Correspondence, diaries, speeches, library and music inventories, and electronic database of Sir Lewis Robertson. Edit




  • circa 1940-2008. (Creation)


  • 3.48 linear metres (Whole)
    29 boxes.

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  • Language of Materials


  • Scope and Contents

    The collection reflects Sir Lewis Robertson`s personal and business activities during the later years of his life. The correspondence files, 2003-2008, and letter books, 2004-2008, show his active involvement in many charitable and cultural bodies until his death in November 2008. Of particular interest are several volumes of speeches and interviews, 1989-2003, and three diaries, 1978-1980, dated during his time as Director of the Scottish Development Agency. Sir Lewis Robertson kept an electronic database of his many personal and business contacts. He also created a filing system for his personal archive. The last volume of the index covers the period from 1994 until 2003. Other indexes can be found in Acc.12345/189.

  • Appraisal

    The correspondence files have been weeded.

  • Arrangement

    The collection has been arranged into the following series:

    Correspondence files, 2003-2008

    Letter Books, 2004-2008

    Speeches and Interviews, 1989-2003

    Diaries, Scottish Development Agency, circa 1978-1980

    Library Inventories

    Gramophone Records Inventories, circa 1940s-1947

    Electronic Database

    Archive Indexes

  • Related Materials

    See also Acc.11679, Acc.12345 and Acc.12517.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Permission of the donor is required for access to this collection. Contact Manuscript Division staff for further information.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Permission to obtain copies of any material in the collection must be sought from Professor John Robertson.

  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    The collection includes an electronic database. For access to this record please contact the Manuscripts division.

  • Other Finding Aids

    An inventory is available.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Presented, 2009, by Dr John Robertson.30 July 2009

  • Custodial History

    Sir Lewis Robertson died in November 2008. The later part of his archive, comprising mainly correspondence, speeches, diaries and an electronic database, was presented to the National Library of Scotland in July 2009. The original system of arrangement has been preserved with very minor alterations.

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