e learn from Caroline Macafee that the Scots Language Centre has made A. J. Aitken’s Collected Writings on the Scots Language available online, at the Scots Language Centre site, available at http://www.scotslanguage.com/aitken-papers. The collection includes almost all of Jack Aitken’s major published papers, several minor ones, as well as previously unpublished material. This means that much the greater part of his opus of articles and conference papers (his publications are listed in full in the introduction to the collection) is now available online – and if not in this collection, then in the archives of the journals where the items first appeared.
However, the publishers of one item, "The Lexicography of Scots Two Hundred Years Since: Ruddiman and his Successors," were reluctant to allow re-publication on a third-party website, but Macafee persuaded them that authors could "self-archive" posthumously. So now the paper can be downloaded from the website she has created for Jack--http://carolinemacafee.wix.com/ajaonscotslanguage. She has also mounted some nice photographs and a recording of Jack reading a conference paper.
The only major paper that still remains unavailable anywhere in digital form is "Scottish speech: a historical view with special reference to the Standard English of Scotland" (1979). Macafee has not been able to elicit a response from the permissions department of the publishing conglomerate that now owns the Chambers imprint, despite many attempts. However, she notes, Jack repeated much of the same material in his two chapters "Scottish accents and dialects" and "Scots and English in Scotland" (1984). Macafee has annotated those two chapters so that all of the additional points, examples and quotations from the lengthy 1979 paper are captured. This has the bonus of producing good old-fashioned page-long footnotes!