Records of Glasgow University Mountaineering Club, student society, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Glasgow University Mountaineering Club Journals, 1952-2009;
  • Constitutions, 1972-1992;
  • Publicity material, 1990s;
  • Account book, 1967-1973;
  • Treasurer's file, 1967-1973.

Administrative / Biographical History

According to an entry by W Crombie, Club President, in Glasgow University Magazine for 1945-1946 "it was in 1938, that a small group of 'Varsity students met on the top of Ben Narnairn, and with much cheering and quaffing of ginger beer decided to form the G U Mountaineering Club, without office-bearers or subscriptions. This anarchial society was brought to a close when the GUMC [Glasgow University Mountaineering Club] was formally constituted in 1940. Since that momentous day, its members have clambered , wrestled, and struggled with heather, snow and rock (not to mention with each other on rainy days) in every climbing district in Great Britain." An entry for the Club first appeared in the University of Glasgow Student Handbook in the academic year 1942-1943 . This mentions a mid-term "meet" to be held at Arrochar. The subsequent year's entry invites beginners to join the Club, and mentions activities such as rock and snow climbing, hill walking and lantern lectures. The Honorary President then was Archibald C Pickles. There was also an annual subscription fee. The magazines in this collection show that these outdoor group activities, known as "meets", became regular events for the society, taking place at various locations. The Glasgow University Mountaineering Club still holds regular meets and other social events.



Access Information


Acquisition Information

  • Gift : Adam McNaughton : Sept 2008 : ACCN 3243.
  • Transfer : Glasgow University Library : Mar 2010 : ACCN 3457.
  • Gift : Simon Boa : July 2009 : ACCN 3379.
  • Gift : Club Treasurer : Mar 2000 : ACCN 1901.

Other Finding Aids

Digital file level list available in searchroom

Alternative Form Available

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

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Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 248 procedures

Custodial History

This collection has been put together from four sources



Related Material

  • GB 248 DC 157/18/52, University of Glasgow Student Handbooks
  • The University of Glasgow Library holds copies of the Glasgow University Mountaineering Club Journal, 1991- 2003, 2005-, Geography Pers J4800
  • The website of the Glasgow University Mountaineering Club can be found at

Location of Originals

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Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999and 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 Peter Monteith, Archive Assistant, 4 November 2008. Lower level description compiled by Peter Monteith, Archive Assistant, 4 November 2008. Additions to lower levels by Alma Topen, Senior Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing) 12 Feb 2016.

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