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Art Gallery of Nova ScotiaHollis at Cheapside
P.O. Box 2262
Halifax, Nova Scotia
- (902) 424-7542
- (902) 424-7359
Since the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia has assembled a collection of over 1,500 vertical files. The material focuses on Canadian art, with a special emphasis on Nova Scotia, the Atlantic region, and folk art. The collection is accessible on the institution's database.
Art Gallery of Ontario - Edward P. Taylor Research Library and Archives317 Dundas Street West
- (416) 979-6642
- (416) 979-6602
In the Art Gallery of Ontario began sending questionnaires to Canadian artists and to artists active in Canada. These questionnaires formed the nucleus of the Canadian Artists Documentation Files, which today consist of over 12,000 files. They contain information on early-twentieth-century Canadian artists and contemporary artists, with a special focus on Toronto and Ontario. The files also contain resumés, exhibition announcements and invitations, newspaper clippings, exhibition catalogues, and other documentation provided by artists. The files are collected and managed as a permanent information resource, with older files microfilmed for preservation. An in-house card catalogue is available.
Artexte460 Sainte-Catherine West, suite 508
- (514) 874-0049
Artexte collects a wide range of documents on contemporary visual art, with an emphasis on artists from Québec as well as the rest of Canada active since . The Documentation Centre currently houses more than 4,000 files on Canadian artists. A typical file consists of a curriculum vitæ with biographical information, visual documentation, bibliographic references, artist's statements, press clippings and printed ephemera. Artist's monographs, solo exhibition catalogues and artist's books are also housed here. See our online databases for more information: http://www.artexte.ca.
Arts Branch – Alberta Culture and Community SpiritCollection Management Unit
10708 – 105th Avenue
- (780) 780-415-0250
- (780) 780-422-0398
Started in , the collection consists of approximately 4500 artist files containing materials such as artist statements and biographical information, exhibition announcements, newspaper and journal articles, press releases, posters, photographs and other printed ephemera. In addition, the collection includes approximately 300 files documenting the activities of museums, galleries and arts organizations. The files are focused on Alberta visual artists and organizations; however material from elsewhere in Canada is also included.
Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie)2275, Holt Street
- (514) 873-1100 ext 3823 / 1-800-363-9028 (in Québec)
- (514) 873-7168
The mandate of Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) is to acquire, preserve and promote heritage material from or related to Québec. This includes collections of prints, artists’ books and Fine Art book bindings. BAnQ maintains approximately 1,000 artists’ files on Québec artists related to these collections. These files may include a curriculum vitae, a biography, visual material, press clippings and other ephemeral material providing information on the career or artworks of the artists.
Calgary Public Library - Arts Department616 Macleod Trail S.E.
- (403) 260-2600
- (403) 262-5929
The Calgary Public Library has vertical files that focus exclusively on Alberta, with a special emphasis on artists from the Calgary area. As well as biography files, there are historical files on Arts organizations in Calgary and Alberta. Search the online catalogue to access the collection at: http://www.calgarylibrary.ca/.
Canadian Centre for Architecture - Library1920 Baile Street
- (514) 939-7000
- (514) 939-7020
Started in , the collection consists of approximately 750 files on Canadian architects and architectural firms, with a strong emphasis on Montréal. The files are catalogued in the RLIN database AMC file, and a list of the files is available at http://www3.cca.qc.ca/biblio/Horizon/HIP/doss_doc_eng.htm.
Edmonton Art Gallery - Library#2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
- (403) 422-6223
- (403) 426-3105
The Edmonton Art Gallery Library has a collection of over 10,000 vertical files on regional contemporary painting and sculpture, contemporary photography, and early painting, sculpture, and printmaking.
Hamilton Public Library - Local History and Archives Department55 York Blvd,
P.O. Box 2700
- (905) 546-3402
- (905) 546-3202
Initiated in the late , the Hamilton Public Library's collection consists of almost 1,300 vertical files on Canadian artists, with a special focus on local painters, sculptors, photographers, and artisans. An in-house index and an alphabetically arranged list of artists represented in the collection are available.
Questions regarding the local artist clipping files can be directed to the Local History and Archives Department .
Library and Archives Canada - Art and Photography Libraryc/o Private Specialized Media
395 Wellington Street
The collection of the Documentary Art Library includes over 3,000 files. Started in the mid- , it consists of biographical information, research material, newspaper clippings, and auction records. Its particular strength is historical Canadian art to , specifically caricaturists and early photographers.
London Public Library251 Dundas Street
- (519) 661-4600
- (519) 663-9013
The London Public Library's Canadian artists files include exhibition announcements, small exhibition catalogues, some mounted reproductions, and other ephemeral material. The collection, started in the , has a wide scope, encompassing early Canadian artists as well as contemporary local and regional artists. The files are indexed in an in-house database.
McMichael Canadian Art Collection - Library and Archives10365 Islington Avenue
- (905) 893-0344 ext.255
- (905) 893-2588
This collection of almost 3,000 vertical files documents twentieth-century Canadian artists, Inuit artists, and First Nations artists.
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts - LibraryP.O. Box 3000, Station H
- (514) 285-1600
- (514) 285-5655
The Library's collection began in the and currently includes over 16,000 documentation files, consisting of ephemeral material, posters, and small exhibition catalogues, as well as newspaper clippings up to .
Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal - Media Centre185 Sainte-Catherine Street West
- (514) 847-6906
- (514) 847-6916
The Media Centre has a collection of over 12,000 vertical files, consisting of newspaper clippings, invitations, posters, letters, and small exhibition catalogues. Contemporary art is represented in a wide variety of media, including applied arts, drawing, graphic arts, painting, performance art, photography, printing, sculpture, and video art. A list of the vertical files is available at http://www.macm.org/en/media-centre/.
National Gallery of Canada - Library and Archives / Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography380 Sussex Drive
- (613) 998-8949 / 1-800-319-2787
- (613) 990-9818
Since the , the staff of the National Gallery of Canada has been collecting documentation in a number of areas. Today the collection contains over 34,000 files on artists working in all media in the visual arts, encompassing artists born in Canada as well as those born elsewhere who have worked in Canada. The files include material such as newspaper clippings, exhibition notices, press releases, posters, articles from non-art periodicals, unindexed periodicals, documentation received from artists (including curricula vitae), and other printed ephemera. Information forms, usually completed by the artists themselves, may also be found in the files. These forms contain basic biographical information and a brief summary of the artist's education and professional activities. All Canadian artist files are listed in the on-line version of Artists in Canada at https://app.pch.gc.ca/application/aac-aic/recherche_base-search_basic.app?lang=en.
Thunder Bay Art Gallery - Resource CentreP.O. Box 10193
Thunder Bay, Ontario
- (807) 577-6427
- (807) 577-3781
This collection of over 1,000 documentation files was begun in and is devoted exclusively to First Nations artists in Canada. An in-house guide is available.
Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery840 First Avenue West
Owen Sound, Ontario
- (519) 376-1932
- (519) 376-3885
The Tom Thomson Memorial Art Gallery's collection of vertical files focuses on Tom Thomson and his contemporaries, including the Group of Seven, as well as some regional artists. The Gallery has been collecting material since .
Toronto Reference Library789 Yonge Street
- (416) 393-7131
- (416) 393-7147
- from the website: www.tpl.toronto.on.ca
The Toronto Reference Library started collecting material on Canadian artists in the . Today, researchers have access to nearly 10,000 files that document historical and contemporary Canadian art. The collection has a wide scope, encompassing artists working in the fine arts, crafts, design, and new media arts.
University of British Columbia - Music, Art and Architecture LibraryIrving K. Barber Learning Centre
1961 East Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia
- (604) 822-3943
The Music, Art and Architecture Library has been collecting files of newspaper clippings, press releases, pamphlets, bibliographies, and small exhibition catalogues on Canadian artists since . Its collection of vertical files contains information on contemporary artists, especially local painters, sculptors, and architects.
University of Calgary LibraryTaylor Family Digital Library
2500 University Drive N.W.
- (403) 220-8895
The collection of the University of Calgary Library includes over 4,500 vertical files on local and other Canadian artists, as well as on contemporary and lesser-known twentieth-century artists. The collection, started in , has a wide scope, encompassing artists working in all visual arts media. An in-house card catalogue is available.
University of Manitoba - Architecture and Fine Arts LibraryRoom 206, Russell Bldg.
University of Manitoba
- (204) 474-8447
- (204) 474-7539
The collection of the Architecture and Fine Arts Library includes over 200 vertical files on Manitoba artists, architects, and designers. The collection also documents anyone associated with the Manitoba art scene. A list of the vertical files is available at: http://umanitoba.ca/libraries/units/archfa/collection/vertical.html.
University of Prince Edward Island - Robertson Library550 University Avenue
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
- (902) 566-0536
- (902) 628-4305
The Robertson Library's collection of files on Canadian artists is part of the larger Prince Edward Island Collection established in . An in-house card catalogue through is available.
Vancouver Art Gallery - Library750 Hornby Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
- (604) 662-4709
- (604) 682-1086
The Vancouver Art Gallery Library has been documenting the local art scene since . The over 5,000 files in the collection contain ephemeral material as well as small exhibition catalogues, resumés, unpublished papers, letters, and photographs.
Vancouver Public Library - Fine Arts & History Department350 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
- (604) 331-3603
- (604) 331-3701
- e-mail form available on Web page at: http://www.vpl.ca/library/details/email_us
The Vancouver Public Library has a collection of approximately 4,000 vertical files on artists living or working in British Columbia. A selective in-house card catalogue is available. A list of the vertical files is available at http://www.vpl.ca/find/details/bc_artists_files.
Winnipeg Art Gallery - Clara Lander Library300 Memorial Boulevard
- (204) 786-6641 ext 237
- (204) 788-4998
Over the years the Clara Lander Library has gathered approximately 8,000 files on Canadian artists. The collection focuses primarily on Prairie artists. An in-house index is available.
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