Paterson Papers


IDENTITY STATEMENT
Reference code(s): GB 0233 Acc 4499
Held at: National Library of Scotland, Manuscripts Division
Domain: archival
Title: Paterson Papers
Date(s) of contents: 1890-1942
Level of description: Fonds
Extent and medium: 34 volumes of archival material, including 4 printed pamphlets.

CONTEXT

Name of creator(s): Paterson, Alexander (d 1940)

Administrative/Biographical history: Alexander Paterson qualified as a doctor at Edinburgh in 1885. He subsequently spent a few years in London, Cairo and Aden, before embarking on his main career as a medical missionary for the United Fee Church of Scotland, at Hebron in Palestine, in 1893. He remained there until the station was handed over to the Church Missionary Society in 1922, when he retired to Edinburgh. He died in 1940. His only published work is the posthumous Jesus meets Paul, a duologue in Paradise (Glasgow: Gibson & Sons,1942).

See also:
William Ewing, Paterson of Hebron, "the Hakim": missionary life in the mountain of Judah (London: Clarke, 1931).

Custodial history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Presented to the National Library of Scotland in 1968.

CONTENT AND STRUCTURE

Scope and content/abstract: The collection comprises the following material:
Twelve letters to Paterson and his wife (1890-1942).
Works by Paterson himself which comprise autobiographical material including a diary of internment after the declaration of World War I; fragments of a history of Israel; sermons, theological and liturgical notes; poetry; diaries (both private and mission-related, including time spent in the UK and Israel, from 1892 to 1927); manuscript of a theological dialogue of similar intent to Jesus meets Paul, a duologue in Paradise; linguistic notes including French and German language lessons and notes on New Testament vocabulary; miscellaneous notebooks.
Secondary material including papers (including four printed pamphlets) on the political state of Palestine after World War I; a typescript testimonial to Paterson from the People of Hebron; an envelope of newspaper cuttings on miscellaneous subjects; a typescript review of Ewing's Paterson of Hebron.

System of arrangement: The collection is arranged as follows:
1. Correspondence to Paterson and his wife (in addition some other letters are inserted at the front of the diaries (items 8-17).
2. Autobiographical material (including a diary of internment after the declaration of World War I, and fragments of a history of Israel.
3. Papers on the political state of Palestine after World War I.
4. Sermons and other theological notes.
5. Liturgical notes, including a typescript (two copies) service book.
6. Poetry.
7. Typescript testimonial to Paterson from the People of Hebron, an envelope of newspaper cuttings on miscellaneous subjects and a typescript review of Ewing's Paterson of Hebron.
8. Paterson's diary (27th December 1892 to 23rd February 1896) covering time spent in Jerusalem.
9. Paterson's diary (August 1900 to 5th March 1901).
10. Paterson's diary (13th June to 14th December 1918).
11. Paterson's diary (11th September 1919 to 13th March 1920) covering time spent in the UK (especially Scotland, including Edinburgh) and the Middle East (including Jerusalem and Hebron).
12. Paterson's mission diary (1st March 1920 to 10th January 1921).
13. Paterson's private diary (14th March to 30th April 1920) covering time spent in Hebron.
14. Paterson's private diary (1st May 1920 to 18th May 1921) covering time spent in Hebron, Jerusalem and Haifa.
15. Paterson's private diary (19th May 1921 to 1st September 1922) covering time spent in Hebron, Jerusalem and Haifa.
16. Paterson's private diary (1st September 1922 to 27th March 1924) covering time spent in the UK.
17. Paterson's private diary (28th March 1924 to 20th November 1927) covering time spent in the UK.
18-19. Manuscript of a theological dialogue of similar intent to Jesus meets Paul, a duologue in Paradise.
20-26. Liturgical notebooks.
27. Notes on New Testament vocabulary.
28-34. Miscellaneous notebooks.

ACCESS AND USE

Language: Mainly English, with some French, German, Greek and Latin.

Conditions governing access:

Conditions governing reproduction:

Finding aids: Handlist.

ALLIED MATERIALS

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Note: Description compiled using the collection itself.

Date(s) of descriptions: July 2002.


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Ancient religions
Christianity
International politics
Literary forms and genres
Medical missionaries
Medical missionary work
Missionaries
Missionary work
Poetry
Religions
Religious activities
Religious belief
Religious groups
Theology

Personal names
Paterson | Alexander | (d 1940) | medical missionary in Hebron for the United Free Church of Scotland

Corporate names
United Free Church of Scotland

Places
Asia
Edinburgh
Europe
Haifa
Hebron
Israel
Jerusalem
Middle East
Palestine
Scotland
UK
Western Europe