CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3405
TitleCairngorm Club papers
Date1889 - current
Extent12 boxes, 8 slide boxes, 1 album, 1 volume: 5 linear metres
Administrative HistoryThe Cairngorm Club was established in Aberdeen in 1887 'to encourage mountain climbing in Scotland, with special reference to the Cairngorm group of mountains ... to procure and impart scientific, topographical and historical information about the Scottish mountains ... to consider the right of access to Scottish mountains ... and ... to issue a Journal or such other publications as may be considered advantageous to the Club'. (Rules of the Cairngorm Club (Aberdeen, 1921). As well as publishing its own journal, The Cairngorm Club Journal, it established a library for its members use, stocked with a wide selection of contemporary books and periodicals on all aspects of mountaineering, rock climbing, geology and topography. The club's archive and library are now both deposited in Special Libraries and Archives, University of Aberdeen, where the library is managed as one of several special book collections (ref. Cairngorm Club).

For more information on the club and its history see Tom Weir, A Hundred Years on the Hills , Scots Magazine , 128, (December 1987), 293-298; and Sheila Murray, The Cairngorm Club, 1887-1987 (Aberdeen: Cairngorm Club, c. 1987).
SourceDeposited in 1993 (and ongoing) by the Club. Gifted in 2024.
DescriptionThe collection consists of minute books (1889 - 2014), correspondence (c. 1889 - 1959), visitors books (1907 - 2019) and photographs/lantern slides (c.1889 - 1990). Visitor Books are comprised of three locations, Shelter Lodge, Thisle Cottage and Derry Lodge. Collection also includes digitised versions of the lantern slides in black and white and colour.
Visitors Books
Access StatusRestricted
Access ConditionsSome items (MS 3405/4) are stored in special environmental conditions and require an acclimatisation period of 24 hours before they can be accessed.
Related MaterialThe library is part of special book collections (ref. Cairngorm Club).
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