Fonds BC215 - Beattie Collection

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Beattie Collection


  • 1890-1966 (Creation)

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ca.200 items.

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Sir John Carruthers Beattie was the first principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Town from 1918 to 1937.

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Letters to Sir J Carruthers Beattie from: Otto Beit, Lord Buxton, RFA Hoernle, Lord Kelvin, Rudyard Kipling, Sir Edward Lutyens, John X Merriman, Sir Maitland Park, Andrew Proctor, WP Schreiner, JM Solomon, JC Smuts.

Some South African College and University of Cape Town records, including reports of the S.A.C. Council, U.C.T. Financial statements, various official Government notices and reports relating to the University Bill, newspaper clippings about the University question.

Addresses and articles by Sir J Carruthers Beattie, and obituary notices.

69 notebooks and files of loose foolscap notes for his magnetic survey of South Africa, 1896-1906, published as "Report of a magnetic survey of South Africa", London Royal Society, 1909.


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  • English

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  • English



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