Collection of publications relating to the Second World War, collected by Robert Hamilton, fl.1940s, Air Raid Precaution warden, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Pamphlets, many of which published by HMSO 1935-1946;
  • Parliamentary Papers 1939-1940;
  • Leaflets 1939-1941.

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Hamilton was an Air Raid Precaution Warden during WWII in Glasgow, Scotland. In  1935  , local authorities were encouraged to organise Air Raid Precautions, and by April 1937 an Air Raid Warden Service was created. In 1938 the service had over 2,000 recruits but by September  1939  there were more than 1.5 million ARP Wardens. Women as well as men joined the emergency services as an ARP warden. The wardens patrolled the streets watching for noticeable light and supervised people getting into air raid shelters. A warden needed to know how many people were sleeping on his patch and where, in case of a bomb or fire so that they could direct the rescue services quickly and effectively. Source:  Imperial War Museum webpages .


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Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and National Council on Archives,Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names


Fonds level description created by Andrew Thomson, Hub Project Archivist, 07 January 2005

Revised by Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), 04 January 2008

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