In the past month Archive Services have uploaded a number of new collection descriptions to our electronic catalogue. These include descriptions of papers of Glasgow students and academics as well as descriptions of Scottish business collections. We thought we’d give you an overview of some of our staff and student collections recently added to our catalogue (with a business collections update to follow shortly!):
University of Glasgow staff collections
Edward Lionel Gregory Stones (1914-1987) was a Glasgow graduate who was the first person to hold the Chair of Medieval History at the University. Stones established himself as a leading authority on early and mid-fourteenth century Anglo-Scottish history and his collection contains correspondence and working papers relating to his research (Ref: DC 028).
Ronald Miller (1910-1990) was Professor of Geography at the University from 1953-1976. Miller inherited a small department, which grew to become one of the largest Geography schools in the country under his energetic direction. He was influential in establishing Archaeology and Topographic Science as degree subjects and the University acquired an international reputation for post-graduate training in Cartography and Photogrammetry. His collection include publications, research papers, personal papers and photographic slides and negatives (Ref: DC 470).
University of Glasgow student collections:
Nelson Elliot Wallace (1910-2009) was a Glasgow graduate who obtained a BSc in chemistry in 1932 and became a chemist at Imperial Chemist Industries following graduation. He was responsible for organising 50th reunion celebrations of the Chemistry class of 1932. His collections (there are two) contains student lecture notes, departmental handbooks, certificates, photographs of the 50th reunion of the class of 1932 and papers relating to the Glasgow Alchemist Club (Ref: DC417 and DC 434).
Sir Douglas Alexander Earsman Harkness (1902-1980) was a Glasgow graduate who received an MA in 1922 gaining a 2nd Class Honours in History in that year and 1st Class Honours in Economic Science in 1923. From 1923-1924 he was a Reid Stewart Fellow in Economic Science at the University of Glasgow. In 1924 he was given his first appointment in the Civil Service in Northern Ireland in which he was to serve until his retirement in 1963. He was Assistant Secretary of the Ministry in 1936 and became Permanent Secretary in 1948. He then transferred to the Ministry of Commerce and subsequently to the Ministry of Finance becoming Permanent Secretary and head of the Civil Service of Northern Ireland in 1953. He was awarded the CBE in 1946 a KBE in 1956 and an honorary LLD in 1962. His collection includes lecture notes and essays from his time at University, personal correspondence and some published material (Ref: DC 400).
Hugh McCallum Donaldson (1913-1990) was a Glasgow graduate who received an MA degree in June 1935 and a BSc degree in 1937. After graduation Hugh undertook teacher training at Jordanhill College, Glasgow. After qualifying he started his teaching career at Dalry High School and, immediately after the War, was appointed maths teacher at Largs High School. He became Principal Teacher of mathematics at Largs shortly afterwards. On three occasions he was elected Vice-President of the Scottish Secondary Teachers Association and was also elected a governor of Jordanhill College of Education for the four years prior to his retirement. His collection includes school records, lecture notes, teacher training records, and tourist brochures and passenger information collected his voyage on the Canadian Pacific ship, Empress of Britain, in June 1957 from Liverpool to Canada and back again in August (Ref: UGC 025).
We also hold a collection of student class tickets and certificates (Ref: DC 064). This is an artificial collection of student class tickets, matriculation cards, library cards, degree and diploma certificates, and certificates of merit for a variety of students who attended the University of Glasgow from 1699-1963 (please note we do not hold tickets and certificates for every student who has attended the University, just ones which have been deposited with us over the years). Each ticket or certificate has been listed on a database which can be accessed in the Archive Services searchroom. Attendance at class was first testified through the class register, and later by the issue of these class tickets by the regent or professor. For more information on the history of teaching at the University please see here.
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