Andersonian Naturalists' Society

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Andersonian Naturalists' Society

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  • Glasgow and Andersonian Natural History and Microscopical Society
  • Andersonian Naturalists of Glasgow

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Founded 1885


The Andersonian Naturalists’ Society was founded by students at Anderson’s College, Glasgow on 25 August 1885. Its object was to encourage the study of natural science in all its branches. Observation in the field was regarded as critical and a notable characteristic of the society was its successful excursion programme. From the beginning, photography was of great importance and the exhibition of photographs became a usual feature of meetings.

The first president of the Society was the Rev. Alexander S. Wilson.

In 1930, the Society amalgamated with the Microscopical Society of Glasgow and the Natural History Society of Glasgow to form the Glasgow and Andersonian Natural History and Microscopical Society. By 1958, it was known as the Andersonian Naturalists' of Glasgow. By 1985, it had reverted to the title Andersonian Naturalist's Society .


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Anderson's College, Glasgow (1796-1887)

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GB 249

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ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2003); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).


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Created by Rachel Pike, March 2012. More detail added to History by Victoria Peters, September 2020.




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