Catalogue description Robert Fordyce Aickman: Papers

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Details of PRO 30/82
Reference: PRO 30/82
Title: Robert Fordyce Aickman: Papers

Papers of Robert Fordyce Aickman, 1945 to 1981, arising mainly from his work as founder and vice-president of the Inland Waterways Association, and similar material of the general secretary of the association, 1950 to 1956, and of its Fenland Branch, 1948 to 1956.

There are minutes of meetings and papers of the association, 1950 to 1967, and of certain of its Branches, 1951 to 1969.

The series also includes minutes and papers of other organisations connected with rivers, canals, and inland transport, 1951 to 1981, together with a collection of waterways publications and assorted miscellanea, 1905 to 1978.

Further boxes of correspondence of Robert Aickman and the general secretary were received after Robert Aickman's death and have been integrated with the original deposit.

Date: 1905-1981

The whole collection was received in a largely unsorted state, with pages of the same letter in different boxes and enclosures separated from their covering letters. Every effort was made to arrange the papers in chronological order and to re-unite letters and enclosures but this was not always possible.

PRO 30/82/422-425 contain a number of such loose papers.

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Not Public Record(s)
Language: English

Inland Waterways Association, 1946-

Physical description: 436 file(s)
Immediate source of acquisition:

Robert Fordyce Aickman, 1913-1981

Publication note:

Aickman was the author of two books on British waterways, Know Your Waterways ( Coram, 1959) and The Story of Our Waterways (Pitman, 1955).

Administrative / biographical background:

Robert Fordyce Aickman was the founder of the Inland Waterways Association, vice-president from its foundation (1946) until his death (1981) and chairman until 1951. In addition, he was a council or committee member of other organisations concerned with the better maintenance and fuller use of the rivers and canals.

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