Sheila Butler

An Inventory of her papers at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Sara Min
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
331 Dafoe Library Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2
(August 2016)

Finding aid encoded by Sara Min (August 2016)
Finding aid written in English.



Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
331 Dafoe Library Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2

Creator:
Sheila Butler

Title:
Sheila Butler fonds

Dates:
1971- 2012

Quantity:
Series includes 0.46m of textual records -- 2 books -- 2 cassettes -- 73 images -- 34 photographs -- 1 magazine.

English

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Biography of Sheila Butler

Sheila Butler was born on 1938 in Leesport, Pennsylvania. She is a visual artist and was also a professor at the University of Manitoba, the University of Winnipeg, and the University of Western Ontario. As a visual artist, Sheila’s work focuses on the human condition. Her works have been exhibited in art galleries and universities, both nationally and globally. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Sheila, along with her husband Jack Butler served as special projects officers in the Northwest Territories where they engaged and supported Inuit artists. They were instrumental in helping create the Sanavik Co-operative in Baker Lake, Nunavut. The Sanavik Co-operative was created to allow local artists to make art, mostly prints, and sell the art in Southern Canada.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The fonds consists of 12 series: Wrings (General), Publications (Articles), Expenses (Personal and A+CC), Art Exhibitions and Gallery Correspondence, Art Gallery Pamphlets, Inuit Art, Baker Lake Soapstone, Baker Lake Inuit Art, Grant Applications, Art and Cold Cash Website, Photographs and Images, and Audio Recordings.

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The Sheila Butler fonds contains archival materials documenting the process and the presentation of the Art and Cold Cash (A+CC) exhibit. A+CC was created in Baker Lake, Nunavut by three senior Canadian artists, Sheila Butler, Jack Butler, and Patrick Mahon, and included Inuit writer Ruby Arngna’naaq, and artist William Noah. A+CC was designed as an event to display art that is concurrent with the capitalist market. By combining art from the Southern and Northern parts of Canada, the project combined contemporary art, Inuit culture/art, and discourses surrounding money. A+CC was showcased in art galleries across Canada, Arctic settlements, the University of Edinburgh, and the Toronto Pearson International Airport in order to reach out to viewers who might not normally visit art galleries.

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The archival materials on the Baker Lake consists of documents produced by David Orlikow, M.P. from Winnipeg North, who presented to the House of Commons his overview of an early dispute over the availability of soapstone in the Baker Lake area.

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged into twelve series:

  • 1. Writings (General)
  • 2. Publications (Articles)
  • 3. Expenses (Personal and A+CC)
  • 4. Art Exhibitions and Gallery Correspondence
  • 5. Art Gallery Pamphlets
  • 6. Inuit Art
  • 7. Baker Lake Soapstone
  • 8. Baker Lake Inuit Art
  • 9. Grant Applications
  • 10. Art and Cold Cash Website
  • 11. Photographs and Images
  • 12. Audio Recordings

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Restrictions on Access

No restrictions on access.

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Restrictions on Use

No restrictions on use.

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Custodial History

fonds received from Sheila Butler.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Writings (General)
BoxFolder
11 Money Stories, Comparative Vocabulary Texts, and Syllabic Texts
2 Personal Notes

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Publications (Articles)
BoxFolder
13 FUSE Article 2004 - 2005
4 FUSE Rewrite 2012

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Expenses (Personal and A+CC)
BoxFolder
15 Production of Work/ Monthly Reports and Jobs List 2004 - 2005

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Art Exhibitions and Gallery Correspondence
BoxFolder
16 Dunlop 2004-2013
7 Edinburgh 2006
8 MacLaren Art Centre 2007
BoxFolder
21 MOCCA 2005-2007
2 New Promo Pack 2000, 2006-2007
3 Ottawa Art Gallery/ Recycled Art Exhibition 2004, 2005
4 Promotion of A+CC 2006-2007
5 Toronto Airport 2005-2007
6 Vancouver 2001, 2003-2005

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Art Gallery Pamphlets
BoxFolder
27 Art Gallery Pamphlets

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Inuit Art
BoxFolder
28 Inuit 1994, 1998, 2000-2004
BoxFolder
31 Support Material 2003-2004

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Baker Lake Soapstone
BoxFolder
32 Baker Lake/ Soapstone 1971-1974, 1999

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Baker Lake Inuit Art
BoxFolder
33 First Baker Lake Residency 2004

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Grant Applications
BoxFolder
34 Ruby Film Proposal 1997
5 SSHRC 2000-2003
6 Traveling Grants – W. Noah 2004-2005

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Art and Cold Cash Website
BoxFolder
41 Website 2002, 2005
2 Art Work Details 2006
3 Edinburg, Vivian’s Family, Barter, Baker Lake 1960s-1970s, 1999, 2003, 2006

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Audio Recordings
BoxFolder
44 Conversation

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