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GREIG, Major Arthur (1893-1989)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 378 LDGSL/1080
Held at: Geological Society of London
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Full title: GREIG, Major Arthur (1893-1989)
Date(s): 1910-1958
Level of description: Series
Extent: 9 map sheets, 3pp
Name of creator(s): GREIG | Major | Arthur | 1893-1989 | administrator


Administrative/Biographical history:

Arthur Greig was born in London on 5 January 1893. One of eleven children, his formal education was not prolonged, but a schoolmaster had inspired him with an interest in books and ideas. On 13 October 1908, Greig joined the Society's staff (which then numbered only three) at the age of 15 on probation as an 'extra assistant in Library and Office'. He had been introduced to the Society by the then Clerk, Clyde Henderson Black, who was a neighbour and friend of the family. Greig's appointment was confirmed on 1 January 1909 as 'Assistant in Library, Office and Museum' at a salary of two shillings per week.

Following the outbreak of World War One in August 1914, Greig enlisted in the London Scottish Regiment and was posted overseas in March 1915. Apart from three months at an Officer Cadet School in Cambridge, Greig served with the infantry in France. Commissioned from the rank of sergeant in December 1916, he was demobilised in 1919, as a Captain.

On his return to the Society, he was promoted in October 1919 to Librarian. After C H Black's resignation as Clerk in April 1923, Greig was additionally given charge of the Library and Office with an assistant in each. In January 1931 he succeeded L L Belinfante as Assistant Secretary of the Society and editor of the Quarterly Journal. He was called up to serve again as a reserve officer in the Second World War, however his military duties involved aerodrome defence in South East England, guarding the Tower of London, which enabled him to keep in touch with Society business and continue his editorial duties. He was finally demobilised with the rank of Major. Greig retired as Assistant Secretary in 1961, but continued to serve the Society - creating cumulative indexes for the Quarterly Journal and contributing to the 'Annual List of Geological Literature Added to the Society Library'. He only relinquished these duties at the age of 90 years old, due to failing eyesight.

Greig's remarkable contribution to the Society was marked by his award of the Wollaston Fund in 1951, his award of an MBE in 1959 (nominated by the Society) and his election as Fellow on 8 May 1963, later becoming an Honorary Fellow on 29 April 1981. Arthur Greig died on 16 February 1989.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Major Arthur GREIG, 1910-1958, comprising:

Nine field maps of the Western Front, 1910-1918, relating to Captain Arthur Greig's military service in the London Scottish Regiment during the First World War (1914-1919); autobiographical notes by Greig probably made in 1958, covering his employment at the Society until the period until 1951.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English and French

System of arrangement:

As above.

Conditions governing access:

Access is by appointment only, daily readership fee is applicable unless you are a member of the Society. Please contact the Archivist for further information.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to copyright and the condition of the original, may be supplied. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Archivist.

Finding aids:

Online, detailed catalogue available shortly.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The WW1 maps were transferred from the Society's Library in 2001, the autobiographical notes were found among the papers of Sir (Cyril) James Stubblefield, which were presented to the Society by Peter Sabine, 20 February 1996.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Further biographical notes can be found in GSL/OBIT/2, which contains an offprint of a dedication written by Bernard Leake from the Quarterly Journal in 1978.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Source: obituary in the Society's 'Annual Report', 1989; autobiographical notes, LDGSL/1080/2. Description by Caroline Lam

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
August 2014

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