We have added some new contemporary art resources, including Black artists & modernism, Contemporary And, Contemporary And América Latina and Nka: journal of contemporary African art. These are listed on our Race and Rights subject guide. You can also find out about other ways the library is working on diversifying the library collections at our Emancipating our collections pages.
GSA Library Archives and Collections
We’ve digitised our collection of movable and pop-up books. Movable books include various formats such as concertina, lift-the-flap, pull-tabs and revolving pictures. Our collection is varied and includes pop-ups of children’s fairy tales, human anatomy, three dimensional Norman Rockwell paintings, and the expanding little town of Popville. You can view images of the collection here
Our latest David Bellingham-curated display on Level 1 of the Library is on Dutch artist Hans Waanders (1951-2001). Waanders often co-opted and subverted the ‘scientific’ techniques of etymology, classification, archiving, and comparative biology. This display features Waanders’ artists’ books, along with a number of his prints.
We’ve digitised over 230 bookplates from our special collections, which you can discover here.
Bookplates are small printed labels pasted into a book, often on the front endpaper, to indicate ownership. Bookplates are often referred to as ‘ex libris’ which means ‘from the books of…’
Our collection includes several armorial plates, featuring the heraldic emblems and mottoes of landed families or estates. Others are designed by artists for their own libraries, or those of their friends and colleagues. Our collection encompasses a wide range of aesthetic styles, from classical to Art Nouveau.
In the early years of GSA Library, many of our books were donated by eminent people, visiting dignitaries, or people associated with the School. Today we can use their bookplates, with documentary records in our Archives, to trace the journey of these books have taken to reach us.
In the past, our students would design GSA Library’s bookplates through open competitions. To date, we have only been able to name one of these students, Elizabeth Jamieson, who designed a plate for us in January 1945. She received £5.5.0 for her design.
Browse our gallery these miniature works of art here.
Glasgow School of Art Library is committed to supporting both institutional and student-led initiatives to diversify the curriculum. To this end, we now link to both internally- and externally-compiled lists of alternative readings, that aim to introduce us all to a broader range of cultural perspectives.
Image courtesy Alessandro Milliucci https://flic.kr/p/eGhiYV Some rights reserved
Race, Rights and Sovereignty, in partnership with the GSA Library, presents a series of three reading groups uncovering and examining a number of books in GSA’s historical collections (mainly dating from the 19th century) that are written from paradigms that we would be critical of today, many with a colonial outlook. In these reading and discussion groups, we will explore and interrogate these selected texts collectively in order to deconstruct and consider how we can engage with these texts today, and where they are situated within contemporary libraries and archive holdings.
In the first reading group, we will examine the role of image representation in colonial texts and its impact on imaging in contemporary society.
Thurs 9th May 2019, 17.30-19.30, Quiet Study Space, Library Level 2
Glasgow School of Art Library is committed to supporting both institutional and student-led initiatives to diversify the curriculum. Discover the ways in which we are developing our collections and services to achieve this.