Aberdeen CIty and Aberdeenshire Archives: Old Aberdeen House branch

About this Resource

Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Archives houses the records of Aberdeen City Council and its predecessors dating back to the twelfth century. In addition, the Archives currently administers the records inherited by Aberdeenshire Council.

The holdings also include the records of local businesses, churches, charities, voluntary organisations and individuals, and the Assessor’s records for the Grampian Joint Valuation Board. Some records are held under the Charge and Superintendence of the Keeper of the Records of Scotland. Public access to the archive's collections is facilitated in our Town House and Old Aberdeen search rooms.

Our major holdings at the Old Aberdeen House branch are:
• The surviving records of local government administration in the former counties of Aberdeen, Banff & Kincardine and 19 burghs across Aberdeenshire
• School and education records for Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire
• Poor relief records
• Architectural collections: Aberdeen City Building Warrant collection, and collections of architects George Bennett Mitchell and Duncan and Munro
• Records of a number of Episcopalian and Methodist congregations in both the City and Shire
• Private records of individuals and businesses including Richards Limited
• Assessed Tax rolls for Aberdeen County 1799-1831
• Valuation Rolls and Registers of Electors
• Records of Grampian Police and predecessor police forces.

The website provides additional information about the collections, access to the online catalogue and indexes and transcripts of certain records.


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Resource Details

Resource Type



Agriculture & Horticulture
Architecture, Surveying and Town Planning
Business & Commerce
Ecclesiastical & Religious
Gender & Women
Medicine & Public Health
Social Work

Geographical Coverage



Open to public: see website for opening hours

Online Availability

Onsite access only

Official Records

Electoral Roll
Valuation Roll


Old Aberdeen House
Dunbar Street
AB24 3UJ
Entry last updated: June 25th, 2018

Please note that links to websites and catalogues are provided by the Organisations listed and not maintained by Scottish Local History Forum.