CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3775
TitleRecords of Deeside Field Club
Date1920 - 2006
Extent10 boxes, 1 folder, 1 bundle (3.40 linear metres)
Creator NameDeeside Field Club (1920 - 2005)
Administrative HistoryThe Deeside Field Club was formed in 1920 following a suggestion by William Murdoch to establish a club that would visit local sights of importance and interest. A public announcement was made of a meeting to be held on the 18th of June 1920 at the Grand Hotel, Aberdeen, for those interested in the formation of such a club. Positions established were; President, two Vice Presidents, Secretary, Recorder, Treasurer, Editor of the Club's Magazine, and a Council consisting of the above Office Bearers, and at least nine other members of the Club.

The aims of the Club, as detailed in their constitution, were; 'The study of Topography, Natural History, Archeaology, Folkore History and Literature of Deeside and the North East, Commemoration of Events and Personalities of the Area.'

The main activities of the Club involved field trips to sights of interest in the local area, which were undertaken in the summer months. The winter programme involved one or two lectures given by guest speakers. They also held social events such as dinners and luncheons. The Club gave financial support to restore historical ruins in the local area, such as Kindrochit Castle. The Deeside Field Club also erected several historical memorial stones. The Club published a magazine entitled 'The Deeside Field Club' every three years, beginning in 1922. Their slogan was 'Add Glory to the Past'.

The Club was dissolved on the 23rd April 2005 after the failure to replace John Smith as Honorary Secretary of the Deeside Field Club after his death in 2004.
SourceThis collection was gifted to the University in March 2007 by the Club Secretary following the Club's decision in 2004 to dissolve.
DescriptionThe records comprise a complete set of minute books for the Club as well as financial records, correspondence relating to excursions, talks and projects, membership records, photograph albums and some Club memorabilia.
AppraisalThis collection has been appraised in accordance with office practice. An appraisal of the collection on deposit resulted in certain records being destroyed, namely duplicate printed material, routine administrative correspondence and financial records not deemed to be historically significant, such as bank books and cheques.
AccrualsNone expected.
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsThe records are available subject to the signed acceptance of the Department's access conditions, however, certain restrictions may apply to records containing personal data.
Finding AidsA detailed item list is available.
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