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Archive of illustrators Alison Douglas Tod and Richard Tod

Identifier: Coll-2029

Scope and Contents

This is an extensive archive of material relating to the children's stories and illustrations produced by this Newport-on-Tay father and daughter duo: Richard, who was active between 1901 and 1917 and who worked both under his own name and as "Uncle Jack", and Alison, who appears to have been busy in the 1940s. The collection comprises draft manuscripts and typescripts, final typescript versions, preliminary sketches on paper and on tracing paper, finished artwork, and a small amount of correspondence relating to books, and two complete "dummy" versions of books with text, illustrations and covers entitled "Beyond the White Forest" and "The Land of the Four Leaves Clover".


  • Creation: c 1900-1940s


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Conditions Governing Access

Open. Please contact the repository in advance.

Biographical / Historical

Richard Tod was a prolific children's book author and illustrator who settled in Newport-on-Tay after moving from Edinburgh to Dundee. Richard was active between 1901 and 1917, and was a contemporary and friend of George Houston and Robert Hope. He would write under his own name or sometimes under the pen name "Uncle Jack". His daughter, Alison Douglas Tod, was a children's book author and illustrator as well, and was active in the 1940s.


2 boxes

1 folder


Box 1 contains material by Richard Tod, and box 2 + outsize folder contain material by Alison Douglas Tod.

Physical Location

CLX-A-395 (Coll-2029/1), CLX-A-396 (Coll-2029/2), CLX-D-62 (Coll-2029/2, outsize)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased in March 2018. Accession no. SC-Acc-2018-0127.

Processing Information

Top-level description created by Aline Brodin in August 2021, using information supplied by the seller. Lower level descriptions created by Charlotte Holmes in February-March 2022.

Archive of illustrators Alison Douglas Tod and Richard Tod, c 1900-1940s
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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University of Edinburgh Main Library
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Edinburgh EH8 9LJ Scotland
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