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Records of The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland

  • GSAA
  • Collection
  • 15th century to early 21st century

Includes:

  • Records of the Academic Council, 1973-2000
  • Audiovisual material, c1950s-2000s
  • Records of the Board of Studies, 1932-1950
  • Records of the Continuing Education Department, c1988-2000
  • Records of the Assistant Director and Company Secretary, c1986-2008
  • Records of the Deputy Director, c1946-1993
  • Records of the School of Design, c1979-2001
  • Records of the Development and External Relations Office, c1997-2004
  • Records of the Director, 1846-
  • Records of GSA Enterprises, c1991-2000

[b]Ephemera collection, 1890-[/b]

The School's collection of ephemera includes flyers, programmes and tickets for events at the School, such as plays, fashion shows, charities week events, exhibitions and performances.

  • Records of the Estates Department, c1964-2007
  • Records of the Exhibitions Officer, c1990-1994
  • Records of the School of Fine Art, c1978-1999
  • Records of the Finance Officer, 1870-2000
  • Records of First Year Studies, c1988-2000
  • Records of the Board of Governors, 1847-2007

Key records include:

  • Annual reports, 1847-2000 - The School's annual reports provide information on governors, staff and prizewinning students, and sometimes but not always, a headmaster's or director's report and annual accounts.
  • Building Committee papers, 1883-1949 - Minutes, correspondence, estimates, specifications and financial records relating to the erection of the Mackintosh Building, as well as the School's extension scheme.
  • Records of House for an Art Lover
  • Records of Liberal Studies/Historical and Critical Studies, c1992
  • Records of Information Services, c1900-2004
  • Records of the Mackintosh School of Architecture, c1957-2002

[b]Newspaper cuttings, 1864-[/b]

The School's press cuttings include articles relating to staff and students.

[b]Photographs, c1880s-[/b]

The School's photograph collection provides an excellent record of events at The Glasgow School of Art, its students and their work.

  • Records of the Personnel Office, c1987-2006
  • Records of the Planning Department, 1962-1964
  • Records of the Registrar, c1881-2000

Key records include:

  • tudent records, 1881-1997 - The School's student registers can provide student's names, dates of birth, dates of admission, educational background, addresses, occupations, courses taken and marks and awards gained.

[b]Prospectuses, 1893-1995[/b]

  • The School's prospectuses provide information about staff and governors
  • the organisation and administration of the School
  • ummaries of the School's curriculum
  • individual courses and tutors
  • fees
  • cholarships and bursaries.
  • Records of the School Council, 1969-1982
  • Records of the Secretary and Treasurer, 1853-1996
  • Records of the Senior Management Group
  • Records of the School of Simulation and Visualisation
  • Records of the Staff Council, 1909-1949
  • Records of the Student Support Service

The Glasgow School of Art

Art, Design and Architecture collection

  • NMC
  • Collection
  • 13th century to early 21st century

Artworks, design pieces and architectural designs related to Glasgow School of Art staff and students.

Items include

  • oil paintings
  • ilk screen prints
  • lithograph prints
  • prints
  • photographs
  • sketches
  • sketch books
  • drawings
  • watercolours
  • collage
  • metalwork, sculpture and ceramics.

Almost all works are by former students and staff or figures related to the history of The Glasgow School of Art. The earliest pieces date from the 16th century and later examples have been purchased from recent Degree Shows. The work is in a variety of media and includes drawings, paintings, prints, sketchbooks, furniture and sculpture. Artists represented include many key figures and the most influential and successful students.

There are also several works from former tutors including Neil Dallas Brown, David Donaldson and Fred Selby, alongside contemporary works by students, donated or purchased at degree show. Key works include those by: Maurice Greiffenhagen, Francis Newbery, John Quinton Pringle, Benno Schotz, Ian Fleming and James D Robertson. Suites of note include large collections of Joan Eardley sketches and paintings, Joan Palmer prints, and architectural drawings by Eugene Bourdon.

Not available / given

Mackintosh Art, Design and Architecture Collection

  • MC
  • Collection
  • c1891-2018

Items in The Glasgow School of Art's Mackintosh collection include: furniture, watercolours, drawings, architectural drawings, design drawings, sketchbooks, metalwork and photographs.

The majority of Mackintosh's three-dimensional work was created with the help of a small number of patrons within a short period of intense activity between 1896 and 1910. Francis Newbery was headmaster of The Glasgow School of Art at the time and was supportive of Mackintosh's ultimately successful bid to design a new art school building, in 1896 - his most prestigious undertaking. For Miss Kate Cranston he designed a series of Glasgow tearoom interiors and for the businessmen William Davidson and Walter Blackie, he was commissioned to design large private houses, 'Windyhill' in Kilmacolm and 'The Hill House' in Helensburgh. In Europe, the originality of Mackintosh's style was quickly appreciated and in 1900 he was invited to participate at the 8th Vienna Secession.

In 1902 Mackintosh was invited to participate at the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative Art in Turin and later at exhibitions in Moscow and Berlin. Despite this success Mackintosh's work met with considerable indifference at home. Few private clients were sufficiently sympathetic to want his 'total design' of house and interior and he was incapable of compromise.

By 1914 Mackintosh had despaired of ever receiving true recognition in Glasgow and together with his wife Margaret Macdonald he moved, temporarily, to Walberswick on the Suffolk Coastline (in England), where he painted many fine flower studies in watercolour. In 1915 the Mackintoshes settled in London and for the next few years Mackintosh attempted to resume practice as an architect and designer. The designs he produced at this time for textiles, for the 'Dug-out' Tea Room in Glasgow and the dramatic interiors for 78 Derngate in Northampton, England show him working in a bold new style of decoration, using primary colours and geometric motifs.

In 1923 the Mackintoshes left London for the South of France, finally living in Port Vendres where Mackintosh gave up all thoughts of architecture and design and devoted himself entirely to painting landscapes. He died in London, of cancer, on 10 December 1928.

The majority of Mackintosh's design work, (including furniture and metalwork), architectural drawings, textile designs and watercolours are in the possession of three public collections - The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow Museums, and the Hunterian Art Gallery at the University of Glasgow - although significant (individual) pieces can be found in museums across the UK and Europe, North America and Japan. However, some of Mackintosh's most important, symbolist watercolours from the early to mid-1890s are to be found in the collection of The Glasgow School of Art.

Mackintosh, Charles Rennie

Records of the Glasgow School of Art Students' Representative Council, Glasgow, Scotland

  • DC 009
  • Collection
  • c1941-2017

Includes:

  • Administrative paperwork, minute book
  • tudent activities (handbooks, Activities Week schedules, posters)
  • Newsletters, SRC guidelines and flyers
  • Publications
  • Banners

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

Glasgow School of Art Students' Representative Council

Textiles and papers of Fraser Taylor, GSA student and designer with The Cloth

  • DC 089
  • Collection
  • c1978-2015

The collection consists of printed textiles, garments and papers relating to Fraser Taylor's time as an undergraduate student at GSA (1978-1981), a postgraduate student at RCA (1983), and items relating to other professional activities. It also includes examples of textiles and associated ephemera for design collective The Cloth (1983-1987).

Taylor, Fraser

Records relating to Dugald Cameron

  • DC 091
  • Collection
  • c1960-2013

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.

Cameron, Dugald

Oral History Recordings

  • OH
  • Collection
  • 2007-2014

This collection comprises recorded interviews with the following former Glasgow School of Art staff and students:

  • OH/1 Ellen Cunningham (née Timney), Embroidery and Weaving student, 1960-1964
  • OH/2 Margaret Ferguson (née Dunn), Embroidery and Weaving student, 1946-1950
  • OH/3 Meg Pollok (née Clark), Embroidery and Weaving student, 1946-1951
  • OH/4 Margaret Grant (née Taylor), Interior Design student, 1946-1950 and member of staff, c1953-1979
  • OH/5 Malcolm Lochhead, Embroidery and Weaving student, 1966-1970
  • OH/6 Dugald Cameron, Industrial Design student, 1947-1962, member of staff, 1962-1999, and Director 1991-1999
  • OH/7 Conrad McKenna, Commercial Art student, 1939-1942 and 1946-1948, and member of staff,1950-1984
  • OH/8 Eirene Hunter (née Paton), Printed Textiles student c1952-53.

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

Arthur, Liz

Papers of Conrad McKenna, student and staff member at The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

  • DC 073
  • Collection
  • c1940s-2010s

Includes

  • a selection of Christmas cards and other ephemera collected by Conrad McKenna, a former student and staff member at The Glasgow School of Art, plus typed and handwritten materials used by McKenna to deliver teaching at The Glasgow School of Art
  • correspondence between Conrad McKenna and The Glasgow School of Art and members of staff, and correspondence and printed ephemera regarding The San Gimignano Summer School.

The cards and ephemera have been created by former Glasgow School of Art staff and students and friends of Conrad McKenna, including Gordon Huntly, Rosalind Bliss, Michael Moulder, Peter Sumsion, Michael Healey, Mark Severin and James Cosgrove.

This material may contain sensitive information about individuals that is protected by the Data Protection Act. Until this material has been checked for sensitive information, it will not be available for researchers. Once this Data Protection work is complete the collection will be open for access, however any sensitive information will be closed and inaccessible for 75 years from the date of creation.

McKenna, Conrad

The Robert Trotter Photographic Collection

  • DC 042
  • Collection
  • c1995-2005

The collection comprises 348 images taken between 1995-2000 from Robert Trotter's exhibition 'New York, Glasgow: from the crowd' held at Glasgow School of Art School of Design Atrium Gallery in 2004. The images are of varying sizes and are in good condition. The images of street scenes in Glasgow and New York show musicians, market vendors and passers by against city centre architecture. emphasizing the similarities between city life in Glasgow and New York.

Trotter, Robert

Papers of Liz Arthur relating to Robert Stewart, artist and designer

  • DC 062
  • Collection
  • c1950-2004

This collection contains the research materials of Liz Arthur used in writing 'Robert Stewart : Design 1946 - 95'.

It includes:

  • copies of press cuttings and ephemera relating to Robert Stewart
  • correspondence and notes relating to the book and associated exhibition held at Glasgow School of Art in 2003
  • photographs, strip negatives and slide negatives of Robert Stewart's works
  • and a small number of Robert Stewart's original works, including Christmas cards and textiles.

This material may contain sensitive information about individuals that is protected by the Data Protection Act. Until this material has been checked for sensitive information, it will not be available for researchers. Once this Data Protection work is complete the collection will be open for access, however any sensitive information will be closed and inaccessible for 75 years from the date of creation.

Arthur, Liz

Papers of Clare Henry, art critic and journalist

  • DC 030
  • Collection
  • 1981-2007

A collection of hand written and typed articles with accompanying photographs and ephemera by the art critic and journalist Clare Henry.

The collection focusses on reviews and features on visual art and culture predominantly in Scotland for The Herald, Scotland. The articles are usually in draft form with some accompanying notes and multiple versions. Articles for other publications are also included such as Galleries Magazine, Art Review and Time Out as well as commissioned essays written for exhibition catalogues.

The period of writing covers a significant flourishing of the visual arts in Glasgow and Scotland and features perspective and opinion articles on notable artists such as Steven Campbell, Bruce Mclean, George Wylie and Douglas Gordon. The articles also cover significant organisations, opening events and deaths, such as Glasgow Capital of Culture 1990 and Glasgow Museums, the opening of Transmission Gallery, the opening of The Burrell Collection, Degree Shows for Scottish art schools and the Edinburgh Festival.

Henry, Clare

Papers of John Walter Lindsay, architect and student of the Glasgow School of Art

  • DC 032
  • Collection
  • 1943-2006

This collection contains:

  • Notebooks, a sketchbook, scrapbooks, and student work from John Walter Lindsay's time at The Glasgow School of Art, 1943-1950
  • Recollections of staff & students and his time at The Glasgow School of Art, 1990s
  • crapbook giving an account of his travels following the award of the Haldane Travel Scholarship, 1950
  • Miscellaneous magazine cuttings concerning architecture, c1950s-1990s
  • Folder arranged by Lindsay containing material relating to Charles Rennie Mackintosh, 1968-1999
  • Folder arranged by Lindsay containing correspondence, 1968-2006
  • Photographs of Keppie Henderson Architects building models, c1950s-1990s
  • Folder arranged by Lindsay containing material relating to his architectural career, c1940s-1990s

This material may contain sensitive information about individuals that is protected by the Data Protection Act. Until this material has been checked for sensitive information, it will not be available for researchers. Once this Data Protection work is complete the collection will be open for access, however any sensitive information will be closed and inaccessible for 75 years from the date of creation.

Lindsay, John Walter

The George and Cordelia Oliver Archive

  • DC 066
  • Collection
  • c1897-2001

The George and Cordelia Oliver Archive consists of:

  • Newscuttings (featuring articles by Cordelia Oliver)
  • photographs and negatives by George Oliver
  • personal papers
  • examples of artwork by Cordelia and George Oliver, various publications
  • posters relating to cultural events in Glasgow and Scotland.

This material may contain sensitive information about individuals that is protected by the Data Protection Act. Until this material has been checked for sensitive information, it will not be available for researchers. Once this Data Protection work is complete the collection will be open for access, however any sensitive information will be closed and inaccessible for 75 years from the date of creation.

Oliver, Cordelia

Papers of Kath Whyte, Head of Embroidery at Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

  • DC 029
  • Collection
  • c1909-1996

A collection of Kath Whyte's personal papers which comprises:

  • Family papers, press cuttings and photographs, c1909-1981
  • chool certificates, c1922
  • Correspondence, 1927-1996
  • Early sketches and drawings, 1920s
  • ketchbooks, notebooks, photographs and correspondence from Gray's School of Art, c1922-1947
  • Personal correspondence, 1922-1996
  • National Identification Card, 1943
  • Travel diary, c1940s
  • Lecture notes, sketchbooks and notebooks, 1948-1974
  • Assorted textile samples, sketch books and notebooks, 1950s-1970s
  • Examples of weaving by Kath Whyte and her pupils, c1950s-1970s
  • Diaries 1974-1988 and miscellaneous books owned by Kath Whyte
  • Photographs (professional and personal), 1909-1996
  • MBE medal and associated correspondence and photograph
  • Extensive collection of undated slides
  • Exhibition catalogues
  • Textile and design pieces, c1930s-1970s

This material may contain sensitive information about individuals that is protected by the Data Protection Act. Until this material has been checked for sensitive information, it will not be available for researchers. Once this Data Protection work is complete the collection will be open for access, however any sensitive information will be closed and inaccessible for 75 years from the date of creation.

Whyte, Helen Kathleen R

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

  • DC 025
  • Collection
  • c1900-1995

Collection includes:

  • Notebooks belonging to Robert Dow Nisbet, 1930s
  • ketchbook belonging to Robert Dow Nisbet, 1930s
  • ketchbook of Jack Hendry Ballantine, 1930s
  • ketchbook of Alice Longmuir Nisbet, includes sketches from other members of the Socialist Art Circle, 1936
  • "Dun Breatann" Sketchbook of Lewis Ballantine, 1966
  • "History of Costume" Sketchbook of Lewis Ballantine, 1967
  • Photographs of Robert Dow Nisbet, Alice Nisbet, c1945, Jack Hendry Ballantine c1970, Alice and Jack Ballantine, June 1995.
  • Correspondence to Alice Nisbet, 4 letters, 1938-1995

Ballantine, John Hendry

Textile work by GSA students and staff

  • TSW
  • Collection
  • 20th century

Textile work by Glasgow School of Art students and staff, including examples of woven textiles, some of which are most likely to be submissions for degree shows, while others seem to be submissions for an RSA Bursary Competition. Some creators are known, others are yet to be identified.

Blackwood, Jilli

Student Notebook, anonymous

  • DC 056
  • Collection
  • [19th century-20th century]

Student Art History notebook, contains mainly writings on Egyptian Art and Architecture, Medieval Christian Art, Flemish Art, English Art. Notebook also contains some illustrations.

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

Not available / given

Papers of Veronica Matthew

  • DC 101
  • Collection
  • Late 20th century

The collection includes:

  • Three mounted watercolours by Veronica Matthew (related to her studies on the Printed Textiles course at GSA)
  • One printed textile by Veronica Matthew
  • Two embroidery samplers by Veronica Matthew (created as part of the Embroidery course at GSA)
  • Fashion show flyer designed by Robert Macgowan, 1955
  • Copy of a photograph of four GSA students, 1950s
  • A copy of a Christmas card from Alasdair Gray to Veronica Matthew
  • Two news cuttings, three photographs and a business card for Valerie Bloomfield-Ambrose
  • Veronica Matthew's notes on Art Therapy training
  • A leaflet and brochure about the Project Ability project, 1983

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

Matthew, Veronica

Records of the Glasgow 1999 Festival Co Ltd, Glasgow, Scotland

  • DC 028
  • Collection
  • 1993-2000

The archive of The Glasgow 1999 Festival Co Ltd contains many of the publications, correspondence, press releases, press cuttings and the working papers that were produced by the company in the run-up to and during the year-long celebration. Papers relating to the evaluation of the project are also included. Items not directly related to the working office of the festival company have also been kept, for instance, examples of the merchandise and associated publicity. A record was also made of many of the events and publicity surrounding the year; video and audio recordings of the lectures and photographs of successful projects and schemes.

This material may contain sensitive information about individuals that is protected by the Data Protection Act. Until this material has been checked for sensitive information, it will not be available for researchers. Once this Data Protection work is complete the collection will be open for access, however any sensitive information will be closed and inaccessible for 75 years from the date of creation.

Glasgow 1999 Festival Co Ltd

Records and textiles of the Needlework Development Scheme

  • NDS
  • Collection
  • 16th century to late 20th century

The collection consists of the surviving papers of the Needlework Development Scheme and over 100 examples of needlework. Of these examples, 28 are from Great Britain and 54 are examples of non-British work including examples from Greece, India, Norway, Sweden, Italy, Switzerland, Turkey and Bosnia. Items include ecclesiatical, domestic, costume, clothing and modern embroideries, tea cosies, funeral pall, clothing, lace work, wall hangings, samplers, linen work and cushion covers.

The surviving papers include a complete inventory of 1012 items that were part of the Needlework Development Scheme prior to its dispersal in 1961. This provides information on the original numbering scheme used for the needlework examples and also provides information on the provenance of each item, although this is not necessarily the creator of the item but the person from whom the item was received, as well as a description of the item itself. There is an inventory of the parts of the collection received by the Glasgow School of Art, insurance details concerning the collection and the correspondence of the Needlework Development Scheme, 1931-1941.

This material may contain sensitive information about individuals that is protected by the Data Protection Act. Until this material has been checked for sensitive information, it will not be available for researchers. Once this Data Protection work is complete the collection will be open for access, however any sensitive information will be closed and inaccessible for 75 years from the date of creation.

The Needlework Development Scheme

Plaster Casts

  • PC
  • Collection
  • 19th century-20th century

Collection of plaster casts comprising human figures, architectural fragments, plaster friezes, plaster reliefs, marble reliefs, tondos and busts.

Casts were used as an important teaching aid by the School, from the late 19th century onwards. The casts are generally based on classical statuary and were originally sourced from Greek, Roman and later Italian and medieval periods. Whilst not totally unique (most art schools in the UK and across Europe owned their own collections, purchased from established suppliers in London, Paris etc.), their continued existence within their original setting gives them an added significance. Importantly, the Glasgow School of Art's photographic archive contains many period images of how these casts have been used by staff and students since they were first introduced.

The majority of GSA's plaster cast collection was located in the School's Mackintosh Building at the time of a fire in the building on 23rd May 2014. As a result the majority of the collection suffered damage, of varying degrees, and all casts were subsequently surveyed by a conservator. Six casts were lost in the fire and eleven larger casts have undergone remedial conservation in 2016-17. The majority of the remaining casts have undergone cleaning before being repositioned around GSA's campus during 2019.

Not available / given

Papers of Dorothy Campbell Smith, student at The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

  • DC 076
  • Collection
  • c1940-1994

A collection of work by Dorothy C Smith including Glasgow School of Art student material and teacher training college material.

Includes:
GSA student notebooks

  • teacher training notebooks from her time at Jordanhill teacher training college
  • essays
  • architectural drawings
  • figure drawings
  • printed designs
  • paper-cut work
  • leaf prints
  • designs for repeat prints
  • embroidery designs
  • hadow work designs
  • designs for embroidered textiles
  • embroidery samplers
  • embroidery samples
  • a wooden stool with embroidered top
  • a poster
  • material relating to the proposed publication "Designing for Embroidery"
  • material relating to the "Unbroken Thread" exhibition
  • publications related to the Needlework Development Scheme

Smith, Dorothy Campbell

Student work by Paula Murray

  • DC 092
  • Collection
  • c1990-1994

Two interior design notebooks from c1990-1994.

This material was damaged in the fire in GSA's Mackintosh Building on 23rd May 2014. It was assessed by a paper conservator but no conservation work was deemed possible.

Paula Murray

Records of William Hardie Ltd, Fine Art Consultants and Valuers, Glasgow, Scotland

  • DC 033
  • Collection
  • 1984-1997

This collection includes:

  • Board minutes including company accounts, 1984-1987
  • Auction catalogues, prices, photographs and item descriptions, 1992-1995
  • Exhibition records including correspondence, publicity materials and photographs relating to exhibitions of works by Daghani, Nicholas Fairbairn, Brenda Lenachan, Frederick Ost, Kathleen Daly, Frank Lloyd Wright, David Hockney, Dominique Moreau, Constructed Space, Liz Knox, Scott Kilgour and Ray Charles White, Adrian Wiszniewski, past and future exhibitions, 1987-1997
  • Correspondence with J Reynolds, Honeyman, Hugh Fraser, Nolde, Stephen Lee, Richard Demarco, J Campbell Brady, Wyndham Lewis and other sample files, 1988-1994

This material may contain sensitive information about individuals that is protected by the Data Protection Act. Until this material has been checked for sensitive information, it will not be available for researchers. Once this Data Protection work is complete the collection will be open for access, however any sensitive information will be closed and inaccessible for 75 years from the date of creation.

William Hardie Limited

Colin D A Porteous Collection - Benside House Project, Stornoway

  • DC 043
  • Collection
  • 1977-1997

Job files, photographs, and architectural drawings and plans related to Benside House project, Stornoway.

This material may contain sensitive information about individuals that is protected by the Data Protection Act. Until this material has been checked for sensitive information, it will not be available for researchers. Once this Data Protection work is complete the collection will be open for access, however any sensitive information will be closed and inaccessible for 75 years from the date of creation.

Porteous, Professor Colin D A

Papers and photographs of Holmes Gray, student at the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

  • DC 016
  • Collection
  • 1949-1996

The collection includes:

  • Photographs, essays and notes made and taken by Holmes Gray while at the Glasgow School of Art, including correspondence between the GSA and Gray, 1949-1956
  • Notes given to designers for technical guidance from Johnson, Matthey & Co. Ltd, 1954
  • Recollections of Glasgow School of Art by Holmes Gray, 1996
  • Photographs of pieces designed by Gray post-GSA for Spode, Royal Worcester and others; c1949-1996
  • Correspondence with Stoke-on-Trent College, 1964-1986
  • Correspondence re: training as a part-time teacher, 1977-1986
  • Letter informing Holmes Gray of election as Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers & Commerce [copy], 1987
  • Letter from Commemorative Collector's Society re: address by Holmes Gray, 1997

This material may contain sensitive information about individuals that is protected by the Data Protection Act. Until this material has been checked for sensitive information, it will not be available for researchers. Once this Data Protection work is complete the collection will be open for access, however any sensitive information will be closed and inaccessible for 75 years from the date of creation.

Gray, Holmes

Papers and textiles of Sylvia Chalmers

  • DC 068
  • Collection
  • c1943-1990

A collection of work by textile designer Sylvia Chalmers, comprising Glasgow School of Art student material; work-related designs and sketches; magazine clippings; calligraphy samples; a programme for an exhibition titled "A centenary exhibition to celebrate the founding of the Glasgow Society of Lady Artists in 1882"; photographs; textiles such as aprons, tote bags, placemats, tea towels, kerchiefs, curtains and a banner; and textile design samples.

Chalmers, Sylvia

The Scottish Art and Design Collection

  • DC 008
  • Collection
  • 1881-1993

This personal collection, incorporating the Collections of National Society for Education in Art and Design Scottish Region, was deposited by Stuart W MacDonald, Senior Advisor for Strathclyde Region Educational Development Service, in February 1995.

It comprises material from various educational committees and forums with which he was associated, together with the Consultative Committee on the Curriculum item bank, an art projects resource bank for schools. The collection also includes a small number of books from Arthur MacMorland, a leading exponent of Children's Art in Scotland, and former student of Glasgow School of Art.

This includes:

  • The material is arranged into 6 sub-fonds:
  • GSA DC 08/1: 5-14 Expressive Arts (Review and Development Group 4)
  • GSA DC 08/2: Consultative Committee on the Curriculum
  • GSA DC 08/3: Media Education in Picture and Sound
  • GSA DC 08/4: National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD) Scottish Region
  • GSA DC 08/5: Strathclyde Department of Education, Dumbarton Division: Study Packs
  • GSA DC 08/6: Arthur MacMorland's Library

Materials include teachers notes, study packs, examples of the kind of work produced in the schemes and teaching aids.

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

MacDonald, Stuart W

Records of Gillespie, Kidd and Coia Architects

  • GKC
  • Collection
  • c1917-1987

The collection consists of job files, photographs, architectural drawings and plans for projects undertaken by the architectural firm of Gillespie, Kidd and Coia between c1933 and 1987. There are also general office files containing correspondence, account papers, ephemera and artefacts.

This material may contain sensitive information about individuals that is protected by the Data Protection Act. Until this material has been checked for sensitive information, it will not be available for researchers. Once this Data Protection work is complete the collection will be open for access, however any sensitive information will be closed and inaccessible for 75 years from the date of creation.

Gillespie, Kidd and Coia

Examples of Mackintosh Fabric

  • DC 020
  • Collection
  • c1900-1986
  • Trimming of mauve linen, pre-1914
  • Original cover of Charles Rennie Mackintosh Willow Tea Rooms settle
  • 4 samples of horse hair fabric
  • ample of purple fabric used to re-upholster Charles Rennie Mackintosh yellow settle
  • Letter from GSA Curator regarding 2 of the fabric samples, dated January 1986

Records of The Glasgow School of Art Staff Association

  • DC 054
  • Collection
  • 1953-1990

Cash and accounts book plus staff association magazines kept by the GSA Staff Association.
Includes:

  • 4 Volumes of Staff Association Magazine, 1953-1954
  • Account Book 1961-1990
  • Bank Deposit book 1969-1988

The Glasgow School of Art Staff Association

Papers of Jane Richards and Fiona Jean Paton, students of The Glasgow School of Art

  • DC 083
  • Collection
  • c1908-1980s

This collection relates to Jane Richards and her granddaughter Fiona Jean Paton who both studied at The Glasgow School of Art.

It includes:

  • An artist’s palette owned by Jane Richards, c1910
  • a small box of watercolour paints owned by Jane Richards, early 20th century
  • a portrait drawn by Jane Richards, c1908-1910
  • a photograph of Jane Richards, c1914-1918
  • a photograph of Jane Richards' husband in uniform, c1914-18
  • two watercolour landscapes by Jane Richards, 1907 and 1911
  • even prints produced by The Dux Engraving Co Ltd, early 20th century
  • two portraits drawn by Robert Eadie, c1909
  • three sketchbooks for product design furniture by Fiona Jean Paton, early 1980s
  • eight photographs and eleven slides relating to product design furniture, early 1980s.

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

One item was damaged in the fire in GSA's Mackintosh Building on 23rd May 2014 and was conserved in 2018-19.

Richards, Jane

Records relating to Ted Odling

  • DC 090
  • Collection
  • c1956-1981

This material mainly relates to Ted Odling's time teaching at The Glasgow School of Art from the 1950s to the early 1980s. It contains the following items:

  • Copy of a staff photograph, 1950
  • CD ROM titled 'family scene part 2', 1956-68
  • 9 x letters from Ted Odling to Harry Barnes, sent whilst on a Leverhulme travel award, 1965
  • 4 x folders of lecture notes / preparatory material covering perception, anatomy and perspective amongst other subjects, 1970s-80s
  • A letter from Ted Odling to Mr Garbett of Ulster Polytechnic regarding Ted Odling's external assessors report, July 1981
  • Loose notes on stereo television
  • 1 x notebook
  • 38 x colour wheels
  • 3 x colour swatches (red, blue and green)

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

Odling, Ted

Papers of Margaret Elizabeth Galt, student of Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

  • DC 040
  • Collection
  • c1942-1976

This collection contains works of art done by Margaret Elizabeth Galt while in secondary school; her Glasgow School of Art general course and diploma course notebooks, along with textile samples; and notebooks from after her time studying at GSA.

Galt, Margaret Elizabeth

Records of the Glasgow League of Artists, Glasgow, Scotland

  • DC 018
  • Collection
  • 1971-1981

Includes:

Minutes, 1971-1981

Correspondence, 1971-1976

Treasurer's reports, 1972-1974

Catalogues of exhibitions, 1971-1979

Ephemera - invites etc., 1971-1979

GLA Exhibition posters, 1974-1979

Slide pack of members work, n.d.

Colour photographs of members work, 1978-1979

Photographs of GLA members, 1978-1979

Colour photographs of exhibitions of members work, 1974

GLA Print Pack, c1971-1981

Film - We're all Big Boys Now - a quick look at the GLA, 1974

Presscuttings, 1971-1974.

This material may contain sensitive information about individuals that is protected by the Data Protection Act. Until this material has been checked for sensitive information, it will not be available for researchers. Once this Data Protection work is complete the collection will be open for access, however any sensitive information will be closed and inaccessible for 75 years from the date of creation.

Glasgow League of Artists

GSA Undergraduate Fashion Show

  • DC 093
  • Collection
  • 1950-1980

This collections in includes material relating to The Glasgow School of Art's undergraduate fashion show.

The Glasgow School of Art

Papers of Mary Mackie

  • DC 112
  • Collection
  • c1950s-1970s

Various samples of embroidered weave, canvas work and applique, plus bound volumes with relevant notes.

The collection contains 6 folders, binders, or books, which hold the samples of work:

  • Blue Embroidery folder, containing 14 items
  • Black binder of canvas work samples
  • Patterned binder of canvas work samples
  • Sampler fold-out book
  • Pattern Making book
  • Embroidery stitches folder

Plus six loose cards with designs and worked textiles attached.

Mackie, Mary

Records of the Glasgow School of Art Modern Embroidery Group, alumni society, Glasgow, Scotland

  • DC 035
  • Collection
  • 1959-1979

Includes:

  • Newsletters and circulars, 1959-1978
  • Membership records, 1960-1974
  • Exhibition records including catalogues, invites, visitors' books, price lists and related correspondence, 1959-1979
  • Press cuttings and notes, 1959-1976.

This material may contain sensitive information about individuals that is protected by the Data Protection Act. Until this material has been checked for sensitive information, it will not be available for researchers. Once this Data Protection work is complete the collection will be open for access, however any sensitive information will be closed and inaccessible for 75 years from the date of creation.

Glasgow School of Art Modern Embroidery Group

Records of the Mackintosh Students' Association of the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow, Scotland

  • DC 070
  • Collection
  • 1971-1976

Includes:

  • Legal and Administrative Paperwork
  • Correspondence and Information on Events
  • Publications (including information on starting MAC magazine).

This material may contain sensitive information about individuals that is protected by the Data Protection Act. Until this material has been checked for sensitive information, it will not be available for researchers. Once this Data Protection work is complete the collection will be open for access, however any sensitive information will be closed and inaccessible for 75 years from the date of creation.

Mackintosh Students' Association of the Mackintosh School of Architecture

Papers of Henry Young Alison, artist and Interim Director of The Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland

  • DC 021
  • Collection
  • 1805-1972

This collection contains:

  • Family papers, 1805-1889;
  • Wartime records, 1914-1916;
  • Lectures and speeches, c1930-1950;
  • Photographs; c20th century;
  • Miscellaneous papers, c1930-1972;
  • ketchbooks and drawings; c20th century.

This material may contain sensitive information about individuals that is protected by the Data Protection Act. Until this material has been checked for sensitive information, it will not be available for researchers. Once this Data Protection work is complete the collection will be open for access, however any sensitive information will be closed and inaccessible for 75 years from the date of creation.

Alison, Henry Young

Records of the Glasgow School of Art Club, student association, 1969- , Glasgow, Scotland

  • DC 003
  • Collection
  • 1969-1970

Minute book including lists of members, notes relating to the formation of the club and its constitution 1969-1970.

This material may contain sensitive information about individuals that is protected by the Data Protection Act. Until this material has been checked for sensitive information, it will not be available for researchers. Once this Data Protection work is complete the collection will be open for access, however any sensitive information will be closed and inaccessible for 75 years from the date of creation.

Glasgow School of Art Club

The Giusti Plaster Cast Collection

  • GST
  • Collection
  • Late 19th century-mid 20th century

Collection of items related to the Glasgow based firm J. Giusti & Co. which specialized in the production of plaster figures, mould making, statuary repair, and other plaster work. The collection is primarily composed of plaster busts and portraits, six moulds, and two medals. The casts and moulds are formed after a range of sculptural styles including ancient Greek and Roman, French Gothic, Italian Renaissance, and 19th century anatomical studies.

The Giusti Plaster Cast Collection highlights mould making and casting processes that were used to produce objects for retail and to repair existing plaster casts. Records from The Glasgow School of Art document purchases and repairs from J. Giusti & Co. from as early as 1890, and casts related to those in the collection were widely used as teaching and learning tools at the GSA through at least mid-20th century.

As most of the items in the collection were used in commercial casting processes, very few items have a plain white, white washed, or decoratively painted surface that are often observed in plaster cast collections. Many of the plaster casts and all of the plaster moulds are widely covered with uneven layers of shellac that appear yellow, red, or brown. Shellac was applied as a sealant and resist agent to prevent existing plaster elements from sticking to fresh plaster elements during the casting process.

In addition to the plaster casts and plaster moulds, several items provide further insights into the material processes employed by J. Giusti & Co. Two medals (likely bronze) showcase the company's involvement with mould making for metal casting, and a gelatine mould is a surviving example of a traditional process used to produce detailed casts in small quantities.

Proudfoot, Alexander

Papers of Garcia Hunter, student at The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

  • DC 072
  • Collection
  • c1930s-1960s

Includes:

  • fashion and jewellery sketches and illustrations
  • product catalogues for companies such as McDonalds Ltd, Watt Brothers and Whitneys Ltd featuring Garcia Hunter's fashion illustrations
  • newscuttings featuring advertisements using Garcia Hunter's illustrations
  • annotated photographs of Garcia Hunter
  • correspondence.

This material may contain sensitive information about individuals that is protected by the Data Protection Act. Until this material has been checked for sensitive information, it will not be available for researchers. Once this Data Protection work is complete the collection will be open for access, however any sensitive information will be closed and inaccessible for 75 years from the date of creation.

Hunter, Garcia

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

  • DC 022
  • Collection
  • 1860-1969

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.

Anderson, Agnes Violet

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