At this website, visitors can enjoy selected digitized images from the collections of St. Andrews University Library, which, in its own words, "holds one of the largest and most important collections of historic photography in Scotland", due in part to the friendship between Sir David Brewster (Principal at St Andrews from 1838 to 1859) and pioneering photographer William Henry Fox Talbot. The digitized collection includes over 1000 images created by Talbot, including portraits of David Brewster, and plates from Talbot's book, "The Pencil of Nature". Other early photographers in the collection are Dr. John Adamson, David Octavius Hill, Robert Adamson (Dr. Adamson's younger brother and student), and Thomas Rodger. The web-accessible portion of the collection is currently a small percentage of the 300,000 items in the collection; however, St. Andrews plans on adding to it "until virtually the whole collection will be searchable from remote sites."


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