The University Archives and Special Collections Centre's collections focus on film production, graphic design and printing history.
Students and staff who are interested in using the material held at the Centre, should contact us and view the Visiting Centre page.
The Centre's online catalogue is available to view before visiting.
- Edward Bawden Collection
- C and A Collection
- Comic Book Collection
- Joy Cuff Archive
- Thorold Dickinson Collection
- Tom Eckersley Collection
- Clive Exton Archive
- Robert Fenton Archive
- Hubert Foss Archive
- Her Noise Archive
- Phillip Knightley Archive
- Stanley Kubrick Archive
- London College of Communication Collection
- Charles Pickering Collection
- John Schlesinger Archive
- Tell Us About It Archive
- Usborne Collection
- John Westwood Collection
Bawden (1903-1989) was a British painter, illustrator and graphic artist, famous for his prints, book covers and posters. The collection contains examples of his design work for commercial companies such as Fortnum and Mason and Transport for London. The collection can be browsed via the Centre's Edward Bawden catalogue
The Archive contains materials relating to C and A marketing activities such as slides, photographs of store fronts and fashion displays, and volumes about the history of the company in the UK. The Archive catalogue can be viewed online. Some material from the Archive is held at London College of Fashion.
The collection includes a wide range of comics from the second half of the 20th century covering mainstream and underground titles from the UK and USA, as well as specialist and international publications. Graphic novel and comic book ephemera also feature, such as posters and free gifts. A collection description can be found on the online catalogue.
Joy Cuff trained in design, specialising in painting, and worked as a sculptor for AP Films in 1964, modelling puppet heads for characters in episodes of Thunderbirds. Between 1966 and 1967 she worked on 2001: A Space Odyssey as Special Effects Department Assistant creating table-top moonscape models. She later worked on films including The Vengeance of She, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen and Erik the Viking. The archive includes notebooks, sketchbooks, photographs and props relating to Joy’s work. The catalogue can be viewed online.
Thorold Dickinson (1903-1984) started his career as a film editor and made fiction films before working as a film director for the Ministry of Information during the Second World War and the United Nations from 1956-60. He joined the Slade School of Fine Art in 1960 as Head of Film Studies in the newly formed Film Department. The Collection includes material relating to these roles. The catalogue is available online and related material exists at the British Film Institute.
Tom Eckersley (1914-1997) was a poster artist and design teacher who established the first graphic design course in Britain at the London College of Printing (now London College of Communication). The Collection, formed by Eckersley, includes printed posters representing his commissions for major companies, magazine covers, and original artwork. The collection catalogue can be viewed online. Posters from the Collection have been digitised and are available on the VADS website. The Archives Hub also hosts an online exhibition of the Tom Eckersley Collection.
Clive Exton (1930-2007) was a screenwriter for ABC Television's Armchair Theatre series in the 1960s and in later years wrote for television productions of Jeeves and Wooster (1990-1993) and Poirot (1965-1985). The Archive contains draft screenplays as well as press cuttings and press packs. For more information see the online catalogue.
Robert Fenton (1891-1989) worked at the London College of Printing (now London College of Communication) from 1920-1961. Prior to this he was a successful commercial printer working for organisations such as the National Institute for the Blind as Deputy Head of Letterpress, 1918-1920. Included in the Archive are examples of his work, typesetting sheets, composing tools and working notebooks. The Archive catalogue can be browsed online.
Hubert Foss (1899-1953) was a printer and musician. He worked as Musical Editor (1923-1941) for Oxford University Press and was a founding member of the Double Crown Club where printers met and exchanged ideas. His Archive contains material relating to the printing of music, personal letters and booklets, and menus of the Double Crown Club. The Archive catalogue is available to view online.
The Her Noise exhibition was held at the South London Gallery in 2005 with additional events across other London venues including Tate Modern. It investigated music histories in relation to gender, bringing together a wide network of women sound artists. The Exhibition's curators conducted dozens of interviews with artists and compiled sound recordings and printed materials which grew to form the Her Noise Archive. The Archive includes over 60 videos, 300 audio recordings, 40 books and catalogues and 250 fanzines as well as administrative records. A catalogue of the archive is available onsite.
Phillip Knightley is a journalist, reporter and previously a special correspondent for The Sunday Times (1965-85). Included in the Archive is correspondence underpinning his books First Casualty, The Vestey Affair and his memoir A Hack's Progress. For more information on the Archive's contents see the online catalogue.
The Archive of renowned director Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999) includes material from all stages of the film-making process. Material from the development and pre-production stages of unfinished projects and material relating to the two 'making-of' documentaries produced by Vivian Kubrick, are also part of the Archive. More information about the Archive's contents is available in the online catalogue and a taster of the Archive, in the form of an online exhibition, can be viewed on the Archives Hub website.
The Collection contains material relating to the College's activities and those of its predecessor bodies. It features prospectuses, student work, yearbooks, photographs and some administrative records as well as material relating to printing education and apprenticeships set up by the College, its predecessor bodies and external organisations. Ephemera representing printing techniques and design trends is also present for example, illustration plates, 19th century Christmas cards and posters.
Charles Pickering was an Inspector of Education [HMI]. The collection contains material collected by Pickering covering the history of printing, typography and the book trade from the 16th to 20th centuries. It includes early bindings, a collection of posters and memorabilia of the Double Crown Club. There is also material relating to Pickering's work.
John Schlesinger (1926-2003) was an English film and stage director and actor. His Archive contains storyboards, contact sheets and photographs, posters, press cuttings and equipment, as well as his personal library. The catalogue of the Archive is available to browse online. Archive material relating to Schlesinger is also held at the British Film Institute Archive.
A joint collaboration between Creative Learning in Practice and the Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the University of the Arts London Diversity Team, the Tell Us About It project explored the positive learning experiences of students with diverse backgrounds. The aim was to extend the range of institutional strategies to support students effectively in their learning and progression.
Between 2007-2012 around fifteen students from across the University were involved in the project creating written pieces, photo books, sketchbooks, mind maps, artefacts and DVDs which now form the Tell Us About It Archive.
David Usborne's collection of over 2000 objects and tools has been amassed over a period of 30 years. It offers a unique perspective on human ingenuity while also illustrating the 'natural' aesthetics of utilitarian objects. Many of the objects relate to obsolete crafts and can provide an ongoing source of inspiration to students of fine art and design. This collection has potential value for many UAL courses, particularly product and industrial design.
Further information about these objects can be found on his website.
The collection contains items, mostly related to printing techniques, typography and design collected by Westwood, a former Head of Design at Her Majesty's Stationery Office. The items Westwood collected include programmes, invitations and menus as well as posters for European travel, Transport for London, the Post Office and the Ministry of Information.