Personal and professional papers of Helena Mennie Shire [HMS], c 1929 - c 1991 (together with some earlier printed records), arranged in 9 series, as follows:
MS 3407/1: Personal papers, c 1929 - 1990s MS 3407/2: Correspondence, 1936 - 1991 MS 3407/3: Papers relating to HMS's' academic career, 1929 - 1990 MS 3407/4: Papers and correspondence relating to HMS's teaching career at Cambridge, 1953 - 1988 MS 3407/5: Papers and correspondence relating to HMS's published works, 1953 - 1990 MS 3407/6: Papers relating to broadcasts, musical presentations, lectures, and conference papers of HMS, 1954 - 1984 MS 3407/7: Miscellaneous research papers, 1939 - 1991 MS 3407/8: Material presented to HMS by colleagues and friends, 1937 - 1990 MS 3407/9: Miscellaneous material, 1832 - 1990
The personal papers contained in MS 3407/1 relate to HMS's time in Aberdeen and Cambridge, and include diaries, 1935 - 1991; photographs, c 1930s - 1970s; printed papers relating to her personal and scholarly interests, 1950s - 1990s; and a manuscript of her unpublished autobiography, As I Recall, n.d..
The correspondence listed in MS 3407/2 is extends to 4 boxes. Wide-ranging in nature and content, it covers matters of personal, professional and scholarly interest, with correspondents represented including close friends, colleagues, former students, publishers and societies. Occasionally, it also includes other material, for example, work sent to HMS for comment or refereeing. Although subject to a 70 year closure period, the series has been arranged chronologically by year, and an index of correspondents compiled, which will permit access to the earlier letters from 2007.
Papers relating to HMS's academic career (MS 3407/3) include a copy of her dissertation, Garland for Tom 'o Bedlam, submitted to Newham College, 1936; material relating to grant applications and overseas research trips, 1954 - 1971; applications for teaching posts at Cambridge,1959 - 1983; material relating to her honorary LL D from the University of Aberdeen, 1988, and correspondence re. publication of a proposed volume of Studies in Music and Poetry in Scotland, 1500 - 1700, 1955 - 1967 [subject to 70 year closure].
The papers and correspondence relating to HMS's teaching career at Cambridge (MS 3407/4) are comprised chiefly of material relating to her teaching and lecturing activities, 1953 - 1988, but also include some material relating to her role as undergraduate and postgraduate project supervisor, 1956 - 1986 [closed until further notice]; and regarding more general administrative matters at the university, 1953 - 1984.
The largest series in the collection, relating to HMS's published works (MS 3407/5) includes research notes, manuscript and published copies of her works, with associated correspondence, advertising material, etc. Works represented include Song, Dance and Poetry of the Court of Scotland Under King James VI, 1966 - 1974; A Preface to Spenser, with related Spenser work, 1968 - 1983; Music of Scotland 1500 - 1700 and related works, 1950s - 1987; Alexander Montgomerie: a Selection of his Songs and Poems (Edinburgh: Saltire Society, 1960), 1950s - 1968; The Poems from Panmure House (Cambridge: The Ninth of May, 1960), 1953 - 1962; Poems and Songs of Sir Robert Ayton (Cambridge: The Ninth of May, 1961), 1957 - 1964; The Thrissil, the Rois and the Fleur-de-Lys (Cambridge: The Ninth of May, 1962), 1950s - 1983; King Orphius, Sir Colling, The Brother's Lament, Litel Musgrave (Cambridge: The Ninth of May, 1973), 1973 - 1976; and The Sheath and the Knife or Leesome Brand (Cambridge: The Ninth of May, 1974), 1975 - 1986. Also included here is miscellaneous material relating to The Ninth of May series, 1957 - 1989; material relating to HMS's research on the writer and poet, Olive Fraser, 1932 - 1992; articles and essays published in journals, anthologies, newspapers, etc., relating predominantly to Musica Scotica, 1954 - 1990; and reviews written by HMS, 1970 - 1987.
Another substantial series relates to broadcasts, musical presentations, lectures, and conference papers with which HMS was involved, 1954 - 1984 (MS 3407/6). These include papers and correspondence relating to a series of broadcasts and talks on Scots song given between 1954 - 1956; various concerts given by the Saltire Society, based on the work of HMS, 1955 - 1971; copies of lectures delivered in relation to the Musica Scotia project, 1952 - 1981; and conference papers for the Congres de l'Association Internationale des Historiens de la Renaissance, 2 - 7 Sept 1957, the First (1975 ) and Second (1988) International Conference on Scottish Language and Literature, the North Cork Writers' Festival, 1975 - 1976, various SAES conferences (including the 1981 conference at which HMS presented a paper on Olive Fraser), and many others.The papers listed in sections-7 - 9 complement the contents of these 6 main series. Section 7, miscellaneous research papers, contains research notebooks on various topics, 1951 - 1954; miscellaneous unpublished articles, lectures and essays, 1962 - 1970, including items drafted for Music in Scotland 1500 - 1700, Song, Dance and Poetry, Music and Poetry under King James V, 1512 - 1537, Stewart Style, Musica Scotica; research notes on festivals in Scotland, 1950s - 1976; and a selection of books and other printed matter from HMS's library, 1924 - 1984. Section 8 contains material presented to HMS by colleagues and friends, 1937 - 1990, often for refereeing and comment, but also copies of articles and books received as gifts. The miscellaneous material described in section 9 comprises articles and photocopies from academic journals and books relating to HMS's research interests, 1832 - 1990; draft manuscripts of papers by colleagues and friends, 1950s - 1980s (including 2 sacred dramas by George Buchanan, Jephthah and The Baptist, c 1956; 4 poems by A. Green, n.d.; and novel Penultima Thule, by Ian Dahl, n.d.); newspaper cuttings and scrap book, 1955 - 1991.