Drawings of the University of Glasgow Archives & Special Collections space DC1/3.

Drawings of the University of Glasgow Archives & Special Collections space DC1/3.

The Artist Archivist Catalogue

Administrative history

Initially launched October 2015 as an archives collage project, this quickly evolved into what is now known as 'Artist Archivist'. There are two active elements to the Artist Archivist practice. The first being 'The Artist' who is concerned with the creation of art records (whether creative or bureaucratic) that is shaped by the archives profession, or the records held within archives. The archivist deals with collection management including cataloguing, appraisal and managing enquiry services. Both the 'Artist' and 'Archivist' is a single practising individual who is fully qualified in both professions. Thus Artist Archivist is the brand name of this individual.  

The catalogue was completed for an exhibit at the Archives & Records Association conference, August 2018. This is probably the most challenging piece of art I have ever created. Major issues occurred structuring the catalogue, deciding the language used to describe records, deciding the extent of cataloguing.

The photo below shows a series of collage records. These are individual pieces and catalogued as production records. Ideally I would assign each piece a unique identifier (number), record the date, describe the image, materials used to construct each image. Each catalogue entry is based on ISAD(g) standards, and has an artists note explaining any significant creative thoughts behind records history or function. Every art record remains active. Each series of art records produced from the archive for studio work or exhibition results in the art record gaining more evidential & historical value. This has proven an extremely difficult challenge as this results in layers of description required for purposes of construction, physical description, subsequent use. Compared to normal bureaucratic archive processes, this is a significant difference. Records tend to have a level of fixity, where the information is set, function performed and retained in an archive for longevity.

Additionally, there are copyright concerns here as well. The creative action is exempt from copyright law, this only applies if the creative act has not infringed the copyright of other artists / institutions work. Significant portions of the collages can in theory be identified to it’s original owner. For example, using a Royal Mail postage stamp in a collage or painting. If a significant proportion of the composition is visually identifiable as the stamp, the artwork is infringing on the Royal Mail copyright.

 Cataloguing the collage subject files DC1/5.

Cataloguing the collage subject files DC1/5.

Scope and content

Biographical papers 2008-c2018

Archive subject files 2008-2018

Archive drawings 2015-present

Sport subject files 2011-present

Collage subject files 2015-present

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically and/or alphabetically within record series

Accruals

Potentially future historic drawings will be acquired. Accruals ongoing as Artist Archivist practice evolves with art record creation, historic art records are exhibited.

 UK General Election DC1/1/1/6

UK General Election DC1/1/1/6

 Student scenes DC1/1/1/4

Student scenes DC1/1/1/4

Biographical papers 

Archive reference: DC1/1

Date: 2008-c2018

Administrative / Biographical History

The biographical papers hold visual records that helped shaped the Artist Archivist before the 2015 launch. The art records include observational sketches from pubs, lectures and the UK general election. Each art record is a memory from a visual diary. They evidence the development of Artist's developing techniques, changing use of materials, and the start of archival theory influencing the work. 

Scope and content

    Observational sketches (diary) DC1/1/1

        Dorset pub sketches DC1/1/1/1
        Sketches from Baltimore, Maryland, USA DC1/1/1/2
        Sketches DC1/1/1/3
        Student scenes DC1/1/1/4
        Job interview DC1/1/1/5
        UK General Election DC1/1/1/6
        University of Glasgow sketches DC1/1/1/7

    Observational sketches (technique) DC1/1/2

        London music file DC1/1/2/1

    Creative collaborations DC1/1/3

        Spain DC1/1/3/1 

 Dr Burke & elephant, part of James Finlay Co Ltd subject file DC1/2/2/3/4

Dr Burke & elephant, part of James Finlay Co Ltd subject file DC1/2/2/3/4

 Anchor Line DC1/2/7

Anchor Line DC1/2/7

Archive subject files

Archive reference: DC1/2

Date: 2008-2018

Administrative / biographical history

With exception to the London Underground files, subject files contain art records created in response to collections catalogued by Artist Archivist, at the University of Glasgow Archive & Special Collections. Each subject file is broken into record genres research, production and finished compositions. Research records concern sketches, notes, printed materials. Production records include single art records used to create large collage installations. Finished compositions include art records created for exhibitions.

Scope and content

London Underground DC1/2/1

James Finlay Co Ltd DC1/2/2

Caterpillar DC1/2/3

Adrian Howells DC1/2/4

Blackie & Son Ltd DC1/2/5

Scottish & Newcastle Breweries Limited DC1/2/6

Anchor Line DC1/2/7

Liverpool & Glasgow Salvage Operation DC1/2/8

 Drawings of the University of Glasgow Archives & Special Collections space DC1/3.

Drawings of the University of Glasgow Archives & Special Collections space DC1/3.

Archive drawing

Archive reference: DC1/3

Administrative history

Visits to, drawings made about, collages concerning experiences within the archive space.

Scope and content

Research file DC1/3/1

Production records / sketches DC1/3/2

        Finished compositions DC1/3/3

        Digital content DC1/3/4

Sport subject files

Archive reference: DC1/4

Date: 2011-2018

Administrative history

Sport themed illustrations, collages and paintings that are weighted towards football and baseball compositions. Files consist of observational sketches from football games and venues, collage compositions using annual baseball & football publications from c1970s-c1980s. Several large scale paper collages inspired by the BBC radio broadcast World Football Phone In.

Scope and content

Football DC1/4/1

Baseball DC1/4/2

 Part of the collage subject file DC1/5

Part of the collage subject file DC1/5

Collage subject files

Date: 2015-present

Administrative history

The collages held within these subject files have not been constructed for any particular purpose. The pieces have been created in the art studio for experimental purposes. Frequently different pieces are used for exhibitions, or supporting pieces in larger scale collages. The collages are deliberately not attached to a particular composition, but instead operate to support the Artist Archivist thought process. Some compositions have been classified as ‘finished compositions’ as the item is unlikely to undergo any changes, however they may still be used to create larger scale collages.

Scope and content

                        Production records / sketches DC1/5/2

                        Finished compositions DC1/5/3