- Minutes and papers relating to the purchase of the Lothian manuscript, 1960s;
- Correspondence, financial and promotional material from the Adam Smith bicentennial conference, 1960s;
- Notes from the Kirkcaldy Symposium, 1973.
Records of the Adam Smith Bicentenary, Committee, University of Glasgow, Scotland
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
The Adam Smith Bicentenary Committee was formed in late 1961 and was concerned with commemorating the bicentenary of the publication of The Wealth of Nations, (1776). The committee mostly dealt with matters concerning the publication of a set of definitive annotated books on and about Adam Smith and The Wealth of Nations. From 1961 to 1964 they were also concerned with the purchase of the Lothians Manuscript (student notebooks of Adam Smith's lectures in Rhetoric and Jurisprudence) for the University of Glasgow.
Once the publication of the annotated notebooks were underway, it was decided to also have an international conference to commemorate the bicentennial of The Wealth of Nations. The committee material in this collection deals mainly with the establishment and activities of the conference.
Also included here are materials from the Kirkcaldy Symposium in June 1973, where Andrew Skinner (who deposited this collection) delivered a lecture on Adam Smith. Skinner (1935-2011) was a graduate of the University (MA 1958, BLitt 1960)) who became a lecturer in the Department of Economics in 1964. He was Daniel Jack Professor of Political Economy from 1985 to 1994 and Adam Smith Professor of Political Economy from 1994 until 2000. He was also Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences from 1980 to 1983, Clerk of Senate from 1983 to 1990 and Vice-Principal from 1991 until 1996. His publications include many papers and books on the life and works of the political economist Adam Smith.
The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received
Conditions Governing Access
Deposit : Andrew Skinner : 1973 : ACCN 1302
Other Finding Aids
Digital file level list available in searchroom
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.
This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 0248 procedures
Deposited by Andrew Skinner on behalf of the Committee
Location of Originals
This material is original
No known publications using this material
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 . Lower level description compiled by members of Glasgow University Archive Service staff.
Collection catalogued by Virginia Russell, Archives Assistant, 08 November 2000. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Andrew Thomson, Hub Project Archivist, 10 February 2004. Edited by Gemma Tougher, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), 16 April 2012.