Christopher Murray Grieve Collection: Finding Aid

Finding aid prepared by Maggie Hughes.
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Overview of the Collection

Title: Christopher Murray Grieve collection
Dates (inclusive): 1927-1929
Collection Number: mssGrieve
Creator: MacDiarmid, Hugh, 1892-1978
Extent: 3 boxes (3.9 linear feet)
Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2191
Email: reference@huntington.org
URL: http://www.huntington.org
Abstract: Collection contains 119 essays and 4 letters written by Christopher Murray Grieve. The manuscript essays, dating from 1927-1929, cover topics related to Scottish culture and politics and were often published weekly in various Scottish newspapers under pseudonyms, usually "Mountboy" or "Special Correspondent."
Language: English.

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Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. Christopher Murray Grieve collection, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Provenance

Collection is comprised of materials purchased from K. D. Duval Rare Books in two accessions, July 1962 and April 1963. Accession dates are noted on individual folders.

Biographical Note

Christopher Murray Grieve (1892-1978), best known by the pen name Hugh MacDiarmid, was a Scottish poet, journalist, and critic. He studied at Edinburgh University and served in the Royal Medical Corps (1915-1920). Following wartime service, he became a journalist at the Montrose Review in Montrose, Angus. Grieve was politically active, a founder member of the National Party of Scotland (now the Scottish National Party) in 1928 and at times a member of the Communist Party. As a poet, he is credited with leading the Scottish literary renaissance in the first half of the 20th century.

Scope and Content

Collection contains 119 essays and 4 letters written by Christopher Murray Grieve. The materials date from 1927-1929, while Grieve was living in Montrose, Scotland and working at the newspaper Montrose Review. The manuscript essays cover topics related to Scottish culture and politics and were syndicated via the Scottish Secretariat to various weekly local Scottish newspapers under pseudonyms, usually "Mountboy" or "Special Correspondent." Newspapers that published the pieces include the Kelso Journal, Kilmarnock Standard, Brechin Times, Perth Advertiser, and others.

Related Materials in the Huntington Library

MacDiarmid, Hugh [pseudonym]. Direadh III manuscript, 1930s. HM 22515.

Arrangement

Materials are arranged by type: correspondence and manuscripts. Manuscripts are arranged alphabetically by title.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

Subjects

MacDiarmid, Hugh, 1892-1978.
Montrose (Scotland).
Politics and culture -- Scotland.
Scotland -- Politics and government.
Scottish literature -- 20th century.
Scottish National Party.

Forms/Genres

Essays -- Scotland -- 20th century
Letters (correspondence) -- Scotland -- 20th century
Manuscripts -- Scotland -- 20th century

Alternate Authors

Grieve, Christopher Murray, 1892-1978.


Collection Contents

Box 1, Folder 1-41

Correspondence, manuscripts (A-I) 1927-1929

Scope and Content

Folder 1 contains 4 letters written by Grieve in 1927-1928 addressed to the Scottish Secretariat and "Miss Archibald" (probably a staff member of the Secretariat). Folders 2-41 contain manuscripts.
Box 2, Folder 1-40

Manuscripts (I-S) 1927-1929

Box 3, Folder 1-39

Manuscripts (S-W) 1927-1929