Collection DC 091 - Records relating to Dugald Cameron

Life drawing Life drawing Perspective drawing Sketchbook (Page 1) Sketchbook (Page 3) Initial sketches for bed scanner Initial drawing of ultrasonic medical diagnostic machine Technical drawing of Swedish Ultrasonic unit Drawing of Swedish Ultrasonic Unit Technical drawing of Swedish ultrasonic unit Drawing of diasonic machine Drawing of diasonic machine Technical drawing of layout of Ultrasonic unit

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Reference code

DC 091


Records relating to Dugald Cameron


  • c1960-2013 (Creation)

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183 items

Content and Structure

Scope and content

This collection comprises predominantly student work undertaken by Dugald Cameron whilst studying at The Glasgow School of Art between 1957-1963.

In addition it contains the following publications:

  • Dugald Cameron Industrial Designer
  • No. 602 (City of Glasgow) Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force
  • From the Karoo to the Kelvin
  • Personal Passions (exhibition catalogue)

Please note that this material is not yet fully catalogued and therefore some items may not be accessible to researchers.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


System of arrangement

The collection is arranged into the following sections:

Work produced on the Junior Non-Diploma Course and two-year General Course, c1957-1959

Diploma work (including Thesis), c1960-1961

Post-diploma work, 1961-1962

Publications, 1982-2013

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

Dugald Cameron OBE was Director of The Glasgow School of Art from 1991-1999.

Dugald was born in Glasgow in 1939 and spent his early life near Clydebank. He was educated at the High School of Glasgow. After a number of false starts on leaving school, including a very short time as an apprentice in Rolls-Royce, he entered the Junior non-diploma class at The Glasgow School of Art in January 1957 at the inspired suggestion of Harry Jefferson Barnes, then Registrar and Deputy Director, and thereafter completed the Diploma Course and a Post-Diploma specialising in Industrial Design. He had the great good fortune to be taught drawing by W Drummond Bone, from Ayr, and design by James Goodchild and Joe McCrum. Winning the Trades House of Glasgow travelling scholarship in 1961, he visited Scandinavia which was then the focus of international design.

Shortly after completing his post-diploma he became a part time teacher at GSA in December 1962, then Senior Lecturer in charge of Industrial Design in 1970, Head of Design in 1982 and Director of the School in 1991, retiring in October 1999. He had been appointed to a Chair in the Technische Hogeschool, Delft in 1970 but did not take it up.
During much of that time he practised as a freelance industrial designer working for over forty UK and American companies and, in 1977 with Alan Carlaw, established Squadron Prints, a small enterprise producing commercial lithographs of aircraft, ships and a few other subjects in profile.

On retiral he became a Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde in the Department of Design, Manufacturing and Engineering Management and a Visiting Professor to the Department of Aerospace Engineering at The University of Glasgow.

Throughout his life he has been sustained by his enthusiasms for railways, aviation and drawing. He has written and compiled a number of books on aspects of Glasgow’s aviation and railway history, and given many talks on Scotland’s aviation and railway history.

Archival history

Exhibition history: Selected material from this collection was shown in the Ultrasonic Glasgow exhibition, in the Reid Corridor at The Glasgow School of Art, 5th - 31st October 2019. The exhibition catalogue can be found at

Custodial history

Donated in July 2016 accession reference number Acc 181.

Physical Description and Conditions of Use

Conditions governing access

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Further information and publications on the Ultrasonic Glasgow exhibition in which material from this collection was shown can be found at and

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Processing information

  • Initial description created by Susannah Waters, Archives and Collections Manager, July 2016, based on box-list created by Rosie Shepley, Archives and Collections Volunteer, 2014.
  • Catalogue exported from Archon and imported into AtoM during system migration, 2018-2019.


  • English



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