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Archives and Special Collections: Commonwealth Games Scotland

Collection information

Collection: Commonwealth Games Scotland

Collection Ref.: GB 0559 CG

Administrative History:

Commonwealth Games Scotland is the lead body for Commonwealth sport in Scotland and is responsible for selecting, preparing and managing Scotland’s teams at the Commonwealth Games. The members of Commonwealth Games Scotland represent the Scottish governing bodies of the 26 Commonwealth Games sports. Commonwealth Games Scotland is a member of the Commonwealth Games Federation, the organisation responsible for the direction and control of the Commonwealth Games.


The Commonwealth Games Scotland Archive documents over 80 years of international sporting competition, beginning with the minutes of Scottish National Sports Federation in 1931 and memorabilia from the 1938 British Empire Games, held in Sydney, Australia. As well as correspondence, reports, photographs and memorabilia relating to the participation of Scottish teams at all subsequent Commonwealth Games the collection also includes material from other major international sporting events including Olympic Games. The minutes and correspondence files also record  how Commonwealth Games Scotland works with other sporting bodies.

The collection also includes the records relating to the planning, organisation and administration of the 1970 and 1986 Commonwealth Games, which were both held in Edinburgh. The planning and administration of the Edinburgh Games were managed by Organising Committees whose extensive records are present. Every aspect of the operation of the games from management of local volunteers to international negotiations with participating nations are detailed in the committee minutes, correspondence files and reports. Posters, programmes and other promotional material provide a pictorial record of events, along with memorabilia (including official team clothing) and an extensive photographic archive.

Extent: 10.5 cubic metres approx.

Catalogue information

This collection is currently being catalogued. For further information please contact the University Archivist.

Additional collection information

Custodial history: This material in this collection was originally held by Commonwealth Games Scotland. The transfer of material to the University of Stirling Archives began in 2011 and is ongoing.

Accruals: Further additions to the collection are expected.

Access conditions: The collection is currently being catalogued. Please contact the University Archivist for further details.

Related collections: The University Archives also holds collections of personal memorabilia and papers of former Commonwealth Games athletes and sporting administrators including:

  • Sir Peter Heatly (1924-2015), winner of gold medals for diving at three consecutive Commonwealth Games in the 1950s, Vice Chair of the 1970 Edinburgh Games and Chair of the Commonwealth Games Federation from 1982-1990
  • Willie Carmichael (1905-1988), Manager of the Scottish Team at the 1938 Commonwealth Games, Chair of Commonwealth Games Scotland 1950-1955, Director of the 1970 Edinburgh Commonwealth Games
  • Douglas Brown (1940-2016), Honorary Secretary of Commonwealth Games Scotland 1999-2011, and a major figure in Scottish Swimming

Language: English


Haynes, R., and Magee, K., Hosts and Champions: Taking the Commonwealth Games Scotland Archives on Tour, Archives, The Journal of the British Records Association, Vol. L, No. 130-31, April-October 2015

Magee, K., Boycotts and Bailouts: The Archives of Commonwealth Games Scotland, African Research and Documentation, no. 116, 2011. (An online version of this article can be viewed here).

Additional information:

Hosts and Champions: Scotland in the Commonwealth Games is a touring exhibition which features material from the Commonwealth Games Scotland Archive. It celebrates the story of Scotland's contribution to, and participation in, the Commonwealth Games, beginning with the first competition in Hamilton, Canada, in 1930.

Hosts and Champions

Our Hosts and Champions touring exhibition tells the story of Scotland's contribution to the Commonwealth Games through a display of material from the Commonwealth Games Scotland Archive. Find out more about the exhibition and details of upcoming events on our Hosts and Champions page.

Using the collection

Archives Reading Room

Opening Hours:

9.30 am - 1.00 pm / 2.00 pm - 4.45 pm

Monday - Friday

Contact us:

Tel. 01786 466619


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