- 1916 - 1918 (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
one box, 46cm
Name of creator
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Dr Adam Forman, Rev Adam Forman's grandson
Content and structure area
Scope and content
The collection comprises photographs and reports related to the gathering and preparation of Sphagnum moss, in and around the Moffat/Beattock area, S.W. Scotland, which was used as a medical dressing for wounds during the First World War.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
The collection was categorised and arranged as follows:
GB235 FOA/1 Photographs
GB235 FOA/2 Forman’s Reports
GB235 FOA/3 Later Additions (photocopied reports, articles, poem)
FOA/1/1 Album: ‘Moss Photographs’, photograph album, 92 b&w photos depicting the gathering and preparation of Sphagnum moss, many taken outside of Craigielands, home of the Forman family.
FOA/1/2 Loose photographs, mainly Duplicates from ‘Moss Photographs,’ approx. 70 b&w photos
FOA/2 Forman’s Reports
FOA/2/1 “Memo re Gathering” by Rev A. Forman, Craigielands, Beattock, June 1918, carbon copy, 6 pp.
FOA/2/2 Reports on 12 gathering areas, carbon copy with ms. Annotations - by Mr Archer?
FOA/3 Later Additions
FOA/3/1 Report on Sphagnum Areas, W.W. Smith, RBGE, 1916, photocopy.
FOA/3/2 Prof. George E. Nichols, “Sphagnum Moss: War Substitute for Cotton in Absorbent Surgical Dressings,” pp. 221–235, Annual Report Smithsonian Institution, 1918, photocopy.
FOA/3/3 “Sphagnum Moss,” poem by A.M.S. - photocopy
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
Conditions governing reproduction
Permission required from RBGE and Forman family retain copyright.
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
good, album in need of some cleaning.
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Place access points
Name access points
- Smith, Sir William Wright (Subject)
Genre access points
Description control area
Rules and/or conventions used
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