Papers of Hugh Brown Sutherland, 1920-2011, 1st Cormack Professor of Civil Engineering, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Personal papers and notebook of Professor Sutherland, 1934-1996;
  • Memoirs of Professor Sutherland, Jun 2011;
  • Correspondence, 1939-2011;
  • Notes on lectures and visits (Japan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Egypt), 1953-1996;
  • Lecture notes, c 20th century;
  • Photographs & slides, 1940s-2010;
  • Awards, bursaries, medals; 1930s-1990s
  • Engineering plan, c 1969;
  • Rolled plan of West Main Works: Tunnel under the River Clyde, c 20th century;
  • Glasgow University Engineering Faculty Final Year Books, 1948-1971;
  • Glasgow University Football Club history & photo, 20th century;
  • Publications relating to the Faculty of Engineering, 1840-1988;
  • Publications relating to Engineering, 1839-2001;
  • Publications by Professor Sutherland, 1949-1990s.

Administrative / Biographical History

Hugh Brown Sutherland was born in January 1920. He first came to the University of Glasgow as a Lecturer in 1942 after he had completed his training in Civil Engineering in 1940, and thereafter he had worked on the design and construction of several Royal Ordnance Factories.

During his time at Glasgow, Professor Sutherland became interested in soil mechanics. In 1946, he applied and was awarded the Sir James Caird Travelling Scholarship, which enabled him to go to Harvard and work with some of the best in the field. At this time Professor Sutherland was also involved in the Panama Canal Research Project, which included examining the potential effects of a nuclear explosion in the Central American waterway.

On Sutherland's return to lecturing at the University of Glasgow, his talents and success were identified by Gilbert Cook. His career continued at Glasgow, as he became a Reader in 1957 and then was appointed one of the first Titular Professors in 1964. In 1966, Professor Sutherland took up the post of the 1st Cormack Professor of Civil Engineering, in which he remained until his retirement in 1986. Still Professor Sutherland maintained a close relationship with the University of Glasgow as he took on the role of the Director of the University Trust, and he later received an honorary doctorate for his contribution to University life in 1991. Professor Sutherland passed away in December 2011.


Listed by box. Items are generally listed in their original order.

Conditions Governing Access

Open, subject to the  Data Protection Act 1998

Acquisition Information

Gift : Moira de Vos : May 2012 : ACCN 3671

Gift : Hugh Sutherland : July 2012 : ACCN 3691


ACCN 3671 box listed by Jennifer Turner, Archive Assistant, 25 Oct 2012; ACCN 3691 box listed by Callum Morrison, Archive Assistant, 16 Sep 2013. Collection level description created by Jennifer Turner, Archive Assistant, 14 Dec 2012; updated by Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist, 17 Sep 2013.

Other Finding Aids

File list available by request to the  Duty Archivist