Papers of Adam Anderson

Scope and Content

The main body of papers relative to Anderson is a fine collection of personal letters, dating from between 1801 and 1809. Most were written to his parents, Andrew Anderson, shipmaster of Kincardine and Ann Moon. They enlighten both our understanding of Anderson's student days and the trading and ship-owning activities of his family. The papers also include a Report to the Perth water commissioners, (Perth, 1837).

Administrative / Biographical History

Adam Anderson (1780-1846) was Rector of Perth Academy for 28 years from 1809, and then Professor of Natural History at St Andrews University, 1837-1846.



Access Information

By appointment with the Archivist. Access to unpublished records less than 30 years old and other records containing confidential information may be restricted.

Acquisition Information

Given to the library by a descendant of Adam Anderson in 1994.


Description compiled by Rachel Hart, Archives Hub Project Archivist.

Other Finding Aids

No list.

Alternative Form Available

ms37520/9 Xeroxes of 8 letters and report to the magistrates of Perth relating to Perth Academy and water supply of Perth and to lighting burial ground, 1817-39;ms36998/9-11 Xeroxes of 3 letters to his son Andrew Anderson, 1841-1846.

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the University Archivist. Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Related Material

GB227 ms30385/1 Letter from Adam Anderson, Perth, 19 November 1818.

Additional Information

This material is original.