Collection MS 339 - The Attic Archive Collection / Marshall Anderson Journals / Peter Haining

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MS 339


The Attic Archive Collection / Marshall Anderson Journals / Peter Haining


  • 1970-2018 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

4 shelves

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Name of creator


Biographical history

Pete Horobin began the Attic Archive Project, one of many projects, after graduating from Duncan of Jourdanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee with a diploma in drawing and painting in 1975.
The project dates from 1980-2005 and documents distinct decades of the artist's life under the names of Pete Horobin, Marshall Anderson, Peter Haining, Aitch and Haining.
The first of these projects, the DATA (Daily Action Time Archive) 01.01.1980-13.12.1989, was undertaken during the 1980s and reflected Horobin's involvement in the international movements of mail art and neoism.
The second project, the Marshall Anderson Journals, was completed between 1990-1999 and reflected Anderson's artistic style as a mixed media artist and freelance art journalist.
The third project, completed 2000-2005, was entitled Haining's Irish Bike tour in Eire and Round N Ireland (Arts) (HIBERNIA) and reflected Haining's interest in autodidactic art practice across Ireland. This collection comprises records relating to Haining's DATA project and Marshall Anderson Journals project as well as various materials relating to his research into artists' unemployment across Scotland and the work he undertook for his Accsssiblity of the Art project.
Haining moved from Dundee to Kirkaldy in 2012, then to Selkirk and in 2020 is known as Aitch, operating as Ae Phor.

Archival history

The material was kept in Mr Haining's home in Dundee as part of his Attic Archive Project. Originally intended to be transferred to one Archive repository in its entirety, space restrictions meant the collection had to be split and transferred to various cultural institutions in Scotland, Ireland and Hungary. Dundee University Archive and Museum Services were gifted material relating to the DATA part of the project.

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Scope and content

Research notes, Journals, drawings, correspondence and art projects relating to the Attic Archive Project.


Not expected

System of arrangement

Usually chronological within series.

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Conditions governing access

Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act (2018), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, 2018) and any other relevant legislation or restrictions. Clinical information is closed for 100 years.

Conditions governing reproduction

Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges may be made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply; please check with the Duty Archivist.

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Paper, analogue and digital media.

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Existence and location of originals

The records are original.

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The Attic itself was sold in 2012. Its many varied parts are now relocated in numerous museums and collections as follows - The Museum of Childhood, Edinburgh The Museum of Communications, Burntisland, Fife Kirkcaldy Museum & Art Gallery, Fife McManus Museum & Art Gallery, Dundee Central Library, Dundee Dundee University Archives Artpool, Budapest The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh The National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh The National Irish Visual Art Library, Dublin (information from Edinburgh College of Art blog

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MS 339

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Description compiled in line with the following standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description; International Council on Archives, ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families; National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997



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  • English



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