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Governing Body and appointed committees

This series consists of 6 sub-series:

  • Governors and appointed committees' meeting minutes: annual published minutes bound in volumes, 1907-1964
  • Governors and appointed committees' meeting minutes: annual published minutes bound in folders, 1909-1966
  • Governors and appointed committees' meeting minutes: loose copies of individual minutes, 1964-1978
  • Housewifery and Hostels Sub-Committees meeting minutes, 1911-1948
  • Cookery, Laundry and Dressmaking Sub-Committees meeting minutes, 1916-1968
  • Finance and General Purposes Committee meetings minutes and papers, 1982-1990

Academic Council and standing committees

This series consists of 8 sub-series:

  • Operational handbooks, 1980-1991
  • Academic Council minutes, 1982-1992
  • Course Development Committee, 1980-1990
  • Central Academic Services Committee, 1982-1991
  • Research and Staff Development Committee, 1985-1993
  • Academic and Professional Standards Committee, 1990-1992
  • Course Leaders meetings, 1981-1986
  • Health and Safety at Work Committee, 1979-1989

Students' Union

This series consists of 6 sub-series:

  • Minutes of the Students’ Union Committee, 1919-1929
  • Constitution and rules of the Students’ Union, 1943-1944
  • Finances of the Students’ Union, 1930-1976
  • Meetings and correspondence of the Students’ Union, 1920-1952
  • Students’ Welfare Scheme, 1925-1946
  • Publications of the Students’ Union, 1921-1946

The Glasgow College of Domestic Science Students' Union was initiated in 1919. Its aim was to keep the College in touch with educational and scientific progress through subject-specialist guest lectures; to promote a healthy tone and esprit de corps among the students by making the College part of their social life; to keep in close touch with former students. Membership was open to staff and students of the College on payment of an annual subscription fee.

Students' Association

This series consists of 3 files:

  • Students’ Association constitution, 1981-1982
  • Students’ Association publications, 1988
  • Students' Association correspondence, 1976

The Students' Association was formed to represent through its Council, the students of the college, to promote their interests, to look after their welfare, and to be the recognised channel of communication between them and the College authorities; to promote social, cultural and athletic activities among the students of the College, and to run a Union as a club for students. All full-time matriculated students were members and it was governed by Student Representative Council members elected by ballot from among the members of the Association.

Former Students' Association

This series consists of 9 files:

  • Committee Minute Books of the Former Students' Association, 1950-1985
  • Annual general meeting papers and memos of the Former Students’ Association, 1950-1984
  • Finances of the Former Students’ Association, 1950-1975
  • Membership correspondence of the Former Students’ Association, 1969-1984
  • Membership files of the Former Students’ Association, 1974-1985
  • Membership cards of the Former Students’ Association, 1967-1985
  • Stationery of the Former Students’ Association, c1970s
  • Former Students’ Association events, 1969-1971
  • Newsletters of the Former Students’ Association, 1952-1968

The Former Students' Association was established in 1950. The Association ended in 1985.

Ethnic Minority Small Business Centre (EMSBC) and consultancy

This series consists of 5 files:

  • Correspondence on the Ethnic Minority Small Business Centre (EMSBC) kept by Henry Rose, 1981-1983
  • Correspondence on the Ethnic Minority Small Business Centre (EMSBC) kept by Henry Rose, 1984
  • Correspondence on the Ethnic Minority Small Business Centre (EMSBC) kept by Henry Rose, 1985
  • Correspondence on the Ethnic Minority Small Business Centre (EMSBC) kept by Henry Rose, 1986
  • Correspondence on the Ethnic Minority Small Business Centre (EMSBC) kept by Henry Rose, 1987-1990

The Ethnic Minority Small Business Centre (EMSBC) aimed to use its experience from working with the local Asian community to offer ethnic minority groups appropriate business training and information to help them set up small businesses with translation facilities and bi-lingual staff. It would help improve the effectiveness of existing businesses as well as supporting new companies. A Steering Group consisting of representatives from the Pakistani, Indian, Chinese, and Afro Caribbean communities was set up. The centre was launched in May 1985 and Jonathan Emanuwa was appointed as Director of the centre in October 1985. The centre was funded through various sources including private donations, Levi Strauss, Glasgow District Council, Community Projects Foundation, European Rural Development Fund grants, Commission for Racial Equality funding. It became a Company Limited by Guarantee in February 1987 and ceased trading in September 1990.

Queen’s College Glasgow Enterprises Ltd

This series consists of 2 files:

  • Managing Director’s reports of Queen's College Glasgow (QCG) Enterprises Ltd, 1989-1993
  • Minutes of meetings of Queen's College Glasgow (QCG) Enterprises Ltd, 1987-1992

Queen’s College Glasgow Enterprises Ltd was established in 1987 following a feasibility study by Coopers and Lybrand. It was formed with a loan from the College Endowment Funds and was established to generate income which would be used to help support the work of the College. The Directors were either members of the Governing Body or staff of the College. The bulk of its income came from work for the Training Agency and also from other courses run by the company and consultancy work.

College Business Development Manager post

This series consists of 2 files:

  • Recruitment correspondence for the post of Business Development Manager, 1990
  • Correspondence of Geoffrey Richardson, Principal, and Ian Brian Conn, Business Development Manager, 1991-1992

In January 1990 the College was in the process of re-structuring, setting up two new faculties, in Health Studies and in Management Studies and Social Work, and a new functional unit “Enterprise”. This unit would be responsible for marketing and enterprise activities for generating income, particularly through QCG Enterprises Ltd, EMSBC Ltd and the Educational Trust. A Business Development Manager was appointed to develop each of these areas.

Photographs, videos and mementos of royal visits and occasions

This series consists of 3 files:

  • Visit of Princess Elizabeth at Diploma Day on 28 September 1945, 1945
  • Wedding of Princess Elizabeth to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten on 20 November 1947, 1947
  • Visit of HRH Princess of Wales to open the Southbrae Campus on 13 December 1991, 1991

Electrical Association for Women (EAW)

This series consists of 1 file:

  • Electrical Association for Women Summer School of Electrical Housecraft, Glasgow, 1937

The Electrical Association for Women (EAW) was founded in London in 1924 with the aim of helping women to adopt electric power in the household. The College had a close relationship with the EAW, especially in the early days of electricity in the kitchen and Diploma students had to take a course covering the work of the EAW Certificate examinations. The third EAW summer school was held in the College from 26 to 31 August 1937. On November 1986 a special lunch was held for EAW Members in the College’s Hotel Restaurant when the Association was discontinued.

International Federation for Home Economics

This series consists of 5 sub-series:

  • Eighth International Congress on Home Economics, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1953
  • Ninth International Congress on Home Economics, Maryland, USA, 1958
  • Tenth International Congress on Home Economics, Paris, France, 1963
  • Eleventh International Congress on Home Economics, Bristol, England, 1968
  • International Federation for Home Economics publications, 1972

The 1st International Congress on Home Economics was held in Fribourg, Switzerland, in October 1908. It was attended by 750 delegates, representing 20 countries, who had all come together to share knowledge and experience in the field of Home Economics, and look at the development and promotion of training for its teachers. It was very successful in enabling the exchange of ideas between nations and led to the International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE) being founded during the Congress. Subsequent International Congresses were held every four, or more, years. Isobel Gibson, Principal of the Glasgow and West of Scotland College of Domestic Science (GWSCDS), became its acting President in 1958, and then elected President from 1959 to 1963.

Association of Lecturers in Scottish Central Institutions (ALSCI)

This series consists of 1 file:

  • Committee meetings and discussion papers of the Queen's College branch of ALSCI, 1984-1986

ALSCI was the trade union for academic staff in the Scottish central institutions. The Queen’s College Branch was set up to maintain the professional standing of its members and advance their interests. Membership was open to all academic staff, librarians and other staff with payment of an annual subscription.

Glasgow Cookery Book

This series consists of 4 files:

  • Editions of the Glasgow Cookery Book, 1910-2009
  • Correspondence regarding the Glasgow Cookery Book, 1950-1952
  • Correspondence regarding the Glasgow Cookery Book, 1972-1988
  • Financial correspondence and accounts for the Glasgow Cookery Book, 1952-1972

The first Glasgow Cookery Book was published in 1910 under the direction of Ella Glaister, first Principal of the College. The book was originally intended for use by students in their training and was compiled from recipes which had been perfected over the years by the College’s parent cookery schools. In time, the cookery book was made available for public sale and its popularity increased so much that the Glasgow Cookery Book became a household name. The first to thirteenth editions were published by N Adshead and Son, Glasgow. Further revised editions from 1951 onward were published by John Smith and Son (Glasgow) Ltd. These editions include a revised metric edition published for the College Centenary in 1975 under the name of the Queen’s College, Glasgow. In 2009 a centenary edition with a history of the book and the College was published by Waverley Books, Glasgow to celebrate 100 years of the publication of the book.

Recipe books and pamphlets produced by the College

This series consists of 3 files:

  • Recipe pamphlets published in the 1930s, 1934
  • Recipe pamphlets published in the 1940s, 1940-1941
  • Recipe books published in the 1970s and related documents, 1973-1978

In addition to the Glasgow Cookery Book the College published other recipe books and pamphlets. These were specialist recipe publications which aimed to help people cook healthy meals on a low budget or in times of food shortages.

Park Drive building photographs

This series consists of 6 files:

  • Exterior photographs of Park Drive building, 1910s-1980s
  • Teaching kitchens and laboratories, 1930s-1970s
  • Practice flats and teaching restaurant, 1930s-1980s
  • Refectory and student common room, 1930s-1960s
  • Park Drive student flats, 1930s-1940s
  • Library, assembly halls and shared spaces, 1940s-1970s

Classes, lectures and demonstrations photographs

This series consists of 7 files:

  • Cookery and catering classes, 1930s-1980s
  • Dressmaking classes, mannequin parades and exhibitions of work, 1930s-1980s
  • Needlework, millinery, upholstery, weaving, art and design and pottery classes, 1930s-1970s
  • Laundry work classes, 1930s-1980s
  • Dietetics and chemistry , 1930s-1980s
  • Lectures and demonstrations, 1930s-1960s
  • Social work, business, communications and physiotherapy classes, 1960s-1980s

Diploma day photographs

This series consists of 7 files:

  • 1910s diploma day photographs, 1910-1919
  • 1920s diploma day photographs, 1920-1929
  • 1930s diploma day photographs, 1930-1939
  • 1940s diploma day photographs with Dorothy Melvin, 1940-1946
  • 1940s diploma day photographs with Isobel Gibson, 1947-1949
  • 1950s diploma day photographs, 1950-1959
  • 1960s diploma day photographs, 1960-1969

Catering silverware

This series consists of 15 files:

  • Tea/coffee service engraved 'GCDS Students Union', mid 20th century
  • Tea/coffee service engraved 'C D S' in plain capitals, mid 20th century
  • Tea/coffee service engraved 'CDS' in gothic style capitals, mid 20th century
  • Small tea set engraved 'CDS' in plain capitals, 1948
  • Non-engraved tea/coffee service, mid 20th century
  • Serving tray, mid 20th century
  • Toast racks, mid 20th century
  • Oval serving dishes, mid 20th century
  • Round serving dishes, mid 20th century
  • Square serving dishes, c1930-1952
  • Oval serving plates, mid 20th century
  • Gravy boat, mid 20th century
  • Butter dish, mid 20th century
  • Serving spoons, mid 20th century
  • Wine stand, mid 20th century

All items are silver-plated unless otherwise stated.

Principal (1910-1946) : Dorothy Melvin, papers

This series consists of 4 sub-series:

  • General correspondence, reports, notes, books and pamphlets kept by Dorothy Melvin, 1913-1948
  • Grahame Reid, Secretary and Treasurer, correspondence with Dorothy Melvin, 1933-1947
  • Scottish Education Department, correspondence with Dorothy Melvin, 1933-1944
  • Biographical records of Dorothy Melvin, 1963

Principal (1947-1962) : Isobel Gibson, papers

This series consists of 4 sub-series:

  • Grahame Reid, Secretary and Treasurer, correspondence with Isobel Gibson, 1947-1962
  • Scottish Education Department, correspondence with Isobel Gibson, 1948-1962
  • General correspondence with Isobel Gibson, 1956-1963
  • Committee of Correspondence membership, 1962-1968
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