Fonds FOA - Adam Forman Sphagnum Moss papers and photographs

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Reference code

GB 235 FOA


Adam Forman Sphagnum Moss papers and photographs


  • 1916 - 1918 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

one box, 46cm

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Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Dr Adam Forman, Rev Adam Forman's grandson

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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.

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System of arrangement

The collection was categorised and arranged as follows:
GB 235 FOA/1 Photographs
GB 235 FOA/2 Forman’s Reports
GB 235 FOA/3 Later Additions (photocopied reports, articles, poem)

FOA/1 Photographs
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

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Conditions governing access

Collection is open to researchers by appointment, see (right click, open link in new tab:)

Conditions governing reproduction

Permission required from RBGE and Forman family retain copyright.

Language of material

  • English

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

good, album in need of some cleaning.

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See also Sphagnum Moss collection for related material, including photocopies of reports on gathering areas, a memo by Rev Adam Forman, and a report by W.W. Smith.
For information on the Forman family, including a family tree, see Denis Forman, Son of Adam (London: Andre Deutsch, 1990).

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