University of St Andrews

University Library Special Collections



Societies and other associations

Images of the Societies and other associations collection

Special Collections holds minute books and other records for a large number of societies, community groups, self-help organisations, political associations, hobby groups, and others. Some of these include:

  • Ancient Order of Foresters Court Ancient City No. 6582 (ms37197-37222); 19th, 20th century; listed
  • Lodge St Andrew 25 of St Andrews (msdep68); 18th-20th century; listed
  • National Union of Women Workers, St Andrews Branch (& successor organisations) (msdep16); 20th century; no list.
  • St Andrews & District Horticultural Association (msdep83); 19th, 20th century; no list.
  • St Andrews Sea Box Society (msdep51); 17th-20th century; handlist available.
  • Scots Philosophical Club Minutes (msdep1); 20th century; no list.
  • Scottish Society for the History of Medicine (msdep87); 20th century; no list.
  • West Fife and Kirkcaldy Burghs Conservative Associations, and Kirkcaldy Unionist Club (ms3693-36694); 20th century; brief handlist available.
  • St Andrews Archery Club (ms30483); 1866-1899
  • The Renaissance Singers (ms38612); 1960s-present; listed
  • St Andrews Music Club (ms38711)
  • St Andrews Discussion Club (ms38615)
  • Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, St Andrews Branch (ms38897); 1929-1997
  • St Andrews 1920 Club (ms30996-31002); 1920-1969

Most of these are listed in the online catalogue.

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