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Roslin Slide Collection

 Fonds
Identifier: Coll-1434

Scope and Contents

This collection of 3,465 glass positive slides were acquired from the Roslin Institute in November 2009 as part of a larger accession of material. The slides, which range in date from the 1870s to the 1930s, cover a wide range of subjects; photographs of indigenous peoples from around the world, international travel scenes, personal portraits (frequently of figures connected with the natural/veterinary/agricultural sciences), images and portraits of domestic animals (chiefly sheep, poultry, cows and pigs), illustrations and extracts from books, articles and newspapers. The majority of the slides are black and white, although some are hand-coloured or tinted. Many of the slides were produced by T.J. Walls, an optician on Forrest Road, Edinburgh.

It is thought that at least a proportion of the collection was created or collected by James Cossar Ewart as well as Robert Wallace, in their capacities as professors of, respectively, Natural History and Agriculture at the University of Edinburgh, and were probably used for teaching and illustrative purposes. Both Ewart and Wallace appear (separately) in the slides, as do colleagues and other persons known to both or either of the men. While some of the slides appear to be directly associated with Ewart and/or Wallace, it is supposed that a proportion of the collection may have been sent to them by colleagues from around the world. It is not known how the collection ultimately came to reside at the Roslin Institute.

Dates

  • 1870s-1930s

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Physical Description

50 boxes, 3,465 slides 85 x 85mm

Conditions Governing Access

Open.

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Head of Special Collections.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Extent

50 boxes, 3,465 slides

Arrangement

As there did not seem to be a formal arrangement to the slides when they were acquired, they have simply been listed in their existing running order in a straight numerical sequence.

Custodial History

Not known.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposited in November 2009.

Appraisal

As far as is known, the material has not been appraised.

Accruals

No further accruals likely.

Existence and Location of Originals

Some of the images are reproductions from publications or copies of original photographs: this has been noted wherever possible.

Existence and Location of Copies

No known copies, although clearly some of the images are reproductions from publications or copies of original photographs.

Related Materials

The papers of James Cossar Ewart can be found at Coll-14 and the papers of Robert Wallace can be found at Coll-87.

Bibliography

No known publications.

Physical Description

50 boxes, 3,465 slides 85 x 85mm

Dimensions

85 x 85mm

Processing Information

Catalogued by Kristy Davis January-June 2013
Title
Roslin Institute/James Cossar Ewart glass plate slide collection

Repository Details

Part of the Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Centre for Research Collections
University of Edinburgh Main Library
George Square
Edinburgh EH8 9LJ Scotland
+44(1)131 650 8379