Fonds LA.SC169 - Leslie Mezei fonds

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Leslie Mezei fonds


  • 1962-2022 (Creation)

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9 cm of textual records
184 photographs (prints, slides, transparencies, .TIF)
2 video recordings (MP4; 140.5 MB)

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Biographical history

Leslie Mezei (born 1931 in Budapest, Hungary) is a former computer scientist who did pioneering work in the theory and practice of computer art and graphics while he was a professor at the University of Toronto in the 1960s and 1970s. His computer art experiments and writings thereon are among the earliest explorations of the medium. In 1972, Mezei completed the manuscript of a book, Computer Art: An International Portfolio, containing a history and overview of the medium illustrated with reproductions of early computer artwork from around the world.

Archival history

The materials now constituting the Leslie Mezei fonds were transferred directly from Leslie Mezei to the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2022.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

AGO Credit line: Gift of Leslie Mezei, 2022

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Scope and content

Fonds consists of a set of published writings on Leslie Mezei's work in computer art; the typescript and accompanying photographic illustrations of his book Computer Art: An International Portfolio; and digitized images and films that document his practice.

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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 or their 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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Finding aids

Leslie Mezei's annotated bibliography and inventory of his archive is available on request.

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Publication note

A copy of the typescript of Leslie Mezei’s Computer Art: An International Portfolio (printed in 2022 with a 2019 foreword by the author) accompanied the donation of the fonds, and has been added to the Rare Books collection of the Edward P. Taylor Library & Archives. Link to bibliographic record:$002f$002fSD_ILS$002f0$002fSD_ILS:140873/ada?qu=mezei&d=ent%3A%2F%2FSD_ILS%2F0%2FSD_ILS%3A140873%7EILS%7E1&te=ILS&lm=ALLITEMS

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Edward P. Taylor Library and Archives, Art Gallery of Ontario

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Created 22 February 2023


  • English



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Description created by Amy Furness, 2022; uploaded 2023.

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