Scope and Content
Title: Photograph album of faculty and students of the Free Church Training College in Aberdeen, Scotland
Date (inclusive): 1892
Collection number: 94/85
1 album (24 photographic prints) : albumen ; 24 x 21 cm (album)
Bound in brown padded suede covers, with ornamental gold metal corner-pieces and clasp; gold decorated endpapers; all edges
Spec. Coll. copy: in modern beige cloth clamshell box, with spine title "Victorian photograph album."
Abstract: Victorian photograph album containing cabinet card and carte de visite photographs of faculty and students of the Aberdeen
Free Church Training College of Aberdeen, Scotland, presented in 1892 to John Adams, principal and rector of the school.
Language: Finding aid is written in
Language of the Material:
Materials are in English.
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[Identification of item], Photograph album of faculty and students of the Free Church Training College in Aberdeen, Scotland
(Collection 94/85). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.
UCLA Catalog Record ID
Internationally-known educator and first Professor of Education at the University of London. John Adams was born in Glasgow,
Scotland in 1857, and studied at the University of Glasgow, where he achieved first class honors in Mental Philosophy in 1884,
and the BSc. degree in 1888. He was both school teacher and school administrator, as well as president of the Educational
Institute of Scotland. He served as rector of the Free Church Training Colleges in Aberdeen (1890-1898), and Glasgow (1898-1902),
and in 1902, accepted the position of Professor of Education at the University of London, and principal of the London Day
Training College, which was later incorporated into the University of London as the Institute of Education. When Adams retired
in 1922, he moved to California, and settled in Los Angeles, where he taught at UCLA from 1923 to 1934. He was awarded honorary
degrees from both USC and UCLA in 1930 and 1934, respectively; a series of memorial lectures on educational topics, established
in his honor at UCLA in 1933, continued through 1960.
Scope and Content
The album contains 12 cabinet card photographs (17 x 11 cm), which consist of a paper photograph mounted on a thick cardboard
mount having gilt beveled edges, rounded corners, and photographer studio advertisements on verso, each of which is slipped
into a sleeve on recto and verso of each album leaf, in which a gilt-framed window has been cut. The 12 carte-de-visite photographs
(10 x 7 cm), smaller, lighter versions of the cabinet cards, are viewed in similar fashion, through smaller frames, cut two
to a page. Six of the cabinet cards are composite "class" photographs for the years 1881, 1884, 1885, 1886, and 1891-1892,
containing small photographic portraits of faculty surrounded by smaller photos of each of the "senior ladies" of each class.
(A second class photo for 1891-1892 shows the "senior men" for that year.) There are also three group photographs, and large
and small photographs of individual teachers and students. Sixteen of the frames are empty. Verso of front endpaper contains
the printed presentation inscription: "Presented to John Adams Esq., M.A., B.Sc., F.C.P. by the Senior Ladies as a token of
affection and esteem. 1892." Studios represented by the photographs include those of John MacMahon, James Ewing, E. Geering,
A. Adams, W.B. Anderson, and J.W. Wilson & Co. of Aberdeen; Benjamin Wohlgemuth of Glasgow; and R. Milne of Aboyne.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Adams, John, 1857-1934 --Photographs.
Free Church Training College (Aberdeen, Scotland) --Students --Photographs.
Free Church Training College (Aberdeen, Scotland) --Faculty --Photographs.
Teachers colleges --Scotland --Aberdeen --History --19th century.
Education --Scotland --Aberdeen --History --19th century.
Cabinet photographs --Scotland --Specimens.
Carte de visite photographs --Specimens.
Genres and Forms of Material
Cartes de visite.
Other Index Terms Related to this Collection
Adams, John, 1857-1934, former owner.
Free Church Training College (Aberdeen, Scotland)
Additional information on the Aberdeen Free Church Training College available at the
Aberdeen University Special Libraries and Archives
website; information on Sir John Adams readily available online; cf. Robert R. Rusk, "Sir John Adams: 1857-1934," British
Journal of Educational Studies 10, no. 1 (Nov. 1961), p. 49-57.