Papers of the Anderson family, students of the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

Scope and Content

The Anderson Family archive contains family papers, sketchbooks, photographs and letters from 1860 to 1969.

The archive contains a number of sketchbooks kept by the family members. Those belonging to the women contain flower drawings and schemes for ornamentation whilst William Anderson's books reflect his life as a commercial traveller for an ironfounder's firm and contain scenes from London and elsewhere, as well as technical drawings and plans. As many of the members of Daisy Anderson's family attended the Glasgow School of Art, the collection throws light on the work of the School from the 1880s-1950s.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Anderson family archive includes material of 5 of its members, namely the sisters Violet Meikle (1873- ?) and Daisy Agnes McGlashan (1879-1968), Violet's husband William Smith Anderson (1877-1929) and their two daughters Daisy M Anderson (1910-1996) and Agnes Violet Neish (nee Anderson) (1912- ).

All of the members represented attended the Glasgow School of Art between 1888-1936, many of them establishing careers as artists.


Each family member's papers are kept together and listed in chronological order with general family papers and miscellaneous artworks listed separately:

DC 22/1: Papers of Violet Meikle McGlashan

DC 22/2: Papers of William Smith Anderson

DC 22/3: Papers of Daisy Agnes McGlashan

DC 22/4: Papers of Agnes Violet Anderson

DC 22/5: Papers of Daisy M Anderson

DC 22/6: General family papers and photographs

DC 22/7: Miscellaneous artworks

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, including a family tree of the members whose papers are included in the archive.

Alternative Form Available

No known copies.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

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

Archivist's Note

Fonds level description compiled by Adele Ashley-Smith, Glasgow School of Art Archivist, 2000-2001. Updated by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 26 September 2001. Updated by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 11 June 2002. 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


Related Material

GB 1694 GSADC 21 Henry Y Alison Archive

GB 1694 Photographs of Violet Neish in School photograph collection

GB 1694 Kinecraft Society Records - Violet Neish was a member

Further information concerning individual members of the Anderson Family may be gained from the GSA's collection of newspaper cuttings available in the search room.


There are no known publications using this material.

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