Records of the Glasgow University Sports Association (GUSA), university sports club, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Foundation and constitution 1877-1958;
  • Council and annual general meeting minutes 1910-1976;
  • Executive committee minutes 1929-1965;
  • Finance committee minutes 1959-1973;
  • Golf club minutes 1942-1977;
  • Hockey minutes 1919-1972;
  • Sports programmes and membership cards 1924-1981;
  • Dinners 1931-1981;
  • Photographs of various sports clubs 1912-c1995;
  • Material relating to the Scottish Amateur Athletics Association 1886-1887;
  • Glasgow University Magazine Athletic Club numbers 1924-1925;
  • Hockey club note book 1939-1948;
  • Newscuttings regarding first Edinburgh-Glasgow boat race 1888;
  • Handbooks 1962-1984;
  • Financial records 1928-1973.

Administrative / Biographical History

Glasgow University Sports Association was founded at the University of Glasgow , Scotland, in April 1881  as the Glasgow University Athletic Club (GUAC) to promote all forms of "Athletic Exercise" in the University. It was the first of the three official organisations that represent the general body of students, antedating the Students' Union by four years and the Student Representative Council by five. It is responsible for the organisation of student sport and all students are members of the Club without paying a subscription.

A gymnasium had been built in 1872  as the result of a petition signed by about a third of the total matriculated students in the University and in 1882  its interests were amalgamated with those of GUAC. The University Playing Fields were situated at Gilmorehill until 1913  when new ground was purchased at Westerlands, Anniesland, Glasgow. The Club's headquarters are in the Stevenson Physical Education Building, Gilmorehill, but it also has a pavilion with bar at Westerlands. The Club is responsible for awarding Blues to those who represented the University in competitions and trying to cater for all types of sport in the University.

In the late 1990s, the GUAC became the Glasgow University Sports Association (GUSA). In 1997, Westerlands playing fields were sold following the opening of a new sports facility at the Garscube complex, Maryhill, Glasgow. The Association is managed by a president, vice-president, honorary secretary, convenors for finance, safety, travel and publicity, and 5 ordinary members elected from the student population.

The original sections of the Club were Rugby, Athletics, Cricket, Tennis, Association Football, Shinty, Golf, Hockey, Cycling and Fives. In 2002  , the GUSA continues to be active within the University with over 45 affiliated sections which cater for any standard of ability, from complete novice to international athlete. The sections are Aikido, Association Football, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boardsailing, Boats, Boxing, Canoe, Cricket, Fencing, Golf, Hares & Hounds, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Karate, Mountaineering, Netball, Orienteering, Riding, Rifle, Rugby, Sailing, Shinty, Shorinji-kempo, Ski, Squash, Sub-aqua, Swimming and Water Polo, Table-tennis, Tennis, Trampolining, Volleyball and Weight-lifting. All sections compete in their respective Scottish Universities championships.


This collection has been arranged into series of related items. Within these series the material is generally arranged chronologically.

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Permanent Loan : 1978

Deposit : 1980 : ACCN 0146

Gift : Glasgow : 1996 : ACCN 1640

Gift : 1999 : ACCN 1756

Other Finding Aids

Digital file level list available in searchroom.

Manual file level list available at the National Registers of Archives in Edinburgh (NRA(S)) and London (NRA)

Alternative Form Available

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

None which affect the use of this material

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

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

Appraisal Information

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

Custodial History



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Related Material

GB 248 DC 198 Copies of Glasgow University Magazine Athletic Club numbers

GB 248 UGC 19 Records of Glasgow University Hare & Hounds, running club

GB 248 DC 70 Records of Glasgow University Shinty Club

See source list on University clubs and societies available via the Glasgow University Archive Services homepage at

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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.

Fonds level description compiled by Hannah Westall, Archives Assistant, 7 June 2000.

Revised by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 5 September 2002; Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), 03 January 2008

Geographical Names