Minute book of the Gttingen British Society, 2 December 1886-[18 July 1914]

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      1 vol. (189 ff.) and 2 portfolios numbered MS 280a and MS 280b Volume bound by Aug. Dhling, Gttingen, in half-leather with marbled boards, raised bands on the spine, and lettered "Gttingen British Society. Records". Inscribed on the title-page: "Rebound 1907". Pasted or guarded in at various points are photographs, bills, statements of account, newspaper cuttings, etc. Inserted loose are bills, receipts, notes, programmes, menus, etc. On ff. 175-77 there are notes, dated 26 April 1971, on the British Colony and its members, 1910-1912, by Frederick Challenger (President, 1911-1912). Ff.178-187 are blank. At the end of the volume (ff.189-188) is a list of Presidents of the British Colony inverted in relation to the main text

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Also inserted loose are the following items: (1) "Note on the last days of the British Colony life in Gttingen" (4 ff.; manuscript) by George King, its last President; (2) "Last days in Gttingen" (3 ff.; typescript) by John S. Anderson, President, 1912-1914; (3) An account of British students in Gttingen between the wars (2 ff., with accompanying letter dated 13 May, 1971; typescript) by Professor A. Gillies; (4) "Memories of Gttingen, 1932-34" (8 ff.; typescript) by D.F.S. Scott; (5) Memories of life in Gttingen, 1912-14 (9 ff.; typescript) by L. du Garde Peach (attached are 4 letters from L. du Garde Peach to Professor A. Gillies, 1972); (6) Xerox copy of galley proofs (2 ff.) of D.F.S. Scott's review of J. Noakes's "The Nazi party in Lower Saxony, 1921-1933", in Durham University Journal, Dec. 1973; (7) Photograph of members of the Society taken in 1912, with a letter from Professor Challenger to the Librarian, 20 April 1977 (2 ff.), and a negative and 2 prints, taken from the original

Administrative / Biographical History

The Gttingen British Society was formed in December 1886 when a number of "gentlemen resolved to form a society to promote social intercourse among the English (speaking) people of Gttingen". Many of the members were language students or lecturers at the University. The outbreak of the First World War put an end to the Society's activities

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The gift of Emeritus Professor Frederick Challenger through Professor A. Gillies, 1971


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