Our collections

Welcome to the gateway to the RSGS collections. The RSGS has been acquiring materials since its foundation in 1884, particularly with reference to Scotland and to those parts of the world with which Scots have been associated. The collections are ever increasing mainly through generous gifts and donations. We provide a number of ways to access them through this website; please follow the links below.

If you have further queries regarding the collections please contact us at collections@rsgs.org, please see details of arrangements for access and enquiries.


Search the collections using our custom designed database. This facility allows you to search for items by geographical location, title, author, publisher, date etc. More items are being listed daily, so please visit again.

Detail taken from a map of Scotland by N. Visscher, 1689
Detail taken from a map of Scotland,
N. Visscher, 1689

Online Image Gallery

View digital images of selected gems from the RSGS collections. Each image comes complete with an explanatory text below it.


The RSGS holds records relating to its own history and development and those of other organisations with geographical links. Information on these archives has been recorded using the specialist software, Heritage Document Management System (HDMS), whose use is kindly permitted by the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre.

Collections in Focus

Find out in more detail about some of the collections and their creators from the experts who have had the opportunity to examine them.

Physical Access to Our Collections

In 2011, our collections moved to a new purpose-built collections area within our headquarters in Perth. Details of access arrangements are available.