Ian Maxwell was formerly Deputy Director of the Inter-University Council for Higher Education Overseas and died in 1991.
A collection of coloured slides, 18 of which measure 40 x 40 mm, the remainder 35 mm, all mounted 2 x 2 inches, relating to Commonwealth Universities, with the exception of 33 of non-Commonwealth Universities which were, however, associated with the inter-University Council for Higher Education Overseas (IUC). Many, though not all, were taken by Ian Maxwell, formerly Deputy Director of IUC.
54 of these slides were originally donated with another collection, but were blended with this collection upon its receipt. Though some have minimal identification, others have substantial annotations on the mounts. However, in view of the number, no attempt has been made to list them individually, only a few items of particular interest being noted. To take account of changing names, the universities are set out under their titles, arranged in country order, as in the Commonwealth Universities Yearbook (year not recorded) which has also provided the brief historical notes. This is followed by those universities in non-Commonwealth countries.
Where dates are given, either in ink or, more frequently, stamped on them, these have been indicated, with serial numbers where these exist. In each case the total number relating to each university is given in brackets.
At Ian Maxwell's request, his widow presented the slides to the RCS in July 1992.
For an account of the first 25 years of the IUC see: Maxwell, Ian C.M. (1980), 'Universities in partnership', Edinburgh: Scottish Academic.
Ian Maxwell gave the RCS the collection of Inter-University Council photographs at Y3011WW and there is much duplication in the subject matter of the two collections.
This collection level description was entered by SG using information from the original typescript catalogue.