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Records of the Scottish Students' Song Book Committee Ltd.

Identifier: Coll-60

Scope and Contents

The archives of the Scottish Students' Song Book Committee at MSS 3172-3185 contain administrative records and miscellaneous items, including the memorandum and articles of the Committee, minute books, ledgers, administrative correspondence, folders of financial records, photographs; art-work for an illustrated edition; and, an engraved copper plate for printing shareholders certificates. The archive also includes printed material, mainly The Scottish Students' Song Book in various editions, as well as The British Students' Song Book in 1st, 2nd, and Revised editions, and other song books.

At E2008.12 there is a Minute Book of the Scottish Students Song Book Committee Ltd with notes from circa 1902 to 1984.


  • Creation: 1891-1997

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Biographical / Historical

The Scottish Students' Song Book Committee was set up in December 1889 with the aim of producing a collection of songs for use by students. The lack of such a collection had long been felt in Scotland. In the mid-1880s a committee had been set up in St. Andrews to collect and publish the songs popular among the students there. This had met with difficulties however, and instead it was agreed to abandon the scheme and to prepare an Inter-University Song Book under the auspices of the then four Scottish Students' Representative Councils. With the less than enthusiastic support of the four SSRCs, the Scottish Students' Song Book Committee set about its task under the editorial convenership of Dr. Millar Patrick. The Scottish Students' Song Book went on sale in March 1891 and was an immediate success, selling out in three weeks. Later editions appeared in 1892 and 1897. The great success of the book made it necessary to form a limited company in 1891 - the Scottish Students' Song Book Committee Ltd. - which had throughout the 20th century produced several editions of the Song Book and its companion The British Students' Song Book (1912). Since 1891, some 400,000 copies had been sold.


4 boxes; 26 song books; 3 ledgers; 1 engraved copper plate; 1 folder of certificates.

Physical Location

MSS 3172-3185; E2008.12

Other Finding Aids

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Processing Information

Box list keyed into ArchivesSpace by Jack Green in May 2020.


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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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