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Papers of Katherine Cameron MacArthur

Identifier: Coll-890

Scope and Contents

The hand-written note material is contained in the form of soft- and hard-back notebooks, some of these being Edinburgh University notebooks, some being those of Edinburgh Ladies' college. There are also some early notes from school days at Perth Academy, 1923-1924. One of the notebooks is addressed as Balfour Hostel, East Suffolk Road, Edinburgh, another is addressed St. Columba's School, Kilmacolm, and another St. George's Training College. One notebook contains a timetable for classs in July 1943 at St. Andrews School of Drama. The notes are almost entirely related to English and the teaching of English and include varied subjects with teaching such as Psychology, Montessori, Inflection, Speech, Chaucer, and Shakespeare. There are also Scripture notes and notes on Character tests, and there are notes on French Prose taken during lectures by Professor Sarolea. There is also some printed material in the collection, being an untitled English exercise book,The art of the spoken wordby Mrs. Tobias Matthay which was one of the Festival Booklets, No.12 (1922), a copy ofMerchant maiden. Magazine of Edinburgh Ladies' College(December 1942),Mimes and mimingby Isabel Chisman and Gladys Wites (1926),Sample class exercises in rhetoric and compositionpublished in Edinburgh by Oliver and Boyd (1926),Some suggestions for the teaching of English in secondary schools in Englandby the Board of Education, London (1924),Announcement issued 1st February 1941by the Scottish Universities Entrance Board, andThe persepective of biographyby Sidney Lee, published by The English Association (September 1918), andThe early Wordsworthby E. De Selincourt also published by The English Association (November 1936).


  • Creation: 1923-1943

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Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance

Biographical / Historical

Katherine Cameron MacArthur was born in 1906. She was educated at Perth Academy in the early-1920s, and studied at Edinburgh University where she graduated with the degree of M.A. in 1929. She taught English, Speech Training and Drama at St. Columba's School for Girls in Kilmacolm (then in Renfrewshire), at Edinburgh Ladies' College (then in Queen Street, Edinburgh), and in Nottingham. She was Headmistress of St. Columba's, Kilmacolm from 1945 until her retirement in the early-1970s. Katherine Cameron MacArthur died in 1987.


2 boxes containing circa 47 notebooks.

Physical Location


Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession no. E2003.35.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.

Processing Information

Compiled by Graeme D. Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Papers of Katherine Cameron MacArthur (1906-1987)
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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