Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, we hold student records from 1881 onwards. We can provide information from the records that are more than 75 years old. Please email us for further information Please note, due to data protection, access to records less than 75 years old is restricted – to request information from these records, please contact our Registry department

Our annual reports and prospectuses list senior members of staff. We can therefore provide information on when a senior member of staff worked at GSA and what their position was. Unfortunately, less senior members of staff are not always listed. Please email us for further information

The Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society website is a good source of information on Mackintosh and his work.

The following two publications are a useful starting point:

  • Dictionary of Scottish Art & Architecture by Peter J. M. McEwan
  • The Dictionary of Artists in Britain Since 1945 by David Buckman

Your local library will also be able to give advice on useful publications.

The following websites may also be of interest:

The following resources are a useful starting point: Your local library will also be able to give advice on useful publications.

Information on Scottish Artists can be found in the publications listed above. In general, we do not provide expert assessments relating to the provenance or valuation of items. For this sort of information we recommend you take your painting or art work to an art dealer or auction house.

There were a number of institutions where students could study art in Glasgow during this period.

The Glasgow and West of Scotland Technical College (records held by The University of Strathclyde’s Archives and Special Collections) ran art classes. Students could also study continuation classes run by the various school boards and there was a private art school ‘St George’s School of Art’ set up by an ex-deputy head at Glasgow School of Art, Robert Brydall, in the 1880s (some records for these institutions may be held at Glasgow City Archives).

The Athenaeum, now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland also had an art school, mainly aimed at the lower middle classes; this ceased to operate in the late 1890s. The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland do not hold student records from this period but the following publication gives a good overview of their early history: Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, the first 50 years by Grace Matchett.

The Archives and Collections Centre collects material relating to either the history or development of teaching at The Glasgow School of Art, and material either produced by, or in the collection of, former staff and students of the School, current staff and students of the School or by individuals or groups directly associated with the School. We are happy to consider new donations that fall within these areas. Further info on depositing material can be found in our Acquisitions and Disposal Policy. Please get in touch with us for further information email

Low resolution images of material from our collections are available to download on our online catalogue for private study and non-commercial use.

Generally we can provide images of archives and collections items as long as the copying process does not damage the original item.

Details of our copying services and prices can be found in our Reprographic Service Guide.

Should you wish to request high resolution copies of our material for personal use, please complete our Copy Request Form. If you would like to seek permission to publish any of our material, please use our Reproduction Request Form for Publishing. If you would like to seek permission to use our images for any other commercial purposes, such as broadcasting, please use our Reproduction Request Form Excluding Publishing.

A selection of images is available to browse on our online catalogue and at:

The Archives and Collections Centre runs a successful volunteer and work placement programme. If you are interested in volunteering please click here.

If you can’t visit the Archives and Collections in person, we can undertake some research on your behalf. We aim to respond to enquiries within 20 working days. There is no charge for our enquiry service, and we are unable to undertake more than 45 minutes of research on your behalf.