National Records of Scotland

Preserving the past, Recording the present, Informing the future

Contact NRAS

Contact NRAS

National Register of Archives for Scotland logoThe National Register of Archives for Scotland (NRAS) locates and surveys historical papers held in private hands in Scotland and liaises between the researchers and owners regarding access. The NRAS maintains a register which includes surveys, or catalogues, of Scottish collections of papers of private individuals and families, landed estates, clubs and societies, businesses and law firms. The NRAS does not hold any of these private papers.

The NRAS can help with your research enquiry if it relates to private papers held in private hands or deposited in the archives and libraries of local authorities and universities.

The NRAS can also provide advice free of charge to owners of private collections on all matters relating to the care, storage and listing of collections.

Contact us

National Register of Archives for Scotland,
HM General Register House,
Princes Street,
Email: [email protected]
Tel: +44(0)131 535 1405
Fax: +44(0)131 535 1430

Making enquiries

The NRAS can answer specific enquiries regarding the existence of papers relating to a particular person or topic, but cannot undertake research on behalf of enquirers.

Please note

  • The NRAS does not hold any of the papers listed on the Register
  • Where papers are held privately, apply for access as early as possible
  • The normal procedure is to consult private papers first before requesting copies

For further information please consult the NRAS for researchers page.

Comments and suggestions

The NRAS would be interested to receive your comments and suggestions about our services either by email or by post and we will use this feedback to improve our services.