Aspect: Access to Scottish Parliamentary Election Candidate Materials

Dawson, Alan Aspect: Access to Scottish Parliamentary Election Candidate Materials., 2002 [Newspaper/magazine article]


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In recognition of the significance of the first elections to a Scottish parliament for almost 300 years, the Andersonian Library at the University of Strathclyde started a campaign to collect literature from the election - the newsletters, leaflets, postcards and other ephemera produced by candidates and political parties. Staff and students of the University were encouraged to intercept these materials on their journey from letterbox to bin, and to bring them to the Library for archiving and future research. This initiative was never going to be 100% successful, but the Library did manage to acquire literature from around 70% of constituency candidates (234 out of 339) and for 18 of the 19 registered parties that contested the election.

Item type: Newspaper/magazine article
Keywords: digitisation, Glasgow Digital Library, Scottish Parliament
Subjects: J. Technical services in libraries, archives, museum. > JG. Digitization.
Depositing user: Emma McCulloch
Date deposited: 11 Sep 2009
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:15


1. A full transcript of the opening proceedings is available at:

2. Aspect is available via

3. A detailed analysis of the election results is available in House of Commons research paper 99/50, available at This provides statistics about parties and constituencies, but names of candidates were assembled from a range of other sources, including the source material for the Aspect collection.

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5. The Victorian Times project offers an examination of the social, political, and economic development of Great Britain in the Victorian era. Initial digitised content is available via

6. The Glasgow Digital Library is a collaborative project that seeks to create, collect and provide access to digital content that is about Glasgow, in Glasgow or for Glasgow. The initial GDL project was funded for two years by the Research Support Libraries Programme. The GDL is now available as a user service via


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