Folder GSAA/DIR/12/1/7 - Correspondence of D P Bliss

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Correspondence of D P Bliss


  • 1951 (Creation)

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32 folders

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Correspondence of Douglas Percy Bliss, 1951. Includes correspondence and papers: Herbert D Adams about selling box-wood to the Art School; a review of ARK, a student magazine; the Arts Council of Great Britain, including a programme of 'fixtures', Dec 1951; correspondence with Principals of other Art Schools in Scotland: Dundee, Edinburgh, Aberdeen; corresponence about the British Electricity Association Posters; Sam Black, the National Committee for the Training of Teachers, about teaching in the School; information about the James Brough Memorial Prize, 1950-51; the British School at Rome about Scholarships; correspondence about a competition to design a curtain for the Cosmo Cinema; correspondence with the Council of Industrial Design, Scottish Committee about various matters including the Register of Designers for Scotland; correspondence with the Danish Society about a Scholarship; correspondence with the Edinburgh College of Art; correspondence about the Festival of Britain; the Folio Society ltd about the illustrating of a rediscovered Thomas Jefferson Hogg novel; Georgia Institute of Technology about a visit to study Mackintosh; correspondence with the Governors of the School; correspondence about the Hospitalfield Trust; Imperial Chemical Industries Ltd, about a Trade Mark competition; Miss Margie Johnstone, asking advice about becoming a dress designer, includes illustrations; correspondence with Liberty & Co Ltd, about an exhibition of Furniture designed and made by students; correspondence about the Needlework Development Scheme; Charles Paine about a visit to the School and personal matters; document: 'The Scope and Standard of Work Expected by a Student at Diploma Level who is Specialising in Pottery at the Glasgow School of Art'; Permits for the use of School premises; private correspondence of Bliss; correspondence and papers about an Exhibition courtesy of the Rayon Industry Design Centre; correspondence with the Royal College of Art, Kensington; personal receipts of Bliss; correspondence and papers about the Harold W Sanderson Art in Industry Fund; correspondence with the Scottish Education Department; correspondence with the SRC; correspondence with Staff; Glasgow Tree Lovers Society; Victoria & Albert Museum, pamphlet of 'Material Available for Loan to Art Schools...'; Walter Wilkinson, inviting him to the Art School to perform a Puppet Show. Folders as follows: DIR/12/1/7/1: Directions on 'Filing Letters for the Director', Dec 1951 DIR/12/1/7/2: Correspondence, 'A', 1951 DIR/12/1/7/3: 'Art School Principals', 1951 DIR/12/1/7/4: Correspondence, 'B', 1951 DIR/12/1/7/5: Correspondence, 'C', 1951 DIR/12/1/7/6: Correspondence, 'D', 1951 DIR/12/1/7/7: Correspondence, 'E', 1951 DIR/12/1/7/8: Correspondence, 'F', 1951 DIR/12/1/7/9: Correspondence, 'G', 1951 DIR/12/1/7/10: 'Governors', 1951 DIR/12/1/7/11: Correspondence, 'H', 1951 DIR/12/1/7/12: Correspondence, 'I', 1951 DIR/12/1/7/13: Correspondence, 'J', 1951 DIR/12/1/7/14: Correspondence, 'K', 1951 DIR/12/1/7/15: Correspondence, 'L', 1951 DIR/12/1/7/16: 'Library', 1951 DIR/12/1/7/17: Correspondence, 'M', 1951 DIR/12/1/7/18: Correspondence, 'Mc', 1951 DIR/12/1/7/19: Correspondence, 'N', 1951 DIR/12/1/7/20: Correspondence, 'O', 1951 DIR/12/1/7/21: Correspondence, 'P', 1951 DIR/12/1/7/22: 'Permits', 1951 DIR/12/1/7/23: 'Private Correspondence', 1951 DIR/12/1/7/24: Correspondence, 'R', 1951 DIR/12/1/7/25: 'Receipts- Personal', 1951 DIR/12/1/7/26: Correspondence, 'S', 1951 DIR/12/1/7/27: 'SRC Correspondence', 1951 DIR/12/1/7/28: 'Staff', 1951 DIR/12/1/7/29: Correspondence, 'T', 1951 DIR/12/1/7/30: Correspondence, 'V', 1951 DIR/12/1/7/31: Correspondence, 'W', 1951 DIR/12/1/7/32: Correspondence, 'Y & Z', 1951

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Arranged alphabetically.

'Special' thematic files of correspondence are also arranged in alphabetical order within the alphabetised correspondence.

NB. DIR/12/1/7/1: Directions for 'Filing Letters for the Director', Dec 1951 reads as follows:

"1. Letters are placed in Folders which are arranged in alphabetical order in boxes. These letters are arranged in strict alphabetical order in each folder, and where there are several letters dealing with a particular person or subject, these are arranged in order of date.

2. When the correspondence for a particular person or subject is heavy, a folder is devoted to that particular person or subject, e.g. Library, The Governors, Art School Principals, etc.

3. Strictly private matters are kept in a special file under the letter "P". These letters are also filed in strict alphabetical order, and when there are several letters for one person these are filed in order of date.

4. At the end of each year, that is December, all letters are stored and new files opened for the following year.

5. Letters are kept for a period of five years when they are destroyed.

December 1951"

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GB 1694 GSAA/DIR/12/1/7

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GB 1694

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


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