Records of General Council, University of Glasgow

Scope and Content

  • Minutes 1859-1951;
  • Agendas 1951-1964;
  • Reports of General Council 1858-1986;
  • Reports of University Court 1964-1966;
  • Accounts 1859-1863;
  • Correspondence and papers 1864-1981;
  • Notice of first meeting 1859;
  • Biographical details for register updating 1908;
  • Polling books 1868-1880;
  • Registration books 1860-1924;
  • Register of members 1868-1995;
  • Membership cards 1873;
  • Statement of General Council registration fees 1900-1901;
  • Receipts 1906,191;
  • Newscuttings 1952-1974;
  • List of obituaries 1910-1982;
  • Register of members admitted under Universities (Scotland) Act 1922 1922-1975;
  • Menus 1977.

Administrative / Biographical History

In terms of Ordinance No.183 of 1978 the university is required to keep a register of members of the General Council which is authenticated annually as the electoral roll for election of the chancellor (in accordance with Ordinance No.199 of 1995) and five assessors on the university court (in accordance with Ordinance No.193 of 1986). The election of assessors takes place every two years with two and three assessors being elected alternately to serve for four years at a time and no member of the senate having any part in the elections.


The material is grouped in series as shown in the scope and content note. Within series, items are generally arranged chronologically.

Access Information

By appointment - access to recent official records and records containing confidential information is restricted in accordance with university policies and relevant legislation.

Acquisition Information


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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

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Conditions Governing Use

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

Appraisal Information

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Custodial History



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Related Material

Records of the University of Glasgow (ref GB 0248 GUA).

Location of Originals

The material is original.


Michael Moss , Moira Rankin and Lesley Richmond . The History and Constitution of the University of Glasgow . Glasgow : University of Glasgow  , 2001  .

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 Virginia Russell, Archives Assistant, 8 November 2000  . Revised by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 10 September 2002  . Revised by Victoria Peters, Research Archivist, 14 February 2005  . Revised by Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), 04 January 2008; Alma Topen, Senior Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), 09 April 2010

Geographical Names