NHS Grampian Archive – news

Royal Aberdeen Children's Hospital ward c.1889

Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital ward c.1889

The NHS Grampian Archives which hold the historic records of more than 100 hospitals and health organisations from across the Grampian region, have been located within Special Collections for over a year now.

Archivist Fiona Watson has retired and the new archivist is Fiona Musk, former archivist with Aberdeen City Council Archives.

Please note also that there are new opening hours. The NHS Grampian Archive is now open from Wednesday to Friday.
(Monday & Tuesday by prior appointment only)

For more information see our website:
www.abdn.ac.uk/library/about/special/nhs-grampian-archives/

Contact:
Fiona Musk
grampian.archives@nhs.net
Phone: 01224 274912

Andrew MacGregor
Deputy Archivist
andrew.macgregor@abdn.ac.uk

The adventures of George Hamilton-Gordon, 6th Earl of Aberdeen

Family seat at Haddo House, Aberdeeshire

Gordon’s family seat at Haddo House,     Aberdeeshire

A big thank you to James Youle, Senior Information Assistant in the Library, who has gifted an item to Special Collections. The item is an account of the adventures of George Hamilton-Gordon, 6th Earl of Aberdeen (1841-1870). The account originally appeared in the Banffshire Journal in 1871, and was re-printed as a pamphlet in 1934 for circulation amongst members of the family. It is based on the report of the Commissioner who visited America for the purpose of collecting evidence of Lord Aberdeen’s death without issue to enable his younger brother John to succeed him as 7th Earl.

Gordon had succeeded to the title on the death of his father, the 5th Earl, in 1864, but in January 1866 sailed to the United States, assumed the name of George H. Osborne, and for the next four years followed a sea-faring life. His travels from his base in America took him all around the world, either as a member of the crew on board different vessels or as a traveller, including the Canary Islands, the Bahamas, Mexico, Spain and Barbados. After an initial posting as an ordinary seaman on board the R. Wylie to the Canary Islands, he studied navigation at the British Nautical College in Boston for four months in his efforts to gain a post as First Officer in the merchant navy, and was registered as an Approved Shipmaster by the Shipmasters’ Association in 1868. He later was appointed Captain of the schooner Walton from December 1868-October 1869 transporting goods to different ports across America but drowned in January 1870 while serving as first mate on the schooner Hera of Boston, six days into a voyage to Australia and China.

Andrew MacGregor
Deputy Archivist
andrew.macgregor@abdn.ac.uk

 

Special Collections – over 40 new factsheets now available

Gateway from series of plans, drawings and sketches of Cairness House by James Playfair  (see factsheet, 'Architectural resources in  Special Collections')

Gateway from series of plans, drawings and sketches of Cairness House by James Playfair (see ‘Architectural resources in Special Collections’ factsheet)

A major expansion in resource discovery has been rolled out by Special Collections, with the completion of over 40 new collection factsheets. The new factsheets are organised into sections: Introductory, Media, Subject and by Geographical Area.

Examples include:

By Media type – Map and plan resources
By Subject – Ecclesiastical, Literary, Slave Trade, Transport and WW II resources
By Geographical Area – Old Aberdeen, Highlands & Islands and resources relating to the Circumpolar regions

All factsheets act as brief introductions to subject areas and cover the main relevant collections accessible via Special Collections, both from archives and rare books. They are also embedded with archive catalogue hyperlinks as well as providing additional information on related printed reference works and external web resources.

Check them out here – http://bit.ly/sccfactsheets. They are also available via the main ‘Library Guides’ section of the Library website.

Andrew MacGregor
Deputy Archivist
andrew.macgregor@abdn.ac.uk

Kathleen Kennedy and William Cavendish: A wartime wedding of two dynasties

Ed.- James Youle has been a Senior Information Assistant with University of Aberdeen libraries since 2007. He has a particular interest in twentieth century British art and photography. He tries to find images that offer an insight into the human being and regularly offers photographs to the National Portrait Gallery.

I recently donated two photographs to The National Portrait Gallery. They depict the 6th May 1944 wedding of William “Billy” Cavendish and Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy. Kathleen had arrived in London in 1938 as the daughter of American Ambassador Joseph P Kennedy and had quickly fallen in love with London and England, and later with Billy. In July 1943 she had written to her brother “Jack” (later President) Kennedy:

“I have just returned from a day and a half spent in the country with Billy at Eastbourne… For 24 hours I forgot all about the war… Billy is just the same, a bit older, a bit more ducal, but we get on as well as ever.”

The Marquess of Hartington, as Billy was titled, is dressed in his Coldstream Guards uniform, and the new Marchioness is in pink with a posy of pink camellias brought from Chatsworth in Derbyshire that very morning. Both look happy, but the path to the altar had been fraught. Billy was a Protestant and heir to the Duke of Devonshire. The American Kennedy family were Catholic, and Kathleen’s parents Joseph and Rose were particularly unhappy at the union. Only her brother Lieutenant Joseph Kennedy Jr attended, along with Billy’s family.

Kathleen wrote of Joe in 1944, “Moral courage he had in abundance… in every way he was the perfect brother…”.

Tragically both Joe and Billy died in 1944 on active service, Joe in Suffolk and Billy in Belgium. Kathleen was devastated but made a life for herself with the support of the Duke and Duchess, but in May 1948 she also died tragically. Rose Kennedy in her autobiography wrote of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire:

“They said how much they had loved Kathleen, and how grateful they had been to her because of the happiness she had brought to their son Billy. The Duchess suggested the epitaph ‘Joy she gave, and joy she has’.”

Kathleen was buried at Chatsworth.

James Youle
Senior Information Assistant
j.youle@abdn.ac.uk

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The two photographs donated by James can be viewed here on the National Portrait Gallery website.

Eds. Several books about the Kennedy family are available in the Library collections. Here are some suggestions if you are interested in reading more:

Dallek, R. (c.2003) An unfinished life : John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963. Boston [Mass.] ; London : Little Brown.
Shelfmark 973.922 Ken D (Floor 3, The Sir Duncan Rice Library)

Kennedy, R.F. (1974) Times to remember : an autobiography. London : Collins.
Shelfmark 973.9 Ken (Floor 3, The Sir Duncan Rice Library)

Schwarz, T. (c.2003) Joseph P. Kennedy : the mogul, the mob, the statesman, and the making of an American myth. Hoboken, N.J. : John Wiley & Sons.
Shelfmark 973.9 Ken S (Floor 3, The Sir Duncan Rice Library)

MAINTENANCE: Web of Science Personalisation – intermittent access Sunday 26 January

Please be advised that there may be intermittent access issues to Web of Science personalisation, EndNote Online, ResearcherID, and InCites during the period of Sunday January 26 2014 from 1200 to 1400 GMT. Thomson Reuters apologise for any interruption this may cause.

HeinOnline adds new content to World Constitutions Illustrated

This month HeinOnline has added 60 new documents and over 40 new titles to their World Constitutions Illustrated Library. A brochure is available here or go online to find out more.

About World Constitutions Illustrated (source HeinOnline):

“We are working to identify and acquire the source documents for every historical constitution for every country. As historical documents are identified, they will be added to the constitutional timeline for each country. Documents identified but not yet acquired will be listed to provide a documentary history of the constitution’s development. For every constitutional document, researchers will find the original text, amending laws, consolidated text, and important related texts. We will also link you to scholarly articles and commentary, and provide a bibliography of select constitutional books available elsewhere.”

Elaine Shallcross
e.shallcross@abdn.ac.uk

Historic Archives of the Scottish Catholic Church

The Historic Archive of the Catholic Church in Scotland will be available for research access at the University of Aberdeen’s Special Collections Centre from Thursday 1st August.

For further information on the collection and booking arrangements, please visit the collection web pages at www.abdn.ac.uk/library/about/special/scottish-catholic-archives.