The College Archive

The Archive was created during the 250th anniversary year of 2000.  In a purpose-built room below the College Library, it houses written records, photographs and memorabilia covering the history of Robert Gordon, the days of the Hospital (1750-1881), the College (1881 to date), the buildings and the pupils.

The Development Office normally handles enquiries about pupils from the last 50-60 years.  But if you are searching for information about an ancestor who attended the Hospital or College, or you would like information about the history of RGC, please contact Penny Hartley in the Archives.


The collection now contains over 1700 pictures of form classes, sports teams, College events etc.  There is not a complete coverage of all groups and years as the collection is being gradually built up from donations. Copies can be provided, but please note that it is not always possible to trace a particular pupil as many of the photos have no accompanying names. You can view a selection of the photos in our online gallery.

Appeal for material

Do you have any school photographs that you would be willing to donate, or at least lend while we make a copy?  Please contact the archivists to see whether your photo could fill a gap in the collection.

We are also very grateful for any donations of items illustrating the history of the College: programmes, leaflets, badges, exam papers etc.  Again, the Archivist would be pleased to hear from you.

Visiting the College

We are pleased to invite former pupils and friends of the College to view the Archives and the school. Should you wish to arrange a visit please call Laura Pike in the Development Office on 01224 656838 or email (select Gordonians) who will be happy to assist.