Papers of Peter John Anderson, librarian, University of Aberdeen

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

GB 231 MS 0545 Marriages, deaths and baptisms in the family of Anderson belonging to the parish of Rayne, Aberdeenshire, 1672 - 1820. Transcript of entries extracted from Rayne parish registers, by P.J. Anderson, n.d.

GB 231 MS 0918 Extracts from parish register of Glengairn, Aberdeenshire, relating to Roman Catholic families, 1830-1840. Compiled by P.J. Anderson, n.d. (typescript and indexed)

GB 231 MS 0977 Correspondence, 1895 - 1913, between P.J. Anderson and university librarians at Rostock, Glasgow, St Andrews and Cambridge, regarding the works of Thomas Reid (d.1624), Latin secretary to James I, including Pervigilia metaphysica (1616): Heino Vogler, Pervigilium Veneris, seu Lucubrationum Metaphysicarum V. De Diversitate Entis, seu De distinctionibus Rerum, praeside Thoma Rhaedo (Rostochii: Reusner, 1610)

GB 231 MS 0978 Collection of notes and extracts relating to John Taylor (1580-1653), poet, compiled by P.J. Anderson, 1908. Principally correspondence between P.J. Anderson and the British Museum Library, regarding versions of John Taylor's Verbum Sempiternae Salvator Mundi (London: Hamman, 1614, many later editions to 1908), and other works. Also note re. error in British Museum catalogue.

GB 231 MS 1097 - 1099 Small collection of notes and extracts relating to Aberdeenshire monasteries, 1321-1790, compiled by P.J. Anderson in the preparation of Aberdeen Friars, Red, Black, White, Grey: Preliminary Calendar of Illustrative Documents, compiled by P.J. Anderson, Aberdeen University Studies, 40 (Aberdeen: His Majesty's Printers, 1909). The collection comprises transcripts of charters, etc. relating to Aberdeen monasteries, n.d. (GB 231 MS 1097); Mr Paton's transcripts of Friar's writs, 1909 (GB 231 MS 1098); and proof sheets of Aberdeen Friars, with related manuscript notes (GB 231 MS 1099).

GB 231 MS 2462 Correspondence and other papers relating to the Grant family, compiled by P.J. Anderson in the preparation of Major Alpin's Ancestors and Descendants (Aberdeen: privately printed, 1904), 1851 - 1904. The collection comprises original correspondence of James Grant of Glenmoriston, 1851; miscellaneous genealogical notes concerning the Grants and related families, with inscriptions from various burial grounds, n.d.; papers concerning publication of Mayor Alpin's Ancestors and Descendants (including correspondence from W. Jolly, printer) 1904; and 9 separate series of correspondence concerning histories of Grants and related families, 1891 - 1904.

Correspondents represented in the collection include C. Dunn, Manse of Birse; G. Ferries, Cluny Manse, Aberdeenshire; Isie Fraser, Toronto; John Gall, Inverness; J. Gammack, West Hartford; F.J Grant, Lyon Office (and other members of Grant family); Mrs Hunter and J.A.C. Hunter, Lochgilphead, Argyll; the India Office; Grant MacDonald, Toronto; K. MacDonald, Inverness; J. MacGregor, Dundee; J.W. Macintyre, Spean Bridge; Rev. J.A. MacKay, Castle Court, Boscome, Hants; W. McKay, Inverness; A.M. Mackintosh, Nairn; W. Macleod, Edinburgh; J.G. Michie, Dinnet; F. Munro, Fearn; P.C. Nicol, Helensburgh; J.L. Ross, Toronto; W. Simpson, Inverness; E. Smith, Edinburgh; and R.S. Woods, Chatham, Ontario.

GB 231 MS 2528 Collection of correspondence, notes and extracts relating to the Grant families of Glenmoriston (or Invermoriston), and of Clydebank, 1776-1903, compiled by P.J. Anderson, and Peter Anderson, solicitor, Inverness. The collection probably relates to the preparation and publication of P.J. Anderson's Major Alpin's Ancestors and Descendants (Aberdeen: Privately printed, 1904).

GB 231 MS 2899 Papers relating to the history of Scots Colleges at Paris, Madrid, Valladolid, Douai and Ratisbon, compiled by P.J. Anderson in the preparation of Records of the Scots Colleges at Douai, Rome, Madrid, Valladolid and Ratisbon. Vol. 1: Registers of Students, ed. by P.J. Anderson (Aberdeen: New Spalding Club, 1906).

The collection comprises correspondence and other papers relating to charters and documents of the Scots College, Paris, 1796 - 1803; correspondence with I. Maxwell Witham concerning the Douai Diary, 1904 - 1909; transcripts of manuscripts concerning Scots College at Douai, beginning Epitome annalium Collegii Scotorum Societatis Jesu Duaci stabiliti , n.d.; historical sketch by G.A. Griffin, The Colleges at Madrid and Valladolid, with transcript of Memoirs of the translation of the Scotch College from Madrid to Valladolid, 1858; correspondence with the rector and vice-rector of the Scots College, Valladolid, concerning student lists, 1904 - 1906; historical sketch of the Scots College, Valladolid, n.d. [c 1890s - 1900s]; lists of alumni from the Scots College, Madrid, n.d. [c 1890s - 1900s]; historical sketch of the Scots College, Ratisbon, n.d. [c 1890s - 1900s]; The Scots College, Rome: a historical sketch by the Right Rev. Mgr. Robert Fraser Rector of the College, n.d.; historical notes on the Scots College, Rome, with lists of alumni, n.d. [c 1890s - 1900s]; miscellaneous original fragments and notes concerning Scots Colleges, 17th c, 1900s and n.d.

GB 231 MS 3178 Collection of papers relating to Duncan Liddel (1561-1613), mathematician and physician, compiled by P.J. Anderson, c 1912, probably whilst preparing Notes on Academic Theses, with bibliography of Duncan Liddel, Aberdeen University Studies, 58 (Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 1912)

GB 231 MS U 513 - 514; GB 231 MS U 522; GB 231 MS U 524 - 528 Small collection of P.J. Anderson's lecture notes, and other papers, relating to his time as an undergraduate student, 1868 - 1872, and as University assistant in Natural Philosophy, 1873 - 1879, at Aberdeen University.

Lecture notes from Professor David Thomson's junior Natural Philosophy class, 1870 - 1871 (GB 231 MS U 513 - 514); lecture notes from Professor Frederick Fuller's junior Mathematics class, 1869-70 (GB 231 MS U 522); lecture notes from Professor William Martin's Moral Philosophy class, 1871-72 (GB 231 MS U 524); notebooks containing memoranda on Natural Philosophy, by P.J. Anderson, 1877-79 (GB 231 MS U 525 - 527); a copy from P.J. Anderson's library (ex-libris P.J. Anderson, 1869), of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex, ed. by Fridericus Henricus Bothe (Lipsiae: Sumtibus Librariae Hahnianae,1826), annotated with translation of the first 660 lines by William Geddes, Professor of Greek (GB 231 MS U 528).

GB 231 MS U 1355 Number 1, of 112 printed copies, of P.J. Anderson's Marischal College and University, Aberdeen, 1593 - 1860: Collections towards the Preparation of the Fasti (Aberdeen: Printed for private circulation, 1886), containing ?his ms amendments and additions.

Administrative / Biographical History

Peter John Anderson was born in Inverness on 16 Sep 1852. He attended Inverness Academy and graduated from Aberdeen University, MA 1872, and Edinburgh University LL B 1876. His working life was spent almost wholly in the University of Aberdeen, first as University assistant in Natural Philosophy, 1873 - 1879; and subsequently, Examiner, 1880 - 1883; Assistant Registrar, 1883 - 1889; Rector's Assessor on the University Court, 1890 - 1893; University Librarian, 1894 - 1926; Clerk of the General Council, 1907 - 1926; and Registrar, 1918 - 1926. From 1880 - 1893 he also lectured at the Church of Scotland Training College, Aberdeen.

He was secretary of the New Spalding Club from 1894 - 1926, for whom he wrote and edited several publications, including Fasti Academiae Mariscallanae Aberdonensis: Selections from the Records of the Marischal College and University, MDXCIII - MDCCCLX, 3 vols (Aberdeen: New Spalding Club, 1889 - 1898), Officers and Graduates of the University and King's College, Aberdeen, MVD - MDCCCLX (Aberdeen: New Spalding Club, 1893); and Records of the Scots Colleges at Douai, Rome, Madrid, Valladolid and Ratisbon. Vol. 1: Registers of Students (Aberdeen: New Spalding Club, 1906). The activities of the Club ceased after his death in 1926, though it was not formally wound up until 20 Apr 1928, when the Third Spalding Club was formed, and all assets and liabilities of the New Spalding Club passed thereto. Other notable works include Records of the Arts Class 1868-1872, (Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 1882); Roll of Alumni in Arts of the University and King's College of Aberdeen, 1596-1860, Aberdeen University Studies, 1, (Aberdeen: Aberdeen University, 1900); Studies in the History and Development of the University of Aberdeen: a Quatercentenary tribute paid by certain of her professors and of her devoted sons, Aberdeen University Studies, 19, (Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 1906); Aberdeen Friars, Red, Black, White, Grey: Preliminary Calendar of Illustrative Documents, Aberdeen University Studies, 40 (Aberdeen: His Majesty's Printers, 1909); Major Alpin's Ancestors and Descendants (Aberdeen: Privately printed, 1904); and Notes on Academic Theses; with Bibliography of Duncan Liddel, Aberdeen University Studies, 58 (Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 1912). For a bibliography of his printed works, which number more than 60, see George Henderson, The Late Mr P.J. Anderson: Tribute by a Student of 1874 - 75, and [H. Alexander] A Bibliography of Mr Anderson's Work, Aberdeen University Review 14 (1926 - 1927), 56 - 59.

Through his dual roles as University Librarian and Secretary of the New Spalding Club, he secured the deposit in the University Library of many significant local manuscript and printed papers. After his death, on 12 May 1926, a memorial subscription was raised in the University, and a P.J. Anderson Memorial Lecture was founded in 1932. For appreciations of his life and works see Aberdeen University Review, 13 (1925 - 1926), 88, 168, 193, 260; Aberdeen University Review, 14 (1926 - 1927), 56, 184. and Colin A. McLaren, .P.J. Anderson and the History of the University, P.J. Anderson Memorial Lecture, 1983 Aberdeen University Review 51 (1985-86), 83-101.

Arrangement

GB 231 MS 2462 and GB 231 MS 2899 arranged by record type or subject. For all other deposits, listing is in progress.

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Acquisition Information

GB 231 MS 0545: gifted to the University in 1908, by P.J. AndersonGB 231 MS 0545: gifted to the University in 1908, by P.J. AndersonGB 231 MS 0918: deposited in the University in Oct 1919 GB 231 MS 0918: deposited in the University in Oct 1919 GB 231 MS 0977: date and source not recorded. Probably deposited c 1913, by P.J. Anderson GB 231 MS 0977: date and source not recorded. Probably deposited c 1913, by P.J. Anderson GB 231 MS 0978: date and source not recorded. Probably deposited c. 1908, by P.J. Anderson GB 231 MS 0978: date and source not recorded. Probably deposited c. 1908, by P.J. Anderson GB 231 MS 1097 - 1099: date and source not recorded. Probably deposited c 1909, by P.J. Anderson GB 231 MS 1097 - 1099: date and source not recorded. Probably deposited c 1909, by P.J. Anderson GB 231 MS 2462: date and source not recorded. Probably deposited c 1904, by P.J. Anderson GB 231 MS 2462: date and source not recorded. Probably deposited c 1904, by P.J. Anderson GB 231 MS 2528: found in Librarian's Room in 1966. Accessioned Nov 1966 GB 231 MS 2528: found in Librarian's Room in 1966. Accessioned Nov 1966 GB 231 MS 2899: date and source not recorded. Transferred from the Local Collection to the Manuscripts Department in 1977. Probably originally deposited c 1906, by P.J. AndersonGB 231 MS 2899: date and source not recorded. Transferred from the Local Collection to the Manuscripts Department in 1977. Probably originally deposited c 1906, by P.J. AndersonGB 231 MS 3178: date and source not recorded. Probably deposited by P.J. Anderson c 1912 GB 231 MS 3178: date and source not recorded. Probably deposited by P.J. Anderson c 1912 GB 231 MS U 525 - 527: gifted to the University in 1925, by P.J. Anderson. Date and source are not recorded for other items accessioned in the MS U series. The earliest volumes of lecture notes and related work may have been deposited in 1876.

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Records of the New Spalding Club (1886 - 1928). A separate collection level description is available on the Archives Hub.

Collection of Scottish folk songs and ballads with music, from Monquhitter, Aberdeenshire, compiled by William Christie, c 1818 (GB 231 MS 0793/ 1) (116 items); with correspondence between P.J. Anderson, William Walker, and Mary Ann Crichton, 1918-22, relating to proposals re. publication of the Greig-Duncan folk song collection - or parts of it - by the New Spalding Club and the Buchan Club (GB 231 MS 0793/2-3) (11 items)

Collection of papers and photographs relating to P.J. Anderson (1852-1926), antiquarian and University Librarian (GB 231 MS 3148) (1 folder). Deposited in Jan 1984, by Hugh Storr-Best, of Whitchurch, Buckinghamshire, from the papers of Maud Storr Best (1873-1969), Sub-librarian, University of Aberdeen.

Collection of notes and extracts relating to the Paton and Gordon families, of Grandhome, and to the Grandhome estate, Aberdeenshire, compiled by James Cruickshank, 1930 (GB 231 MS 2363) (1 volume); with letter, 4th Dec. 1903, from William Foster, India Office, to P.J. Anderson, concerning Captain George Grant (d.1874) (GB 231 MS 2363/2) (2 leaves)

Letter, 9th Sept. 1910, from P.J. Anderson (1852-1926), Aberdeen University Librarian, to Sir George Adam Smith (1856-1942), Principal, Aberdeen University, accompanying printed material which he sent to the Principal, re. the history of the university, forgive me for dumping on you 2 more volumes. I am anxious that you should posses every book bearing on the history of the old place (GB 231 MS 3581) (1 leaf)

Correspondence, 1903-1919, between James Troup, Botley, Hampshire, and P.J. Anderson, Aberdeen University Library, concerning gift of Buddhist Tripitaka to the University (GB 231 MS 3172) (1 folder)

University papers re. P.J. Anderson's funeral at King's College Chapel, 15 May 1926 (GB 231 MS U 0921)

P.J. Anderson memorial lecture, 1935: The universities and the state, by William M. Alexander (GB 231 MS U 0561)

Collection of notes and extracts relating to students at English College, Douai, France, 1580-1802, compiled by William Forbes Leith, n.d. (GB 231 MS 0919/1) (1 folder)

Bibliography

P.J. Anderson, Major Alpin's Ancestors and Descendants (Aberdeen: Privately printed, 1904)

Records of the Scots Colleges at Douai, Rome, Madrid, Valladolid and Ratisbon. Vol. 1: Registers of Students, ed. by P.J. Anderson (Aberdeen: New Spalding Club, 1906)

Aberdeen Friars, Red, Black, White, Grey: Preliminary Calendar of Illustrative Documents, compiled by P.J. Anderson, Aberdeen University Studies, 40 (Aberdeen: His Majesty's Printers, 1909)

P.J. Anderson, Notes on Academic Theses, with bibliography of Duncan Liddel, Aberdeen University Studies, 58 (Aberdeen: Aberdeen University Press, 1912)

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