Papers of Alexander Shanks, b1910, arts graduate, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

Lecture and other Notes:

  • English Ordinary 1930-1931;
  • Greek Philosophy 1931-1933;
  • Spinoza 1934;
  • Thesis on appreciation undated;
  • Class ticket, Junior Honours Class of English Literature 1932-1933.

Essays and Thesis:

  • English appreciation 1932-1933;
  • Philosophy 1933-1934;
  • Thesis submitted for degree of MA with honours in Moral Philosophy: Some Implications of the Regress, in Spinoza's Ethics Relative to the Problem of Freedom 1934;
  • Original MS of the book based on the thesis 1937;
  • Thesis submitted for degree of D Litt: An Introduction to Spinoza's Ethic and the Doctrine of otherness in relation to Spinoza's use of the term "idea" and to the concepts of Space and Time ;
  • Hamlet 1933-1934.

Lecture Notes of Flora M McFarlane, later Mrs Shanks:

  • Plato's Republic 1930-1931.
  • Correspondence and notes relating to deposited papers (incomplete)1983-1988;
  • Photographs 1930-1939.

Administrative / Biographical History

Alexander Shanks was born on 2 June 1910 and was an arts student at the University of Glasgow , Scotland from 1930-1934  . He graduated MA with Honours in English and Philosophy, in 1934  and went on to become a teacher.

The collection also holds some of the papers of Alexander Shanks's wife, Flora McDonald MacFarlane who was an arts student at the University of Glasgow from 1930-1934  . She graduated MA in 1934.


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received.

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Deposited by Alistair Shanks in 1983, 1986, 1988 & 1989

Other Finding Aids

Digital file level list available in searchroom.

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

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Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

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Custodial History



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Location of Originals

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Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and National Council on Archives,Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names


Fonds level description compiled by Andrew Thomson, Hub Project Archivist, 17 June 2005.

Amended by Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), 16 January 2008

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