Sir Patrick Geddes, Professor of Botany, University College, Dundee

Scope and Content

Photocopies of documents from the Sir Patrick Geddes collection held at the University of Strathclyde, relating to his period at University College, Dundee; 'Note on Draft Plan for Institute of Geography', and 'Nature Study and Geographical Education', by Sir Patrick Geddes; taken from the Scottish Geographical Magazine, Vol. 18, 1902. [Photocopy]; 'A Naturalists' Society and its Work', Parts 1 and 2; taken from the Scottish Geographical Magazine, Vol. 19, 1903.

Administrative / Biographical History

Patrick Geddes was born in Ballater in 1854 and later studied under Thomas Huxley at the Royal College of Mines in London between 1874 and 1878. He worked as a Biology demonstrator and zoology lecturer at Edinburgh University between 1880 and 1888. Geddes held the Chair of Botany at University College Dundee between 1888 and 1919, lecturing in the summer terms only. During his time as Professor of Botany at University College Dundee, he travelled extensively in America lecturing at many universities and published widely on town planning and urban studies. He was appointed to the Chair of Sociology at University of Bombay in 1919 and continued until 1924. Geddes was asked to design the new Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1919 and travelled to it's opening in 1924. He was knighted in 1932 and died the same year in Montpellier.


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Access Information

Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act and any other appropriate legislation.

Acquisition Information

The bulk of the records were acquired in photocopy form from Strathclyde University Archives in 1994. Other parts were acquired at unknown periods.


This collection was previously catalogued as Recs C/9.

Fonds level description compiled by Andrew Nicoll and revised by Sarah Chubb, Archives Hub Project Archivist, June 2002.

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Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges are made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply.

Custodial History



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Related Material

MS 79 Mrs Barbara S Martin: Patrick Geddes Memorabilia

Correspondence and papers at Strathclyde University Archives (ref: T-GED, T-TYR); correspondence and papers 1879-1932 at the National Library of Scotland, Manuscripts Division (ref: MSS 10501-657, 19253-87, 19994-99); official papers 1919-22 at the Public Record Office (ref: MT49); letters to James Mavor 1887-1925 at the University of Toronto Library; correspondence with Charles Sarolea 1912-29 at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections (ref: Sar coll)

Additional Information

The originals are held at Strathclyde University Archives.

Geographical Names