I am doing a Masters degree in History at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. For my dissertation I am studying the 18th century Scottish politician Henry Dundas, and the disannexation of estates forfeited following the 1745 Jacobite rising, and in particular the estates of the Earl of Perth. The papers of James Drummond, the eventually successful claimant to the Perth estates, are in the Brooke Russell collection at NYPL. I could possibly visit, but the alternative suggestion from NYPL is that I hire a research assistant for a day or two. One large volume of papers is all that is involved. They have not been digitised and the Library say they cannot scan the whole volume, but a visitor may photograph selected documents. Based on my searches in the National Archives of Scotland, it should be easy to identify the sort of documents I am interested in.
The task should be no more than one day’s visit, photography or some copying, ensuring referencing, and dispatching by email.
I’m thinking of a post-graduate student with some knowledge of Scottish or British History, and preferably someone who is used to reading eighteenth century scripts.
If interested, please contact me, Alan Jacques at