Papers of Robert Duncan MacLeod

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Correspondence; Testimonials; Photographs; Books and pamphlets; Reminiscences recorded in 1958; Biographical account by Margaret Nicoll, with research notes and correspondence; Obituaries

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Duncan MacLeod was born in Greenock in 1885, although his parents originally came from Harris. A pioneer of the library profession, R D MacLeod began his career as an Assistant at Greenock Public Libraries in October 1902 and in 1905 moved to Glasgow Public Libraries, where he served under City Librarians, Francis Thornton Barrett and S A Pitt. He was a founder member of the Scottish Library Association and other library professional groups and wrote articles for librarianship journals and newspapers. In 1915 MacLeod was appointed Librarian to the Carnegie United Kingdom Trust which was initiating a scheme to circulate books to rural areas in Scotland, a precursor of the county library network. This work was interrupted by war service in India during the Third Afghan War. On his return MacLeod accepted the post of Library Consultant with W & R Holmes (Booksellers) of Glasgow, one of the early library supply companies, and later became a Director. MacLeod showed an aptitude for journalism and the culmination of this interest was his founding of 'Library Review' to publish articles of a general, educational and literary nature. He edited 'Review' until 1964. His literary interests included John Davidson, the Greenock poet whose 'Poems and ballads' he edited, and the literature of the Scottish Literary Renaissance of the 1930s, which he promoted in a major exhibition in 1933. MacLeod died in 1973, having outlived all his contemporaries.

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Correspondence comprises mainly photocopies from originals held in private hands

Archivist's Note

Archivist's note: Description prepared by Margaret Harrison, Web version by Graham S. Holton, Jordanhill LibraryRules or Conventions: Description based on Scottish Archive Network guidelines, based on ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000). and Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997)Date of descriptions: October 2008

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