Mackintosh Library Statement


On the 23rd of May 2014, a fire started in the Mackintosh Building of the Glasgow School of Art and caused us to lose our dear and beloved Mackintosh Library. Our team of librarians are currently working on identifying the specific items which were lost in the fire and a full list of titles will be published on the GSA Library website at a later date along with a wish list of titles we’re hoping to replace. In the meantime, please find below a general guide on which collections were affected by this tragic incident.

The specific historical collections that have been lost are:

* Our entire collection of rare folios comprising volumes dating to the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries
* Considerable runs of 19th and early 20th century art periodicals, including Country Life, Picture Post, The Studio, Vogue. Architects’ Journal
* Rare continental Art Nouveau journals, including Dekorative Kunst and Jugend
* Our collection of 19th century illustrated books
* Our entire archive of GSA publications, including GSA magazines dating to the late 19th/early 20th century (though some may in duplicated in Archives and Collections)
* A significant proportion of the School’s Foundation Collection of instructional books and treatises used in teaching

The collections that are not affected are:

* Artists’ Books Collection
* Stoddard-Templeton Collection
* Glasgow Style bookbindings collection
* Non-folio rare books



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