- Minutes of meetings, including papers read, 1947-1995;
- The Adam Smith Club, Glasgow 1868-1968 [by Dr David Murray?,] 1969;
- Menu for Centenary Dinner - includes list of present and retired members 1968.
Records of the Glasgow Adam Smith Club, staff society, University of Glasgow, Scotland
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Adam Smith (1723-1790) had been a student and a professor at the University of Glasgow , Scotland , during the eighteenth century. He has been called the "father" of political economy and his major work, The Wealth of Nations , (1776), is recognised, then and now, as one of the seminal works in European philosophy.
The Adam Smith Club was established in November 1868, primarily by Mr Charles Gairdner , General Manager of the Union Bank of Scotland . Mr Gairdner had been inspired by a meeting he had attended of the Adam Smith Club of London, England , which had been founded in 1821 . The Adam Smith Club in Glasgow, Scotland , was formed for those who were interested in subjects connected with political economy and met once a month between November and March/April. Initially, the Club only had twelve members, which included a chairman and secretary, consisting of staff from the University of Glasgow and gentlemen from the city. Students were not permitted to join. The secretary also appears to have dealt with the financial aspect of the Club. Meetings consisted of a dinner followed by a talk given by one of the members. Subjects varied; a few were directly linked to Adam Smith but all were connected with political economy. Although the Club had begun to expand, it lapsed between 1897-1907 . There is no official reason given for this, though it was suggested that the bitterness of political discussions had played a part.
In 1907 there was a resolution to establish a "new Adam Smith Club". Increasingly the discussions were concentrated on those in which the speaker was to some extent an expert rather than debating broad general terms. Activities were suspended during the 1914-1918 World War but continued from 1920 . In 1952 , meetings were reduced from five a year to four. In 1968 , the Club celebrated its centenary with a formal dinner. The first female member made her maiden contribution on 18th November 1992 . Records indicate the Club continued after 1995 .
The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received
Conditions Governing Access
Transfer : Principal's office : 1982 : ACCN 0394
Gift : Club member : 2000 : ACCN 1896
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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
Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.
Fonds level description compiled by Hannah Westall, Archives Assistant, June 2000. Lower level description compiled by members of Glasgow University Archive Service staff. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Andrew Semple, Administration Assistant, 26 November 2002. Catalogue revised by Ruth Boreham, Archive Assistant, September 2002. Catalogue edited by Michelle Kaye, Archives Assistant, 13 July 2012. Amended by Sam Maddra, Assistant Archivist (cataloguing), 5 August 2014.