Papers of Robert MacDonald, 1902- , Chief Inspector of Schools, Assistant in the Department of Education, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Incomplete typed script, manuscript and manuscript notes of the Golden Age of the Middle Class, 1918-1920;
  • Correspondence from Dr A J Carlyle, chaplain and lecturer in Politics, University College, Oxford, c1918;
  • Manuscript notes for Education for Democracy in America, 1938-1939;
  • Typescript of Education for Democracy in America by Robert MacDonald, written after Commonwealth Fund Fellowship, 1938-1939
  • Stories of the Old Inspectors , by Robert MacDonald undated manuscript;
  • The Fabulists , by Robert MacDonald undated manuscript;
  • Typescript of unpublished book on 4 authors; Shaw, Kipling, Wells and Chesterton undated;
  • Scottish Pioneers in Education Overseas , by Robert MacDonald, in 2 volumes undated.

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert MacDonald was born in Glasgow in 1902  and educated at Paisley Grammar School. He gained his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Glasgow 1922  . He also attended Lincoln College, Oxford (BA) and Moray House College of Education (Dip Ed). He taught English at Grangemouth and Edinburgh before being appointed H M Inspector of Schools, 1930  . He was awarded a Commonwealth Fund Fellowship ( 1938-1939  ) and became H M Chief Inspector of Schools in 1949  . He retired in 1962. From 1963-1966  , Robert MacDonald was assistant in the Department of Education, Glasgow University. He was also visiting Professor of Education, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada, 1966-1968.


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: Mrs Winifred MacDonald : 28 Ravelston Garden, Edinburgh : 1993

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Fonds level compiled by Hannah Westall, Archive Assistant, 19 May 2000. Lower level descriptions compiled by Glasgow University Archive Services staff. Finding aid created by Andrew Thomson, Hub Project Archivist, 09 February 2004. Catalogue edited by Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 13 July 2012.

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