Collection MS 348 - Anna MacDonald, poet

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MS 348


Anna MacDonald, poet


  • 1903-2010 (Creation)

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0.37 linear metres

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Biographical history

Anna MacDonald was born in Dundee in 1935 and was the eldest of six children. She was educated at Rockwell Primary School and Rockwell Secondary School, Dundee. She worked for a number of companies in Dundee, including Watson and Philip and Burndept-Vidor, and also worked at the University of Dundee, where she was the operator of the first word processer the University used. A prolific and award winning poet, Anna MacDonald has produced several collections of verse, and is also the author of booklets about old Dundee. Much of her poetry relates to Dundee and its culture. Her poem 'Oor Wullie' was widely used in conjunction with the Oor Wullie Bucket Trail in Dundee in 2016 and Oor Wullie's Big Bucket Trail in 2019, while her poem 'Adele Penguin' was been used to promote Maggie's Penguin Parade in Dundee in 2018. Her poetry has also been used in schools and material produced by Verdant Works. She translated the Japanese poem Furusato into English for the Nagano Winter Olympic Games in 1998. Anna MacDonald has also been recognised for her contributions to traditional music, and for many years performed as part of the 'Temperance Two Showband' with her second husband Clifford Inglis, who died in 2018. She is also the author of an unpublished autobiography which gives a frank account of her life and provides an invaluable insight into working class life in twentieth century Dundee. A year before his death, Cliff Ingles wrote his autobiography "I Belonged to Glasgow" which includes some of Anna's poems. Examples of Anna MacDonald's poetry can be found at Cliff Inglis is featured on this podcast from the 2017 Dundee Literary Festival

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Scope and content

Poetry, 1980s-2019; Books c 1984-2016; Translations and Prose, 1995-2017; Correspondence and related material, 1980-2020; Photographs, 1903-2019; Press Cuttings and Certificates, 1967-2017; Posters c 1986-1989; Audio Recordings, 1996-2003; Ephemera c 1914-2018; Personal items 1968-1980



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Conditions governing access

Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act (2018), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, 2018) and any other relevant legislation or restrictions. Clinical information is closed for 100 years.

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Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges may be made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply; please check with the Duty Archivist.

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Most of the items are original, but some are copies

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Other publications by Anna MacDonald may be found in KLoc

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Cliff Inglis and Anna are featured in a video on the IBIS Training YouTube Channel entitled "LOcHER D&A College: Princes Trust Team 94s - Dangers of Asbestos" 2017

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MS 348

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Description compiled in line with the following standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description; International Council on Archives, ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families; National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997



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  • English



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