Papers of H Forsyth Hardy, 1920-1994, film critic and director of films of Scotland, 1955-1975

Scope and Content

Posthumous material, and papers collected by the Grierson Archive, including:

  • Material relating to John Grierson: a Documentary Biography (published 1979) and other papers concerning Grierson, 1963-1991
  • Material relating to H Forsyth Hardy's life and career, including correspondence relating to visit to US/Canada 1976
  • Correspondence relating to Royal Scotland 1952-1953
  • Miscellaneous reviews, notebook, press cuttings 1963-1972
  • Papers relating to Films of Scotland, including committee reports, correspondence, press cuttings, publications (including Scotland on Screen souvenir programmes 1960-1983)1954-1988.
  • Material relating to Edinburgh Film Guild, Film Societies, Edinburgh International Film Festival , including manuscript and typescript for Slightly Mad and Full of Dangers: The Story of the Edinburgh Film Festival (published 1992) 1929-1992
  • Correspondence, articles, transcripts, programmes and press cuttings undated
  • Material relating to Scottish Cinema, including correspondence, papers and manuscripts/typescripts relating to Scotland in Film (published 1990)1946-1990
  • Articles, transcripts, press cuttings, scripts, reviews and publications undated
  • Writings on the GPO Film Unit, including: correspondence, papers, articles and typescripts 1933-1940
  • Obituaries undated
  • General writings and broadcasts on cinema including publications 1945-1947
  • Articles and reviews 1930s-1950s
  • Broadcast transcripts and articles 1940s-1980s
  • Scrapbooks 1930s-1940s
  • Press cuttings 1929-1990
  • Publications 1927-1982

Administrative / Biographical History

H Forsyth Hardy (1910-1994 ) was born in Bathgate, West Lothian and educated at Bathgate Academy. He became the first film critic of the Scotsman in  1929 . He was one of the founders of the Edinburgh International Film Festival in  1947 . After a period of 15 years in the Scottish Office working on film production, he became Director of Films of Scotland (1955 ) and over a period of 20 years raised the finance for 150 films. Following his retirement in  1975 , Hardy went on to write several texts on  John Grierson (1898-1972 ) and Scottish film. He was an accomplished broadcaster and speaker and was appointed an OBE.


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Typescript list available within Stirling University Library Special Collections.

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Additional Information

Fonds level description compiled by H M Kemp and Alan Borthwick, Scottish Archive Network project, 10 May 2002.

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