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The Mitchell Library North Street Glasgow G3 7DN
0141 287 2910
Fax: 0141 226 8452


​Photographic Archives

The Archives hold tens of thousands of photographs from the early days of photography to present day digital images including:

  • Main photographic collection - a cumulative collection of over 10,000 photographs, which do not form any part of another archival group
  • Photographic survey of Glasgow schools, c.1916 and c.1960
  • Clyde Navigation Trust photographs: including groups and individual portraits,    construction of works, buildings and sheds, cranes and equipment, ships and views of the Clyde (including aerial views)
  • Department of Architecture and Civic Design
  • Assessors Department
  • Department of Planning
  • Ralston Collection - a firm of marine photographers who were commissioned by the Clyde-based shipbuilding firms 
  • Upper Clyde Shipbuilders and predecessors - photographs of over 600 ships built on the Clyde, many during construction
  • Parker Smiths of Jordanhill - includes a series of photographs, travel albums, family albums, glass negs, portraiture, cartes des visites, daguerro and ambro types dating from c1850-1920
  • Negatives of the firm ‘Vista of Glasgow’, 1954-1981

Many of our photographs are available on our Virtual Mitchell website as well as The Glasgow Story website.

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