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The photographs for the Survey of Edinburgh, c 1985

 sub-series
Identifier: Coll-1167/B/27

Scope and Contents

A set of photographic prints was made in the 1980s by John McGovern, a photographer within the University of Edinburgh's department of Architecture from a series of Photographic prints which were generated as part of Patrick Geddes' "First Planning Survey of Edinburgh" (listed in this archive catalogue under Coll-1167/B/26). The scenes were arranged according to their districts, beginning with the Castle and the Outlook Tower, and then showing further scenes in four other separate districts. These are The Old Town and Holyrood (Coll-1167/B/27/1-6); The Vennel, Tollcross etc., (Coll-1167/B/27/7-10); The New Town (Coll-1167/B/27/11-16); South Edinburgh (Coll-1167/B/27/17-20); Arthur's Seat, 19th Century Villas and suburbs (Coll-1167/B/27/21-22); Outlook Tower (Coll-1167/B/27/23-25) by cataloguers at the Patrick Geddes Centre for Planning Studies during the 1980s and 1980s. This arrangement has been retained, the arrangement and numbering of the photographic prints mirroring that of the corresponding series of Photographic prints. It is unclear as to whether this series of photographic prints is made up of John McGovern's prints, or perhaps a second set produced later for the purposes of producing the "Catalogue of the Archives of the Patrick Geddes Centre for Planning Studies, Vol II: The Photographs for the Survey of Edinburgh by Sir Patrick Geddes" (1998) make up this series of photographs.
It is unclear as to whether this series of photographic prints is made up of John McGovern's prints, or perhaps a second set produced later for the purposes of producing the "Catalogue of the Archives of the Patrick Geddes Centre for Planning Studies, Vol II: The Photographs for the Survey of Edinburgh by Sir Patrick Geddes" (1998) make up this series of photographs. It would appear that these are the proofs for the 1998 catalogue.

Dates

  • c 1985

Language of Materials

From the Fonds: English

French

Hebrew

Latin

Dutch

Flemish

Biographical / Historical

In relation to the underlying glass plate negatives from which these photographs were made: it has not been possible to establish (despite multiple enquiries) who the photogarphers were for each glass plate negative. We know that Geddes used photographs from glass plate negatives made by Francis Inglis and the Royal Photograpic Society of Edinburgh, which included glass plate negatives made by photographer Robert Dykes. Geddes was also assisted in the photographic survey by two of his children Norah Geddes and Alasdair Geddes. The handwriting of Norah Geddes, Alasdair Geddes and Robert Dykes all appear on the original envelopes which contained each glass plate negative. It has not been possible to establish whether Geddes commissioned the Royal Photographic Society of Edinburgh or just had an agreement with them to use the photographs that they created during their survey work. We know that Robert Dykes presented to the Royal Photographic Society of Edinburghon his Edinburgh images.

Extent

269 Photographic Prints : Photographic prints mounted on A4 paper with draft catalogue text.

Previous reference

PSE/A-Y

Processing Information

The first arrangement of the glass plate negatives was made by Mrs Sofia Leonard between 1985-1987. Work continued under her supervision by young workders from The Manpower Services Commission and completed with her help by E.C. I. Fortescue between 1988-1990. The arrangement established by Sofia Leonard has been retained, along with much of the catalogue content. Minor corrections have been made, and a new numbering system applied. Cross-referencing to document where images were exhibited with Geddes' "Cities and Town Planning Exhibition" has been recorded in the catalogue wherever possible.

Repository Details

Part of the Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Repository

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