Fonds F0033 - Maitland Club fonds.

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Maitland Club fonds.


  • 1828-1850 (Creation)

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4 volumes

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The Maitland Club was founded in 1828 in Glasgow, Scotland, for the "cultivation of the literary antiquities of Scotland". Named for collector Sir Richard Maitland of Lethington.

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Acquired in 1968.

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Fonds consists of four bound volumes with gilt stamp of Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow on front covers. Volumes contain correspondence, minutes of meetings, lists of members and other business papers, as well as printed material such as Club rules and minutes of annual general meetings. Includes photocopied cards indexing manuscript material in the volumes.

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      Further information available in pamphlet Sir Walter Scott and the Maitland Club by R.H. Carnie and M.F. Moran, reprinted from Studies in Scottish Literature, vol. XII, no. 1, July 1974 (Special Collections accession #7751).

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      Holograph; typescript; printed material.
      Includes wax seals at the back of the volumes


      The index is designed to assist readers in finding the material in the four volume collection of the Maitland Club Notabilia covering the years 1828 to 1836. The bulk of the papers are in the form of letters and where possible the names of the writer, the addressee and the date on which the letter was sent have been noted. In some cases the date is given and in others two or more letters are found to have been written on the same day. To obviate this difficulty a selective list of the contents of each letter has been included. Such material is not intended to be a summary of each letter. A filing card is not the place for an exhaustive description of the contents of a closely written four page letter. Rather the intention is to provide information which will enable the reader to ascertain quickly and accurately which letter is required. The points noted from each letter have been decided upon partly from reasons of taste and partly from necessity. An attempt has been made to note mentions of Club publications, actual or intended. In contrast the difficult hand of the Earl of Glasgow has forced the inclusion of very little useful information, and in some cases, none at all. Letters signed only with the initials of the writer have been expanded without notice.

      Throughout the manuscript material is a succession of printed matter which has not been noted in the index. Such printed matter is easily available to the reader and provides valuable and useful information to provide a fuller understanding of the text of the letters. Most often the printed matter takes the form of the Annual Report to the Club, listing accounts to that date, membership lists and club publications.

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