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Guide to the Sir Angus Cunninghame Graham Naval History Manuscripts Collection
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographies
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Separated Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Sir Angus Cunninghame Graham naval history manuscripts collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1746-1967
    Date (bulk): 1746-1913
    Collection number: MS-M001
    Creator: Cunninghame Graham, Angus, Sir, 1893-1981
    Extent: 1.4 linear feet 4 boxes
    Repository: University of California, Irvine. Library. Special Collections and Archives.
    Irvine, California 92623-9557
    Abstract: This collection comprises naval documents, correspondence, and other related materials collected and assembled by British Admiral Sir Angus Cunninghame Graham. The materials provide insights not just into naval history but also day-to-day operations aboard British ships during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The collection includes ships' logs, navy lists, seamanship notebooks, and signal books, along with naval literature and notes, and sketches.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish, please contact the Head of Special Collections and University Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    Sir Angus Cunninghame Graham naval history manuscripts collection. MS-M01. Special Collections and Archives, The UC Irvine Libraries, Irvine, California. Date accessed.
    For the benefit of current and future researchers, please cite any additional information about sources consulted in this collection, including permanent URLs, item or folder descriptions, and box/folder locations.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired, circa 1966.

    Custodial History

    The collection was initially assembled by Commander Charles Elphinstone Fleeming Cunninghame Graham and it includes materials created or assembled by Admiral of the Fleet Sir Edward Seymour and Admiral Sir Douglas Romilly Lothian Nicholson.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Andre Ambrus, 2004.

    Biographies

    Angus Cunninghame Graham
    Admiral Sir Angus Edward Malise Bontine Cunninghame Graham of Gartmore, son of Commander C. E. F. Cunninghame Graham, was born in 1893. Cunningham Graham completed his education at Osborne and Dartmouth, served in the Grand Fleet, 1914-1918, and was Senior Naval Officer at West River, China from 1936 until 1938. He was Captain of H.M.S. (Her Majesty's Ship) Signal School, 1939-1941, and of H.M.S. Kent, 1941-1943. He also served as Commodore of the Royal Navy Barracks in Chatham 1943-1945 and became a Rear Admiral in 1945. In 1952, after serving as a Vice-Admiral for four years, he was appointed an Admiral. Among many other titles, Cunninghame Graham was also a Trustee for the National Library of Scotland, Commissioner of the Queen Victoria School, and Vice-President of the National Trust of Scotland. He died in 1981.
    Charles Elphinstone Fleeming Cunninghame Graham
    Commander C.E.F. Cunningham Graham, father of Angus Cunninghame Graham and brother of Robert Bontine Cunninghame Graham, famous Scottish politician and writer, was born in Edinburgh in 1854. After three years at Harrow he joined the crew of H.M.S. Britannia. He served the Royal National Lifeboat Institution for twenty-five years first as an Inspector of Lifeboats, and later as a Deputy Chief Inspector. He died in 1917.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This collection comprises naval documents, correspondence, and other related materials collected and assembled by British Admiral Sir Angus Cunninghame Graham. The materials provide insights not just into naval history but also day-to-day operations aboard British ships during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The collection includes ships' logs, navy lists, seamanship notebooks, and signal books, along with naval literature and notes, and sketches. Also included are brief biographies, by Angus Cunningham Graham, of the individuals who were instrumental in assembling this body of work.

    Arrangement

    This collection is arranged into 3 series.
    • Series 1. Ephemera files, circa 1830-1967. 0.4 linear ft.
    • Series 2. Ships' logs and related documents, 1757-1803. 0.4 linear ft.
    • Series 3. Signal books, 1746-1913. 0.6 linear ft.

    Separated Material

    Collection initially also included the diaries of Anne Elizabeth Bontine and additional materials which now comprise the Anne Elizabeth Bontine Diaries and Other Materials (MS-M29), Special Collections and Archives.