Records of Glasgow University Fifth Centenary Congratulatory Addresses

Scope and Content

The collection comprises the congratulatory addresses presented to the University in 1951, by various universities, colleges, academies, learned societies and other bodies around the world, to mark the Fifth Centenary of the founding of the University.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Fifth Centenary of the founding of the  University of Glasgow , Scotland, was commemorated by a formal programme of celebrations, which took place over the period  19-21 June 1951  , although a variety of less formal activities were held around the formal programme, during the period  18-29 June 1951  .

A preliminary notice of the celebrations was sent out in  December 1949  , followed by formal invitations in  June 1950  , to approximately three hundred universities and fifty colleges and academies throughout the world. The formal celebrations opened on Tuesday  19 June 1951  with the Ceremony of Presentation of Addresses, at which the congratulatory addresses from the various universities, colleges, academies, learned societies and other bodies from which the delegates were drawn were presented.

This was followed by a commemorative service in Glasgow Cathedral. The Commemoration Day ceremony for conferring of Honorary Degrees took place on  20 June 1951  in St Andrews Hall, Charring Cross, Glasgow, and was followed by afternoon and evening receptions hosted by the Deacon-Convener and the Collector of the Trades House of Glasgow and the Lord Provost and Magistrates of the City of Glasgow respectively.

The Commemoration Oration was delivered in St Andrews Hall on  21 June 1901  , and was followed by an afternoon reception in the University. The evening programme included a dinner hosted by the Senatus Academicus at the Grosvener Restaurant on Gordon Street, Glasgow, and an 'At Home' hosted by Lady Hetherington, wife of the University Principal, for the wives of delegates at the College Rooms.

Source:  The University of GlasgowThe Book of the Fifth Centenary ( Glasgow , 1952  )


The addresses are divided into three main classes, namely Universities and Colleges; Academies; and Churches, Learned Societies and Other Bodies. Within these classes they are listed alphabetically by territorial classification, namely Great Britain & Ireland, British Commonwealth, and Foreign Countries.

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Location of Originals

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The University of GlasgowThe Book of the Fifth Centenary ( Glasgow , 1952  )

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 Virginia Russell, Archives Assistant, 8 November 2000

Revised by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 6 September 2002

Revised by Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), 28 November 2007

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