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Records of the Dunfermline College of Physical Education Old Students' Association

Identifier: EUA GD55

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises: the records of Dunfermline College Old Students' Association (DCPE OSA), including governance and membership records, publications and records relating to Dunfermline College of Physical Education (DCPE), which may have been made up of donations from OSA members (see Custodial History); and donations of items from former College students relating to both the DCPE and DCPE OSA. The collections are varied and include photographs, artefacts and uniforms as well as documents.


  • Creation: 1905-2018


Conditions Governing Access

The material is available subject to the usual conditions of access to Archives and Manuscripts material. Some restrictions apply; navigate down the hierarchy for further details.

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Head of Special Collections.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Biographical / Historical

The Old Students Association was formed shortly after the first set of students from Dunfermline College of Hygiene and Physical Training (as the College was originally called) had started their teaching career. It proved initially difficult to make it an active Association as there were no opportunities for meeting together and the members were few at first. However in April 1912 there was a large gathering of Dunfermline Old Students, who met together and re-formed the association on a larger and firmer basis than before. A Secretary was appointed with the duties of keeping in touch with each successive set of students, and to achieve this each set had a representative chosen before leaving the College. The secretary also published a report annually, giving items of news of the College, members of the Association and matters of personal interest. Today the objectives of the Association are the same - to keep members in touch with one another, to keep members informed of the work of the College and the current trends in student training, and to publish an annual report and Set News Magazine. Membership of the Association is open to all former students of DCPE and graduates of the Bachelor of Education degree in PE from the Scottish Centre for Physical Education, Movement and Leisure Studies. The policy of the Association is carried out by an executive Committee of 11 members.


3.8 linear metres (13 'A' boxes; items in two 'D' outsize boxes)


The collection has been separated into two sub-fonds; one comprises the records of the OSA itself and follows a roughly functional arrangement; the other comprises donations of DCPE-related material from individuals (usually former students)and is arranged alphabetically by surname of donor.

Custodial History

The records of the Dunfermline College of Physical Education Old Students' Association have a somewhat complex custodial history which is intertwined with the records of the College itself (EUA IN16). These collections were originally held at the College's campus at Cramond, outside Edinburgh. In 1986 DCPE merged with Moray House College of Education and in 1990 a formal association was formed between Moray House and Heriot-Watt University. A preliminary listing of the records was made by Heriot-Watt as part of the Non-Formula Funding Scottish Higher Education Funding Council Specialised Research Collections in the Humanities (1995-1999). When Moray House merged with the University of Edinburgh in 1998, Edinburgh University Library Special Collections took over de facto responsibility for the collections, but as the records were still held on the Moray House campus (at Holyrood, following the closure of the Cramond campus), this was devolved largely to an Honorary Archivist, who handled enquiries, the intellectual control and arrangement of and ongoing accruals to the records. The records were brought physically on site to Edinburgh University Library in 2008 following the opening of the Centre for Research Collections. Due to this complex instititional and custodial history and sporadic provenance records, there is some ambiguity between corporate records and donations, as well as legacy issues surrounding previous professional practices.


Further accruals possible.

Processing Information

Catalogue created as part of the Wellcome Trust Research Resources-funded project 'Body Language: movement, dance and physical education in Scotland, 1890-1990’.

Clare Button; Elaine MacGillivray
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

Centre for Research Collections
University of Edinburgh Main Library
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Edinburgh EH8 9LJ Scotland
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