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McAdam, John Loudon: letter

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS1138
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: McAdam, John Loudon: letter
Date(s): 1826
Level of description: Fonds
Extent: letter
Name of creator(s): McAdam | John Loudon | 1756-1836 | builder and administrator of roads


Administrative/Biographical history:

John Loudon McAdam was born in Ayr in 1756. He became famous as a road builder, in particular for his seminal book Remarks on the Present System of Road Making (1816). McAdam was so influential that his surname has entered the English language as 'tarmacadam' and 'tarmac', a synonym for the tarred road surface he invented.


Scope and content/abstract:

Letter from John Loudon McAdam to the antiquary and topographer, John Britton, 27 Oct 1826. Thanking Britton for his paper and commenting on prospective modifications to the Poor Law.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

1 item only

Conditions governing access:

Open for research

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Finding aids:

Collection-level description

Archival Information

Archival history:

Transferred from Senate House Library.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Senate House Library

Allied Materials

Related material:

McAdam's papers are also held at the following institutions; papers (56 items) at the Museum of the City of New York Library; observations on his life and work (1800) at Manchester Archives and Local Studies (record reference L15); letters to Lord Grenville (1811-20) at the British Library, Manuscript Collections; correspondence with JA Stewart-Mackenzie and Admiral Keith Stewart (1787-1824) at the National Archives of Scotland (record reference GD46 link to online catalogue).

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Anya Turner.

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:
July 2008

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