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Series 590 - Adelaide University History Club Records

Date Range1982 - 1986
Quantity89 cm, 2 boxes + 1 album + 1 bundle
ProvenanceAdelaide University History Club
Description

This series contains the records of the Adelaide University History Club. The club was inaugurated around 1979 and went into permanent abeyance around 1991. During the 1980s the club enjoyed some years of great activity, resulting in a short series of academic publications, as well as newsletters and a wide variety of social and academic activities. The records include minutes, agendas, administrative records, correspondence, posters and flyers, photographs, a "Little Magazine" and three volumes of "Gadrian", as well as a range of related ephemera. Due to the industry of club archivist Zenia S Nestor in the years 1985-1986, the records include a catalogue book of meeting minutes.

Inventory Listing

History Club Gadrian Essays and Reviews Submitted for Publication

This item contains references to: History; Clubs & Societies; Publications
These files contain essays and reviews submitted for publication in Gadrian. Most items were considered for inclusion in volume 3, but as a cover note from David Thiele (the one-time editor of Gadrian) states, some items were submitted for an earlier edition. The papers are by staff and students of the History and Politics departments, and possibly others. Subjects cover a wide range of historical eras and topics.

Date Range 1982 - 1984    Quantity 4 cm, 2 folders
Inventory Identifier 059000001 Box Number 1 Series 590
History Club Archives Catalogue Book

This book, compiled by Zenia S Nestor, club archivist from 1985-6, catalogues club minutes from 1983-1986; newsletters from March 1984 - July 1986; and magazines from 1980 - 1986.
This item contains references to: History; Clubs & Societies

Date Range 1980 - 1986    Quantity 1.5 cm, 1 book
Inventory Identifier 059000002 Box Number 1 Series 590
A.U. History Club Minutes

This item contains minutes of Adelaide University History Club meetings, in particular the AGMs, from 1979 to 1990. It also includes a series of invoices from the Adelaide University Sports and Physical Recreation Association for photocopying charges for July 1989. (The account, originally for $1.89, remained outstanding in April 1990, by which time penalty charges had increased the amount payable to $51.89.) An application form for permission to serve alcoholic liquor in University Buildings other than the Union dates to April 1988, and a bank statement to 30 May 1990.
This item contains references to: History; Clubs & Societies

Date Range 1979 - 1990    Quantity 1.5 cm, 1 book
Inventory Identifier 059000003 Box Number 1 Series 590
AU History Club Committee Records

This item contains minutes, a draft constitution, agendas, committee contact lists and membership lists for the History Club from 1983 to ca 1989. Also included are the minutes of the Club Society AGM for 1985.
Reference is made to a variety of club activities and initiatives, for example: history club seminars, eg the Employment Seminar of 1983 and talks by departmental staff members on historical topics; special projects including the magazine 'Gadrian', 5UV activities and involvement with the 'One and All'; a raffle; a range of social activities, eg an intermural cricket game, a hike, volleyball and softball teams, dinners, barbecues; and events with a historical focus, eg a 20s night and a mediaeval carnival. Various initiatives are mentioned with regard to students' involvement in the History Department, eg the setting up of a café bar in the history students' common room; noise complaints in relation to the common room; attempts to hold staff/student sporting matches and staff/student social gatherings at the end of term.

This item contains references to: History; Clubs & Societies

Date Range 1983 - 1989    Quantity 2 cm, 1 folder
Inventory Identifier 059000004 Box Number 1 Series 590
History Club Publications

The History Club produced four major publications. In 1980 a "Little Magazine" was published, containing 7 essays written by students of the History Department of that year. In 1983 appeared the first volume of 'Gadrian', the History Club magazine, which was "intended to be used as a means of publication for any articles of general academic interest of an historical content, written by students or teaching staff at every tertiary campus and at any tertiary level". This was followed by volume 2, in 1985, and volume 3 in 1986.

Preserved are printed copies of the Little Magazine and Gadrian vol 3, plus the proof copies of Gadrian volumes 1 and 2.

Folder 5 contains ephemera preserved along with the magazines themselves: some submitted articles, including one essay submitted for the Diploma of Education in 1986, and a call to "all interested students" for essays and editorial assistance, and a note from Brian Dickey of the Flinders University History Society with comments on Gadrian.

This item contains references to: History; Clubs & Societies; Publications

Date Range 1980 - 1986    Quantity 9 cm, 5 folders
Inventory Identifier 059000005 Box Number 2 Series 590
History News and Term Circulars, 1984-6

As well as its more major publications, the History Club produced newsletters for its members, informing them of seminars, activities, projects, social functions et al. Other groups also advertised within these pages, eg the English Club, the Oral History Association and others.
This item contains references to: History; Clubs & Societies

Date Range 1984 - 1986    Quantity 0.5 cm, 1 folder
Inventory Identifier 059000006 Box Number 2 Series 590
History Club Correspondence

This item contains various items of correspondence pertaining to the AU History Club and its members. Matters discussed include: use of the History Common Room by the French Club for its weekly meetings (1985); resignation letter of a committee member; concerns regarding the club's constitution; the commissioning of the 'One and All' in April 1987 (including an invitation); a note of thanks from Pam Reid, mother of David Reid (Gadrian's founding editor, who died on a mountaineering expedition in New Zealand in 1986) thanking the club members for their expressions of sympathy and notice printed in the Advertiser; correspondence regarding the printing of a poem in honour of David; correspondence with Blackwell's (Periodicals Division), James Bennett Library Services, the National Library of Australia and the Mortlock Library regarding Gadrian.

This item contains references to: History; Clubs & Societies

Date Range 1984 - 1988    Quantity 1.5 cm, 1 folder
Inventory Identifier 059000007 Box Number 2 Series 590
Clubs Association Correspondence and Circulars

This item contains references to: History; Clubs & Societies
This item contains circulars sent by the Clubs Association of the unversity to its affiliate Clubs, Societies and Associated Groups; memos regarding photocopying; budgets; notes on Union Bar Nights.

Date Range 1986 - 1987    Quantity 1 cm, 1 folder
Inventory Identifier 059000008 Box Number 2 Series 590
Poster Scrapbook

This item contains references to: History; Clubs & Societies
This item contains history club flyers pertaining to membership, special events, seminars, dinners, Gadrian, the 1985 AGM, the history / politics common room, et al. Most items are not dated for the year of their appearance, but the confirmed date range is 1984-1987.

Date Range 1984 - 1987, some items may fall outside of this date range    Quantity 3 cm, 1 scrapbook
Inventory Identifier 059000009 Box Number 4 Series 590
Photo Album

This item contains references to: History; Clubs & Societies
This item contains photographs recording a range of History Club events. Photos are not dated or annotated in any way. The events depicted include 'Beethoven's Wake'; a mediaeval carnival; a hike; and a spitroast in the Napier courtyard / undercroft with an apparent 'colonial Australia' theme. The original photo album containing the photos was embossed with the words "Adelaide University History Club".

Date Range 1984 - 1986, some photos may fall outside of this date range    Quantity 4 cm, 1 photo album
Inventory Identifier 059000010 Box Number 3 Series 590
Posters

This item contains references to: History; Clubs & Societies
All posters are handlettered. Two are on posterboard and one is on cartridge paper.
Poster 1 appeals for quiet in the history / politics common room; Poster 2 advertises a seminar on the topic of "Poland on the Eve, Oct '81"; Poster 3 advertises a Historical Walk of the University led by Keith Conlan.

Date Range c. 1985 - c. 1986    Quantity 1 cm, 3 posters
Inventory Identifier 059000011 Box Number 4 Series 590
Literature from Related Bodies and Club Ephemera

This item contains references to: History; Clubs & Societies
This folder contains a miscellany of History Club archival documents. Primarily literature from other bodies of interest to the Adelaide University History Club, but also ephemeral items from the club itself.

Literature from other bodies: History Department handbooks for 1983 and 1985; brochures from Friends of the South Australian Museum, the Association of Professional Historians, The Friends of the State Library of South Australia Inc, and the Mortlock Library of South Australiana.

Club ephemera: tutors' comment slips from essays of credit standard (perhaps submitted to Gadrian?); 'An Historical Ballad' (no author), decrying the bureaucratisation of the History Department; 1988 flyer inviting membership and giving notice of the upcoming AGM; 1985 nominations form for the History Club Committee.

Date Range 1983 - 1988, some items may fall outside this range    Quantity 2 cm, 1 folder
Inventory Identifier 059000012 Box Number 2 Series 590
Published by the University of Adelaide Archives on University of Adelaide Archives Web Site, 2003
Listed by University of Adelaide Archives
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