Records of Glasgow University Physical Society, scientific society, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Notebook of Society minutes, constitution 1884-1898;
  • Minute books 1884-1981;
  • Treasurer's accounts 1884-1971;
  • Membership lists 1884-1944;
  • Membership cards 1912-1991;
  • Library records 1922-1989;
  • Events tickets 1963-66;
  • Publications 1889-1921.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Glasgow University Physical Society was founded in 1884  at the University of Glasgow , Scotland. The purpose of the society was to facilitate the discussion of scientific subjects in general, to communicate members' original research and to improve relations between staff and students. Membership was open to all interested in scientific progress including past and present students, staff and distinguished scientists. Lectures were given on interesting and obscure branches of science and visits were arranged to places of scientific interest in the local area. There was also a library of books available to members. The society also had sports teams and arranged social events, such as dances and pub crawls. The major social event was the celebration of Einstein's birthday. The Society is still in existence [2007] and continues to host scientific and social events throughout the University's academic year.


Arranged chronologically within record series.

Access Information

Records detailing personal membership information will be subject to Data Protection legislation.

Acquisition Information

Deposit : Mike Jewkes, Hunterian Museum : 2004 : Accn 2515

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Digital file level list available in searchroom

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

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Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 0248 procedures

Custodial History

With Society, then deposited in Hunterian Museum


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Related Material

GB 0248, DC 157/5/69, records of the Students' Representative Council, including membership cards for the Physical society, 1963-1985. GB 0248 UGC 149, papers of Samuel Heron, science graduate and research student, University of Glasgow.

Location of Originals

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Additional Information

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

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Collection catalogued by Vaila Holbourn, Archive Assistant, 21 December 2005. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Vaila Holbourn, Archive Assistant, 21 December 2005. Amendments made by Emma Anthony, Business Archives Cataloguer, 15 January 2013.

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