Records of Adam Smith Club, learned society, London, England

Scope and Content

  • Minutes 1891-1939
  • Lists of meetings undated
  • Catalogue of club’s library undated
  • Notebooks belonging to James Bonar, president of the Adam Smith Club 1880
  • Photographs 1905
  • Lecture by James Bonar 1926

Administrative / Biographical History

The  Adam Smith Club, London , England was founded in 1880, and was devoted to the study and illustration of the works of Adam Smith, in particular, The Wealth of Nations. The founding president of the club was James Bonar,  1852-c1941 . The constitution of the club stipulated that party politics were excluded from debates and that membership was not to be restricted in respect of place, age or politics of prospective members. In  1891  , the club was experimentally open to ladies. Expenses of the meetings were to be met by the monthly subscriptions of the members.

Source: Who's Who 1941( 1942 London)


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

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Acquisition Information

Unknown depositor, 1978, ACCN 4327

Other Finding Aids

Item level descriptions are available via the department's online manuscripts catalogue available at the University of Glasgow Library, Department of Special Collections website, searching by the call numbers MS Gen 1441-1454

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Archivist's Note

Fonds level description compiled by Elaine MacGillivray, Archives Assistant, June 2003

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Related Material

GB 248 DC 331 Records of The Adam Smith Club (Glasgow University Archive Services).

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