Clockwise from top-left: View of Glasgow Science Centre, Duke of Wellington statue outside Gallery of Modern Art, Royal Exchange Square, cityscape view from The Lighthouse, Gilbert Scott Building of University of Glasgow, Finnieston Crane, Glasgow City Chambers) is the largest city in Scotland, and one of the largest in the United Kingdom.
Historically part of Lanarkshire, it is now one of the 32 Council Areas of Scotland.
Glasgow grew from a small rural settlement on the River Clyde to become the largest seaport in Britain.
Expanding from the medieval bishopric and royal burgh, and the later establishment of the University of Glasgow in the 15th century, it became a major centre of the Scottish Enlightenment in the 18th century.
From the 18th century the city also grew as one of Great Britain's main hubs of transatlantic trade with North America and the West Indies.
We hold internationally important collections of business records covering the whole of Scotland and beyond dating from the 18th century to the present.
These reflect the contribution and breadth of activity that Scotland’s business, industry and enterprise has made, and continues to make, to the world economy.
The Scottish Business Archive covers almost all types of business and industrial activity in Scotland and the UK with over 400 collections from banking, confectioners and distillers to retail, solicitors and undertakers.
Our holdings are particularly strong in relation to industrial concerns in the west of Scotland such as shipbuilding, railway locomotive manufacture, textiles and mining.
They contain a wide variety of records including minute books, financial ledgers, legal documents, marketing material, production papers, staff records and photographs, providing invaluable insights into all areas of business activity.
Further information about the history of the Scottish Business Archive.