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Local History & Local Studies Service

The Cross, Alloa, c.1900
The Cross, Alloa, c.1900

Clackmannanshire Libraries' Local History & Local Studies Service exists to preserve, organise and make accessible printed, photographic and other material relating to all aspects of local life and history. This can involve the mountings of exhibitions, the staging of talks and slide shows for community groups, the tracing of family roots, and the supply of materials for school and college projects. Material is held in a store but can be requested for consultation through Alloa Library at the Speirs Centre.


Some resources that are found in the collection:

  • Books and pamphlets
  • Magazines
  • Annual directories
  • Genealogical and Census material including:
    • local 1841-1901 Census Enumerators' Books on microfilm;
    • International Genealogical Index for Scotland;
    • local Old Parish Registers of Births, Deaths & Marriages on microfilm.
  • Newspapers on microfilm -- including
    • Alloa Monthly Advertiser 1841-1843
    • Alloa Advertiser 1850-1972
    • Clackmannanshire Advertiser 1844-1859
    • Alloa Journal 1859-1972
    • Alloa & Hillfoots Advertiser - Journal [title varies] 1972 to date
    • Alloa Circular 1869-1950 [partial]
    • Wee County News 1995 to date
    • Alva Citizen 1895-1897
    • Hillfoots Record 1900-1916
    • Tillicoultry News 1879-1900
    • Devon Valley Tribune 1900-1967
    • Fifeshire Journal 1833-1870
    • J. Miller & Sons Monthly Advertiser [Dunfermline] 1841-1843
    • Searchlight [miners' magazine] 1925-1926.

There is a major card index to local Alloa newspapers other than the Circular which covers the periods from 1844 to 1982 and from 1986 to 2010.

Photographs and slides

The Walter Murray Local Studies Library holds several thousand photographs and slides of local images and maintains an Illustrations Index of pictures arranged by place and topic.

  • Maps and Plans

Donations of material, whether printed, photographic or on other media, are very welcome.

Clackmannanshire Archives also collects personal papers and records of local organisations.

Related Publications & Documents

Contact information

Library Services
Speirs Centre, Primrose Place, Alloa, FK10 1AD
Tel: 01259 452262 / 450000 Fax: 01259 723365