Abertay Historical Society
- 1935-2012 (Creation)
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3.40 linear metres
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The Abertay Historical Society was founded at a meeting in University College, Dundee on 29 May, 1947 by the Principal, Major-General D.N. Wimberley and History Lecturer, Dr Wainwright. It was formed to encourage the study of local history in Angus, Perthshire and Fife. The Society and the University of Dundee have maintained close links: its meetings are normally held on University premises, while many members and office-holders have been University staff, including several presidents. The Society's original remit has been implemented through talks and lectures, excursions and annual publications, and with other agencies, it has also lobbied for the preservation of local historical buildings. It was instrumental in the creation of Dundee Heritage Trust. The Society also takes part in the Dundee Afternoon Lecture Series, which is run jointly by the Dundee Centre of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, the Dundee Members' Group of the National Trust for Scotland, the Dundee Naturalists' Society and the Abertay Historical Society. While based in Dundee, the Society also organises events in other parts of the Abertay area. The Archaeological Section of the Society was originally started as a semi-independent division of the Society, organising local excavations, and its own series of meetings, but from 1993, it was decided that the Council would oversee the running of the Section. The mid-1990s also saw the end of members excursions. For a brief period in the early 1970s, there was also an Industrial Archaeology Section, mainly concerned with recording the local industrial heritage. The archaeological work carried out by the Society has, since 2015, been organised by its Fieldwork Division. Since 1953, the Society has produced publications, usually on an annual basis, with the majority written by members.
The documentation in this collection was created by various members of the Society, generally in their capacity as office-holders.
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Scope and content
Constitution, rules and related papers 1948-1978; minute books of Council and general meetings with related material 1947-2004; financial records 1947-1998; Programme Secretary files 1973-1998; Publication Secretary files 1952-2000; Archaeological Section reports, correspondence and notices, questionnaires and schedules relating to the Society's excursions, correspondence between Abertay Historical Society and various agencies, 1973-1996; correspondence relating to the Abertay Archaeological Section and other archaeological organisations 1959-1970; miscellaneous photographs, letters and notes 1960-c.1975; miscellaneous photographs and publications c.1972-2000; research conducted by former members 20th century; miscellaneous material. 1957-1988
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Records are arranged chronologically within series. Some material is awaiting arrangement.
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Conditions governing access
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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The records are on paper, and include some photographs
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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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