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Ledgers, notebooks, literary correspondence and audiovisual and printed material of Alasdair Gray.

Identifier: Acc.13416/1-100

Scope and Contents

Literary papers of Alasdair Gray, including ledgers and notebooks used for journal entries, drafts of letters and poems, working notes and illustrations. Literary papers and correspondence include material relating to 'A life in pictures' (Canongate, 2010) and 'Every short story' (Canongate, 2012). The collection of CDs and DVDs includes scans and drafts for these works as well as 'A Gray play book' (Luath, 2009).

There is also a small collection of printed material, mostly comprising copies of works with covers designed by Alasdair Gray or copies of periodicals and other collections with contributions by him.


  • Creation: 1909-2012.


Conditions Governing Access

Normal access conditions apply. Access to items 1-11 (notebooks and ledgers) was previously restricted until after the deaths of Alasdair Gray and Morag McAlpine, unless with Alasdair Gray`s permission. Owing to technical requirements some media are not currently available for consultation. For further information contact the Archives and Manuscript Division (

Conditions Governing Use

Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.


100 Folders

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented, 2013, Alasdair Gray, Glasgow.


Some published material, mainly translations of works by Alasdair Gray, has been transferred to General Collections.

National Library of Scotland Catalogue of Manuscripts
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Finding Aid Prepared Using Local Descriptive Rules
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Repository Details

Part of the National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division Repository

Archives and Manuscript Division
National Library of Scotland
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