In 1991, Dr Harold Watt (1921-2003) presented to Aberdeen University a substantial proportion of his collection of books on typographical design, illustration and printing practices.

Dr Watt graduated in classics from Aberdeen University in 1942. After service in the RAF, he studied at the London School of Printing, 1946-47, and became joint managing director of Aberdeen University Press Ltd in 1948 – a post previously occupied by his father, Theodore. In 1958, Dr Watt became (sole) Managing Director.

In 1986 Dr Watt arranged for the business records of AUP to be transferred to the University, now MS 3233.

Dr Watt served as President of the Society of Master Printers of Scotland and held office in similar professional organisations. He always retained a close interest in, and love for Aberdeen University, and joined the General Council’s Business Committee in 1968 and the Court two years later.

Almanack 1929: with Twelve Designs Engraved on Wood by Eric Ravilious (London, 1929)
Eric Ravilious (1903-1942) studied at the Royal College of Art, 1922-25, and subsequently taught there. A talented watercolour painter (appointed an official war artist in 1940) lithographer and wood engraver, he did much work for the private press movement in Britain. You can see more of the work of Eric Ravilious online at The Imperial War Museum's Collections here.

'August' from Almanack 1929: with Twelve Designs Engraved on Wood by Eric Ravilious (London, 1929) 'October' from Almanack 1929: with Twelve Designs Engraved on Wood by Eric Ravilious (London, 1929) 'November' from Almanack 1929: with Twelve Designs Engraved on Wood by Eric Ravilious (London, 1929)