Steven Lawrie Research Papers

Scope and Content

Papers relating to research Dr Stephen Lawrie of the University of Aberdeen, carried out between 1996 - 2000, with 7 German-speaking exiles from 1930s Germany who had settled in Scotland. The papers are a mix of correspondence, interview transcripts and notes and biographical accounts written by Dr Lawrie based on his research. The seven exiles were: Dr Arno Gräf, Kurt Gutmann, Hans Jacobus, Jan Koplowitz, Ali Michelson and Ursula Neville.

Administrative / Biographical History

Steven Lawrie was born in Newport-on-Tay in 1964. He studied modern languages at the University of Aberdeen, where he also completed his PhD in German Studies on the topic of the Austrian exile writer Erich Fried. He lived and worked for a number of years in the Federal Republic of Germany and was a lecturer in German language and literature at the University of Aberdeen from 1993 to 2017. Dr Lawrie died in February 2017.

Access Information

Open. At least 48 hours' notice is required for research visits.


This archive forms one of the Exile Studies collections acquired through the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies at the Institute for Modern Languages Research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copies may be made subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Special Collections Reading Room staff, who will need a minimum of 48 hours to process requests. Some of the material in this collection is still in copyright; where the copyright has not been assigned to the University, responsibility for gaining permission to use such material rests with the user.

Custodial History

Steven Lawrie's colleague Gundula Sharman sorted through the papers in Dr Lawrie's office after his death in February 2017 and selected the material in this collection for the University of London as one of the IMLR's exile-related archives.