CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3209
TitleAberdeen University Club, London papers
Date1884 - 1984
Extent1 box and 4 volumes (14 items)
Creator NameAberdeen University Club, London (1884 - 1984)
Administrative HistoryThe first meeting of Aberdeen University Club, London, the first official alumnus society formed by Aberdeen graduates, was held on 23 Jan 1884, at the Inns of Court Hotel, London. The object of the club was to maintain and promote good fellowship between past members of the University, and in its first year it admitted 160 ordinary and 5 honorary members. Members initially met three times a year at a gentlemen's dining club in the city, but in 1920 the first female graduates were admitted, and from this point onwards a wide variety of alternative venues has been sought. The activities of the club were suspended during the first and second World Wars, but resumed shortly afterwards. It is still active today, although membership numbers have fallen in recent years.
SourceDeposited in the University Library in 1985, by R.A.E. Mennie, President.
DescriptionThis collection includes a full set of minute books for the period 1884 - 1971, which provide a useful and illuminating insight into the social history of the club and the University during a hundred year period which was characterised by growing numbers, and increasing diversity amongst its student and graduate population. Other records are more piecemeal in form and content, but include annual reports with members' lists, 1937 - 1938; accounts, 1938 - 1947; members' attendance book, 1900 - 1927; and correspondence re. club events, 1912 - 1965 (incomplete). There are also printed papers and ephemera, including dinner menus and stationery from the 1930s, and the club scrap book which was created and added to during the period 1884 - 1912.

See Elizabeth Glennie, 'History of the Aberdeen University Club, London, 1884 - 1984' (Aberdeen University Club, 1984). A copy is deposited with the collection.
AccrualsNone expected.
ArrangementArranged by record type, and chronologically therein
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsThe records are available subject to the signed acceptance of the Department's access conditions.
Physical DescriptionNo physical conditions affecting use of collection.
Related MaterialAberdeen University Alumnus Association papers (MS 3915)
East Coast Aberdeen University Association: papers (MS 3914)
Publication NoteElizabeth Glennie, 'History of the Aberdeen University Club, London, 1884 - 1984' (Aberdeen University Club, 1984). A copy is deposited with the collection.
Finding AidsItem level lists are available in the Reading Room, Special Libraries and Archives, University of Aberdeen.
Related RecordMS 3915
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