Conrad McKenna Christmas Cards

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

A collection of Christmas cards by former Glasgow School of Art staff and students and friends including Conrad McKenna, Gordon Huntly, Rosalind Bliss, Michael Moulder, Peter Sumsion, Michael Healey, Mark Severin and James Cosgrove, that were collected by Conrad McKenna, a former student and staff member at GSA.

Administrative / Biographical History

Conrad T J McKenna, born 8th March 1923, was admitted as a student to Glasgow School of Art in December 1939 at the age of 16. WW2 interrupted his studies when he was called up to the RAF in 1942, serving from then until 1946. He returned to Art School in 1946 and was awarded a Diploma in Commercial Art in 1948. He won several prizes and scholarships during his time at GSA, including the Robert Hart Bursary in 1941, the W.G. Hutchison Prize for Drawing in 1948, the Main Scholarship for Commercial Art in 1948 and a £120 Travelling Scholarship in 1949.

Conrad was also a member of GSA staff from 1954-1984. His positions included: Visiting Staff, Design & Crafts 1953/54; Assistant, Design & Crafts 1954/55-1965/66; Assistant, General Course 1966/67-1970/71; Lecturer, First Year Course 1971-1972; Supervisor, Evening School 1972-1984. He spent a sabbatical year in 1962-1963 as a visiting lecturer in the Fine Art faculty of the University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, West Africa, returning to GSA until his retirement in 1984.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Black and white and colour print christmas cards, typescript documents

Archivist's Note

Collection listed by K Wallwork and edited by Susannah Waters, Archivist. Imported from Excel spreadsheet, edited and administrative history added by Michelle Kaye, Archives and Collections Assistant, 20th November 2012. Archives Hub description updated by Michelle Kaye, Archives and Collections Assistant, 16th January 2013.

Appraisal Information

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

Custodial History

Donated by Conrad McKenna in 2012.

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