CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 518
TitleAberdeen Literary Debating Society records
Date27th May 1836 - 12th Sept 1837
Extent1 volume
Creator NameAberdeen Literary Debating Society (1836 - ?)
Administrative HistoryThe first meeting of the Literary Debating Society was held on the 27 May 1836 in Mr Straith's School Room, Aberdeen. Its aim was to stimulate "discussion of all subjects of a literary and scientific nature ... it being expressly understood that no theological or political subjects are to be admitted" (MS 0518). Meetings were held weekly, each member taking his turn to read an essay, which would afterwards be discussed by the group. Little more is known of the Society, though by the later nineteenth century an Aberdeen University Literary Society was well established in the city. It is not known if there is a relationship between the two.
SourceDate and source of acquisition not recorded.
DescriptionMinutes of weekly meetings, noting topics of debate and list of members, 27 May 1836 - 12 Sept. 1837.
AppraisalThis material has been appraised in line with normal procedures
AccrualsNone expected
ArrangementSingle item
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsThe records are available subject to the signed acceptance of the Department's access conditions.
Physical DescriptionNo physical characteristics affecting use of the collection
Related MaterialA number of printed papers and proceedings of the Aberdeen University Literary Society are deposited in the University's Pamphlet and Local collections. Full reference details can be found on the University Library Catalogue
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