CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3301
TitleAberdeen University Arts Class: papers and lists
Date1902 - 1918
Extent0.12 linear metres
Administrative HistoryPrior to the 1890s, the Arts Class students matriculating in any one year at a Scottish university would expect to study together in close proximity for four years until graduation. Numbers were limited and all the members of the Arts Class would know each other. Under the Universities (Scotland) Act of 1892, the Arts curriculum in universities was greatly expanded in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Students had a greater choice of subjects to make up their degree course, student numbers increased, particularly after the First World War, and gradually the sense of the 'Arts Class' diminished, leaving people more loyal to and familiar with the classmates of specific subject groups.
SourceThese were donated to the library in 1973 by Jessie T. Williamson, who was a student at Aberdeen from 1902 to 1906 and a friend of Gladys Mitchell.
DescriptionAberdeen University Arts Class, 1902 - 1906: papers concerning reunions; record of class with newscuttings (mostly obituaries), 1906 - 1955.Aberdeen University Arts Class, 1914 - 1918: papers concerning reunions, 1924 - 1965; card index of class members, c 1930; students' handbook 1914 - 1915; students' handbook 1920 - 1921; programme for Elphinstone Quincentenary, 1931.
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