The National Register of Archives for Scotland (NRAS) was set up in 1946 to compile a record of collections of private papers in Scotland, to encourage their care, and to make information about them available to researchers
Over 4,300 lists or 'surveys' have now been added to the Register. These surveys describe papers held by private individuals
and families, landed estates, clubs and societies, businesses and law firms. The NRAS does not hold any of these private papers.
The Register also includes surveys of similar papers which have been deposited in the archives and libraries of local authorities and universities. In addition, the Scottish Archive Network (SCAN) provides access to the holdings of more than 50 Scottish archives.