The RNIB started as a charity known as the Edinburgh Society for Promoting Reading Amongst The Blind on Moon's System (a braille-like reading system). The Edinburgh Society helped blind persons who were not living in institutions. The RNIB archives shows that many relied on additional income from various activities such as hawking, knitting, selling tea, housekeeping or music.
The archive collection consists of annual reports and conference reports covering more than 130 years. The aim of the LHSA is to make this collection available to researchers.
The Lothian Health Services Archives can be found at: http://www.lhsa.lib.ed.ac.uk/