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University of Edinburgh. Faculty of Arts (university faculty)



The Faculty of Arts was constituted in 1708 with six professors. This system of teaching replaced the 'Regent system' where a single teacher conducted a class through the whole curriculum. Now, there were Professors each taking a particular subject. The subjects in the Arts Faculty were Latin, Greek, mathematics, logic, moral philosophy, natural philosophy and English literature. The teaching of rhetoric was added in 1762.

On 15th April 1777, the minutes for the first meeting of the Faculty of Arts state that "for the future, The Faculty of Arts shall keep their own Minutes of Records as a Branch of the University". Other Chairs were created as follow: Astronomy (1786); Agriculture (1790); Engineering (1868); Geology (1871); Sanskrit (1862); Political Economy (1871); Education (1876); Fine Art (1880); Celtic (1882).

In 1816, an Ordinance provided for graduation with Honours. A student completeing an Ordinary Degree could offer himself for a further or Honours examination in one of four departments: Classical Literature, Mental Philosophy, Mathematics, or Natural Science. This last option was new and included Chemistry, Geology, Zoology and Botany.

The Faculty of Science was constituted in 1893, and the Arts Faculty was reconstituted with fifteen Chairs including History which was then about to be founded.

Found in 16 Collections and/or Records:

Arts Faculty Block D - William Robertson Building and David Hume Tower, 1964

Identifier: PJM/PJMA/EUD/B/6.5.2
Scope and Contents

9 copy architectural plans (60cm x 85cm), formerly stapled together, showing interior detail and podium plans for the University of Edinburgh Arts Faculty Block D (later the William Robertson Building and David Hume Tower). In addition there is a sheet of pencil and tracing paper draft sections undertaken by Percy Johnson Marshall & Associates.

Dates: 1964

Arts Faculty Block G feasibility study, 1965

Identifier: PJM/PJMA/EUD/B/6.5.5
Scope and Contents

20 copy architectural plans (60cm x 85cm) by Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall and Partners showing a feasibility study for the University of Edinburgh Faculty of Arts Block G which was never built. There are floor plans and block plans for both phase I and phase II at podium and subpodium level all at 1/16" to 1' scale. There are also parking plans and a site plan.

Dates: 1965

Faculty of Arts, 1777-2002

 Sub-subfonds — Box EUA-A-38 - 41
Identifier: EUA IN1/ACA/ART
Scope and Contents Minutes, 1777-2002 Boards of Studies, 1892-1964 Unsorted material The followimng material has yet to be sorted and numbered.Box: George Square, new buildings (Block D, Block F), 2 files,1960s Linguistics laboratory, 1 file, 1961-62 Constitution and Structure Committee, 1 file,...
Dates: 1777-2002

Faculty of Arts: photograph, 1921

 Item — Folder ā€˜Eā€™ Accessions:- E80/95 (L37.34.4.2), E80/203, E82/52, E80/256 (L37.34.4.2); Plus:- Faculty of Arts 1921, EY/SRC Fitzroy Bell Celebrations 26 Feb 1937.
Identifier: EUA CA1/FA1921
Scope and Contents

Group photograph of staff and students

Dates: 1921

Faculty of Arts: photograph, 1923

 Item — Folder Unframed accessions from L37.15.5.4 and L37.15.5.5:- Acc 97/003, Acc 99/013, Acc 99/044, Acc 01/014, Acc 07/025
Identifier: EUA CA1/FA1923
Scope and Contents

Group photograph of staff and students.

Dates: 1923

Faculty of Science and Engineering, 1865-1996

Identifier: EUA IN1/ACA/SCI
Scope and Contents
  1. Minutes of the Science Degrees Committee and Faculty of Science (1865-1996)
  2. Correspondence about examinations (1864-1945)
Dates: 1865-1996

File Series 'A', 1833-1987

Identifier: EUA IN1/ADS/SEC/A
Scope and Contents Files in 13 subseries: Faculty of Arts (1872-1977) Bequests (1912-1987) Faculty of Divinity (1927-1984) Faculty of Law (1919-1958) Lectures (1885-1965) Faculty of Medicine (1833-1971) Miscellaneous (1884-1981) Faculty of Music (1891-1954) Faculty of Science...
Dates: 1833-1987

George Square redevelopment, 1960-1973

Identifier: PJM/PJMA/EUD/B/6
Scope and Contents George Square redevelopment consists of: general correspondence, (1969-1973) Civic Trust Award, (1969) reports, (1960-1973) general photographs, (1965-1967) plans: faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, (1964-1966) plans: landscape and streetscape, (1964-1965) plans: faculty of science, (1963) ...
Dates: 1960-1973

George Square Redevelopment: aerial photographs, 1965-1967

Identifier: PJM/PJMA/EUD/B/6.4
Scope and Contents 14 black and white photographic prints showing George Square in Edinburgh. 2 of these have been printed in a publication: 1 photograph of University of Edinburgh's Appleton Tower under construction, with cleared sites to the south and east of the square (61cm x 40cm), (1965) 1 photograph of the completed University of Edinburgh Main Library and Faculty of Social Sciences precinct, in the...
Dates: 1965-1967

George Square Redevelopment: faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, plans, 1964-1966

Identifier: PJM/PJMA/EUD/B/6.5
Scope and Contents plans: tentative planning proposals: Arts and Social Sciences Precinct, (1964) plans: Arts Faculty Block D - William Robertson Building and David Hume Tower, (1964) plans: sketch layout of Windmill House area, (1964) plans: Podium edge details - blocks C, D and E, (1966) plans: Arts Faculty Block G feasibility study, (1965) ...
Dates: 1964-1966