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Papers of Alexander Strang, architect, Stirling, Scotland

551 81

Description Papers of Alexander Strang, architect, Stirling, Scotland

Date 1935 to 1970

Collection Papers of Alexander Strang, architect, Stirling, Scotland

Catalogue Number 551 81

Category All Other

Scope and Content 1) A collection of student drawings by Alexander Strang during his training at Glasgow School of Architecture, 1935-8, including: studies of the orders, projects, and designs for a National Theatre prepared for the Rowand Anderson Studentship; and presentation panels depicting historic architecture. Notebook with notes on Building Construction Lectures at Glasgow School of Architecture, 1936-7. 2) A collection of printed matter, books, journals, extracts from publications, advice notes, source books from the personal collection of Alexander Strang, mostly dating 1940s to 1970s. Also a volume of his lectures. 2) has been documented in more detail in the following handlist: Alexander Strang MS5896 Box 1 Five student notebooks, a folder of student papers and an unused sketch block : 1 History of Architecture, Glasgow School of Architecture 1935-6, ink text and sketches, 233 x 180 mm brown paper cover. 2 Structural Mechanics, ink text and diagrams (labelled Stirling High School) 1936-7, 255 x 202 mm. 3 Geology Class, Royal Technical College Glasgow 1936-7, ink text & diagrams 215 x 140. 4 Construction V, lectures 1-18, ink and pencil text & diagrams 254 x 205 mm. 5 Building Geometry 1941-2, hold-all containing prints 215 x 345 mm. Construction notes, both typed and hand written 1939-40, in paper folder. Solid sketch block 187 x 273 mm. Sale catalogue Oakhill Place Streatham not dated but with ex libris of Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, Sir Rowand Anderson Bequest Library. Box 2 SO hardback taped folder containing architecture magazine articles late 1930s/1940s including only two on Scottish subjects : Ardrossan, St Peter in Chains, illustrations from The Builder 1938. Cupar, Fife, proposed new County Buildings competition three finalists, The Architect and Building News 1947. Architecture magazine cuttings late 1930s/1940s mostly about public buildings and institutions, the Scottish subjects being : Empire exhibition Glasgow 1938 : The Builder; Architecture Illustrated; The AJ; Design & Construction; souvenir album. Rome scholarship A B Wylie, The Builder 1938 Waverley Market Hall, Edinburgh, competition winner, The Builder 1939. St Andrew’s House, Calton Hill, Edinburgh, The Builder 1939 Finnieston, proposed bridge, The Architect & Building News 1943. Dundee central redevelopment, Design & Construction 1938. (Handlist compiled by C McWilliam, June 2009)

Archive History Presented to RCAHMS by Charles Strang in 1986: student drawings and notebook, accessioned as Acc No 1990/31 and in 2013: printed matter and a volume of his lectures, accessioned as Acc No 2013/85.

System of Arrangement The collection has not yet been fully catalogued.

Access Conditions Open, but note that this collection has not yet been fully catalogued and that access may be subject to conservation requirements. Please contact the archive to confirm access in advance of a visit.

Administrative History Alexander Strang (1916-1984), architect. Educated at Falkirk High School, Strang was articled to Wilson and Tait in Grangemouth in 1934, and studied part time at Glasgow School of Architecture. Transferring to Thomas Harold Hughes in Glasgow, he completed his studies at the GSA in 1940, and was admitted as ARIBA that year. After war service in the Royal Engineers, in 1946 Strang became Chief Housing Architect with Stirling County Council. In 1957 he set up in private practice as Alexander Strang and Partners (later Alex Strang and Associates), in Stirling. For full details see:

Accruals No further accruals are expected.


Collection Hierarchy - Collection Level

Collection Level (551 81) Papers of Alexander Strang, architect, Stirling, Scotland

Preview Category Catalogue Number Title Date Level
All Other 551 81/1 Photograph Albums. Group Level
All Other 551 81/2 Loose photographs. Group Level

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