Front cover of Glasgow University Magazine, 4 December 1889. The first issue of GUM had appeared on 5 February 1889, aiming to keep students informed of news and events within the University, and to provide an outlet for student writing and illustrations.
It is the oldest continuously published student magazine in Scotland and despite changes in style has continued to document the University's history from the student's point of view, with reports of sporting achievements and debates, short stories and poems, articles and letters giving opinions on the political and moral issues of the day, and photographs of office bearers and medal winners.
GUM provided a start for a number of illustrators, writers and editors who went on to make their marks in the wider world. They included James Bridie, Charles Oakley, and John Buchan, the author of The Thirty-Nine Steps, who wrote for GUM in the 1890s.
Reference: Glasgow University Archive Services, DC198/1/2
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