Records of the Cairngorm Club

Scope and Content

Minutes, 1890 - 1972; correspondence, 1951 - 1959; visitors' books for Shelter Stone Hut, 1924 - 1963, Thistle Cottage (Inverey), 1907 - 1937, and Derry Lodge, 1952 - 1967; 5 boxes glass slides; album of photographs gifted to the club by Jock Lamb, 1976.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Cairngorm Club was established in Aberdeen in 1887 to encourage mountain climbing in Scotland, with special reference to the Cairngorm group of mountains ... to procure and impart scientific, topographical and historical information about the Scottish mountains ... to consider the right of access to Scottish mountains ... and ... to issue a Journal or such other publications as may be considered advantageous to the Club. (Rules of the Cairngorm Club (Aberdeen, 1921)). As well as publishing its own journal, The Cairngorm Club Journal, it established a library for its members use, stocked with a wide selection of contemporary books and periodicals on all aspects of mountaineering, rock climbing, geology and topography. The club's archive and library are now both deposited in Special Libraries and Archives, University of Aberdeen, where the library is managed as one of several special book collections (ref. Cairngorm Club). See Related Units of Description for further details.

For more information on the club and its history see Tom Weir, A Hundred Years on the Hills,Scots Magazine, 128, (December 1987), 293-298; and Sheila Murray, The Cairngorm Club, 1887-1987 (Aberdeen: Cairngorm Club, c. 1987). Information is also available about the activities of the Cairngorm Club on the WWW.


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Conditions Governing Access

Open, subject to signature accepting conditions of use at reader registration sheet

Acquisition Information

Deposited in the University in 1993, by the Cairngorm Club

Other Finding Aids

Very brief collection level description available on Aberdeen University Library Catalogue, accessible online

Alternative Form Available

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Conditions Governing Use

Subject to the condition of the original, copies may be supplied for private research use only on receipt of a signed undertaking to comply with current copyright legislation.

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: 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.

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with normal procedures


It is anticipated that accruals of the Club's more recent records will be received in the future.

Related Material

The Cairngorm Club library (ref. Cairngorm Club) is managed as one of several special book collections in Special Libraries and Archives, University of Aberdeen. Comprising c. 1150 volumes and over 40 periodical runs, the Library, which concentrates on all aspects of mountaineering with special relevance to Scotland, is still added to by purchases made by, and gifts made to, the Club. Although much of the stock dates from the last twenty years or so, the Library does hold some important 18th and 19th century topographical books, such as Taylor&Skinner's Survey and Maps of the Roads of North Britain or Scotland(London: D. Wilson&G. Nicol, 1776), George Robson's Scenery of the Grampian Mountains (London: Robson, 1814), and John Bristed's Pedestrian Tour through Part of the Highlands of Scotland (London: Wallis, 1803). Late Victorian and Edwardian mountaineering texts are well represented, and include many prepared by Edward Whymper. The periodical runs include Die Alpen, L'Echo des Alpes, the American Alpine Journal and The Canadian Alpine Journal. The guides and serial publications of the Scottish Mountaineering Club are also present, as are several sequences of the Cairngorm Club Journal itself. A collection level description of the library is available from the Historic Collections home page


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