Records of the Ruskin Society of Glasgow: Society of the Rose, literary society, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Minute book including press cuttings 1891-1900
  • Agenda book 1900-1901
  • Letter book 1901-1907
  • Lending library records 1882-1906
  • Financial records 1896-1901

Administrative / Biographical History

The Ruskin Society of Glasgow: Society of the Rose, was founded in c1879  to meet and discuss the works of the critic John Ruskin (1819-1900). The society met at the Accountants Hall on West Nile Street, Glasgow, Scotland on a fortnightly basis and later at the Glasgow Athenaeum. It was governed by a committee consisting of an honorary president, president, 2 vice presidents, secretary, treasurer, librarian and a small number of ordinary members. The librarian ran a small lending library of Ruskin's works that could be borrowed by members.

Papers were presented on Ruskin and his contemporaries who were then discussed. The Society also held an annual Conversazione of music and readings to start the sessions that ran from the autumn to the spring of each year and also arranged excursions. By 1891, the Society had nearly 120 members and in 1896 a similar society was established in Birmingham, England.


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

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Acquisition Information

Gift : Miss S N Watson : 1967 : ACCN 4169

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Item level descriptions are available via the department's online manuscripts catalogue available at  searching by the call number MS Gen 1093

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Archivist's Note

Compiled by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, March 2003

No alterations made to date

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