Collection DC 022 - Papers of the Anderson family, students at The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

Key Information

Reference code

DC 022

Title

Papers of the Anderson family, students at The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

Date(s)

  • 1860-1969 (Creation)

Level of description

Collection

Extent

3 Linear Feet

Content and Structure

Scope and content

The Anderson family archive includes material of 5 of its members, namely the sisters Violet Meikle (1873-?), Daisy Agnes McGlashan (1879-1968), Daisy's husband William Smith Anderson (1877-1929) and their two daughters Daisy M Anderson (1910-1996) and Agnes Violet Neish (nee Anderson) (c1912-2005).

The Anderson Family archive contains family papers, sketchbooks, photographs and letters from 1860 to 1969.

The archive contains a number of sketchbooks kept by family members. Those belonging to the women contain flower drawings and schemes for ornamentation whilst William Anderson's books reflect his life as a commercial traveller for an ironfounder's firm and contain scenes from London and elsewhere, as well as technical drawings and plans. As many of the members of Daisy Anderson's family attended the Glasgow School of Art, the collection throws light on the work of the School from the 1880s-1950s.

Additionally the collection includes correspondence, newscuttings and photographs. Please note that this material is not yet fully catalogued and therefore some items may not be accessible to researchers.

Some of this material was damaged in the fire in GSA's Mackintosh Building on 23rd May 2014, and has since undergone conservation.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

This material has been appraised in line with Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections standard procedures.

Accruals

System of arrangement

Each family member's papers are kept together and listed in chronological order with general family papers and miscellaneous artworks listed separately:

DC 22/1: Papers of Violet Meikle McGlashan

DC 22/2: Papers of William Smith Anderson

DC 22/3: Papers of Daisy Agnes McGlashan

DC 22/4: Papers of Agnes Violet Anderson

DC 22/5: Papers of Daisy M Anderson

DC 22/6: General family papers and photographs

DC 22/7: Miscellaneous artworks

General Information

Name of creator

(c1912-2005)

Biographical history

Agnes Violet Anderson was born in Hexham, Northumbria on 21 January 1912. She attended GSA from 1929-1935 studying Drawing and Painting and participated in the societies formed in that era at the School such as the Drama Society and the Kinecraft Society. She married Mr. Neish in the 1930s.

Name of creator

(1910-1996)

Biographical history

Name of creator

(1878-1929)

Biographical history

William Smith Anderson (1878-1929), sometimes know as 'Jock' Anderson, was born in Kilsyth.A few years later his family moved to Kirkintilloch. On leaving school he was apprenticed to a firm of ironfounders, Messrs. Cameron and Robertson of Kirkintilloch, eventually becoming their commercial traveller. Much of his business was in England and after marrying Daisy McGlashan in September 1909 the family moved to Hexham, Northumberland. Anderson attended GSA from 1897-1901 winning several Haldane Bursaries. From 1909 onwards he painted landscapes and street scenes in watercolour and oils. He also painted still life and interiors. Student Career: 1897 Model Drawing Advanced 1st Class Drawing Light and Shade Advanced 1St Class Haldane Bursary 15/6 1898 Haldane Bursary 23/ 1899 Drawing from the Life 2nd Class

Name of creator

(1879-1968)

Biographical history

Daisy Agnes McGlashan (1879-1968) studied design at GSA from 1898 to 1905 becoming influenced by 'the Glasgow Style'. Her marriage to William Anderson in 1909, and the birth of two daughters between 1910 and 1912, restricted her time for painting and design but she continued to design her own clothes and wrote and illustrated children's stories which were published in newspapers including The Glasgow Herald, The Newcastle Chronicle and The Hexham Courant. She started painting again in her sixties specialising in flower studies in pastels and was elected to the Paisley Art Institute, The Glasgow Society of Women Artists and the Glasgow Fine Art Institute, exhibiting regularly at them all. She continued to paint until her death in August 1968.

Name of creator

(1873-?)

Biographical history

Attending GSA from 1888-1893, Violet McGlashan was a contemporary of Mackintosh, Margaret and Frances MacDonald, Jessie M. King, Muirhead Bone and many others. She studied drawing and design, winning Haldane Bursaries from 1889-1891. Student Career: 1889 National Competition 2nd Grade Exam. Freehand Drawing 2nd Class 2n Grade Exam.-Model Drawing 2nd Class Haldane Bursary of 22/6 1890 Advanced Local Elementary Principles of Ornament 2nd Class Model Drawing 1st Class; Excellent; Prize Perspective 2nd Class Science -P.P. & S. Geometry Pass Haldane Bursary 23/ 1891 Local Design Ornament (23c) Advanced 1st Class Plant Drawing in Outline (10a) Advanced 2nd Class Outline Ornament from Cast Advanced Ist Class Design -textiles 2n Place (tied) Haldane Bursary 51/ 1892 No: 157 Age: 19 Address: 15 N. Portland St. Occupation: Designer Local Anatomy Advanced 2nd Class Painting in Monochrome Advanced 2nd Class Design -monthly competition 2nd Place 1893 No: 157 Age: 21 Address: 15 N. Portland St. Occupation: Designer Local Drawing from Anatomy 2nd Class Anatomy 2nd Class Design -Advanced 2nd Class Principles of Ornament -Advanced 2nd Class Model Drawing -Advanced 1st Class Freehand Drawing -Advanced 1st Class Drawing in Light & Shade -Advanced 1st Class

Name of creator

(1860-1969)

Biographical history

The Anderson family archive includes material of 5 of its members, namely the sisters Violet Meikle (1873-?) and Daisy Agnes McGlashan (1879-1968), Daisy's husband William Smith Anderson (1877-1929) and their two daughters Daisy M Anderson (1910-1996) and Agnes Violet Neish (nee Anderson) (c1912-2005). All of the members represented attended the Glasgow School of Art between 1888-1936, many of them establishing careers as artists.

Archival history

Custodial history

Unknown.

Physical Description and Conditions of Use

Conditions governing access

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Conditions governing reproduction

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Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Language and script notes

Physical Description

There are no physical characteristics that affect the use of this material.

Finding aids

Related Material

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

No known copies.

Related materials

GB 1694 DC 021 - Papers of Henry Young Alison, artist and Interim Director of The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland, 1805-1972

Photographs of Violet Neish in School photograph collection

GB 1694 DC 013 Programmes of productions by the Glasgow School of Art Dramatic Club, Glasgow, Scotland - Violet Neish was a member of the Kinecraft Society

Further information concerning individual members of the Anderson Family may be gained from the GSA's collection of newspaper cuttings available in the search room.

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Keywords/Tags

Place access points

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Genre access points

Administrative Information

Description identifier

GB 1694 DC 022

Institution identifier

GB 1694

Rules and/or conventions used

ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description - Second edition

Status

Level of detail

Processing information

  • Fonds level description compiled by Adele Ashley-Smith, Glasgow School of Art Archivist, 2000-2001.
  • Updated by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 26 September 2001.
  • Updated by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 11 June 2002.
  • Fonds level description imported from the Archives Hub 24 August 2006.
  • Archives Hub description updated by Carrie Skinner, Logjam Project Officer, September 2011
  • Catalogue imported into Archon software and edited by Michelle Kaye, Archon Project Officer, May 2014.
  • Catalogue exported from Archon and imported into AtoM during system migration, 2018-2019.

Language(s)

  • English

Script(s)

Sources

Archivist's note

Finding Aid Authors: The Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections.

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