May 20, 2022

ProQuest Partnering with National Library of Scotland to Digitize Historical Government Documents

From the National Library of Scotland:

Official papers that provide unprecedented insight into Britain’s 19th-century political history are to be made available online in a project led by the National Library of Scotland and the global technology company ProQuest.

The Library’s collection of 19th-century House of Lords papers is one of the very few surviving copies. They are made up of some 3,000 historic volumes, some of which are in a fragile state. The project will digitise every page and help to protect the original papers, while making the content widely available.

When the project is complete later in the year, it will provide the Library’s registered users in Scotland with free online access to a wealth of valuable and little seen parliamentary documents. Until now they have only been available to researchers visiting the Library in Edinburgh. The content will be provided to other libraries through commercial arrangements with ProQuest.


The final version of a bill passing from Commons to the Lords will also be included in the newly digitised papers. The collection will shed new light on edits and revisions taken by the Lords on these key bills in their last stages of the legislative process and will provide a full study and understanding of this activity. The papers will fill in the gap in how legislation was written, amended, and passed.

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