Records of Aberdeen University Club, London

Scope and Content

This collection includes a full set of minute books for the period 1884 - 1971, which provide a useful and illuminating insight into the social history of the club and the University during a hundred year period which was characterised by growing numbers, and increasing diversity amongst its student and graduate population. Other records are more piecemeal in form and content, but include annual reports with members' lists, 1937 - 1938; accounts, 1938 - 1947; members' attendance book, 1900 - 1927; and correspondence re. club events, 1912 - 1965 (incomplete). There are also printed papers and ephemera, including dinner menus and stationery from the 1930s, and the club scrap book which was created and added to during the period 1884 - 1912.

See Elizabeth Glennie, History of the Aberdeen University Club, London, 1884 - 1984 (Aberdeen University Club, 1984). A copy is deposited with the collection.

Administrative / Biographical History

The first meeting of Aberdeen University Club, London, the first official alumnus society formed by Aberdeen graduates, was held on 23 Jan 1884, at the Inns of Court Hotel, London. The object of the club was to maintain and promote good fellowship between past members of the University, and in its first year it admitted 160 ordinary and 5 honorary members. Members initially met three times a year at a gentlemen's dining club in the city, but in 1920 the first female graduates were admitted, and from this point onwards a wide variety of alternative venues has been sought. The activities of the club were suspended during the first and second World Wars, but resumed shortly afterwards. It is still active today, although membership numbers have fallen in recent years.


Arranged by record type, and chronologically therein

Access Information

Open, subject to signature accepting conditions of use at reader registration sheet

Acquisition Information

Deposited in the University Library in 1985, by R.A.E. Mennie, President

Other Finding Aids

Item level lists are available in the Reading Room, Special Libraries and Archives, University of Aberdeen.

Very brief collection level description available on Aberdeen University Library Catalogue, accessible online

Alternative Form Available

No copies known

Conditions Governing Use

Subject to the condition of the original, copies may be supplied for private research use only on receipt of a signed undertaking to comply with current copyright legislation.

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Head of Special Libraries and Archives (e-mail: and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. Where possible, assistance will be given in identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with normal procedures


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Related Material

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Elizabeth Glennie, History of the Aberdeen University Club, London, 1884 - 1984 (Aberdeen University Club, 1984). A copy is deposited with the collection.

Additional Information

This material is original

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