Records of Dundee Institute of Art and Technology

Scope and Content

Constitutional documents 1920-1975; annual reports 1951-1968; College of Technology research committee reports 1973-1974, staff list 1970, library reader's handbook 1973; prospectuses, annual reports, document relating to endowments and bequests to the college from 1869-1931.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Dundee Technical Institute was established in 1888. In 1890 the art classes, which had been taught in the city from 1854, were affiliated to the Institute, although a full-time Art master was not appointed until 1892 when Thomas Delgaty Dunn took up this role. The Dundee Technical Institute and School of Art was formally established in 1911, when a new building was finally completed in Bell Street, Dundee, although classes had been taking place in this unfinished building since 1909. The inclusion of the School of Art in the title of the institution was partly the result of a bequest by James Duncan of Jordanstone and Drumfork in 1909. Duncan had hoped that his bequest would be used to found a separate School of Industrial Art but this did not happen.

In 1933 a new scheme changed the name and management structure of the college. The Dundee Institute of Art and Technology, as it was now called, had an overall governing body overseeing two separate colleges: Dundee College of Art and Dundee Technical College. Each college had its own principal. There was considerable friction between the two colleges and moves were made to locate the College of Art in its own building. A site was purchased in Perth Road in 1935, but the advent of the Second World War delayed work on the new building until the early 1950s.

In 1975 the Dundee Institute of Art and Technology split into two separate institutions: Dundee College of Technology and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. Dundee College of Technology became Dundee Institute of Technology in 1988 and University of Abertay Dundee in 1994.


The material is awaiting arrangement.

Access Information

Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act and any other appropriate legislation.

Acquisition Information

Details of the original accession(s) are unknown. Records were deposited by the University of Abertay Library in 1997 (AccM/349).


Fonds level description compiled by Lisa Strachan, GASHE Archivist September 2001 and revised by Sarah Chubb, Archives Hub Project Archivist, April 2002.

Other Finding Aids

The records are yet to be listed, but some handlists available.

Alternative Form Available

No known copies.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges are made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply.


Some further records are possibly still to be separated from bulk of Duncan of Jordanstone accessions.

Related Material

GB 254 UR-DJC Records of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art

Records of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art as a faculty of the University of Dundee are part of the University records, GB 254 UR-DU.

MS 105 [AccM/478] Shiell&Small Collection: papers re. Dundee Institute of Art and Technology 1931-1932


Dundee Institute of Technology. The first hundred years, 1888-1988, Dundee Institute of Technology, Dundee, 1989

The First Hundred. Dundee's Art College 1892-1992, McManus Galleries, Dundee, 1992

Additional Information

The material is original.

Geographical Names