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Bush, Jack
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Jack Bush fonds

  • LA.SC037
  • Fonds
  • 1930-1981

Fonds consists of personal and professional records of Canadian painter Jack Bush, created chiefly in Toronto during the 1930s to 1970s: his personal diaries; record books containing notes on his paintings; photographs (slides, transparencies, negatives and prints) largely of his paintings but also of his studio, exhibit installations and other subjects; with scrapbooks of newspaper and magazine clippings about the artist, exhibition notices, examples of his commercial art, and further records of his paintings.
Contains series:

  1. Diaries
  2. Record books
  3. Photographs
  4. Scrapbooks
  5. Commercial art

Bush, Jack

Diary binders

Series comprises some of the three-ring binders in which the Jack Bush diaries (series 1) were kept.

Bush, Jack


Series comprises newspaper and magazine clippings on Jack Bush and his paintings assembled by the artist throughout his career and supplemented by his family following his death in 1977, with handwritten notebook pages of lists of Bush’s paintings, some with thumbnail sketches.

Bush, Jack

Record books

Series comprises bound notebooks in which Jack Bush recorded notes on his paintings between 1930 and 1976. Beginning in 1957, some descriptions include thumbnail drawings. The notes include titles, dimensions, dates, some purchasers and other details of the paintings.

Bush, Jack


Series comprises personal diaries written by Jack Bush in Toronto between 1952 and 1976. The 24 volumes of diaries, a form of therapy suggested by Bush’s psychiatrist Allan Waters, describe events from his family life and career.

Bush, Jack