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Papers of Archibald Shanks

Collection Summary

Reference Code

GB 0248 DC 167

Date(s)

1859-1951

Extent and medium of the unit of description

0.30 metres

(15 items)

Existence and Location of Originals

This material is original.

Name of creator

Shanks | Archibald | 1870-1951 | naturalist and geologist

Biographical History

Biographical History

Archibald Shanks (1870-1951) was a chemist by trade but his main scientific interests as depicted in this collection were pursued in his spare time. He was greatly interested in the fields of natural history and geology and the depth of his interest is shown in the meticulous way in which he recorded local rainfall patterns and plants and birds that he had seen. His notebooks also record excursions he had undertaken and his interest in bee keeping and trees. He was acquainted with John Smith (1846-1930) through their mutual interest in natural history and among his papers are volumes which originally belonged to John Smith. He was also a member of several societies including the Geological Society of Glasgow, the Andersonian Naturalists' Society and the Natural History Society of Glasgow.

He began his career as an Analytical Chemist at the Tatlock factory in Ayrshire c1883. After 7 years there, he moved to work at Briggart's Bridgend Mills in Dalry. In 1907 he moved to Glasgow and remained in the city for some years until returning to Ayrshire where he worked as a chemist at the Glengarnock Iron and Steel Works until his retirement.

Archibald Shanks saved a woman from drowning in the river Clyde in 1913 and later received the Carnegie Hero Award for his bravery.

Scope and Content

Scope and Content

The papers Archibald Shanks consist of:

  • notebooks concerning natural history and criminology (1901-1919)
  • illustrated volumes relating to natural history (1859-1916)
  • folder of personal Information and photographs (1896-1951)

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