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Records of the Scottish Microscopical Society

Identifier: Coll-257

Scope and Contents

The records of the Scottish Microscopical Society consist of minute books covering the years 1888-1909, and 1909-1921, and council minutes for 1889-1914. There is also an envelope containing loose correspondence and other papers.


  • Creation: 1888-1921

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Conditions Governing Access

Generally open for consultation to bona fide researchers, but please contact repository for details in advance.

Biographical / Historical

The Scottish Microscopical Society was formed in November 1888. In attendance at the formation of the Society were Dr. Alexander Edington, Dr. G. S. Woodhead, Professor W. S. Greenfield, and Professor J. B. Haycraft. The well-attended meeting was held in the hall of the Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh, and it was presided over by Dr. Ritchie, President of the Royal College of Physicians. A sub-committee was appointed during the meeting with Dr. Edington (Secretary) and Professor Balfour (Chairman). The first council meeting was held on 11 October 1889 at Dowells' Rooms, George Street, Edinburgh, and the first ordinary meeting of the Society was held in Dowells' Rooms on Friday 1 November 1889, at 7.45 p.m. Meetings were later held at the Philosophical Institution. The Society held regular meetings from 1889 until 2 November 1914 when the question of amalgamation with other Societies was raised. By 1921 there were few members, and the Society was wound up in June 1921.


3 volumes, 1 envelope loose material.

Physical Location

Gen. 169F-171F

Other Finding Aids

Important finding aids generally are: the alphabetical Index to Manuscripts held at Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections and Archives, consisting of typed slips in sheaf binders and to which additions were made until 1987; and the Index to Accessions Since 1987.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Minutes of the Society were deposited with Edinburgh University Library for safe-keeping, 6 June 1929.

Records of the Scottish Microscopical Society
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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University of Edinburgh Main Library
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