Papers of Ursula H. Blackwood (fl. 1955-1961)

Scope and Content

The material consists of papers which form both parts of Blackwood's work on Marsigli: Part 1 being the life of this 17th century military engineer and scientific writer, and subdivided into the periods 1658-1699, Marsigli the soldier and diplomat, 1699-1701, Marsigli the statesman, and 1702-1730, Marsigli the scientist; and, Part 2 being his work on the boundary commission between the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Turkey.

Administrative / Biographical History

Ursula H. Blackwood conducted research into Count Luigi Ferdinando Marsigli in Bolgona in the 1950s.

Count Luigi Ferdinando Marsigli (1658-1730) was an early orientalist. He was born in Bologna He was a pioneer in map-making, oceanography, gunnery, engineering, road planning, hygiene, transport systems, education, social welfare, oriental studies, and historical and ethnographical research. Marsigli was the founder of the Academy of Sciences in Bologna in 1712.

Access Information

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.

Acquisition Information

This original typescript came into Library possession on 19 September 1978.


The biographical/administrative history was compiled using material contained in the collection.

Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.

Alternative Form Available

Microfilm of typescript at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division, shelfmark Mic. M.1370.

Custodial History

Material originally deposited in the University in 1961 and microfilmed by the Library in 1965 when copies were sent to various world libraries.


Check the local Indexes for details of any additions.

Related Material

Ursula H. Blackwood may be the author of the material described on the Archives Hub as the Collection of Allegorical Fairy Stories at E88.95. One of the envelopes containing a bundle of typescript notes in that collection is addressed to Miss U. H. Blackwood, Ewell, Surrey.