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

Scope and Content

  • Minute book, 1954-1967;
  • Posted announcement of the first annual general meeting, c1941.

Administrative / Biographical History

Glasgow University Distributist Club was founded in  1929  at the  University of Glasgow , Scotland. This political club was affiliated as an autonomous branch of the Scottish Distributist League founded by G K Chesterton (1874-1936) and the  Glasgow University Union as 'a balanced middle way between Conservatism and Socialism'. The object of the Club was to uphold distributist principles - 'a wide distribution of property as the basis of social order, justice and stability' - by supporting small businesses, working against all kinds of monopoly and championing individual victims of the oppression of the current system. The Distributist League and Club were non-party and the Club took an active part in Union debates.

Membership of the club was open to all students and former students of the University of Glasgow. Office bearers included an honorary president and no more than 8 honorary vice-presidents, a president, vice-president, secretary, assistant secretary, treasurer, whip secretary- all of whom were to be male. There was also a publicity convenor and literature secretary. All of these, along with the University's  Queen Margaret Union  convenor, secretary and whip, constituted the general committee. The executive committee consisted of the president, Queen Margaret convenor and the secretary. It appears that the club folded in the late 1970s.


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

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Acquisition Information

Deposit : Mrs J Mair : 1984 : ACCN 0843 (previous ref ACC 90/2)

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Related Material

GB 0248 DC 038 Records of Glasgow University Dialectic Society

GB 0248 DC 157/5/26 which contains a copy of the Society's amended constitution, 1963, and applications for SRC grants from the 1960s.

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Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999and National Council on Archives, Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names


Fonds level compiled by Nyree Morrison, 21 June 2000. Lower levels compiled by members of Glasgow University Staff, 11 July 2013. Amended by Sam Maddra, Assistant Archivist (cataloguing), 9 June 2014.

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