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Subject Source: Local sources
Scope Note: Refers to books containing the daily, personal accounts of the writer's own experiences, attitudes, and observations. (AAT) Use to refer to all personal diaires, whether by a named individual or not. (NLS) .

Found in 2688 Collections and/or Records:

Correspondence, diaries, articles and other papers of or collected by William Laird McKinlay concerning the Canadian National Arctic Expedition and the expedition of the 'Karluk' to Wrangel Island, Russia.

 Record Group
Identifier: Acc.12696/1-67
Scope and Contents

The bulk of the papers in this collection relate to the Canadian National Arctic Expedition, 1913-1918, and the part played in it by William McKinlay and the expedition leader, Vilhjalmur Stefansson. McKinlay's account of his experiences, especially those of being shipwrecked and marooned on Wrangel Island, off the coast of Siberia, were published by him in 'Karluk: the great untold story of Arctic expedition'.

Dates: Circa 1903-1982, undated.

Correspondence, diaries, business, and genealogical papers chiefly of the Richards family of Gardiner, Maine, and of the Ashburner family.

Identifier: MSS.20351-20400
Scope and Contents The Richards family of Horndean in Hampshire began its connection with America in the early 19th century when John Richards opened a business in Boston, Massachusetts. Although his son, Francis Richards, established a manufacturing business in Gardiner, Maine, the family retained strong European ties. The constant coming and going across the Atlantic gives the collection a very cosmopolitan outlook enhanced by the marriage in 1878 of Francis Gardiner Richards to Anne Ashburner whose family...
Dates: 1773-1933, undated.

Correspondence, diaries, literary papers, and photographs, of Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Roderick Oliver, 1921-1944, together with diaries and miscellaneous papers of his mother, Elizabeth Oliver, wife of Major Edward Oliver, Veterinary Advisor to the Indian government, 1905-1946, undated.

Identifier: MSS.24656-24720
Scope and Contents Peter Oliver served with Coke's Rifles during the Second World War until his death on active service in Burma in 1945. Included here are papers relating to his army career. However, he is better known as a mountaineer, and particularly as a member of two unsuccessful Everest expeditions in 1936 and 1938. Climbing regularly in the Himalayas and to a lesser extent in the Alps during the 1930s, Oliver's papers are noteworthy for his detailed climbing journals, his articles on mountaineering,...
Dates: 1905-1946, undated.

Correspondence, diaries, notebooks, literary papers, filmscripts, photographs and personal papers of Tom Weir, explorer, journalist and photographer.

Identifier: Acc.13059/1-500
Scope and Contents Tom Weir is probably best known for his long-running STV series ‘Weir’s Way’. He was born in Glasgow and served in the Royal Artillery during World War II. He worked as a surveyor for the Ordnance Survey before embarking on the career that was to make him a household name. Tom Weir is also notable as a mountaineer. He was a member of the first post-war Himalayan expedition and a number of important exploratory expeditions in Nepal in the early 1950s. He became a...
Dates: circa 1916-2006.

Correspondence, diaries, photographs and other papers of Seton Gordon, including some of Audrey Seton Gordon and their children.

 Record Group
Identifier: Acc.7451 Box 1(1)-[Volume] 21
Scope and Contents

Including diaries, correspondence, photographs, and articles, mainly concerning natural history and piping.

Dates: 1894-1977, undated.

Correspondence, diaries, records of consultation, drafts and typescripts of lectures, articles and papers, and personal papers, of and relating to Dr William Ronald Dodds Fairbairn

Identifier: Acc.13332- is now part of MSS.50100-50251.
Scope and Contents Ronald Fairbairn was born in Edinburgh in 1889 and educated at Merchiston Castle School and the Universities of Edinburgh, Manchester, Kiel and Strasbourg. During the First World War he served as a Territorial in the Royal Garrison Artillery with postings in Egypt and Palestine. He was Assistant Physician at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital for Mental Diseases from 1923-1924 and subsequently forged a career in medical psychology. He produced numerous psychological publications. He married,...
Dates: 1896-2006.

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

Identifier: Acc.13065/1-76
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...
Dates: Circa 1940-2008.

Correspondence, diary, verse and other papers of and relating to John Wilson ‘Christopher North’, author and journalist [1785-1854].

Identifier: Acc.13436
Scope and Contents

The bulk and principal interest of the papers lie in the letters written by John Wilson to his mother, sister Jane and his wife Jane. Many of the letters relate to Wilson’s early life and shed light on his relations with his family, his life as a student in Glasgow and later in Oxford, and also at Elleray in the Lake District.

Dates: 1798-1854, undated

Correspondence, estate, financial, and legal papers of the Hunters of Glencarse and Seaside.

Identifier: MSS.19711-19733
Scope and Contents

The contents consist chiefly of the papers of Charles Hunter, Cadet, of Seaside and relating in particular to the sale of his estates in 1848. Also papers of his son, Andrew Hunter, Coffee Planter, Ceylon. Andrew Hunter's papers are of considerable interest providing some useful material for plantation management and colonial life in the Ceylon of the early 1860's.

Dates: 1685-1890, undated.

Correspondence, four diaries, two photograph albums and other papers of Rawdon Goodier.

Identifier: Acc.11178
Scope and Contents

Concerns climbing in the UK, the Alps and the Andes.

Dates: circa 1950-1983.

Correspondence, notebooks and journals of the Duke of Cleveland, the Earl of Rosebery's stepfather., 1840-1891, undated.

Identifier: MSS.10206-10216
Scope and Contents From the Series: Rosebery, styled Lord Dalmeny from the death of his father in 1851 until he succeeded his grandfather in the earldom in 1868, held various public offices including those of Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, 1881-1883, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, February to July 1886, and again in 1892-1894, and was Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury from 5 March 1894 to 25 June 1895, remaining leader of the Liberal party till 1898.The papers consist chiefly...
Dates: 1840-1891, undated.

Correspondence of Elizabeth Mure., Circa 1817, 1822, undated.

Identifier: Acc.8508/34-35
Scope and Contents From the Collection:

Papers, 19th-20th century, relating to the family of the 7th and 8th Dukes of Argyll especially the circle of Joan Glassel, second wife of John Campbell, 7th Duke of Argyll, and her children and grandchildren.

Dates: Circa 1817, 1822, undated.

Correspondence of the family of John Campbell, 7th Duke of Argyll.

Identifier: Acc.8508/1-57
Scope and Contents

Papers, 19th-20th century, relating to the family of the 7th and 8th Dukes of Argyll especially the circle of Joan Glassel, second wife of John Campbell, 7th Duke of Argyll, and her children and grandchildren.

Dates: 1778-1942.

Correspondence, reports, lectures and other professional papers of James R Erskine-Murray, electrical engineer and inventor; with some notebooks, diaries and other papers of members of his family.

 Record Group
Identifier: Acc.5900/1-76
Scope and Contents

Including lecture notebooks, copies of lectures and reports, and drafts of articles.

Dates: 1745-1961.

Correspondence, speeches, diaries, photographs and papers of Alastair Trevor Clark, mostly relating to his work as a civil servant in Nigeria, Hong Kong and the Solomon Islands.

Identifier: Acc.12598/1-56
Scope and Contents

The papers concern Alastair Trevor Clark’s writing and colonial duties from the beginning of his career in 1949 until the end of his professional career in 1990. They relate to colonial relations within Nigeria and other countries including Hong Kong and the Solomon Islands. The papers comprise letters, manuscript, articles, printed material, maps, government documents, despatches, press cuttings, photographs and reprints of articles.

Dates: [1923]-2005, undated.