Papers of Ivy Lilian McClelland, 1908-2006, Lecturer in Hispanic Studies, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

ACCN 3644  

  • Personal papers of Ivy McClelland, 1908-2006
  • McClelland's research notes, c 20th century
  • Correspondence regarding Ivy McClelland's position as Senior Research Fellow and then her nomination for Honorary Professorship at Glasgow University, 1976-2002
  • Correspondence by Glasgow University staff regarding Ivy McClelland, 1976-2006
  • Correspondence regarding the establishment of the Ivy McClelland Research Chair of Spanish, Feb-Apr 1995
  • Correspondence regarding Ivy McClelland's work, 1987-1989
  • Correspondence and advertisement of the Annual Ivy McClelland Lecture, 1998-1999
  • Correspondence regarding the two Homage Volumes of the Bulletin of Hispanic Studies for Ivy McClelland, c 1989-1991
  • Correspondence regarding Ivy McClelland's retirement, 1973
  • Correspondence from Ivy McClelland's publishers, 1952- 1990
  • McClelland's undergraduate BA thesis on 'Lyrical Poetry in the Nineteenth Century in its Relation to the Spanish Temperament', 1930
  • McClelland's postgraduate MA Thesis on 'Report of Investigations on The Native Origins of the Nineteenth Century Romantic Movement in Spain', 1932
  • Undergraduate lecture notes by Ivy McClelland, 1927-1930
  • Lecture notes used for teaching undergraduate & honours classes, c 1930s- 1970s
  • Photographs, c late 20th century
  • Memoirs of Ivy McClelland on the Queen Margaret Hall of Residence, c 1950s- 1960s
  • Handwritten poetry of Ivy McClelland, prior to publication in 2009
  • Unpublished articles by McClelland, 2009
  • Publications relating to Hispanic studies, 1980-1993
  • Ivy McClelland's obituary from the Herald newspaper, May 2006 and The Independent , Apr 2006

ACCN 3651  

  • Correspondence regarding article revisions, 1963
  • Photocopies of articles and correspondence on Luis Cernuda, 1966-1989
  • Letter from Norman Lamb to Prof Ann Mackenzie recalling his time as temporary assistant under McClelland’s headship in the Spanish Department during the first winter of WWII, 2006

Administrative / Biographical History

Ivy Lilian McClelland was born in Liverpool in 1908. Ivy first studied Hispanic Studies at Liverpool University between 1927-1930, before she joined the staff at the University of Glasgow in 1930 as an Assistant Lecturer in Spanish. She was also the first female academic within the institution to teach and research on Hispanic Studies topics. Among her specialties and areas of interest were 17th century Spanish drama, the Spanish Golden Age and important and influential Spanish figures such as Ignacio de Luzán.

Ivy McClelland also acted as a tutor and sub-warden at the Queen Margaret Hall of Residence for female students from the late 1940s up until the early 1960s, and she recorded her experiences during this time in a unpublished memoir. As well as her academic interests and position within the Queen Margaret, Ivy was also interested in poetry, and only in 2009 a collection of her poetry was published.

During her time at Glasgow she was given many awards and honours which reflect her international success as a scholar. In 1966 Ivy took the position of Reader within the Department at Glasgow, before retiring in 1973 and becoming a Senior Research Fellow, at the age of 65. In 1981, the Department of Hispanic Studies at Glasgow established the annual Ivy McClelland Lecture, which included 2 homage-volumes of essays (one published in the UK and the other in the USA). In 1989, she was awarded a Doctor of Letters degree by the University of Glasgow. In 1995, the University of Glasgow also established the Ivy McClelland Research Chair of Spanish, and finally in 1997 Ivy was also awarded an honorary professorship in Hispanic Studies. Ivy passed away in April 2006.


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Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Gift : Professor Ann Mackenzie : 6 Feb 2011 : ACCN 3644

Gift : Professor Ann Mackenzie : 15 Mar 2012 : ACCN 3651


Collection box listed by Jennifer Turner, Archive Assistant, 23 Aug 2012 (ACCN 3644) and Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist (Accessions), 29 Mar 2012 (ACCN 3651). Collection level description created by Jennifer Turner, Archive Assistant, 14 Dec 2012.

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File list available by request to the  Duty Archivist