James F Arnott Collection

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Collection of material relating to the theatre, with specific reference to Scotland, 1757-1981. Includes:

  • Programmes 1881-1952, including: Royalty Theatre 1881, Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh 1884-1891, Citizens' Theatre, Glasgow University Dramatic Clubs and Groups, 1943-1952
  • Playbills 1817-1866
  • Various artwork including: album of cartoons and drawings 1881-1882
  • Papers relating to Henry Siddons, including an obituary 1815
  • Various albums and scrapbooks containing images of Victorian and Edwardian personalities, undated
  • Theatre memorabilia, undated
  • Newsletters of Citizens' Theatre, 1946-1957, Scottish Society of Playwrights, 1979-1981, Glasgow Theatre Club, 1979
  • Magazines including: Scottish Theatre News, 1981, Scottish Theatre, 1969-1973, International Theatre Information, 1977-1980

Administrative / Biographical History

James Fullarton Arnott (1914-1982 ) was a student at Glasgow University and graduated in 1936. He was an assistant lecturer with the Department of English at Glasgow University in 1939 and senior lecturer from 1962. He left in 1966 for the newly founded Department of Drama at Glasgow University, where he became its first professor in 1973. He retired in 1979 and was appointed Emeritus Professor. He co-edited English Theatrical Literature, 1559-1900 (1969) with John William Robinson. He was involved with and served on many theatre organisations including: The Citizens' Theatre, Scottish Society of Playwrights committee, the Arts Council, The Third Eye Centre, Glasgow, The British Theatre Institute, The Scottish Theatre Company, The International Society for Theatre Research, the Royal Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Scotland.

Conditions Governing Access

Open

Other Finding Aids

Paper based sheaf binder containing item level descriptions available at the Scottish Theatre Archive

Item level descriptions are available via the online Scottish Theatre Archive catalogue at http://special.lib.gla.ac.uk/STA/search/

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Jo Peattie, Scottish Archive Network Project

Conversion from MS Access database and controlled access terms added by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, October 2002

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