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Hamish Henderson Archive

The Hamish Henderson Archive (Coll-1438) includes papers and correspondence relating to all aspects of Henderson's career as poet, songwriter, scholar, and activist.

Original manuscript materials by Henderson include poems, songs, essays, articles, talks, lectures, letters to the press, and translations. There also fieldwork notes, including many transcripts of songs, and extensive materials relating to Henderson's work for the School of Scottish Studies. Henderson's political life is reflected in papers connected to the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, the Anti-Apartheid movement, and the Campaign for a Scottish Assembly.

Correspondence includes letters from major Scottish writers including George Mackay Brown, Helen B. Cruickshank, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Maurice Lindsay, Norman MacCaig, Hugh MacDiarmid, Naomi Mitchison, and Tom Scott, together with many international figures from the worlds of literature, folk music and scholarship, politics, and theatre.

There also numerous manuscripts of songs collected by or submitted to Henderson, as well as original verse by writers including Joe Corrie, T. S. Law, Norman MacCaig, Hugh MacDiarmid, Naomi Mitchison, and Tom Scott.

Besides manuscript materials, the Archive contains press cuttings, offprints, periodical issues, pamphlets, circulars, proofs, and personal documents (including diaries and records of Henderson's Second World War service).

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Hamish Henderson in Other EUL Collections

There is further material of Henderson interest in other EUL collections, including letters from Henderson to Helen Cruickshank, Maurice Lindsay, and Fred Urquhart, and Hugh MacDiarmid, as well as original manuscripts of poetry by Henderson.