Manuscripts and Special Collections

Tag: Lawson

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Love found and love spurned in Manuscripts and Special Collections

February 13th, 2011 at 12:02

Valentine’s Day set me to thinking about items in the archives relating to love and romance. I’m in the process of cataloguing the papers of the Lawson family of Leeds and Nottingham. This sprawling collection covers over seven generations of a middle class family through their correspondence, vital records and ephemera. John Lawson (1878-1969) is [...]

Rare French wartime currency in the Lawson collection

April 20th, 2010 at 01:04

I’m coming to the end of cataloguing the Lawson collection and inevitably when sorting and listing archival material you have a number of items that never seem to fit with the main sequence of material. These generally form part of a miscellaneous section and are where the gems of a collection can sometimes be unearthed. Amongst [...]

What’s the difference between a gardener, a billiard master, a gentleman and a verger?

April 13th, 2010 at 11:04

…1st minds his peas, 2nd minds his cues, 3rd minds his ps and qs, 4th minds his pews and keys. Yet another example of some of the wonderfully diverse material available in the Lawson collection (ref. Ln). This extract comes from a ‘Book of Riddles’ written by Faith Winifred Clokie who later married John Lawson [...]