Gem from the Archive: our new tiger diary continues

By Matt Elton, 16 September 2010 - 8:05am

In the second part of our new series, we take a further look at one of the documents featured in this month's Gem from the Archive – a 19th-century letterbook detailing a tragic accident

Thursday 16 September 2010
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Last week we launched our new Tiger Diary, exploring in more depth a fascinating document featured in the latest of our Gem from the Archive feature in which an archivist chooses a favourite document from their collection.

If you've already got your hands on a copy of our new October issue, you may have seen a fascinating 19th-century letterbook chosen by Clare Paterson from the Scottish Business Archives, based at the University of Glasgow. The book was compiled by James Finlay & Co, a Glaswegian textile and tea estate firm with extensive holdings in India and Sri Lanka, and provides a fascinating insight into the lives and working conditions of men who headed overseas to start a new life.

It also includes details of a shocking tiger attack suffered by a Mr Strachan, one of the firm's employees. Over the next few weeks we'll be publishing more pages from the letterbook, following the story of Mr Strachan over the subsequent months.

To view this week's instalment, simply click on the pages above (a larger image will open in a new tab or window). We'll be publishing new pages every week, so keep checking back to learn more about the extraordinary level of detail such documents can provide.

You can also find out more about the document, together with the other records held by the University of Glasgow Archives, on their website.

 

TAKE IT FURTHER 

► Find out more about the letterbook and the other records held at the archives here.
► Main picture © university of glasgow archives /  photographic unit

 

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