Collection MS 138 - The Grampian Club

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MS 138


The Grampian Club


  • 1870-c 2018 (Creation)

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6.70 linear metres

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The Grampian Club is based in Dundee and organises hill walks and more strenuous mountaineering activities, including rock climbing and skiing, within the local area and abroad. A programme of 'indoor meets' includes lectures and slide shows and the club publishes The Grampian Club Bulletin. Members of the club are also involved in Tayside Mountain Rescue and other local and national organisations, as well as taking an interest in issues relating to the environment and access to the Scottish countryside. Club members have also made significant contributions to the Dundee Mountain Film Festival.
The Club was formed in January 1927 at a meeting at Mathers Hotel, Dundee. Twelve members attended the first meet in Glen Clova, climbing a snow gully on Mayar. Membership has steadily increased and as of 2018 the Club had over 200 members.
Members of the Club are elected and must be over the age of 18. The Club owns two properties for use by its members - Inbhirfhaolain, a climbing hut in Glen Etive, which was acquired in 1961, and a cottage in Torridon acquired in 1984. On 14 February 1988, a coach dropping members off at a meet was hit by another coach near Tyndrum, resulting in the death of the Club Secretary, Elizabeth Stenhouse, and serious injuries to other members.
At a committee meeting in 1929 it was decided that the club should form a library and appoint an officer to take charge of it. Eric Maxwell was appointed and continued as librarian until 1970. The library opened in 1929 with a mere 4 books, which had increased to 22 by the end of the year. The librarian was also responsible for the lantern slide collection. Today, the club is managed by up to eight office-bearers and five Ordinary Members. The office-bearers include an Honorary President, President, Vice-President, Honorary Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, Honorary Meet Secretary, Honorary Librarian (in conjunction with another post), Honorary Editor, and Hut Custodian.

Archival history

Most of the records were originally kept by the club librarian, but there have also been deposits of records retained by members

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Constitution and rules, c.1927-1983; Records of meetings and members 1927-2016; Treasurer's records, 1927-2005; Secretary's records and correspondence 1946-2008; Meet Secretary's records, 1928-2009; Library records, 1929-1998; Editor's records, 1937-1943; Hut records. 1943-2004; Publications. 1937-2010; Photographs. 1927-c 2017; Lantern Slides and 35 mm slides, c 1930s; Newscuttings and related items, 1927-2004; Talks and Lectures and Articles. 1946-1977; Records Compiled by Members, 1895-2001; Memorabilia. 1927-2006; Videos, DVDs and CDs, c 1990-2018; Maps, 1870-1972; Material used in Exhibitions, 1927-2009; Electronic records. c 1929-c 2018



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Usually chronological within series.

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Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act (2018), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, 2018) and any other relevant legislation or restrictions. Clinical information is closed for 100 years.

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Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges may be made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply; please check with the Duty Archivist.

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MS 326

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MS 138

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Description compiled in line with the following standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description; International Council on Archives, ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families; National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997



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  • English



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