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Records of the Director of the Glasgow School of Art

Correspondence and Working Papers of the Directors of the Glasgow School of Art from 1846 to the present day. Material from DIR/14 onwards is currently uncatalogued and therefore not accessible for researchers. Papers are arranged by Director into the sub-series below, and each sub-series is catalogued in further detail: DIR/1: Henry MacManus, Headmaster from 1844-1848 DIR/2: Charles Heath Wilson, Headmaster from 1849-1863 DIR/3: Robert Greenlees, Headmaster from 1863-1881 DIR/4: Thomas C Simmonds, Headmaster from 1881-1885 DIR/5: Francis H Newbery, Director from 1885-1918 DIR/6: John Henderson, Director from 1918-1924 DIR/7: John D Revel, Director from 1925-1932 DIR/8: James Gray, Interim Director from 1932-1933 DIR/9: William Oliphant Hutchison, Director from 1933-1943 DIR/10: Allan Walton, Director from 1943-1945 DIR/11: Henry Y Allison, Interim Director from 1945-1946 DIR/12: Douglas Percy Bliss, Director from 1946-1964 DIR/13: Harry Jefferson Barnes, Director from 1964-1980

Greenlees, Robert

Papers of William R Hunter

  • DC 011
  • Collection
  • 1896-1967

Collection includes:

  • Diary written while travelling on Keppie Scholarship, 1913-1914
  • Collection of 250 postcards of European cities, paintings, sculptures collected on tour, 1913-1914
  • 12 ink sketches of Childe Ronald's Pilgrimage by TWYM (aka A.S. Boyd), n.d.
  • Exhibition catalogues
  • Illustrations

The collection also includes original illustrations drawn by A S Boyd (aka TWYM) and Stephen Reid, both noted Scottish illustrators.

Additional uncatalogued material includes

  • x 6 photographs
  • x1 GSA practical notes on materials for painting
  • x1 diploma for May Jackson
  • x1 diploma scroll for William Reid Hunter

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

Hunter, William R

Poster for The Glasgow School Of Art degree show

This poster advertised The Glasgow School Of Art's annual degree show. The exhibition was held on The Glasgow School Of Art campus as well as in the Centre for Contemporary Arts and Tramway which are local arts centres. The 2003 degree show was sponsored by McGrigor Donald, Hoegaarden Beer, the MacFarlane Group and the Gordon Yuill Company. The image used in the poster is by Raul Ortega and the poster was designed by Inlapland.

Not available / given

Sphagnum moss sign

Cast metal (probably bronze) commemorative plaque from the Mackintosh building with raised lettering reading, 'To record the use of this building as a sphagnum moss depot. during the Great War and the thanks of the Scottish Branch British Red Cross Society to the generous donors. April 1919.'

Not available / given

Joan Eardley

Folder containing 34 black and white and colour photographs of Joan Eardley and her work taken by George Oliver. Also contains exhibition catalogues and cuttings from such, press releases and postcards.

Oliver, George

Papers of Christine Shaw, student at The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

  • DC 024
  • Collection
  • 1940

This collection contains:

  • Original and typescript of Christine Shaw's diary, Jan 1940-Dec 1940
  • Photographs taken in the grounds of Glasgow School of Art featuring fellow students Carlo Rossi, Joe O'Donnell, Christine Cramond, Charlie McNamee and Nita Begg [c1940]
  • Presscutting featuring fellow students Leonard Clegg, Christine Cramond and Tony Brook preparing a decorative paper figure for the GSA Christmas Ball, 1940

Shaw, Christine

Diploma printing block

Printing block with Glasgow style female figure, stylised trees and flowers forming the border design. 
Central text block with

  • The Glasgow School of Art address
  • Local prize awarded to: 
  • For excellence in:
  • Session:

King, Jessie Marion

Commemorative gavel

Japanese inspired dark wood gavel and block with engraved silver coloured metal commemorative plaque reading, "Presented to the Glasgow School of Art by the City of Glasgow on the occasion of their 150th anniversary, 28 June 1995."

Not available / given

The Glasgow School of Art Home Front Memorial

To mark the centenary of the First World War, GSA’s Archives & Collections and Exhibitions worked with Louise Welsh, Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow and Edwin Pickstone, GSA Lecturer, to create a memorial to GSA students, staff and governors who undertook work on the home front.

Consisting of three panels with text written by Louise and letterpress prints created by Edwin, the memorial was informed by archival research. The frame was designed and made by Steven Higgins with lettering from Erin Bradley-Scott.

This memorial is a partnership piece to GSA’s WWI Roll of Honour, created in 1925 by Dorothy Doddrell to commemorate students, staff and governors who had served in the armed forces.

The project was generously funded by Mr James McBroom whose father, James Nicol McBroom, was a prize-winning student at the School and who undertook munitions work during the war.

Pickstone, Edwin

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

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

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

Testimonials written in support of James A Dron

  • DC 081
  • Collection
  • 1896-1901

Collection of testimonials written in support of James A Dron, a former student of Glasgow School of Art.

Includes:

  • testimonials written by Francis H Newbery, Director of Glasgow School of Art, 1885-1918
  • Robert L Sutherland, Head Master of Gorbals Art Class
  • and Allan Gillespie, Secretary of Bonnybridge Art Classes.

The collection also includes a letter of application written by Dron for the post of Painting and Still-Life Master at Belfast School of Art in 1901 plus accompanying correspondence.

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

Newbery, Francis Henry

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 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

Lecture Notes from Scottish Architect James Salmon

  • DC 055
  • Collection
  • c1909

Notebook containing lecture notes and a letter to James Salmon from Frances Newbery. Also includes several sheets of notes on loose paper.

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

Salmon, James

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

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 John Hinshelwood, architect and student of The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

  • DC 023
  • Collection
  • 1927-1929

This collection contains architectural sketches that formed part of John Hinshelwood's training as a student at The Glasgow School of Art.

These include:

  • The Doric Order, 1926
  • Time sketch for a Perfume Shop, Park Lane, Stranraer, Scotland, 1927-1928
  • Design for a Garden Pavilion, 1927-1928
  • Design for a pavilion. 0.5 inch detail, 1927-1928
  • A Memorial to a Statesman, 2 copies, c1920s

Hinshelwood, John

Papers of Jessie Keppie, artist and student of The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

  • DC 004
  • Collection
  • 1868-1913

Collection includes:

  • Menus and dinner invitation to artistic gatherings with a sketch by James E Christie
  • London Sketch Club ephemera including menus, invitations, cards with sketches by Shepperson, W Lee Hank, Rene Butt and Jock Bere, 1902-1906
  • F. Carruthers Gould ephemera containing invites to private views
  • tudies for Pictures by J Moyr Smith, 1868
  • Information on John Burnet, Architect, 1814-1901
  • Photograph album, c1893

The photograph album contains photographs of "The Immortals", including Jessie Keppie, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Herbert MacNair, Frances Macdonald, Margaret Macdonald and others of their circle.

The Moyr Smith sketches are from Moyr Smith's first published book Studies in Pictures. Smith trained in Glasgow, becoming influenced by Alexander Thomson and Daniel Cottier, moving to London in 1864.

Of great importance in this collection is a sketchbook of drawings by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. The sketchbook, dating from the 1890s, consists of 19 drawings of flowers, furniture sketches, and interior sketches of Craigie Hall, Pollokshields, Glasgow.

Keppie, Jessie

Records of the Scottish Society of Art Workers

  • DC 001
  • Collection
  • 1898-1901

This collections contains:

  • A notebook containing the constitution and rules of the society signed by its members
  • Printed version of the constitution and rules, c1898
  • Minute book, 1898-1900
  • Letter from John Keppie to Fra. Newbery re: the Glasgow School of Art receiving a copy of the constitution and rules, 1901

Keppie, John

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

Notes of James McIntosh Patrick, artist and student at The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

  • DC 049
  • Collection
  • 1924-1928

These notes are Patrick's own writings but have been copied out by his daughter due to the original notes being illegible. The notes describe his time at Glasgow School of Art and include descriptions on societies (i.e. The Dramatic Society) as well as the etching workshop and studio spaces.

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

Patrick, James McIntosh

Lectures by Francis Lorne

  • DC 079
  • Collection
  • 1930-1948

Collection of typewritten notes for lectures on architecture by Francis Lorne of Burnet, Tait & Lorne.

Lorne, Francis

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

Minutes of GSA Magazine Folio

  • DC 048
  • Collection
  • c1949

Meetings of the committee 'Glasgow School of Art Magazine Folio' at The Glasgow School of Art, 167 Renfrew Street. Members include James Meechan, Charles Crole, Barbara G. Coulter, James McHury and Avril Burgess. Documents the restart of the magazine in December 1949 with discussions about printing and accounts. Includes details of advertising space and 4 loose postal receipts.

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

Glasgow School of Art Magazine Folio

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 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

Papers of James Black Fulton, architect, student at The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland, and Director of The Glasgow School of Architecture, Scotland

  • DC 017
  • Collection
  • 1909-1912

The papers listed here are the records of three private commissions undertaken by James Fulton between 1909 and 1912, while he was resident in London. The papers include correspondence with the clients, builders and tradesmen. There are rough plans only for the house for F. Hall Gibson, who appears to have been a friend of Fulton's family.

Fulton, James Black

Travel Report

This report details student Pamela Mitchell's experiences when she traveled around Europe for three months upon receiving a travelling scholarship at The Glasgow School of Art in 1959. Mitchell was a student at the School between 1955 and 1959 and studied Textiles. She received the Haldane Travelling Scholarship which was a cash sum of £75. She visted the cities of Copenhagen, Hamburg, Basle, Milan, Venice, Florence, Ravena, Porto Garibaldi, Ferrara, Verona and Paris. The report is coherantly laid out with details of the time spent in each of these cities.

Mitchell, Pamela

Travel Report

This report details student G H Barcham Green's travel experiences in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1957. Green won the Haldane travelling scholarship, a cash prize of £75 awared to one student per year at this time. Green was an Interior Design student at The Glasgow School of Art between 1952 and 1958. The report reads very much like a diary and gives a very personal account of Green's experiences. Also included is a list of addresses for both Italy and Spain.

Green, Geoffrey H Barcham

Travel Report

This report details student John Holmes Gray's experiences when he traveled to Stoke-on-Trent, Holland, Belgium and Paris upon recieving a Travelling Scholarship at The Glasgow School of Art in 1954. Gray recieved the Haldane Travelling Scholarship which was the value of £75. Gray attended The Glasgow School of Art between 1949 and 1954 and studied Pottery. A large focus of the report is on the manufacturing processes that Gray learned in the Pottery Factories in Stoke on Trent and Holland. He includes various sketches of how these processes work throughout the report. He then goes on to detail his time spent in various art galleries and museums in Holland, Belgium and Paris.

Gray, Holmes

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