Hostel Life

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

  • Notes regarding hostels for women students, 1907.
  • Material relating to Randolph House (1881-), 1990.
  • Dormitory scene at Redlands House. Photograph of five students, 1917. Hostel from 1911-1921.
  • Material relating to Graham House (1921-), including log book, 1961-1975 and group photographs of resident students, 1946-1958.
  • Material relating to Douglas House (1931-), log books, with photographs of students, 1937-1970; group photographs of resident students, 1941-1942.
  • Material relating to the Jordanhill Hostels Association including newsletters, magazines, library material and material relating to anniversaries of the Association, 1933-1992.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Jordanhill Archive was founded in 1983 as a special collection within Jordanhill Library. It contains material relating to the history of the Jordanhill College of Education and its antecedent institutions, together with other educational papers.

Jordanhill Hostels Association was founded in 1932 after Douglas House Hostel was opened on the Jordanhill Campus. Initially the hostels were occupied by women students only. Many of the girls were from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, some having left home for the first time, and there was a strong sense of community. The Hostels Association flourished for over 60 years, published a regular newsletter and held annual reunions at Jordanhill, which were attended by the Principal and a number of College staff. Jordanhill Hostels Association wound up in June 1993 in this form, although mini reunions were planned to continue in various locations.

Conditions Governing Access


Other Finding Aids

Paper-based catalogue to item level available at Jordanhill Library.

Archivist's Note

Archivist's note: Description prepared by Margaret Harrison, Web version by Graham S. Holton, Jordanhill LibraryRules or Conventions: Description based on Scottish Archive Network guidelines, based on ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000). and Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997)Date of descriptions: November 2004.

Related Material

GB 249 JCE/7/6. Hostel buildings.