Papers of Robina Macfarlane Purdon, student of the Glasgow & West of Scotland College of Domestic Science (Incorporated), Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

The Robina Purdon Collection includes the following records:

  • Student lecture notebooks: laundry notes 1917
  • Needlework notes 1918
  • House management notes 1918
  • Laundry and cookery notes 1918

Administrative / Biographical History

Robina Macfarlane Stephens (nee Robina Macfarlane Purdon), known as Ruby, was born in 1897  in Alva, Clackmannanshire, Scotland. She was educated at Alva Academy before attending Glasgow & West of Scotland College of Domestic Science (Incorporated) in Glasgow, Scotland, from at least 1917 until 1918 . While at the college she studied laundry and cookery, housework, house management and needlework. After leaving college, until her marriage in 1924, she was employed as a domestic science teacher in Plymouth, Devon, England. She died in 1935 .


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Acquisition Information

Gift : family member : December 2002 : ACCN 2001/68

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Appraisal Information

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

Custodial History

Held by the family of Robina Purdon


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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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