Fonds LA.SC124 - Betty Goodwin fonds

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Betty Goodwin fonds


  • [19--]-2005 (Creation)

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120 sketchbooks and notebooks
884 photographs
81 cm of textual records and graphic material
32 posters
51 objects
127 printing plates
159 drawings
12 video cassettes
1 sketch block

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Biographical history

Betty Roodish Goodwin (1923-2008) was a Montreal-based printmaker and installation artist.

Archival history

A group of 102 printing plates formed the initial archival gift from Betty Goodwin to the AGO, transferred in 2005 and formalized in 2008. The majority of materials now constituting the Betty Goodwin consideration were transferred directly from the artist’s studio to the Art Gallery of Ontario in February 2009. The remaining materials were transferred to the Art Gallery of Ontario in July 2012.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

AGO credit lines: 2008 donation: Gift of Betty and Martin Goodwin, 2008. 2012 accrual: Gift from the Estate of Betty Goodwin, 2012

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Scope and content

Fonds consists of the archival contents of Betty Goodwin’s studio, including sketchbooks and notebooks in which she drew and recorded inspiration and ideas; loose sketches and notes; found and manufactured objects retained for their aesthetic or inspirational qualities; printing plates; folders containing inspirational found images and the artist’s re-workings of same; photographs of the artist and her work spaces; folders and a maquette relating to proposals for public commissions; a small amount of personal correspondence and publicity material; photographic documentation of her artwork; her numerous awards and honourary degrees; and video documentation of Goodwin’s dance collaborations.

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No further accruals are expected.

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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 creator’s heirs. Copyright belonging to other parties, such as that of photographs, may still 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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  • English

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Art Gallery of Ontario

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  • English



Archivist's note

Prepared by Amy Marshall Furness and Marilyn Nazar, 2010-2015.

Uploaded and adapted by Nirvana Chainani, 2019.

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