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Records of the Scottish Youth Hostels Association

Identifier: Acc.13372

Scope and Contents

Annual Reports, minutes, correspondence, reports, property records and photographs, 1931-2012, undated, of and relating to the Scottish Youth Hostels Association.

Following preliminary meetings in 1930s, the Scottish Youth Hostels Association was formed in Edinburgh in1931at a public meeting chaired by Lord Salvesen ‘To help all, but especially young people of limited means living and working in industrial and other areas, to know use and appreciate the Scottish countryside and places of historic and cultural interest in Scotland, and to promote their health, recreation and education, particularly by providing simple hostel accommodation for them on their travels.’ District Committees were formed in early 1931 in Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen and, later that year the first hostel was opened at Broadmeadows in the Borders. By 1936, there were 48 hostels with a membership of nearly 12,000.

The records were arranged by John Martin at the SYHA Headquarters in Stirling. The arrangement has largely been retained.


  • Creation: 1931-2000

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16.00 Linear metres

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposited by the Scottish Youth Hostels Association31 December 2012

Separated Materials

Films and videos deposited with the records have been transferred to the Scottish Screen Archive. [They join the thirteen films deposited in 1986 by the SYHA in the then Scottish Film Archive.]

Records of the Ayr [South-West] District were deposited in Ayrshire Archives in 2005 and 2007.

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