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Papers of and concerning Edith Macarthur, actor, including playscripts, production photographs, press cuttings and programmes.

Identifier: Acc.13182/1-88

Scope and Contents

The papers span Edith Macarthur's long career on stage and screen. They include playscripts, photographs, programmes and reviews of many of the plays in which she featured, along with some scripts and other memorabilia relating to her wide range of television work.


  • Creation: 1942-2006.


Conditions Governing Access

Normal access conditions apply.

Conditions Governing Use

Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.


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The arrangement is chronological, in separate subseries under Theatre, Television and Radio, with miscellaneous press cuttings, programmes and other items completing the collection. Shows which are represented only by a programme have not been individually listed, but the programmes remain with the collection and are catalogued in the Libary's Scottish Theatre Programmes database (see 'External Documents' link).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented, 2010, by Edith Macarthur, Edinburgh.


The selection process was undertaken in Edith Macarthur's home in 2010. The only items which were not retained in Acc.13182 were the theatre programmes for shows which Miss Macarthur had seen but in which she had not performed. These were treated as donations to the Library and any not already in the Library's collection were retained. Duplicate items were returned to Miss Macarthur.

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Repository Details

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

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