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Correspondence, teaching materials and papers of Tom Gourdie, mostly concerning the teaching and promotion of handwriting.

 Record Group
Identifier: Acc.12817/1-94


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1783, [1930]-2004, undated.


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1.77 Linear metres (13 boxes + 2 oversize boxes + 4 tubes)

Language of Materials



The arrangement largely follows that in which the material arrived and a volunteer worked on the listing of the collection in 2007, hence the high level of detail in some of the descriptions.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented, 2007, by Tom Gourdie's heirs, through the good offices of Gibson and Spears, Dow and Son, Kirkcaldy.

Related Materials

Acc.9136. Correspondence, drafts, notes and other papers of Tom Gourdie, mostly concerning calligraphy and handwriting.

Separated Materials

With the papers came Tom Gourdie's extensive and international collection of books and pamphlets on the subject of handwriting. These have been transferred to General Collections to form a Special Collection (shelfmark Gourdie.).

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Repository Details

Part of the National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division Repository

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