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

Scope and Content

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.

Administrative / Biographical History

Liz Arthur was the curator of costume and textiles for Glasgow Museums and the Burrell Collection for many years. She is a former Chairman of the Renfrewshire Branch of the Embroiderer's Guild and has worked at the Glasgow School of Art in various capacities. She is a researcher, exhibition curator, lecturer and writer. While writing 'Robert Stewart Design : 1946 - 95' she consulted Robert Stewart's family, friends & colleagues and made use of the Glasgow School of Art's Archives and Collections Centre. She has written a number of other books including, 'Kathleen Whyte : Embroiderer', 'Kathleen Whyte : Design in Embroidery', 'Margaret Swain : Scottish Embroidery', 'Twentieth Century Embroidery in Great Britain', 'Embroidery for Religion and Ceremonial' and 'Embroidered Church Kneelers'.


The arrangement of the material reflects the way in which the material was arranged by Liz Arthur.

Access Information

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

Alternative Form Available

Copies of some of the research materials can be found in the GSA Archives and Collections Centre.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

This collection contains photographic material, textiles, a VHS video cassette and a 3 1/2 inch floppy disk.

Archivist's Note

Catalogued by Kimberly Sommerville, student placement, 13 November 2008. 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 Liz Arthur upon completion of the project.

Related Material

This collection contains a copy of J.W. Lindsay's recollections from his time at GSA which can also be found along with other material relating to J. W. Lindsay in DC 032.


This material was used for the publication 'Robert Stewart : Design 1946 - 95', a copy of which can be found in the Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections Centre.