Papers of Elizabeth S Smellie, student and later Head of Laundry of Glasgow & West of Scotland College of Domestic Science (Incorporated), Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

The Elizabeth S Smellie collection include:

  • Academic and professional certificates 1923, 1950
  • Personal correspondence 1938-1962
  • Photographs late 19th century-20th century

  • Laundry notes and teaching aids 1943-1967
  • Specimen folder for dressmaking [1960s?]
  • Health education teaching aids and publications 1960s
  • Textile teaching aids, samples, and correspondence 1960s
  • Folder of class demonstrations to 1st year diploma students n.d.
  • General order book n.d.
  • Clothing construction and wardrobe planning notes c1959
  • Ironing demonstration notes and domestic machinery notes c1959
  • Cookery notes n.d.
  • Good Grooming and personal hygiene notes c1960
  • Teaching correspondence 1958-1960

  • Booklet containing hand-written exam papers 1949-1950
  • Notebook recording work done at Hutchesons’ Girls’ Grammar School 1943-1945
  • Staff meeting minutes notes 1956-1957
  • Diaries 1941, 1967

  • International Congress on Home Economics, Edinburgh MDCCCLIII (1953) conference pack
  • Artefacts: sample of dyes 1960s; Shoe/clothes brushes n.d.; Trial packs and samples received from textile companies n.d

Administrative / Biographical History

Elizabeth S Smellie attended the Glasgow & West of Scotland College of Domestic Science (Incorporated), Glasgow, Scotland, receiving her diploma in 1923 . In the same year she also received a certificate from Glasgow Corporation for her work at Milton Day Nursery, Glasgow.

Elizabeth, or Elspeth as she was also known, worked as a teacher of Domestic Science, taking classes at Hutchesons’ Girls’ Grammar School, Glasgow, between 1943 and 1945 . In 1950 , she became a member of the Educational Institute of Scotland and in the same year returned to the College as Head of Laundry. As well as lecturing in laundry she also gave classes in dressmaking and personal health and hygiene. She retired from the College in 1967  and died in c2001 .


This material has yet to be formal arranged and listed

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Gift : 2000-2001 : ACCN 2001/39

Other Finding Aids

Rough box listing available in the searchroom

Further information can be found via the Glasgow Caledonian Archives homepage at

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the University Archivist

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 1847 procedures

Custodial History

First deposit made to the Heatherbank Museum of Social Work, Glasgow Caledonian University in 2000 and then transferred to Archives. Other material held by executors of Elizabeth Smellie’s estate.


None expected

Related Material

GB 1847 QC Records of The Queens College, Glasgow, formerly the Glasgow & West of Scotland College of Domestic Science (Incorporated)

The Queen’s College Special Collection (Glasgow Caledonian University Library Special Collections) see


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Additional Information

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