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Tragara Press archive

 Fonds
Identifier: Coll-1571

Scope and Contents

The collection is composed of 14 letters from Alan Anderson to Donald Weeks about his Corvine pamphlets (published by the Tragara Press) - 10 manuscript and 4 typescript, some with 72 Dundas Street letter-heading, some with 137 Warrender Park Road.

The letters are dated: 23 August 1974, Wednesday 10 September, 1 October 1979, 29 July 1980, 17 August 1981, 7 November 1983, 14 November 1983, 23 July 1983, 15 December 1983, 18 January 1985, 21 February 1985, 23 May 1985, Tuesday, and 23 July.

Dates

  • 1974-1985

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

Open to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance of visit.

Biographical / Historical

Alan Anderson was born in 1922. He studied printing at Edinburgh College of Art in the early-1950s when he also founded the Tragara Press. Although the first book with a Tragara Press imprint appeared in 1954, Anderson worked mainly as a bookseller until the 1970s before devoting himself to printing and publishing full-time. He moved to Loanhead, Midlothian, in 1986, and then latterly to Beauly, Inverness-shire. The name, Tragara Press, is derived from the Punta Tragara hotel on the island of Capri, Italy, which had been a favourite destination for Anderson.

Donald Weeks the Corvo scholar and biographer was a prolific contributor to the bibliography of the Tragara Press. Weeks was born on 18 April 1921, in Detroit, Michigan. As a child he had a talent for art and design, and he specialised in industrial design at Cass Technical High School, Detroit, before winning a scholarship to Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

After service with US Military Intelligence in the Pacific theatre during the Second World War, he returned to Detroit. There he worked as a freelance graphic designer, and became art editor of the Chevrolet in-house magazine.

Week's had developed an interest in European literature and he became fascinated with the works of author Frederick William Rolfe (Baron Corvo) (1860-1913). Research into Rolfe led Donald Weeks to England in 1960, and then he moved there in 1966. He spent much of the rest of the 1960s following in Rolfe's footsteps, and began writing a biography. Weeks' work on Corvo (published by Tragara) would go much deeper than that of A. J. A. Symons in his Quest for Corvo (1952).

Donald Weeks died in Middlesex Hospital on 7 September 2003.

Extent

14 letters

Physical Location

CLX-A-623

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased July 2014. Accession no: E2014.57

Related Materials

Also within Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections, there is: Coll-1579, being a 'Letter from Alan Anderson (b. 1922), The Tragara Press, to Donald Weeks (1921-2003) about the O'Sullivans'; and, Coll-1580, being 'Papers relating to Tragara Press titles, Donald Weeks (1921-2003) and Baron Corvo'.

Processing Information

Catalogued by Graeme D. Eddie 23 April 2015

Creator

Title
Letters from Alan Anderson (b. 1922), The Tragara Press, to Donald Weeks (1921-2003) about Corvine material

Repository Details

Part of the Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Centre for Research Collections
University of Edinburgh Main Library
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Edinburgh EH8 9LJ Scotland
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