Fonds LA.SC094 - Jack Martin-Carl Schaefer collection

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Jack Martin-Carl Schaefer collection


  • 1957-1965 (Creation)

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5 cm of textual records and graphic material

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Biographical history

Carl Fellman Schaefer (1903-1995) was a Canadian artist and educator known for his depictions of rural Ontario. John(Jack) Martin (1904-1965) was a British-born Canadian artist, designer and educator. The two, who were friends and colleagues, exchanged letters in illustrated envelopes from circa 1954 until Martin’s death.

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Biographical history

John(Jack) Martin (1904-1965) was a British-born Canadian artist, designer and educator.

Archival history

Acquired by John Ingram (the Ingram Gallery, Toronto) from John Martin’s nephew. Two or three letters from the group were sold by the Ingram Gallery to private collectors and the remainder form this collection.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Collection was donated by John Ingram in 2004.

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Scope and content

Collection consists of 15 letters written from Carl Schaefer to Jack Martin, with illustrated envelopes by Schaefer. Techniques include ink and watercolour drawing, with collage elements on paper. The collection is arranged chronologically in a single series.

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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 heirs of Carl Schaefer. It is the researcher’s responsibility to obtain permission to publish any part of the collection.

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Letters and envelopes were matted and framed by the Ingram Gallery, using pressure-sensitive tape. Items were removed from mats by AGO conservators in December 2004.


Letter titles are based on envelope designs.

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Archivist's note

Prepared by Amy Marshall, 2005.
Uploaded and adapted by Nirvana Chainani, 2019

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