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William O'Neal Photograph Collection (SC-17)

Identifier: SC-17


The collection is comprised of photographs of architectural works designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh in Glasgow, Scotland. The photographs were taken by architectural historian William Bainter O'Neal in 1949 and feature the Glasgow School of Art, Hill House, Willow Tea Rooms, and Queen's Cross Church. The envelope that housed the images features diagrams and notes about the Glasgow School or Art presumably written by O'Neal.


  • 1949

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The collection is subject to all copyright laws. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright, beyond that allowed by fair use, requires the researcher to obtain permission of copyright holders.

Biographical Note

Willam Bainter O’Neal was a renowned architectural historian and author. He was the consulting curator for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts' 1992 exhibition "The Making of Virginia Architecture" and wrote the corresponding catalog, "Architecture in Virginia: An Official Guide to Four Centuries of Building in the Old Dominion". He was also a prominent collector of drawings, and authored several books, including "The Work of William Lawrence Bottomley In Richmond" and "Jefferson's Fine Arts Library".


0.25 Linear Feet (1 box; 4 folders)

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The collection is organized into one series.

Series 1
Photographs, 1949

Custodial History

The collection was transferred from the Collections Department.

Related Materials - University of Virginia Special Collections

  • Papers of William B. O'Neal, circa 1930-1988 (MSS 12787-a)

Processing Information

The photographs were removed from the original envelope, and the envelope was preserved as it features diagrams and notes, presumably written by O'Neal. Photographs were sorted into folders by subject.

Finding Aids to Special Collections in the VMFA Archives | William O'Neal Photograph Collection
Special Collection 17 (SC-17)
Kevin Williams, Archives Intern; Finding aid encoded by Sylvio Lynch III, Archives Intern (2020)
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Repository Details

Part of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Archives Repository

Margaret R. and Robert M. Freeman Library
200 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard
Richmond VA 23220-4007 United States