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.


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Acquisition Information

Unknown : 1978 : ACCN 4327

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Custodial History

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Related Material

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

Location of Originals

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