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File BUR - Burma Expedition (1961-62)

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Burma Expedition (1961-62)


  • 1961 - 1962 (Creation)

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Small collection; 1 Folder reports, correspondence and newspaper cuttings

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Keenan, James (Jimmy)

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Grierson, Andrew J.C. (1929-1990) (24/04/1929-11/09/1990)

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After graduating with a degree in Botany from the University of Edinburgh in 1951, Andrew John Charles Grierson (1929-1990) was appointed Scientific Officer at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. A taxonomist, he specialised in Compositae and the Floras of Turkey and Bhutan. (From Obituary by I.C. Hedge and D.G. Long in the Edinburgh Journal of Botany, v.51(2), iii-vii, 1994

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regarding the RBGE Burma Expedition (1961-62).
1. letter,5th April 1960, from H.R. Fletcher (R.K.) to W.V. Wastie (Under Secretary), proposing Botanical Expedition to North West Upper Burma by P.S. Green & J. Keenan – Map missing.
2. List of items purchased for 1961 expedition.
3. Note, dated 5th December 1960, relating to payment of salary in advance.
4. 2 letters, dated 13th February 1961, dealing with pay to Grierson & Keenan
5. Note, 1st February 1961, regarding leave of absence Grierson & Keenan
6. Transport requisition form 2nd March 1961
7. Carbon copy of Transport requisition form 26th April 1961
8. Consignment copy for goods to Burma expedition via Glasgow
9. Note, stating Keenan’s last day of Service at RBGE, prior to departure for Burma was 12th April 1961
10. Note from Keenan, dated 12th April 1961 to Dr. Fletcher (RK) confirming leave.
11. Air Mail letter from Keenan to Dr. Fletcher, dated 19 June 1961, 1st Report from Rangoon re: situation
12. Air Mail letter from Keenan to Dr. Fletcher, dated July 1961, 2nd Report from Burmese forests
13. 14th August, Keenan’s 3rd Report from Tavoy area
14. Letter from Dr. Fletcher (RK), to Keenan, dated 13th September, concerned about finances & progress.
15. Keenan’s Brief Report July – September, 15th 196, to Dr. Fletcher (RK), Edinburgh & Dr. Taylor, Director at Kew - to be read with Document 16.
16. Letter, dated 9th October 1961, from Dr. Taylor, Director at Kew, to Dr. Fletcher (RK), Edinburgh, regarding Keenan’s Report.
17. Financial summary re: Keenan’s memos
18. BLB’s first thoughts to H.R. Fletcher (RK), re: Keenan’s situation
19. Note to Keenan from H.R. Fletcher, need to keep Kew informed of financial situation
20. Air Mail letter from Keenan to Dr. Fletcher, dated 20 December 1961, from Kumon Range expedition & general situation.
21. Fletcher to Keenan, letter dated 16th January 1962, no news regarding finance.
22. Letter from Fletcher to Geo. Taylor (Kew) regretting that Taylor is having to request more funding for expedition.
23. Letter, dated 18th January 1962, from G. Taylor to Keenan, additional finds made available for a further 6 months.
24. Letter to G. Taylor from H. Fletcher, dated 22nd January 1962, Good news re: funding, money to go to Burma Expedition account in National Commercial Bank of Scotland
25. G. Taylor’s reply, dated 24th January 1962, to Dr. Fletcher’s letter of 22nd January.
26. Letter, dated 29th Dec 1961, from G. Taylor to H Fletcher referring finance
27. Air Mail letter from Keenan to Dr. Fletcher, dated 22nd February 1962, from Mandalay, Problems continue re: access to Kachin range. Keenan ignores them and proceeds but is frustrated by forestry officer. Makes 2nd attempt.
28. Air Mail letter from Keenan to Dr. Fletcher, dated 26th March1962, collecting in high mountains, has difficulties; is not well.
29. April 1962, Rangoon -final letter from Keenan to Fletcher, before returning to Uk
30. Note from Keenan, dated 7th June 1962, requesting restoration of leave.
31. Keenan’s interim report on North Burma Expedition 1961 – 1962, 13 pages dated 25th July 1962, RBGE
32. 2 press cuttings, interviews with Keenan in Scottish Evening News & Daily Mail.
33. Stores written off after Burma Expedition.

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Folder in in Index Box I-K
See also Grierson Archives, Box 2 for letters from Keenan to Grierson

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