Aberdeen University Student Show Programmes

Scope and Content

Student Show programmes, containing anecdotes and photographs of each student involved in the production, and a message from the Principal and Rector of the University, 1942 - 1951 (incomplete). The Student show has been a key event in the University's Gala Week (more recently the annual Charities Campaign) held each year since 1920 at the start of the summer term to raise funds for local charities. The first show, Stella the Bajanella, was produced in 1922. Since 1931 the shows have been produced at His Majesty's Theatre in Rosemount Viaduct, where they are well supported by the general population.

Mr Copeland also deposited a scarf which belonged to his father whilst a student at the University (1904 - 1908). The scarf is in the King's College colours of the early twentieth century (deep green and russet).

Administrative / Biographical History

William A. Copeland was born in Aberdeen on 12 July 1924, and graduated from Aberdeen University, MB ChB, in 1946. His father, William Copeland was born in Torphins on 26 June 1886, son of William Copeland, police inspector. After graduating from Aberdeen University, MA in 1908, he joined the staff of Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen. He was made principal teacher of classics there in 1924.


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Acquisition Information

Gifted to the University in 1992 by William A. Copeland

Other Finding Aids

Very brief collection level description available on Aberdeen University Library Catalogue, accessible online http://www.abdn.ac.uk/diss/library/

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Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Head of Special Libraries and Archives (e-mail: speclib@abdn.ac.uk) and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. Where possible, assistance will be given in identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

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Related Material

Further copies of Student Show programs are deposited in GB 231 MS 3467, GB 231 MS 3472 - 3475 and within the Aberdeen University Institutional Archive (GB 231 MS U 562 - 563, and MS U 1073). Full reference details can be found in the University Library Catalogue http://www.abdn.ac.uk/diss/library/


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