Records of the Geological Society of Glasgow, learned society, 1858-, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

ACCN 2561  

  • Minutes, 1864-1968
  • Registers of members, 1858-1960
  • Financial records, 1937-1970
  • Correspondence, 1973
  • Essays, talks and notes by Dugald Bell, 1869-1896
  • Notebook recording lending of petrological microscope, 1914-1959
  • Library books borrowed register, 1897-1961
  • Notices of meetings and excursions, 1858-1905
  • Promotional material, 1980s
  • Lists of Transactions of the Geological Society of Glasgow from 1860-1947
  • Papers relating to the Scottish Journal of Geology, 1964-1992
  • Material relating to the Society's 125th Anniversary, 1983
  • Photographs and glass negatives, 1882-1983

ACCN 3471  

  • Booklets, Proceedings of the Geological Society of Glasgow , 1966-2009
  • Minutes, 1985-2010
  • Membership volume, 1967 & 1978
  • Photocopy, List of Papers in the Transactions of the Geological Society of Glasgow, Volumes I-XXV, 1860-1963

ACCN 3653  

  • Minutes, 1989-2011
  • Typed transcript of minutes, 17 May 1858-17 Jan 1859
  • Constitutions and related papers, 1968-2009
  • Lists of members, 1945-2009
  • Booklet, Proceedings of the Geological Society of Glasgow , 2010-2011
  • Photographs of excursions, 1991-1998
  • Material relating to a tragic accident during an excursion, 18 May 2001
  • Papers and photographs relating to the Society's 150th Anniversary, 2008
  • Notices and reports of meetings and excursions, 1971-1985
  • Newsletters and notices of lectures, 1986-2010

Administrative / Biographical History

The Geological Society of Glasgow was founded in 1858. The society aims to gain an understanding of the study of the earth through excursions and lectures, and is still active to this day.

The Society's early contribution to geological research includes, fossils, an understanding of Scotland's glacial history, geological time and the relationship between climate change and the Earth's rotation. Famous 19th and early 20th Century Presidents include Lord Kelvin (for 21 years), Sir Archibald Geikie, Charles Lapworth, Ben Peach and Walter Gregory.

The Geological Society of Glasgow publishes the Scottish Journal of Geology with the Edinburgh Society and continues to publish field guides. The Society still attracts prominent speakers to their lectures and encourages everyone to take advantage of the great geology in the Glasgow Region, some of the most varied of any city in the UK, see


Listed by box. Items are generally listed in their original order.

Conditions Governing Access

Open, subject to the  Data Protection Act 1998

Acquisition Information

Deposit : Dr Iain Allison : April 2004 : ACCN 2561

Deposit : Seonaid Leishman : May 2010 : ACCN 3471

Deposit : Seonaid Leishman : Mar 2012 : ACCN 3653


Collection box listed by Moira Rankin, Senior Archivist, Boxes1-6 + 9, Sarah Jones, Volunteer, boxes 7-8, 15th-29th April 2004 (ACCN 2561); Emma Yan, Archivist, 28th May 2010 (ACCN 3471); Emma Yan, Archivist, 29th March 2012 (ACCN 3653) Collection level description created by Rachael Muir, Archive Assistant, 24th July 2012

Other Finding Aids

File list available by request to the  Duty Archivist

Geographical Names