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Scotland's Business Archives Survey 2016


In collaboration with the Scottish Business History Network, the Scottish Council on Archives is publishing a report later this year to celebrate the business archive collections held across all sectors in Scotland - archives, museums, libraries, universities, private owners and businesses. The report will help to mark the end of the 5 year national strategy for business archives in Scotland and it is an opportunity to highlight the importance and value of business archive collections to different communities. It will feature:

  • an introduction and overview of the business archive sector in Scotland
  • case studies that showcase interesting projects, partnerships and outreach initiatives
  • statistics on the number of collections deposited and also those rescued
  • images from collections
  • quotations from users of collections about their impact and value


To ensure that the report represents the breadth of activity in Scotland we are looking for information from you that covers the period 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2016. Feedback and comments are most welcome and would be very helpful in creating a report that is representative and celebrates the interesting and innovative business archive collections we all hold. 

The survey shouldn't take most respondents more than 10 minutes to complete. You are able to save and return to your results if you are unable to complete the survey in one sitting. If any of the descriptions or terms used in the questions aren't applicable to your situation, please use the comment/other boxes. Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this survey.

The survey will close on Wednesday 1 June 2016.