Anderston Library (interior): reading room, 18 McIntyre St, 1907 (©CSG CIC Glasgow Museums and Libraries Collection: The Mitchell Library, Special Collections)

Libraries, Archives and Special Collections in Glasgow and beyond where materials on literary societies and mutual improvement societies from this project are housed:

Argyll and Bute Council Archives, Lochgilphead

Caithness Archive Centre, now Nucleus: The Nuclear and Caithness Archives, Wick

Dick Institute, Kilmarnock

Mitchell Library, Mitchell Library Special Collections, and Glasgow City Archives (along with the Registrars), Glasgow. Visitor information and opening times for all are available here.

Modern Records Centre, University Library, Warwick

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh

Orkney Library & Archive, Kirkwall

Scottish Borders Archive and Local History Centre, Heritage Hub, Hawick

Shetland Archives, Lerwick

University of Glasgow Library, University of Glasgow Archives, and University of Glasgow Special Collections

University of Strathclyde Archives and Special Collections, Glasgow

Secondary sources providing further contextual information on the materials listed on this website:

Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism in Great Britain and Ireland, ed. by Laurel Brake and Marysa Demoor (Gent and London: Academia Press and The British Library, 2009)

The Waterloo Directory of English Newspapers & Periodicals: 1800-1900. Series 3:

The Waterloo Directory of Scottish Newspapers & Periodicals: 1800-1900, ed. by John S. North, 2 vols. (Waterloo: North Waterloo Academic, 1989)

Weiss, Lauren, ‘The Literary Clubs and Societies of Glasgow during the Long Nineteenth Century: A City’s History of Reading through its Communal Reading Practices and Productions’ (unpublished doctoral thesis, University of Stirling, 2017): The Literary Clubs and Societies of Glasgow during the Long Nineteenth Century

Weiss, Lauren, ‘The Manuscript Magazines of the Wellpark Free Church Young Men’s Literary Society’, in Media and Print Culture Consumption in Nineteenth-Century Britain: The Victorian Reading Experience, ed. by Paul Raphael Rooney and Anna Gasperini (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), pp. 53-73.

The Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals, 1824-1900

Other useful websites:

Adams, Gordon, East Glasgow History:

British Newspaper Archive

Discover Glasgow

Ecclegen. Ministers of the Free Church of Scotland 1843-1900

The Glasgow Story

Literary Bonds

Old Glasgow Pubs

People Make Glasgow

‘Post Office Directories. Glasgow’, National Library of Scotland

Robert Burns World Federation

Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow

Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP)

Gerald Blaikie, Scotcities

Virtual Mitchell