Collection LA.SC024 - Photographs of Canadian artists collection

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Photographs of Canadian artists collection


  • [189-]-ca.2000 (Creation)

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719 photographs

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Archival history

Photographs in the Photographs of Canadian Artists collection were acquired by the curatorial department of the Art Museum of Toronto (now the Art Gallery of Ontario/AGO) beginning in 1912. The photos remained there until the 1920s when they were transferred to the AGO library, where they continued to accumulate until ca. 2000, when accruals ceased.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

AGO credit line: various

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Scope and content

Collection comprises photographic prints submitted with replies to biographical questionnaires sent by the AGO to Canadian artists between 1912 and 1984. The collection was augmented with 239 photographs purchased from Toronto photographer M.O. Hammond (1876–1934) between 1927 and 1934. Collection also includes photos and copy prints obtained in connection with Gallery exhibitions and photos acquired by other Gallery departments, with news photographs and reproductions of photos from agencies and other institutions. Photos were added to the collection up to the end of the 1990s.
The photographic prints in the collection are chiefly gelatin silver prints but also include chromogenic colour prints, diffusion transfer prints and photos produced by other processes. The collection includes images of 598 artists in studio portraits and snapshots, at exhibition openings and in their studios, and in group photos. Some photographs are annotated with biographical details on verso or in accompanying textual records.

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No further accruals are expected.

System of arrangement

The collection is arranged in a single series, sorted alphabetically by artists’ surnames.

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Conditions governing access

Open. Access to Special Collections by appointment. Please contact the reference desk for more information.

Conditions governing reproduction

Various copyright holders. Copyright may still rest with photographers of items in the collection. It is the researcher’s responsibility to obtain permission to publish any part of the collection.

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  • English

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Description prepared 2016.


  • English



Archivist's note

Description prepared by Zoë Lepiano and Gary Fitzgibbon.

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