The Museum does not collect written material unless it is related to objects in the collection. A few reference items which are used to assist in the administration of the Museum and research are however retained and these are listed below. Visitors to the museum may view these on request.

  • AARON, H. Street Furniture. Shire Publications Ltd, 1987
  • ANDERSON, J.K., HAMILTON J.A.K et al. Forth Road Bridge. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Volume 32, Issue 3, 01 November 1965, pages 321 –512.
  • BAKER, B. The Forth Bridge (Read at the British Association Montreal 1884). Bedford Press, London 1884.
  • BAXTER, C. The Forth Bridge. Colin Baxter Photography Ltd, 1999
  • BENNETT, J.A. & BROWN, O. The Compleat Surveyor. Whipple Museum of History and Science, Cambridge, 1982.
  • BRITISH ROAD FEDERATION. Report of the London Conference Organised by the British Road Federation, 1956. British Road Federation, 1956
  • BUCK & HICKMAN LTD. General Catalogue of Tools and Supplies for all Mechanical Trades. Buck & Hickman Ltd,1958.
  • CAMERON, A.D. The Caledonian Canal. Melven Press, Perth, 1983.
  • CLENDINNING, J. Principles and Use of Surveying Instruments. Blackie & Son Ltd, 1950.
  • COOKE TROUGHTON & SIMMS Ltd. Surveying Instruments (Catalogue and price list). COOKE TROUGHTON & SIMMS Ltd, York, 1975.
  • CRISWELL H. Highway Spirals, Superelevation and Vertical Curves. The Carriers Publishing Co Ltd, 1958.
  • DINNIS F.R.. A Catologue of the Exhibit Early Uses of Concrete in Edinburgh Roads which includes a selection of Surveying Instruments and an Ediograph in use c. 1872. The Institution of Municipal Engineers, 1972.
  • EDINBURGH CITY LIBRARIES. The Forth Rail Bridge 1890-1990 – A Commemorative List. Edinburgh City Libraries, c.1990. (A list of resources held by Edinburgh City Libraries or available on request.)
  • DONALDSON S.J. (Ed). Forth Bridge: Restoring an Icon. Lily Publications Ltd (for and on behalf of Network Rail and Balfour Beatty), 2012.
  • (THE) FEDERATION OF CIVIL ENGINEERING CONTRACTORS. The British Civil Engineering Contracting Industry Illustrated History. The Federation of Civil Engineering Contractors. London 1956.
  • FORTH BRIDGES FORUM. The Forth Road Nomination for inclusion in the World Heritage List. Historic Scotland, January 2014.
  • FORTH ROAD BRIDGE JOINT BOARD. The Forth Road Bridge. FORTH ROAD BRIDGE JOINT BOARD, undated. (Donated by Mr Jonathan Lang 2014/005.)
  • FORTH ROAD BRIDGE JOINT BOARD, SCOTTISH DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT, et al. Forth Road Bridge. Unknown publisher, unknown date.
  • FORTH ROAD BRIDGE (LOCAL AUTHORITIES) JOINT COMMITTEE. The Economic Justification for the Forth Road Bridge. Forth Road Bridge (Local Authorities) Joint Committee, July 1936.
  • FORTH ROAD BRIDGE (LOCAL AUTHORITIES) JOINT COMMITTEE. The Traffic Case for the Forth Road Bridge. Forth Road Bridge (Local Authorities) Joint Committee, July 1936.
  • FORTH ROAD BRIDGE (LOCAL AUTHORITIES) JOINT COMMITTEE. Historic Statement as to the Ferry at Queensferry. Forth Road Bridge (Local Authorities) Joint Committee, July 1936.
  • GRAHAM, A. Archaeology on a Great Post Road. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland Session 1962-63, Vol XCVI pp 318-347. National Museum of Antiquities of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1965.
  • HALDENS OF MANCHESTER. General catalogue of Survey Equipment / Vernier Theodolites / Mining Traverse Outfits / Levels and Accessories. J Halden & Co Ltd, Stockport, unknown date.
  • HALL, W. On the Floating Railways across the Forth and Tay Ferries; in Connection with the Edinburgh, Perth and Dundee Railway. Minutes of the Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Volume 20, Issue 1861, 01 January 1861, pages 376 –384.
  • HAMMOND, ROLT. The Forth Bridge and its Builders. Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1964.
  • HOLBRO. 1969 Drawing and Surveying Apparatue Catalogue No 8. Lonsdale Universal Ltd, Cheltenham, 1969.
  • HUTTON, G. Scotland’s Millenium Canals – The Survival and revival of the Forth & Clyde and Union Canals. Stenlake Publishing, 2002.
  • HOUSE, J. Robert Paterson Builder 1827-1977. Robert Paterson Construction Ltd, 1977.
  • INSTITUTION OF CIVIL ENGINEERS. Shaping the World – Two Hundred Years of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Artifice Press Ltd, 2018.
  • KENTLY, E & HULSE, R. Brunel’s Great Eastern, The Brunel Museum, 2016.
  • JAMIESON, A. Elementary Manual on Applied Mechanics, Charles Griffin, London, 1900.
  • MACKAY, S. Bridge Across the Century The Story of the Forth Bridge. Moubray House, 1990.
  • MAIR, C. A Star for Seamen : The Stevenson Family of Engineers. John Murray (Publishers) Ltd, 1978.
  • MILLER, G. Samuel Brown and Union Chain Bridge. Friends of the Union Chain Bridge, Horncliffe, Berwick-upon Tweed, 2018.
  • MOTHERWELL BRIDGE HOLDINGS LTD. Motherwell Bridge The First Hundred Years. Motherwell Bridge Holdings Ltd, 1997
  • NEWMAN, B. A Work of Titans / A History of the Swan Hunter Floating Cranes, Titan, Titan II & Titan III. Brian Newman, 2012.
  • NORTH OF SCOTLAND HYDRO-ELECTRIC BOARD. Constructional Shemes. North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board, 1949
  • PAXTON R. An appraisal of Dalhousie iron viaduct (1830-46) on the Edinburgh & Dalkeith Railway extension. Heriot-Watt University: Civil and Offshore Engineering, 1998.
  • PAXTON R. An Engineering Assessment of the Kilmarnock & Troon Railway (1807–1846), in Guy A. & Rees J. Early Railways. London: The Newcomen Society. p82-102. 2001.
  • PAXTON R. Creation of the Bell Rock Lighthouse 1807-11. History of the Built Environment Lecture, School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University, 29 October 2010.
  • PAXTON R (Ed). Spanning the Centuries – An anthology of essays reflecting the influence and heritage of the UNION BRIDGE to celebrate its Bicentenary 1820 – 26th July – 2020, The Friends of the Union Chain Bridge, Berwick-upon-Tweed, 2020.
  • PAXTON, R. & SHIPWAY, J. Civil Engineering Heritage Scotland – Highlands and Islands. Institution of Civil Engineers, London, 2007.
  • PAXTON, R. & SHIPWAY, J. Civil Engineering Heritage Scotland – Lowlands and Borders. Institution of Civil Engineers, London, 2007.
  • PAXTON, R.A., Kerr, J and McBeth, D.G. Our Engineering Heritage. Three Notable Examples in the Edinburgh Area. Dean Bridge / Leith Docks / Forth Rail Bridge. The Institution of Civil Engineers (c. 1979 [undated]).
  • PAXTON, R (Ed). John Rennie Civil Engineer. Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, 2011.
  • PAXTON, R. Dynasty of Engineers – The Stevensons and the Bell Rock. Northern Lighthouse Heritage Trust, Edinburgh, 2011.
  • PAXTON R et al. Thomas Telford 250 Years of Inspiration. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, May 2007, Volume 160, Special Issue One, 2007
  • PHILLIPS, P. The Forth Bridge in its Various Stages of Construction and Compared with the Most Notable Bridges of the World. R Grant & Son, Edinburgh, 1890. (This item is entered in the museum catalogue as 2013/025.)
  • PICKWORTH, C.N. The Slide Rule. Pitman and Sons Ltd, 1955.
  • REECE, N.E. Surveying and Levelling for Builders. George Newnes Ltd, London, 1950.
  • SHIPWAY, J.S. The Tay Railway Bridge 1887–1987 a review of its origin. The Institution of Civil Engineers : Edinburgh and East of Scotland Association, June 1987.
  • SHIPWAY, J.S. Tay rail bridge centenary – some notes on its construction 1882-87. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Part 1, Volume 86, December 1986, pages 1089-1109.
  • SOCIETY OF CHIEF OFFICERS OF TRANSPORTATION IN SCOTLAND. A History of the County Surveyors’ Society in Scotland 1931 – 1996. Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland, 2004.
  • STIMSON, A.N. & DANIEL, C.StJ.H. The Cross Staff Historical Use and Modern Use. Harriet Wynter Ltd, London, 1977.
  • TAWSE & ALLAN CE. The Old and New Bridges over the River Don at Inverurie 1791 and 1924. D Wylie & Son, Aberdeen, 1925. This book belonged to James H Davidson ARIBA FRIAS and was donated to the museum in January 2019 by his son Hamish Davidson.
  • TWEEDALE, G. Calculating Machines and Computers. Shire Publications plc, undated.
  • WALKER, M & HARRISON, J. “P.I.C.” Slide Rules Book of Instructions for the Standard, Rietz and Engineers’ Patterns with log-log scales. Booklet 3660 PIC Slide Rules, undated.
  • WARD, TW Ltd. Rails and Rail Accessories. Thomas W Ward Ltd, Albion Works, Sheffield, Undated (c.1965).
  • WATT, D. The Queensferry Crossing Vision to Reality. Lily Publications, Ramsay, Isle of Man, 2017.
  • WESTHOVEN, W. The Forth Bridge. Engineering, January 1890. (This item is entered in the museum catalogue as 2014/008.)
  • WHITELAW, J. Surveying as Practised by Civil Engineers and Surveyors. The Technical Press Ltd, London, 1947.