Papers of Nelson Elliot Wallace, 1910-2009, science graduate, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • School notes, 1924-1928;
  • University lecture notes, 1928-1932;
  • Laboratory notes, 1928-1931;
  • Examination papers, including an examination paper taken by his father, 1904-1929;
  • Departmental handbooks, 1924-1930;
  • Certificates, 1927-1931;
  • Presscutting of Students' Charities Day, c1930;
  • Photograph of 50th Anniversary Reunion of the 1932 honours graduates in chemistry, 1982;
  • University Alchemists Club syllabus, 1931-1933.

In addition, the University of Glasgow Archive Services also hold   GB 248 DC 434, papers of Nelson Wallace that mostly relate to the Glasgow Alchemists' Club.

Administrative / Biographical History

Nelson Elliot Wallace was born on 10 September  1910  in New Cumnock, Ayrshire, Scotland. He was a student at the  University of Glasgow , Scotland, from  1928-1932 . He obtained first class certificates in Ordinary Mathematics and Ordinary Natural Philosophy in 1928-1929; in Senior Organic Chemistry in 1929-1930; and in Advanced Inorganic Chemistry and Physical Chemistry in 1930-1931. He also won the Joseph Black Medal in Chemistry in  1928-1929 . He graduated BSc with first class honours in  1932 . He was involved in the  Glasgow University Company of Honourable Alchemists as a committee member  1929-1931 , as the Editor of The Alchemist newsletter 1931-1932, as vice-president 1932-1933 and as president 1933-1934 .

On completion of his studies Nelson Wallace went to work for Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI). He retired in  1974 . He began organising reunions of the chemistry class of 1932 in 1951. The 50th anniversary reunion in 1982 was featured in an article in the Glasgow Herald dated 12 July 1982. He died on the 17th October 2009 in Yarm in North East England.


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Deposit : Mr Nelson Elliot Wallace : 1982 and 2001

Other Finding Aids

Digital file list available in the searchroom or by request.

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

None which affect the use of this material

Conditions Governing Use

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 248 procedures

Custodial History



None expected

Related Material

GB 248 DC 434 is another collection of papers of Nelson Elliot Wallace, mostly relating to the Glasgow Alchemists' Club.

See also GB 248 DC 306/1-5 Records of Glasgow University Alchemists' Club; and GB 248 DC 306/6 Records of Glasgow University Company of Honourable Alchemists

See source list of Glasgow University student clubs and societies is available via Glasgow University Archive Services homepage at

Location of Originals

This material is original


No known publications using this material

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


Collection catalogued by Vikki Laidlaw, Hub Project Assistant, 24 February 2005 (fonds level description) and by members of Glasgow University Archive Services staff (lower level descriptions). Converted to Encoded Archival Description by Andrew Thomson, Hub Project Archivist, 14 April 2005. Amended by Sam Maddra, Assistant Archivist (cataloguing), 12 August 2015.

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