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Lindsay, James Ludovic (Earl of Crawford): letter (1907)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL70a
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Lindsay, James Ludovic (Earl of Crawford): letter (1907)
Date(s): 1907
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 2 leaves
Name of creator(s): Lindsay | James Ludovic | 1847-1913 | 26th Earl of Crawford and 9th Earl of Balcarres | astronomer and book collector


Administrative/Biographical history:

James Ludovic Lindsay was educated at Eton and Trinity College Cambridge before entering the Grendier Guards. He served as MP for Wigan from 1874 until 1880, when he entered the House of Lords on his father's death. Lord Crawford was a keen astronomer and bibliophile, maintaining an observatory in Scotland and a extensive library at the family seat of Haigh Hall, near Wigan. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society and, at various times, President of the Royal Astronomical Society, the Royal Philatelic Society, the Royal Photographic Society and the Camden Society.


Scope and content/abstract:

Letter from James Ludovic Lindsay of 2 Cadogan Square, [London] to R A Rye, [Librarian of the University of London], 9 Jun 1907. Describing how Lord Crawford had used the De Morgan Mathematical Collection, now in in the University Library, to help him in founding the mathematical and physical science section of his own library at Haigh Hall, 'second only, I think, to the Imperial Library of Pulcowa Observatory in Russia [Pulkovo Observatory, near St Petersburg]'. Describing the printing of the 'great catalogue' of his library as 'a very heavy business'. A postscript expresses sympathy for the death of William Brenchley Rye 'a very valued assistant [in the Earl's library] at Haigh'. Autograph, with signature.

Access & Use

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System of arrangement:

See hard copy catalogue.

Conditions governing access:

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Access to individual items in Senate House Library archives collections may be restricted under the Data Protection Act or the Freedom of Information Act. Please contact the University Archivist for details. 24 hours notice is required for research visits.

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:

Catalogue of the manuscripts and autograph letters in the University Library: Supplement 1921-1930 (1930). A copy is available in the Library's Palaeography Room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

See archivist

Immediate source of acquisition:

Inserted in a copy of Monier Evans's Crises of 1847-8, given by Le Marc to Chadwick.

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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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