Records of the Scottish Economic Society, learned society, 1897-2003, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Minutes, 1897-1974;
  • Secretary's papers, 1953-1982;
  • Printed annual reports, 1898-1915;
  • General correspondence, 1916-1977;
  • Correspondence with local branches, 1954-1967;
  • Annual lecture correspondence, 1965-1966;
  • Scottish Journal of Political Economy correspondence, 1951-1955;
  • Correspondence regarding research in progress, 1952-1958;
  • Press cuttings, 1954-1955.

Administrative / Biographical History

The aims of the  Scottish Economic Society , as stated in  1897 , were the discussion, investigation and advancement of economic, financial and statistical science. The organisation was originally called the Scottish Society of Economists. During the period between the First and Second World Wars, only occasional meetings were held and these were poorly attended. It was agreed in 1932 that meetings would be postponed indefinitely. In 1951-1952 the staff of the Departments of Economics in the Scottish Universities discussed the possibilities of the publication of a Scottish economic journal and the promotion of a society. They realised that the objectives of this organisation were much the same as the Scottish Society of Economists and they reformed the Society with a new name - the Scottish Economic Society. The revised constitution was approved in 1954 with the aims: to advance the study of economic and social problems in accordance with the tradition of political economy inspired by Adam Smith; and to publish a journal known as the Scottish Journal of Political Economy as well as publish reprints of classic Scottish economic texts. The first editor of the Journal, and an original member of the Council, was Alexander Cairncross, 1911-1998  . He became the President of the Society from 1969-1971  . The Society is still active in 2003 with the same aims as stated in 1954.


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Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and National Council on Archives,Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names


Fonds level description compiled by Andrew MacGregor, Archives Assistant, 26 June 2000. Lower level description compiled by members of Glasgow University Archive staff, 2013. Amended by Sam Maddra, Assistant Archivist (cataloguing), 30 June 2014.