The Mitchell Library holds a unique collection of Japanese scrolls and albums acquired by Glasgow engineer and educationalist Henry Dyer.
Henry Dyer (1848 – 1918)
Ignored in Britain and forgotten for generations in Japan, Henry Dyer played a crucial part in the spectacular industrial and economic achievements of 20th century Japan. At the age of 24, before he had even taken his final exams at Glasgow University, he was appointed principal of Japan’s first engineering college and spent the next 10 years turning it into the most advanced institute of its kind in the world.
He received the Order of the Rising Sun (Third Class) from the Emperor before returning to Glasgow, where he was elected as chairman of the School Board of Glasgow and received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Glasgow.
The Henry Dyer Collection
Bequeathed by Dyer’s family to The Mitchell Library in the 1920s, most of the 6,000 items have been added to library stock; these items have a special emphasis on Glasgow, Scotland and Japanese life. The Japanese scrolls and albums have been kept together to form a special collection in their own right.