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Biographical and personal papers, c mid 19th century-1978

Identifier: Coll-1310-1

Scope and Contents

  1. Correspondence, 1910-1978;
  2. Photographs, c mid 19th century-1960;
  3. Certificates and honours, 1907-1954;
  4. Biographical publications and notes regarding Thomson, 1934-1969;
  5. Publications collected by Thomson which reflect his personal interests, 1879-1954;
  6. Thomson family legal papers, 1955-1972;
  7. Papers regarding Hector's development, 1917-1927;
  8. Signature book, c1951;
  9. Artefacts, c early- mid 20th century.


  • Creation: c mid 19th century-1978


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access


Biographical / Historical

Includes papers collected by Thomson throughout his lifetime, as well as those collected by Hector and Lady Thomson following his death. The former have been organised by Hector and Lady Thomson, who have added notes and annotations in many cases either to assist with Sir James Duff's editing of Thomson's autobiography, or to assist Lady Thomson with her own projected biography of Thomson. The later was never completed, most likely due to Lady Thomson's ill health in her later years.


2 metres

Physical Location

CLX-A-1354 - CLX-A-1364; outsize store; photographic store

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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