World War One
Finding primary source material in Special Collections
Material relating to 6th Battalion Cameron Highlanders
Including diaries, reminiscences and letters from the front:
MS Gen 1376 &
MS Gen 532:
MS Gen 1517/1: correspondence from 1917-18, to his mother, describing
military training in Cambridge and elsewhere and war service in France;
comprises of 76 letters, 10 postcards, & 1 letter journal.
MacCallum Scott papers
Alexander MacCallum Scott (1874-1928) was Secretary of the League of Liberals against Aggression and Militarism, and Secretary of the New Reform Club before becoming Liberal M.P. for the Bridgeton constituency of Glasgow in 1910. During the First World War he was Parliamentary Private Secretary to Winston Churchill. The papers include correspondence with constituents and contemporaries, drafts of speeches, and political diaries:
MS Gen 1465 (items 5-9 particularly relevant, being his political diaries from 1914 to 1919).
Protective coloration of ships
MS Gen 1302: collection of typescript documents relating to the
protective coloration of ships etc. in the Great War, compiled by Sir John
As well as those collections mentioned above, war touches on and is
mentioned in the letters and papers of most of those people alive during the
period. For example, a series of letters from the composer Gustav Holst (MS
Gen 1350) includes some from his time in Salonika in 1918, while those
letters written 1914-18 in a collection of correspondence from the Edinburgh
schoolteacher Christina Hunter Lawson (MS
Gen 525) provide a civilian's viewpoint of the war experience. There is
therefore much more material of relevance than it is possible to list here.
Since most Glasgow University Library stock is available via on-line
catalogues, this material is easy to trace independently:
Unpublished material (including photographs, typescripts etc) is indexed on the Special Collections manuscripts catalogue.
Some search strategies: -
NB: Use the Word (or Phrase) in Description box for keyword-type searches; note, however, that the manuscripts catalogue is not subject indexed, and successful searches therefore rely upon matching words that have been used in the descriptions section of the record (tip: be prepared to try different keywords and synonyms).
Records for all the printed material held in the library are indexed on the main library catalogue, with the usual fields to search (author, title, keyword etc); this catalogue includes printed books in Special Collections and material held in the library's remote store (housing lesser used material, including many books of relevance published at the beginning of the twentieth century).
Use the Advanced Keyword Search option to limit searches to material held in Special Collections and/or by date:
I am always happy to try and help locate relevant material and advise on
best use of the collections: