About our collections

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Please click here to view our current list and overview catalogue of our fully catalogued collections.


Please give us a call or e-mail us if you require more detailed catalogue information, e.g. regarding some of your most popular collections which are: 

  • North Lanarkshire Cemetery records
  • Poor law records of the following parishes – Bothwell, Cambusnethan, Dalziel, New Monkland and Shotts (limited Poor Law records exist for Kilsyth and Old Monkland)
  • The records of the Cumbernauld Development Corporation (Cumbernauld New Town)



We hold over 200 collections dating from the 1500s to the 21st century. These roughly fall into the following groups:


Official records:

  • Council minutes of former burghs, wards and district councils
  • Historical records of the Cumbernauld Development Corporation
  • Cemetery records
  • Poor law records
  • School records
  • Building warrant plans


Private collections:

  • Estate papers, including Hamilton of Dalzell, Drumpellier and Cumbernauld
  • Business collections include William Baird & Co, at one time the largest ironworks in Scotland; Anderson Boyes & Co Ltd, producers of mining equipment; and Thomas Hudson & Co Ltd, manufacturers of boilers and structural ironworks
  • Records of societies and clubs reflecting the wide range of political, cultural, social and leisure activities carried out by local people
  • Papers of private individuals and families
  • Large photographic collections covering the entire area of North Lanarkshire
  • An extensive map collection


NHS Lanarkshire Archives

In addition we hold the historical records of NHS Lanarkshire. These include:

  • Alexander Hospital, Coatbridge
  • Bellshill Maternity Hospital
  • Calderbank House Hospital, Baillieston
  • Fairhaven Maternity Home, Lanark
  • Hartwood Hospital, Shotts
  • Law Hospital, Carluke
  • Motherwell Maternity Hospital
  • Roadmeetings Hospital, Carluke
  • Strathcyde (formerly County) Hospital, Motherwell
  • William Smellie Hospital (Maternity Ward), Lanark
  • Various management and board records


Please contact us for more details and access arrangements.