Evergreen: Patrick Geddes and the Environment in Equilibrium


  • University of Edinburgh

Project summary

This project is to preserve, conserve, catalogue and virtually reunite two collections of the papers of Sir Patrick Geddes at Edinburgh and Strathclyde universities. Sir Patrick (1854-1932) was a Scottish biologist, sociologist, geographer, philanthropist and pioneering town planner. He was a pioneer of the environmental movement and developed a highly individualistic theory of societies and cities. The 3,000-item collection in Edinburgh is predominantly large format and photographic materials. The collection in Strathclyde comprises 193 archive boxes containing a variety of formats, including paper, news and magazine cuttings, photographic prints and glass photographic slides, and around 4,000 maps, plans, tracings and prints.