It has to be acknowledged that the National Rough Collie Archive got off to a slow start, but did in the latter half of 2007 become more attractive to many more.

The collection currently includes:

Iris Combe ‘Tilehouse’ — large collection of early Rough Collie memorabilia, this is a physical collection and has yet to be properly catalogued.

Angela Harvey ‘Wicani’ — large collection of early Kennel Gazettes and pre-war catalogues from which Collie related material has been copied.

Gayle Kaye ‘Chelsea’ — Archivist to the Collie Club of America — collection of private correspondence from Mrs Nadine George ‘Beulah’ to Mrs Christie‘Saint Ardian’ USA, plus a small collection of Kennel advertisements taken from Christmas Annuals from the early 1920s to the mid 1940s — this is a physical collection no longer required by the Collie Club of America.

London and Provincial Collie Club — a copy of their centenary handbook, this a physical copy currently sitting on my shelves, and correctly labelled as the Property of the National Rough Collie Archive.

The Collie Association — Miss Margaret Osborne’s photographic collection originally donated to the Collie Association by Miss Kathy Green‘Abbeywater’


Two images typical of the kind of material sent to me for identification

Caractacus – this illustration, thought to be by R. H. Moore, appeared in the Fanciers’ Gazette, December 7th 1888. To my knowledge this is the only illustration of Caractacus a big winner during his life.

Image courtesy of Suzanne Philpott

A little known illustration by the American artist Charles Robert Knight which appeared in the ‘The Century Illustrated Magazine’ – 1908. The painting originally commissioned by John Pierpont Morgan, financier, Collie Fancier, and early supporter of the Collie Club of America. The Collie in the foreground is thought to be Wishaw Clinker whom Pierpont-Morgan purchased from his Scottish owner Mr R Tait. We would welcome any suggestions about the identity of the Collie in the background.

Image courtesy of Rhoda Knight Kalt C. R. Knight's grand-daughter and Gabriele Bischof 'Collies of Bellissquare

Further collections include:

Northumberland and Durham Collie Club’s detailed history compiled by 
Mr Alan Mather.

Alphington Scrapbooks and early Our Dogs donated by Joan Parker.

Mary Stevens’ ‘Boughlee’ collection of Kennel Advertisements from Christmas Supplements and Annuals

which are all featured independently on the following pages.

In addition I have donated my own computerised records together with scrapbook material collected over the more than thirty years
I have been involved with Rough Collies, however I exclude the many books in my collection unless it outlives me.

National Rough Collie Archivist

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