Searchroom Visit: John Wylie & Co Connecting Glasgow and Buenos Aires

In the lead up to our Christmas break we were joined in the Searchroom by Professor David Rock a Latin American historian based at the University of California in Santa Barbara. Throughout his career the history of Argentina has been a focus for him and his research occasionally takes him to Buenos Aires.

As Professor Rock describes below, he came to the Archive Services to gather information for a book he is writing:

“My work in Glasgow looking at the John Wylie papers for Buenos Aires in 1809-1810 forms part of a chapter about British merchants and settlers in Argentina in the early nineteenth century.  The chapter in turn forms part of a much longer study of the British in Argentina up to about 1960.  I’ve been working on the book for some years.  It’s taking a long time because I keep finding brilliant stuff like the collection in your archive, which I can’t leave out.  The material in Glasgow is unique for the period it deals with (on the eve of the independence movement of 1810) and for the clarity (and legibility!) of Wylie’s commentaries.  I now have a quite different, much fuller view of this specific period than before my visit.  And congratulations for looking after it so well!”

Professor Rock’s research looks at John Wylie (http://archiveshub.ac.uk/data/gb248-ugd028) who was a nineteenth century merchant who traded with various firms in countries across South America, including Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. Wylie was one of several merchants that helped to put Glasgow on the map as a hub for international trade in the 19th century.

John Wylie’s papers have come in useful for researchers before now, as can be seen in our blog from October 2011:

http://universityofglasgowlibrary.wordpress.com/2011/10/17/trade-links-with-mexico-explored-using-the-john-wylie-co-archive-collection/

Please contact us if you would like more information on this collection or would like to come in and see it for yourself:

http://www.gla.ac.uk/services/archives/contactus/



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