of ‘Iconic’ Items from the collection in our spare time. Over the years we have completed the digitisation of some outstanding manuscripts and collections in this way, from the Hill and Adamson photographs (a personal favourite- see http://images.is.ed.ac.uk/luna/servlet/s/jl5w63) to the wonderful Laing Album Amicorum (see http://images.is.ed.ac.uk/luna/servlet/s/6oh338 ).
However, in recent years we have struggled to keep up this work with increasing pressures on our time. So I was delighted when, after a recent review, it was decided that we can dedicate a day a week to the Iconics. Furthermore, the review is also expanding this list from the Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection to incorporate some of the other outstanding collections and archives within the CRC. Priorities for digitisation are also being reassessed and the first step has been to ensure that all items have at least one photograph. Yesterday, colleagues delivered the last items from the Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection so that I could take these record shots. It really was a trolley of treasure!
Amongst other things, Adam Smith’s annotated 1557 copy of Copernicus’ De revolutionibus orbium coelestium, a Hugh MacDiarmid manuscript and perhaps the item that started it all off- Clement Litill’s 1580 bequest charter on which the Library was founded.
Some days (in fact most!) I love my job.
Susan Pettigrew, Photographer