- 1985-1998 (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
27 cm of textual records 6 photograph albums
Name of creator
The Master Print and Drawing Society of Ontario (MPDSO) is the first independent body of specialist collectors of prints and drawings in Canada. Founded in 1985 by Sidney Bregman and Katharine Lochnan, the Society first came into existence as the Master Print and Drawing Society, and operated as a non-profit educational association that provided special assistance to its members with problems unique to collecting. The Society is officially affiliated with the Art Gallery of Ontario, but is an independent organization belonging to its members, and through its Board of Directors determines its objectives, policies and activities, requirements for membership, selection of new members, and the composition of its executive. The executive consists of the President, Vice-President(s), Secretary/Treasurer, and Directors. The President has primary responsibility for determining the Society's activities, making arrangements for lectures, tours, and other special events. Since 1989, the MPDSO has been supported by the Fraser Elliot Foundation in fulfilling its mandate to represent the collective interests of its members in seeking out the expert advice of scholars, curators, and visiting lectures to contribute special assistance with collecting master prints and drawings from the 15th to the mid 20th century.
Material comprising this fonds was created and maintained by the successive Presidents of the Master Print and Drawing Society of Ontario. It was prepared by Society members, ca. 2000, for transfer to the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Fonds was transferred by Mary F. Williamson in 2000.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
The fonds consists of correspondence, reports, minutes, and other materials relating to the administrative activities of the Society. It also contains photograph albums documenting the travels of the MPDSO to various European and North American destinations, 1987-1999. The fonds is divided into four series corresponding to each Presidential term of office, plus a series of photograph albums. Fonds is comprised of the following series: 1. Sidney Bregman files 2. Martin Kosoy files 3. Jack Markens files 4. Mary F. Williamson files 5. Photograph albums
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
Further accruals are expected.
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Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
Open. Access to Special Collections is by appointment only. Please contact the reference desk for more information.
Conditions governing reproduction
Copyright is held by the creator. Copyright belonging to other parties, such as that of photographs, may rest with the creator of these items. It is the researcher’s responsibility to obtain permission to publish any part of the fonds.
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Physical characteristics and technical requirements
An inventory list and chronology of events and activities (1985-2000) are available.