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Robert Burns Collection

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Illustration of Robert Burns
When The Mitchell Library was founded in 1877, one of the earliest decisions of the library committee was to put together a collection of items relating to Robert Burns as a memorial to Scotland's national poet.  
The Library aims to collect all available works by Robert Burns, about him or anything that was in any way related to him. The Collection is still being added to and now contains over 5,000 items. It is believed to be one of the largest in the world. 
Collection Highlights 
  • over 900 editions of the works including 2 copies of the 1786 Kilmarnock edition and two printings of the 1787 Edinburgh edition
  • 15 original manuscripts in the poet's hand, including the only surviving letter written by Burns in Scots and  the only copy in existence of ‘The Ordination'
  • translations of the poet's works into more than 36 languages
  • ephemera, artefacts and scrapbooks
  • complete set of The Burns' Chronicle
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The Collection is housed in The Burns Room in the older part of the Library which was built in 1911. This area  is not open to the general public but material from the Collection may be consulted during library opening hours. A printed catalogue of the Collection is available and many recently acquired items are listed in the online catalogue.  For more information or to arrange a visit contact Special Collections.