Records of the Adam Smith Bicentenary, Committee, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • 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.

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

Access Information


Acquisition Information

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.

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 0248 procedures

Custodial History

Deposited by Andrew Skinner on behalf of the Committee


None expected

Related Material

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Location of Originals

This material is original


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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 . 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.

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