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Frederick Varley fonds Series
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Inventories of works of art

Series comprises detailed lists of works of art by F.H. Varley in the collection of Kathleen McKay with appraised values. File includes other lists of works, loan documents for a Varley exhibition in 1981 and correspondence regarding reproduction ...

F.H. Varley correspondence to Kathleen McKay

Series comprises F.H. Varley’s correspondence to Kathleen McKay during his absences from Toronto in the 1950s while he was in the Soviet Union, in Whycocomagh, N.B. and in St. Andrew’s East, Quebec. Some of this correspondence was photocopied and ...

Kathleen McKay correspondence

Series comprises personal correspondence to F.H. Varley’s companion Kathleen McKay from his friends and family as well as business correspondence from public and private art galleries, law firms and others, largely dealing with Varley and his work...

Institutional and business correspondence

Series comprises correspondence and other records dating from between 1936 and 1971 pertaining to F.H. Varley’s career as an artist, to awards and exhibitions and to his involvement with the book Eskimo by Edmund Carpenter (Toronto : University of...

Miscellaneous papers

Series comprises biographical information, materials on CBC broadcasts by and about F.H. Varley, lists of publications about Varley and his work, notes and drafts of letters and other writings, insurance policies and a passport. Some materials app...

Family correspondence

Series comprises personal correspondence dated between 1934 and 1969 to F.H. Varley from his sisters Lilian Varley (1875–1957) and Ethel Varley (1879–1970) of Sheffield (England), and from his children. Also included is correspondence from his gra...

Social and professional correspondence

Series comprises correspondence to F.H. Varley between 1919 and 1969 from friends, admirers, collectors of works of art and students seeking help with school assignments. Contents include letters and notes, postcards, greeting cards, invitations, ...

Photographs

Series comprises studio portraits of F.H. Varley, snapshots of his family and friends at social and ceremonial occasions and photographs of Varley’s works, some annotated on verso.

Financial records

Series comprises some of F.H. Varley’s bankbooks, income tax returns and expense receipts; with correspondence related to his financial affairs. Included are a watercolour and small photograph.

Diaries and address books

Series comprises F.H. Varley’s calendar-agenda books with notations for appointments, addresses and other memoranda. Pages in some items include graphite sketches. Item titles are chiefly from the title pages or covers of the items.