The University of Edinburgh’s Digital Imaging Unit has undertaken a pilot project to digitise the collection of Scottish Court of Session Papers held across The Advocates Library, The Signet Library and The University of Edinburgh.
Comprising some 6,500 volumes, the collection spans 300 years as well as various sizes, condition and the occasional surprise thrown in. The pilot project has taken an evaluative sample of these volumes to establish the best methods to resolve potential difficulties a larger project will encounter.
To find out more about this project, and see photographs detailing a few of the challenges ahead for the Unit, please read this excellent blog post by the Unit:
Our group will certainly be following with great excitement in how the project progresses.
For a little more information about Session Papers:
Session Papers are documents used in the presentation of cases in the Court of Session, Scotland’s supreme civil court. They are the written pleadings of contested cases, plus associated documents… The papers often include non-legal documentary exhibits such as drawings, plans and maps.
Session papers are of great interest and use to law practitioners, law academics and researchers as well historians and sociologists. The collection has been referred by the Historiographer Royal in Scotland as “the most valuable unstudied source for Scottish history … in existence” (Faculty of Advocates, Session papers collections).