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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

Research files

Series comprises of research material compiled by Ron Graham in preparation for the biographical essay “Twenty-Four Sketches for a Portrait of Paterson Ewen.” The essay was published in the catalogue for the Art Gallery of Ontario exhibition Paterson Ewen: Earthly Weather/Heavenly Skies, ed. by Matthew Teitelbaum and co-published by the AGO and Douglas & McIntyre in 1996. Series consists of photographs and photocopies of photographs, interview transcripts, essays, newspaper articles, exhibition related files, and other miscellaneous research material.

J.S. McLean Collection documentation

Series comprises correspondence, receipts, invoices, floor plans, photographs and lists of artworks related to acquiring, exhibiting, maintaining and lending works from the J.S. McLean Collection (at the McLean residence and the offices of Canada Packers), along with art gallery notices, exhibition catalogues, booklets on art subjects and newspaper clippings. Correspondents include Lawren Harris, A.J. Casson, A.Y. Jackson, Paraskeva Clark, Carl Schaefer, Leonard Brooks, Joe Plaskett and Ada Carmichael (wife of Franklin Carmichael).

McLean, John Stanley, 1876-1954

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.

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 of Varley’s work.


Series consists of photographs including slides and negatives, of past, present and potential works of art in the Zacks’ collection. They were stored in labeled envelopes containing numbers that corresponded to insurance lists. Archival envelopes have replaced the originals, with photocopies of the original inserted. The original numbering systems have been maintained and the files kept in the arrangement as they were found.

Abramov, Ayala Zacks, 1912-2011

Art Gallery of Toronto papers

Series comprises committee reports and minutes, correspondence, monthly bulletins of the gallery, exhibition notices, lists of donors, and accessions lists.

McLean, John Stanley, 1876-1954

Personal records

Series consists of correspondence, drafts of speeches, press clippings, CVs, contents of a binder containing records of Mrs. Zacks’ personal art collection, membership certificates and material relating to her honourary doctorate and Order of Canada. Most files were specifically labeled as the property of Mrs. Zacks; the series also contains some files that fall outside the boundaries of the other series. These include a file of miscellaneous donations made by the Zacks Foundation, a file relating to the material in the Samuel J. Zacks fonds at the National Library and Archives of Canada and magazine articles about Mrs. Zacks. The files have been grouped together by subject, with one oversize box at the end

Abramov, Ayala Zacks, 1912-2011

General correspondence

Series contains letters, invoices, shipping and customs forms, relating to the purchase of works of art, and social and personal correspondence. Four distinct sets of correspondence files have been grouped in this sub-series, following the original file labels: chronological art correspondence (Box 1), alphabetical art correspondence (Box 2), chronological [general] correspondence (Box 3), and alphabetical “Misc.”correspondence (Box 4).

Zacks, Sam, 1904-1970

Documentation of Artwork

Series consists of photographs, copies, and print reproductions of Florence Vale’s artwork. Series includes slides of artwork kept by Florence Vale. Series includes a list of the artworks of Florence Vale, and documentation of artwork sales and transfers of possession.

Vale, Florence, 1909-2003

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