Local and Family History

Local and Family History

A wealth of materials and services for genealogical and local history enthusiasts.

Local History Centre

The library has a collection of over 20,000 items, including books, pamphlets and directories relating to the City of Dundee and surrounding areas. Read more ...

Newspapers and Periodicals

An extensive collection of newspapers and periodicals dating from 1803.

Photopolis

Over two thousand photographs of Victorian and Edwardian Dundee, supplemented by eight hundred images from the Lawson Brothers' unique sketches of pre-improvement Dundee. Some of these show aspects of the city dating back to mediaeval times. Read more ...

Bygone Dundee

A place to share memories of old Dundee. When you visit the Bygone Dundee website you will find it is packed full of articles, reminiscences and photographs of Dundee over the last century, much of it taken from materials housed in the Local History Library. Read more ...

Streetwise

What's in a name - street names can provide one of the most important clues to the history of an area. Where did the names come from? What does this tell us about the past? Read more ...

Panoramic View of Old Dundee

Found in the archives of the Local History Centre, Central Library this panorama shows images of old Dundee. Read more ...

Charles Lawson Collection

The Lawson Collection of sketches and drawings of mid 19th century Dundee is one of the most significant events in recent Dundonian history. Read more ...

Lamb Collection

A Unique resource of 450 archive boxes of ephemera, dating mainly from the latter part of the nineteenth century. Read more ...

Family History Collection

Including the International Genealogical Index for Scotland and Old Parish Registers and census returns for Dundee and some surrounding areas. Read more ...

Tay Rail Bridge Disaster

A wealth of maps, plans, books, documents, drawings and photographs on the two Tay rail bridges. Read more ...

William McGonagall

A wide-ranging collection of works by and about McGonagall. Read more ...

Mary Slessor - 'Mother of All the Peoples'

Internationally renowned missionary. Read more ...

Sir James Ivory

Celebrated mathematician. Read more ...

James Bowman Lindsay

Pioneer of electric lighting and wireless telegraphy. Read more ...

Rare Books and Manuscripts

Dundee possessed one of Europe's earliest municipal libraries. Read more ...

Dundee and the Tay in the Second World War

There is a widespread if erroneous perception that the Second World War largely bypassed Dundee. In fact nothing could be further from the truth! Read more ...