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

Scope and Content

  • Minute Books 1919-1995;
  • Scrap books 1919-1934;
  • Press cuttings 1877-1992;
  • Reports undated.

Administrative / Biographical History

Glasgow University Boat Club has been existence since  1877  , when the first Edinburgh vs Glasgow Universities Boat Race was held, but was independent of  Glasgow University Athletic Club . The club was formed to encourage the pursuit of aquatic sports in the  University of Glasgow and was open to all members of Glasgow University Athletic Club who held amateur status. It was originally run by a committee consisting of an honorary president, honorary vice president, captain, secretary, treasurer, three ordinary members, and was augmented later by members in charge of boats, clubhouse and steps, and a social secretary.

The club affiliated to GUAC in  1919  , but kept its finances separate until the late 1920s. An Annual General Meeting of the club was held each year at which the office bearers and the committee were appointed and the treasure's report read. Meetings of the club took place at the  Glasgow University Union and also at the Boathouse, Glasgow Green, New Gorbals, which the club took entry of in  1924  . The meetings involved the arrangement of fixtures, practice times, fundraising events, and decisions on the repair and acquisition of boats. The club's fundraising events included regattas, prize draws, suppers and, in 1921, a play What Every Woman Knows by Sir J M Barrie. The club has competed against other University Boat Clubs from around the United Kingdom including their historic rivals, Edinburgh, and in 1924 travelled to Norway to compete against Christiania University. The Club also played host to rowers from the USSR in 1991 and paid them a return visit the same year, travelling to Moscow to compete. By 1934 the club had over 40 members; the same membership figure was also recorded in 1987. A women's section was added in 1966. In 2002  , the Club continues to meet.


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Deposit : Douglas Johnston, Glasgow : 2002

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Glasgow University Archive Services: DC71 Glasgow University Athletic Club

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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


Fonds level description compiled by Janice Miller, Graduate Archive Trainee, Dec 2002

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