Records of the German Club of Glasgow, 1893-, cultural society, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Minute Books, 1866-1932;
  • Membership Records, 1864-1915;
  • Financial Records, 1909-1915.

Administrative / Biographical History

The aim of the German Club of Glasgow , (Deutscher Verin Glasgow), was to support the social life of Germans living in Glasgow. The events organised by the Club were celebrations of Christmas, Easter, the Kaiser’s birthday, and concerts. The most significant event was the visit of five German warships to Greenock, Inverclyde in 1898  . In honour of the visit, the Club gave a ball. In 1893 the "German Club of the 12th of July" and the "German Club of 1886" merged into the German Club of Glasgow . Until 1914  the Club had between sixty and one hundred exclusively male members. The most important figure before the First World War was Paul Rottenburg, a chemist, who was chairman of the Club, 1886-1913  . Due to the purchase of a clubhouse, the German Club got into financial difficulties. The club was saved by the donation of £1,000 from the German ex-Consul, Johann Nikolaus Kiep. During World War I, the Club had to stop all activities and most members returned to Germany or were interned. The Club was re-formed in 1925  by Paul Ommer who acted as a trustee. By 1925 the Club had about fifty members including women.


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

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Acquisition Information

Mr James Sheffield : Administrator to the Scottish German Centre : Accn 1345

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Custodial History

The records were held by the Scottish German Centre, 2-3 Park Circus, Glasgow between 1979 and 1994. They had previously been in the custody of Tods, Murray & Jamieson WS of Edinburgh, solicitors to the German Club Trust.


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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 Hannah Westall, Archives Assistant, 28 July 2000. Lower level description compiled by members of Glasgow University Archive Service staff. Catalogue amended by Rachel Hosker, Assistant Archivist, 14 May 2003. Catalogue edited by Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 12 July 2012.

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