Exploring the William Graham Collection at the Mitchell Library


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William Graham, born in 1845, lived most of his life in the Springburn area of Glasgow. He was employed as a printer with Bell and Bain, going on to work for the North British Railway Company as an engine driver and locomotive fireman.

His life-long hobby was photography so in 1893, when he was suspended following a railway strike, he left his job as an engine driver and took up the full-time profession of photographer which he continued until his death in 1914. He was also a Freemason; a member of Lodge Athole, No. 413.

He was known for his topographical knowledge of Glasgow and was an original member of the Old Glasgow Club.

A collection of his photographs and negatives was acquired in 1916 and is housed in the Mitchell Library, Glasgow.

Clare Thompson, Librarian at The Mitchell Library, will share information about his life and career, and some rare images from the collection.