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The Survey of Edinburgh, 1887-1919, bulk: 1900-1905

Identifier: Coll-1167/B

Scope and Contents

This series contains the material extant from the Survey of Edinburgh undertaken by Geddes, Mears and others between c. 1890 and 1910. The Survey of Edinburgh also formed part of Geddes' Cities and Town Planning Exhibition. The Survey of Edinburgh exhibit was claimed by Geddes to be a "developed example of the Methods of Survey of Cities (Scottish, English and others) in progress for some years at the Outlook Tower, as applied to (a) to the teaching of Civics and (b) to Collegiate developments and City Improvements. Its as affording evidence of the necessity, practicability, and fruitfulness of a clear understanding for earch town and city (a) of its geographical situation (b) of its developing (and corresponding decline) at each important phase of its history from the earliest to most recent times." Extract from the Preliminary note by Patrick Geddes for the Catalogue for the 'Cities and Town Planning Exhibition' in Dublin, 1911, p. 35.


  • Creation: 1887-1919
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1900-1905

Language of Materials

From the Fonds:








208 illustration : maps, plans, engravings, lithographs and photographic prints

332 Photographic Prints

284 35mm photographic film negatives

276 glass plate negative


Coll-1167/B/1-25 are organised in sections according the catalogue sequence in the "Cities and Town Planning Exhibition", Dublin, 24 May - 7 June 1911, and largely represent many of the exhibits as they would have appeared in Geddes' replacement "Cities and Town Planning Exhibition". Coll-1167/B/26-30 contain the glass plate negatives made especially for Geddes' photographic Survey of Edinburgh, and subsequent photographic prints, film negatives, contact prints, and duplicate prints created from the glass plate negatives. Coll-1167/B/31-32 contain other photographic prints from the Outlook Tower collections which relate to Edinburgh, including those that were taken during the 1980s of the 'Geddes Trail'.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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