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Photographs, regulation pamphlet, and examination paper relating to Masson Hall

 Fonds — Box: CLX-A-1594
Identifier: Coll-2004

Content Description

This fonds contains documents and photographs relating to Masson Hall, a hall of residence for women students who attended the University of Edinburgh. It consists of the following items:

  1. Two group photographs of students who resided at Masson Hall, dated 1943-44 and Summer 1946. One photograph bears the stamp of J. Campbell Harper, A.R.P.S, 181-185 Leith Walk, Leith, Edinburgh;
  2. One examination paper for a pharmacology exam on the 1st of May 1946;
  3. A regulation pamphlet on Masson Hall containing information on: eligibility for admission, bursaries, terms of residence, charges, and residence regulations.


  • Creation: 1940s

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Condition Description

Photographs slightly dog-eared. Pamphlets folded in two and slightly dust-soiled.

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Please contact the repositoryroty in advance.

Biographical / Historical

Masson Hall was opened free of debt, with accomodation for fiteen residents in 1897 by the Edinburgh Association for the University Education of Women to ensure the continued success of higher education for women at the University of Edinburgh. The original building sat at No. 31 George Square, and was purchased for £2500, with additions to follow. The Hall was intended primarly for students of the Arts, though students from the Faculty of Sicence, Medicine, Music and Dentistry also resided. A chief feature was the library, known as the Pfeiffer Room, named for its donor. The site at George Square was taken over in 1964 for redevelopment; Masson Hall was relocated to South Lauder Road where it remained until 1994. There is still in existence a Masson House at Pollock Halls.


2 photographs

2 pamphlets

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to the Library in September 2020; documents found in a medical book. Accession no. SC-Acc-2020-0084.

Related Materials

Special Collections also holds the Papers of Marjory Rackstraw (Coll-705), who was Warden of Masson Hall between 1924 and 1937.

Condition Description

Photographs slightly dog-eared. Pamphlets folded in two and slightly dust-soiled.

Processing Information

Catalogued by Aline Brodin in October 2020.


Photographs, regulation pamphlet, and exam paper relating to Masson Hall, 1940s
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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