Collection OK/39 - Andersonian Naturalists' Society records

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GB 249 OK/39


Andersonian Naturalists' Society records


  • 1930 - 1985 (Creation)

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1 folder and 1 poster

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(Founded 1885)

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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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Notices of meetings and lectures, 1934-1958; notice of annual dinner, 1959; letter relating to history of Society, 1938; reminiscences about Society in 'Annals of the Andersonain Naturalists' Society', 1936; William Rennie, 'Smatterings: a brief outline of the early struggles of the Glasgow geologists to establish themselves within the city, their meeting places and notes thereon', 1946; poster advertising exhibition to mark centenary of Society, 1985.

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  • English

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