Papers of James Walter Dickinson Smith, 1899-1987, lecturer in religious education, University of Glasgow, Scotland

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  • Lecture notes of James Walter Dickinson Smith, c1920-1929.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Walter Dickinson Smith was born in Glasgow on   2 March 1899  . His father is recorded as being John Smith a dress buyer. During the First World War he served as a second Lieutenant with the Royal Airforce. He studied at  University of Glasgow, graduating in  1920  as MA, and in  1927  with his Ed B. In 1925 he became an Assistant at the University of Glasgow in the Department of Education under William Boyd. He was promoted to Lecturer in 1928. In the early 1930s his profession is listed as a Secretary and for a while he lived in Surrey, England. He moved to Edinburgh in 1937 and by 1940 had gained his BD from Edinburgh, becoming a Minister in Dumfriesshire. In 1944 he returned to Glasgow and became the Director of Religious Instruction, becoming the Principal Lecturer in Religious Education in 1949. In 1954 he gained his DD from the  University of Edinburgh .


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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

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Collection description compiled by Hannah Westall, Archives Assistant, 25 May 2000, and members of Glasgow University Archives Service Staff. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Andrew Thomson, Hub Project Archivist, 29 January 2004; and Melissa Downing, 2010. Catalogue edited by Emma Anthony, Business Archives Cataloguer, 11 July 2012; and amended by Sam Maddra, Assistant Archivist (cataloguing), 15 April 2015.

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