Washington Irving in John Murray Archive exhibition
Celebrated American novelist Washington Irving (1783-1859) is the latest author to be represented in the John Murray Archive exhibition.
Author of classics stories such as 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' and 'Rip Van Winkle', Irving was a prolific writer. His work included essays, histories, biographies and travel accounts, although he is known best for his short stories.
Among items on display at the National Library of Scotland are letters he wrote to John Murray publishers, and a legal copyright document from 1860. John Murray III supported Irving when he became embroiled in a legal battle with publisher Henry George Bohn.
Manuscripts Curator David McClay says: 'The new items we have added to the John Murray Archive exhibition tell Irving's fascinating story, including his legal dispute, which was eventually settled out of court.
'Irving is an important character for us to feature in the exhibition, given not only his remarkable friendship with Murray, but also his subsequent transatlantic literary success.'
Read more in our Washington Irving press release.
23 December 2010
Historic Scottish Post Office directories now online
Stirling County Library.
Over 280 Scottish Post Office directories are available for the first time online for family and town history research.
Ranging from 1774 to 1911, and issued annually, the directories include an alphabetical listing of the inhabitants of a town or county. Most of them also list people by street and by trade.
Some directories record other information - banks, churches, insurance companies, teachers, and medical and law practitioners, for instance.
Access to these directories has been made possible by partnership project involving a number of Scottish libraries. When completed in summer 2011, the project will deliver a website which will search over 600 Post Office directories covering most of Scotland.
22 December 2010
NLS maps on site for researching Scotland's places
Visitors to the ScotlandsPlaces website can now access 18,000 maps from the National Library of Scotland's collections.
Recently re-launched, the site provides digitised maps, plans, reports and photographs for places in Scotland past and present. Users can browse and search for images and records across different national databases using geographic location.
Other digital material has been provided by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland (RCHAMS) and the National Archives of Scotland (NAS). You can access, for example:
- Monument records
- Register house plans
- Medical officer of health reports
- Land ownership records
- Horse tax rolls.
Search is by dynamic map or by county, and you can browse using place name or co-ordinates.
NLS has joined RCHAMS and NAS as a partner in this collaborative resource.
22 December 2010
Deadline approaches for views on legal deposit proposals
The National Library of Scotland has published its draft response to draft proposals for preserving non-print publications for future generations.
A consultation on the legal deposit libraries regulations being put forward by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport closes on 22 December. The department is seeking views on all aspects of the proposals from libraries, other interested organisations and members of the public.
When finalised, the regulations will ensure that significant publications are deposited with legal deposit libraries regardless of the medium they are published in, and preserved as part of the national archive.
The NLS draft response to the draft regulations answers specific questions posed by the department. You can find out more about the regulations and answer the questionnaire online on the Department of Culture, Media and Sport website.
14 December 2010