- 1707 to date (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
c. 115 metres
Name of creator
The Scottish Mountaineering Club was formed in Glasgow in 1889, as a result of correspondence in the Glasgow Herald initiated by William W. Naismith.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
The collection was transferred to the University of Strathclyde in 2008 and is held on deposit from the Scottish Mountaineering Club.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Collection of books, journals, maps and yearbooks. Also SMC library register (1 volume) recording books borrowed from the collection from 1935-2007.
It includes historical and current publications by the Scottish Mountaineering Club and Scottish Mountaineering Trust along with a vast library of books on: technical and philosophical aspects of mountaineering, climbing, skiing, hill walking and other outdoor pursuits; fiction and literature; biographies and autobiographies; travel and exploration from all over the world which includes an extensive collection of Scottish texts; history of mountaineering; antiquarian collection of 18th century Scottish travel and tour books.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
The Scottish Mountaineering Club continues to add materials to this collection on a regular basis, mainly through donations from its members, authors and publishers.
System of arrangement
The existing arrangement of the books has been retained as closely as possible by subject or geographical area. The journals are arranged in alphabetical order. The SMC guidebooks are arranged chronologically, other guidebooks are arranged geographically.
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
Conditions governing reproduction
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
All the books and journals in this collection are catalogued on SUPrimo the University of Strathclyde Library's integrated search service.
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Content of the Scottish Mountaineering Club Journal 1890-1901 is available online.