Papers of Archibald S Shanks, 1870-1951, chemist and geologist

Scope and Content

  • Notebooks, 1901-1912;
  • Volumes, c19th century;
  • Presscuttings and notes, 1903-1951;
  • Photographs, c1880-1930;
  • Letters, 1913-1930.

Administrative / Biographical History

Archibald S Shanks was born in Gourock, Scotland, in September  1870  . He began his career as an analytical chemist and then gained the appointment as chemist at the Glengarnock Iron and Steel works in Ayrshire, Scotland. Shanks was also a keen naturalist and geologist in his spare time. In  1894  he joined the Andersonian Naturalists Society, and then the Natural History Society of Glasgow in 1904. When Shanks worked in Ayshire he became well aquainted with John Smith, the famous botanist and geologist, and joined the Geological Society of Glasgow in about 1897, and was made an honorary member prior to his death in May  1951  . In 1913 Shanks received the Carnegie Hero Award for saving a woman from drowning in the river Clyde.


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Acquisition Information

Purchased by the University of Glasgow: with the aid of a grant from the Local Museum Purchase Fund: 1984

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Digital file level list available in searchroom.

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Archivist's Note

Fonds level description compiled by Andrew Thomson, Hub Project Archivist, 22 October 2004

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Custodial History



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Related Material

GB 248 DC 054, papers of John Smith of Dalry, 1846-1930, geologist, antiquarian and natural historian.

Location of Originals

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