Commonplace book: written, compiled and illustrated by David Robert Robertson, Dundee, 1912-1913, 1914. [453pp]  Dedicatory bookplate in pen and ink by the author: "To Helen [his daughter] and Naismith [possibly his son-in-law] from D.R. Robertson 1936", [perhaps on their marriage]. David Robert Robertson (1870-1949) was a Dundee jute merchant, botanist, antiquarian and mountaineer. He was a keen churchman with a great knowledge of the Highlands and a talent for sketching. While his 'Commonplace Book' is entitled Illustrations of Scottish Flora chiefly of Forfarshire and Fifeshire, it comprehends a great deal more, as well as some material into 1914. There is internal evidence [30pp] that he may have planned publication at least in part, particularly of some illustrations included in it. The book consists mainly of Robertson's transcripts of poems, articles, and miscellaneous writings, watercolours of local flora and pen and ink drawings of local places of natural, historic and other interest mainly in the Dundee area reaching back towards the Sidlaws and Glamis but also extending south across the Tay, for example to Balmerino, Tentsmuir and Strathmiglo. The natural history subjects treated, articles and illustrations, include bees, birds, butterflies, flowers, insects of other varieties, mice, snowfalls and shipwrecks. There are five sizeable researched articles with related sketches and other materials on the following Scottish authors and naturalists: - William A. Baillie, George Don, William Gardiner, Thomas Ormond and William Robertson. In addition, Robertson wrote to several naturalists, writers and poets who sent contributions especially relating to nature, sometimes in exchange for his sketches. The principal other contributors and subjects of study include Alexander Anderson [pp.278-279, pp.286-287], William A. Baillie [p.84, etc], William D. Birrell [p.164, p.239], George Blyth [p.204, p.206], Alex Brown [pp.285-287], Grace Brown [pp.172-173], John Coutts [p.22], George Don [pp.175-191], Robert Ford [pp.321-322], William Gardiner [pp.245-256], Charles A. Hall [pp.24-30], Walter C. Howden [p.60], Robert S. Inglis [p.313, p.315], Thomas Ormond [pp.292-307], Gilbert Rae [pp.122-124], Archibald H. Rae [pp.263-265], William Robertson [pp.237-243], J.Ross [pp.190-191], Rev. James S. Scotland [p.72, p.74] and an anonymous "XYZ" [pp.154-156]. At the beginning there is a useful combined botanical and general index for persons, places, subjects and titles, although entries are not complete nor completely accurate. The book would seem to have been acquired from the family by Miss Kinnear possibly in the period following Mr Robertson's death in 1949. Table of main items (letters, other mss, etc.) included: p.22 Original verses by Rev. John Coutts: "Something quite original for my album, please?: An Apology". p.30 etc. Letter, 25 August, 1912, Rev. Charles A. Hall (of Paisley), Brodick, to D.R. Robertson. Letter, 2 September, 1912, Rev. Charles A. Hall, Paisley, to D.R. Robertson. (re D.R.R.'s drawings). Hall's photographs [p.24, p.26, p.30]. p.60 Letter, 6 February, 1909, Walter C. Howden, Wormit to D.R. Robertson, enclosing copy of Howden's poem 'For the Old Sake's Sake'. p.72 'On Mount Carmel', poem by Jas. S. Scotland, April, 1889, illustrated by D.R. Robertson(?). [MS] p.74 'Carmel revisited', poem by Jas.S. Scotland, April, 1911, illustrated by D.R. Robertson(?). [MS] p.84 Letters, 30 October and 6 December, 1912, Alexander Polson, Nigg, to D.R. Robertson (re William Baillie, the Brora naturalist). p.87 Note, 6 December, 1912, Alexander Polson, Nigg, added to D.R.R.'s article on William Baillie. p.88 Letter, 26 November, 1912, Mrs W. Elphinstone, Brora to D.R. Robertson (re William Baillie, the Brora naturalist). Visiting card of Alexander Polson. Photo of William Baillie. p.90 Letter, 28 April, 1898, William Baillie, Brora, to Alexander Polson. p.124 Memo, 19 August, 1912, Gilbert Rae, Biggar, to D.R. Robertson, enclosing copy of his poem 'Our Refuge' [p.122]. p.142 'Farewell Balmerino', poem by David Boyter, 1845, [illustrated by D.R. Robertson(?). [MS] p.15 'XYZ' (Article on a jackdaw), autograph copy. n.d. pp.12-164 William D. Birrell (poems:) 'The Auld Howff', 'Mother Earth', 'April', 'Sabbath Morning', autograph copies. n.d. p.174 Letter, 19 August, 1912, Grace Brown, Reston, to D.R. Robertson, enclosing autograph copy of her poem 'The Skylark' [p.172]. pp.182,184 Leaf from daybook of George Don, 30 January, 1812. p.186 Portrait supposedly of George Don though actually of his father. p.204 George Blyth, 'The Robin and the Storm' (poem), autograph copy, 1873. p.206 'Falling Leaves' (poem), autograph copy, also by George Blyth (?), 1855. p.217 William Robertson, poem. p.239 William D. Birrell, 'The Good Grey Poet...' inscribed to William Robertson, autograph copy. n.d. p.249 Obituary on "Death of William Gardiner the Botanist" (by W.M. Ogilvie), Northern Warder, 24 June, 1852. pp.263-265 A.H. Rea, 'O divot dyke' (poem), autograph copy. n.d. p.273 Letters, 20 and 29 September, 1910, Mrs Annie Reith, Edinburgh, to D.R. Robertson, the first enclosing a copy of her poem 'To a little child'. [272pp] p.279 Letter, 21 February, 1908, Alexander Anderson, Edinburgh, to D.R. Robertson, enclosing copy of his poem 'The Churchyard Tree'. [278pp] pp.286-287 Letters of 29 February and 1 April, 1908, Alex. Brown, Edinburgh, to D.R. Robertson, the former enclosing a copy of his poem 'The Undertone'. [285pp] [re Thomas Ormond: ] p.301 Original manuscript of 'Beltie's Lum' by Thomas Ormond, Forfar. p.305 Original manuscript of 'A New Song' ["John Anderson, my Jo, John"] by Thomas Ormond, Forfar. p.307 Letter 30 October, 1912, John A. Fenton, Forfar, to D.R. Robertson, enclosing original manuscript of Ormond's version of "John Anderson, my Jo, John" (v. [pp.305] above), his 'Beltie's Lum' (v. [301pp] above) and 'Little Maggie Bran' and "a few sentences embracing" Ormond's life written by Fenton [p.291, p.293, p.297, p.299, p.303, p.305 and p.306]. p.465 Original manuscript of "Song" ("The moon is in the sky") and on reverse side "Song" ("Keen blaws the blast on the high hill of Gaston") by Charles Spence, the Gowrie poet, n.d. (probably early 19th century), given to D.R. Robertson by John Paul. p.467 Sketch, pen and ink and watercolour, of Blue Gum, Eucalyptus, by R. Donn. Note:- After p.461, 1914 (except for botanical glossary at back). Inserts:- (1) "50 years in Jute Industry": obituary of David Robert Robertson, dated 30 December, 1949. [Typed copy] (2) Contents list. [3pp] [TS] (3) Photographs:- (1) David Robert Robertson with two of his three daughters including Helen, Glenshee, early 1930s. (2) David Robert Robertson, his daughter Helen and her mother-in-law, c1942. [Copies available of some drawings]
Bound volume 'Musci Fifenses; Vol. I': Specimens of the mosses of Fifeshire [Fife] illustrated by notes relative to their distribution over the county by Charles Howie A.B.S. The volume contains a printed introduction and manuscript index to the 112 botanical specimens contained therein and also pencil notes and brief sketches possibly in the hand of Howie, undated [late 19th century].
Draft outline: 1 box each of prints labelled: 35 mm negs; b/w industrial; odd prints / Scotts magazine etc; family pics??; colour prints; early pictures; transparencies Queen Mum exhib details; publications; annual a/cs; articles etc; prints; old pics 1950s; Queen Mother collection; Queen Mum; Rep and other theatre; old pics; publications; contact prints; large negs and tranparencies; cars, lorries etc; books, magazines and cuttings; mounted prints. Also 2 boxes labelled transparancies; 2 boxes labelled ships; 1 folder shipping photos; 2 boxes b/w prints;piles of large prints associated with Dundee, people, places incl Rep; 2 framed prints of people; 35 mm file no 1 includes negatives; 3 large boxes of photographs; 2 cameras in metal cases; 2 negative drawers; 4 volumes of negative index. [Acc 2013/551] Daily work diaries and a copy of a handwritten biography of Alex Coupar [Acc 2013/564] Copies of 'Life and Work with Photographs by Alex Coupar (September 1966, October 1966, January 1967, October 1967, November 1967, February 1968, April 1968, June 1968, April 1970, October 1970), Material relating to Scottish Theatre Archive, 1997, Dundee's Own Chirstmas Number 1949, Dundee's Own Christmas Number 1968, Dundee's Own Chirstmas Number 1973, building and civil engineering section from The Scotsman June 12, 1969, 8 books on photography, c1947-1973 [Acc 2013/588] Photographs of RAF, 1915 planes in Tay, Glamis, Rep and the first photograph of Coupar's published in a newspaper from 1946, plus other photographs [Acc 2013/605] 5 x 35mm neg strips [2014/612] Images of Craig Pier market [Acc 2014/612]; Records relating to Spanphotos and Coupar's work with various local charitable and health organisations [Acc2014/615] ; Material relating to the closure of Coupar's partnership Spanphoto and attempts to form a new partnership; to Coupar's time on the board of Dundee Historic Environment Trust; to inovlvement with Radio Tay's Caring for Kids campaign; involvement with Anton House workshop for the disabled in Broughty Ferry; and to his time as Chairman of Balgowan school, includes material from the School, photographs and drafts for a publication put together by Coupar (Coupar thinks most of the school records have been destroyed) [2014/617] Cheques and bank statements, invoices, receipts, photo shoot diaries and other financial and administrative records related to Spanphoto Photographic Studio, Dundee [2014/619] Negatives: Traction engines, Aberdeen; Queen mother at Falkland Palace & Wimberely Court; 4 x5 negatives featuring the Queen Mother, 1955 & 1994; Scout Gang Show; packet of 2 1/4 negatives featuring the Beatles, Dundee; 1 x 2 1/4 featuring Sandy Campbell, Loch Awe [ACC 2015/738] Black & white print of University of St Andrews first computer, c1966; 4 colour prints of wedding flower arrangements at Park Church, Dundee, 10th September 1981. [2016/758] Bundle of black & white and colour prints of varying sizes: 5 sheets of colour contact prints of Dundee Harbour;2 strips of black & white contact prints of Bonawe Furnance & Taynuilt;2 black & white contact sheets and 1 print of Glenys Marshall;1 black & white print of Beth Robins;Black & white portrait of Bert Stewart 1951; Model promotional cards: Kelly Cooper; Gillian Lawson;2 colour prints of the Stratmore family, 21/10/1996;1 colour contact sheet of Joanna Lumley; 2 colour prints of St Andrews Church, Dundee, 2014;1 black & white print of the City of Hereford ship;1 colour print of a cave painting at Davaar, Argyll; 1 black & white print of a snowy Glenprosen;1 colour print of Skye;1 black & white print of the 'Unicorn', 1961;1 black & white contact sheet of Aboyne Station;1 black & white print of Perth Railway shed;1 colour advertising shot for Valentine's cards, c1980; 2 black & white prints of Balmoral Castle with Alex's children in the foreground, c1968;1 colour print for Scottish Gas used for a magazine cover; 13 black & white prints of trains; 1 black & white print of art by Neill Dallas Brown; 2 colour prints of 'Discovery' in Victoria Dock; 1 black & white print of Nell Curran; 1 colour print of Miss Arbroath, 1959; 1 black & white print of Fintry Scout troup, 1960; 1 black & white print of 'Bonnie Dundee' c1970-1980; 1 black & white print of the 'Flying Scotsman' - only visit to Dundee, 1964; 1 black & white print, Millers Boatyard, St Monance;Envelope of transparencies: theatre 101-144; various railways 1-210; 2 unlabelled packets; Flying Scotsman; 'Hogwarts Express', Bonnie Dundee.;Poster for talks and exhibitions: 'A Nation's Enterprise: the spirit of Dundee'; 'The Building of the Tay Road Bridge', 4th March 2010; 'Not the Papparazzi: The Royal family and me', 4th July 2013; 'Not Him Again', 7th July 2011. [2016/842] 1 box of 90 b & w and colour prints covering various subjects including people, shipping and employment; promotional posters for talks given by Alex Coupar; digital copies of photographs; slide including those used for talks given by Alex Coupar. [2017/853] Box of slides containing approximately 1100 slides covering various topics such as people, places and architecture, some of which are captioned or numbered; 1 blank 'Standard Signature Form for Models' which was used when using agency models; 1 envelope of contact sheets and prints of Aboyne, Park Avenue Church in Dundee and a Lord Dean of Guild Portrait. [2017/861] Limited edition prints of Tay Bridge fireworks with list of purchasers, various scenic prints chosen by Coupar and his wife to hang in their home; various newspapers, letter headings and other ephemera relating to the local area; cd of images used in Coupar's talk on the Building of the Tay Bridge; cd of images of Prince Charles visit to Glamis for new gate ceremony; The Rep 'Twenty Golden years'; 8 mounted prints of Alex Coupar at Scout Camp, 1942-44; slides of Rover Trip to Hungary, with list; slides used in talk about Theatre photography with list; negs of personal travels abroad and in the UK, 1990s, copy of letter from Joan Auld, Archivist concerning the negatives of the Queen Mother [2017/868*]
Manuscripts of, notes for, and correspondence relating to a proposed Flora of Angus by Robert Henry Corstorphine and Mrs Margaret Corstorphine, continued by [Sir] George Taylor, mainly c.1910-1960. [See also: papers retained by Department of Biological Sciences].
(Symons's) British Rainfall, 1865-1968; General Tables of Total Rainfall from British Rainfall, 1928-1968; Monthly and annual totals of Rainfall for the United Kingdom, 1970-1971; Snow Survey of Great Britain, 1967-1989 (These Annual publications gave the official record of rainfalls in the UK - monthly for all sites, with further records of notable daily falls where warranted - and records of snow falls and snow lines on mountains around Britain. The last publication(s) and associated survey were abandoned as a cost-cutting measure in the early 1990s); and copies of Thunderstorm Survey (1970 & 1978) published by Thunderstorm Census Organisation.
The volumes consist of four log books and one volume showing various lists kept by Walter Kinnes and David Esplin on board the SS Active during expeditions to Hudson Bay and Straits and also relates to Mica mining.
Files relating mainly to North of Scotland Hydro-Electric Board projects, including their effect on the environment, in particular fisheries, and files relating to geese and wildfowl, 1934-1988; reports, proceedings and papers relating to ecological seminars and issues, 1949-1986; publications and newsletters, 1962-1991; items relating to civil defence, 1941-1966; correspondence about the principalship of University College, Dundee, 1936; photographs of plans 1775-1833 of Fife and Kinross, showing turnpikes and ferries; family papers, 1769-1838; maps and plans, c 1960s-1970s.
This collection of plans contains only those not part of a specific manuscript collection. It also includes photographs and photocopies of plans held outwith the University Library, or of plans in one of the numbered MS collections
E.P. Smith's notes dealing with botanical research work and teaching, with particular reference to Quercus (the oak); Tilia; Acer; and Platanus. Manuscript and typescript, with illustrations. c.1927-1951 Items concerning scientific expedition sent out by University College, Dundee, to island of South Rona in July 1933. E.P. Smith, Botanist and co-leader. [See also UR-SF 2/2/1(8) and Recs A/649/92]
Black and white portraits of eminent visitors to the College or University, particularly physiologists and other medical professionals, who gave lectures to the University's Philosophy and Science Group which Professor Bell was instrumental in founding 1950-1976; signatures c.1951-1974; letters 1951-1974; 35mm colour transparencies covering a wide geographical area and a variety of subjects but, in particular architectural sculptures and carving c.1920-1985.