University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Alexander Cumming Dewar:

An Inventory of His Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: Dewar, Alexander Cumming, 1803-1880
Title: Alexander Cumming Dewar Collection
Dates: 1825-1857
Abstract: The collection of Alexander Cumming Dewar, British peer and soldier, contains his lengthy handwritten manuscript entitled Journal of My Life in India. A few dried leaves, plant samples, and one feather are tipped into the journals.
Call Number: Manuscript Collection MS-1150
Extent: 3 boxes (1.26 linear feet)
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center



Open for research

Administrative Information

Processed by:

Joan Sibley and Jamie Hawkins-Kirkham, 2011


This finding aid replicates and replaces information previously available only in a card catalog. Please see the explanatory note at the end of this finding aid for information regarding the arrangement of the manuscripts as well as the abbreviations commonly used in descriptions.

Container List


Journal of my life in India, bound handwritten manuscript, 6 volumes, 1825-1857:
1.1 Volume I, 1825-1828.
1.2 Volume II, 1828-1833.
2.1 Volume III, 1833-1837.
2.2 Volume IV, 1837-1843.
3.1 Volume V, 1843-1849.
3.2 Volume VI, 1849-1857.
(From the Parsons Collection.)

Explanatory Note Concerning Manuscript Collections Cataloged in the Card Catalog

Prior to 1990 when archival cataloging procedures were adopted at the Ransom Center, all manuscript collections were described in a card catalog.

Organization of Collections:

Manuscripts for each author collection were organized into four categories:

  • Works: manuscripts by the author, arranged alphabetically by title;
  • Letters: the author's outgoing correspondence, arranged alphabetically by recipient name;
  • Recipient: the author's incoming correspondence, arranged alphabetically by the author of the letter; and
  • Miscellaneous: all other manuscripts and correspondence, arranged alphabetically by creator.

Materials that did not fit into these categories, such as art, photographs, books, and near-print materials such as newspaper clippings, were dispersed to other Ransom Center collections for cataloging and storage.

Abbreviations Used in Descriptions:

The symbols below were used in combinations. For example ALS means autograph letter signed; Tccms means typed carbon copy manuscript, etc.

  • A = autograph (i.e., handwritten)
  • T = typed
  • S = signed
  • I = initialed
  • Ms = manuscript
  • Mss = manuscripts
  • L = letter
  • FL = form letter
  • N = note
  • D = document
  • C = card
  • PC = post card
  • cc = carbon copy
  • p = page
  • pp = pages
  • l = leaf
  • ll = leaves
  • nd = no date
  • inc d = incomplete date