Hello, we’re Roz and Astrid, the two new graduate trainees here at Archive Services. We recently attended the University of Glasgow’s Fresher’s Fair. We weaved through the crowds of eager new students and handed out our beautifully designed leaflets to various different societies, encouraging them to deposit their records with us.
Many societies we spoke with were unaware they could deposit their records with us, yet these papers are an invaluable contribution to the University Archives. Students, former students, staff and members of the public regularly visit us to trace their ancestors, and they are delighted to discover what activities their relatives did in the past. The records are also often used for research purposes and dissertation work.
The archive already holds a lot of society records, the earliest – a letter donated by the Philosophical society – dates from 1771! Whilst the Boat Club has donated papers dating back to 1877! We also hold records of the LGBT Society, Glasgow University Model United Nations Society, Glasgow University Sports Association and many more. The records are made up of things such as correspondence, minutes, photographs, leaflets and event tickets.
But not everything within the archives is ancient! Here is an example of the more modern records that we hold:
We thoroughly enjoyed meeting the wide array of societies at the fair. If you’re a member of a society and would like the opportunity to become part of the rich history of Glasgow University, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a summary of what you have.
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