Collection SC SMC - Scottish Mountaineering Club library

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Scottish Mountaineering Club library


  • 1707 to date (Creation)

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c. 115 metres

Context area

Name of creator

(Established 1889)

Administrative history

The Scottish Mountaineering Club was formed in Glasgow in 1889, as a result of correspondence in the Glasgow Herald initiated by William W. Naismith.

Archival history

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.

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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.

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      Finding aids

      All the books and journals in this collection are catalogued on SUPrimo the University of Strathclyde Library's integrated search service.

      Search "MLSPSM" to find a full list of titles in the Scottish Mountaineering Club library

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      Existence and location of originals

      Existence and location of copies

      Content of the Scottish Mountaineering Club Journal 1890-1901 is available online.

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