Winnipeg School of Art

An Inventory of Its records at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Andrea Martin
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
331 Elizabeth Dafoe Library
(January 2012)

Finding aid encoded by Andrea Martin (December 2011)
Finding aid written in English.



Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
331 Elizabeth Dafoe Library

Creator:
Winnipeg School of Art

Title:
Winnipeg School of Art

Dates:
1917-1989

Quantity:
0.5 m textual records; 78 photographs and other material

Identification:
Mss 291, Pc 242 (A.09-16)

English

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Administrative History of the Winipeg School of Art

The Winnipeg School of Art, now simply the School of Art at the University of Manitoba, was established in 1913 through the efforts of the Winnipeg Industrial Bureau. The business men behind the Bureau established the Winnipeg Art Gallery in 1912 based on the belief that such a gallery would be a symbol of progress and cultural development. A similar mindset sustained the Bureau’s decision to support a School of Art the following year. The school is Western Canada’s oldest art institute and it was hoped that the school would play a role in shaping the civilization of Western Canada. The school played a major role in training Western Canadian artists throughout the twentieth century.

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The early years of the school included courses on landscape sketching, life sketching, composition, artistic anatomy, animal drawing, painting, sculpture, modeling, and design. By 1915 classes for children were incorporated into the school’s curriculum. Evening and Saturday courses were offered for working commercial artists in the community. Saturday classes were offered for free to public school teachers. Early publicity for the school marketed the applied benefits of art instruction; art was viewed as a technical skill. The curriculum expanded in the aftermath of the First World War as the number of students increased.

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The School of Art faced a number of financial difficulties during the mid-1920s and early 1930s. The school remained open despite such challenges, primarily by pay cuts taken by the faculty and administration. After the Second World War, interest in art education in the province increased making incorporation with the University of Manitoba possible. The School of Art was incorporated into the University of Manitoba in 1950.

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Today the curriculum at the School of Art includes both a traditional focus on developing fine art techniques, and knowledge of art history. Undergraduate degrees are offered in Fine Arts, and students have the option of specializing in the study of Art History. Since 2010 the school has also offered a graduate program in Fine Arts.

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Scope and Contents of the Records

The collection consists of School of Art Prospectuses, administration files, exhibition records, research materials, and photographs.

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Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on access.

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Restrictions on Use

Therre are no restrictions on use.

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Related Materials

The FitzGerald Family fonds: Mss Sc 88 (A.83-09, A.83-10), and The Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald fonds: (A.09-16 MSS 287 PC 241 TC 139)

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Custodial History

This collection was donated to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by the School of Art in 2009.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Administration Files [ 1927-1989 ]
BoxFolder
11 Helen Coy’s Address Book 1976-1980
2 Other Canadian Galleries – Addresses and Emails, etc. 1998
3 Brigden [sub-committee meeting] transcript 1938
4 Newspaper Clippings – Winnipeg School of Art 1927
5 Robert Bruce Biographies 1971
6 Newspaper Clippings – Robert Bruce 1963-1983
7 Exhibition Catalogues – Robert Bruce 1948-1949
8 Letter from A.J. Musgrove to J.F. Eyden 1945
9 Interkinetica and Dale Amundson – correspondence 1986
10 Inventory of Materials sent by Beth and Jessie Ballantyne 1983
11 Inventory of Items Donated by V. Lara Russell 1983
12 Arnold Saper Exhibition Guestbook 1983
13 Correspondence – Cultural Property Export and Import Act 1980
14 Publications – School of Art
15 Lecture – David Arnason 1977
16 Lectures – Ann Davies 1977
17 Lecture – Birk Sproxton 1977
18 Lecture – Gissur Eliasson’s Address for L.L. FitzGerald Lecture Series 1977
19 Manitoba Artists’ Photos [Cook-Endres & Tascona] 1962-1979
20 Correspondence – Lismer, Arthur 1960
21 Collected Articles 1983-1989

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Winnipeg School of Art – Prospectuses 1917-1984
BoxFolder
21 Photocopies of Winnipeg School of Art Prospectuses 1917-1949
2 Winnipeg School of Art Prospectuses 1926-1936
3 Winnipeg School of Art Prospectuses 1937-1954
4 Winnipeg School of Art Prospectuses 1954-1962
5 Winnipeg School of Art Prospectuses – Summer School 1956-1957
6 Winnipeg School of Art Course Announcements and Exhibitions 1951-1984
7 Winnipeg School of Art Prospectuses

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Winnipeg School of Art Prospectus Drafts and School of Art Exhibition 1950-1984
BoxFolder
31 Prospectus Drafts 1950-1951
2 Prospectus Drafts 1951-1952
3 Prospectus Drafts 1952-1953
4 Prospectus Drafts 1953-1954
5 Prospectus Drafts 1954-1955
6 Prospectus Drafts 1956-1957
7 Prospectus Drafts 1957-1958
8 Prospectus Drafts 1958-1959
9 University of Manitoba School of Art Exhibition – estimate Budget 1983-1984
10 University of Manitoba School of Art Exhibition – Correspondence Copies 1982-1984
11 University of Manitoba School of Art Exhibition – Correspondence re: Loan Requisitions [folder 1 of 2] 1984
12 University of Manitoba School of Art Exhibition – Correspondence re: Loan Requisitions [folder 2 of 2] 1984
13 University of Manitoba School of Art Exhibition – Copyright Requirements 1983-1984
14 University of Manitoba School of Art Exhibition – Correspondence and Notes from Marilyn Baker [folder 1 of 2] 1984
15 University of Manitoba School of Art Exhibition – Correspondence and Notes from Marilyn Baker [folder 2 of 2] 1984
16 University of Manitoba School of Art Exhibition – Expenditures 1983-1984
17 University of Manitoba School of Art Exhibition – Insurance 1984
18 University of Manitoba School of Art Exhibition – Invitation List – General 1984

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Winnipeg School of Art Exhibition and Research Material 1980-1984
BoxFolder
41 University of Manitoba School of Art Exhibition – Loan Requisitions [folder 1 of 2] 1984
2 University of Manitoba School of Art Exhibition – Loan Requisitions [folder 2 of 2] 1984
3 University of Manitoba School of Art Exhibition – Manitoba Arts Council Proposal Presentation 1983
4 University of Manitoba School of Art Exhibition – Miscellaneous [correspondence, notes, articles] 1984
5 University of Manitoba School of Art Exhibition – Old Business [Photos for Catalogue? Or Book?] 1982-1984
6 University of Manitoba School of Art Exhibition – Printers [re: Baker Manuscript] 1983-1984
7 Draft Biographies of Winnipeg Artists 1982-1984
8 Photocopy of “The Early Years – Winnipeg School of Art 1913-1934” 1984
9 Rough Notes and Draft of Marilyn Baker’s “The Early Years – Winnipeg School of Art 1913-1934” [folder 1 of 2] 1980-1984
10 Rough Notes and Draft of Marilyn Baker’s “The Early Years – Winnipeg School of Art 1913-1984” [folder 2 of 2] 1980-1984

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Winnipeg School of Art – Research Material and Photographs 1917-1986
BoxFolder
51 Photocopies of Photographs 1980-1984
2 Western Home Monthly Illustrations and Articles 1928-1931 - photocopies 1983-1984
3 Research re: Early Manitoba Personalities 1982-1984
4 Nan Rice Research, Winnipeg Sketch Club 1970
5 Interviews with early Winnipeg School of Art Students 1983
6 Technical School Research/Bonnie’s Paper 1982-1984
7 Jill Wade Biographical Notes - photocopies 1982-1984
8 Baker, Marilyn – Correspondence [folder 1 of 2] 1982-1983
9 Baker, Marilyn – Correspondence [folder 2 of 2] 1982-1983
10 Photos from the Winnipeg Art Gallery - 4 photographs 1986
11 Photos of Art taken by Gordon Aikman - 24 photographs 195?
12 Photos of Art taken by Gordon Aikman - 18 photographs 1959
13 Photos of Art - 6 photographs, 9 negative
14 Canadian Art Paintings #5501 – 14 photographs
15 Artwork – Robert Bruce
16 Slides of Bruce’s Paintings (1961-1978) – 43 slides
17 Portraits of Robert Bruce – 2 photographs
18 Christmas Cards Sent to Laura Borgford from Winnipeg School of Art Artists (1927-1936)
19 C.K. Gebhardt – 2 photographs 1926-1945
20 Small Paintings – Various Artists of the Winnipeg Art School 1917-1929

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