Papers of John Walter Lindsay, architect and student of the Glasgow School of Art, 1926-2008

Scope and Content

This collection contains:

Notebooks, a sketch book, , scrap books, and student work from John Walter Lindsay's time at the GSA 1943-1950

Recollections of staff & students and his time at the GSA 1990s

Scrap book giving an account of his travels following the award of the Haldane Travel Scholarship 1950

Miscellaneous magazine cuttings concerning architecture, n.d.

Folder arranged by Lindsay containing material relating to Charles Rennie Mackintosh 1968-1999

Folder arranged by Lindsay containing correspondence from 1968-2006

Photographs of Keppie Henderson Architects building models, n.d.

Folder arranged by Lindsay containing material relating to his architectural career, n.d.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Walter Lindsay was born in 1926. He attended Biggar High School which is where his art career began when the art teacher, Mr. Russell, convinced John's father that he should study art. After gaining his higher certificate John enrolled at the Normal College in New City Road for evening studies in painting, decorating and sign writing. In addition, he enrolled as a day pupil at the Glasgow School of Art in the General Couse. In 1945 his studies were interrupted when he was called up for military service. He resumed his studies in 1947 and left the school in 1949 with a Diploma of Art in Interior Design. He went on to work as an architect for Keppie Henderson Architects, Glasgow.


The material has been arranged and described by Mr. Lindsay and is retained in the order in which he deposited it. New materials acquired in 2008, with Mr. Lindsay's original arrangement retained where possible.

Access Information

Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections are open for research by appointment.

Other Finding Aids

An item level list of the collection is available in the search room.

Alternative Form Available

No known copies .

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

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

There are also files which are stored separately in the plan chest store.

Archivist's Note

Fonds level description compiled by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 18 October 2001. Updated by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 14 May 2002. Updated by Kimberly Sommerville, student placement, 5 November 2008 Updated by Stacey Kerfoot, Archive Volunteer, 22 June 2010 Archives Hub description updated by Carrie Skinner, Logjam Project Officer, September 2011

Appraisal Information

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

Custodial History

Unknown. Immediate source of acquisition was a deposit by Mr J W Lindsay in 1998 to 2001.

Related Material

There are no known related units of description.


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