Papers of James MacNab, printer, Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Cash book, 1889-1904;
  • Printers' ledger, 1891-1897.

Administrative / Biographical History

The firm of  James MacNab was founded by James Macnab, a printer who came to Glasgow from Muthill in Perthshire in 1840 and published for a time the Glasgow Constitutional newspaper. He printed some books, but eventually the firm concentrated on limited-run printing of commercial documents including circulars, forms, cards, and booklets on behalf of clients drawn from local businesses, churches, and associations. This small jobbing printing works appears in the Glasgow Post Office directories from 1864  until 1964 . The firm operated from premises at 11 Miller Street, Glasgow, Scotland, then at 45 West Nile Street, Glasgow and later at 106 West Nile Street, and finally at its last known address at 23 Bath Street.


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Deposited in August 1971 prior to the introduction of formal accessioning procedures

Other Finding Aids

Digital file level list available in searchroom

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

None which affect the use of this material

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the University Archivist

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents

Appraisal Information

This material has been appraised in line with standard GB 0248 procedures

Custodial History



None expected

Related Material

See source list on Printing and Publishing available via Glasgow University Archive Service homepage at

GB 0246 (Glasgow City Archives) Day book, letter book, cash books, order books, etc c1898-1960.

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Location of Originals

This material is original, apart from the extract from the Glasgow Herald (21/3/1990), which is a photocopy


No known publications using this material

Additional Information

Fonds level compiled by Jenny Bunn, Assistant Archivist, 11 February 2000; Revised by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 11 December 2002; Lower levels compiled by Alma Topen, Senior Assistant Archivist (Cataloguing), 20 May 2014.


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