Fonds LA.SC172 - Beth Southcott fonds

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Beth Southcott fonds


  • 1977-1989 (Creation)

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Approximately 1m of textual records and photographs

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Biographical history

Beth (Mary Elizabeth) Southcott, née Woolger, 1923-2004, was an amateur artist and art writer based in the Clarkson area of Mississauga. She was interested in visual art throughout her life, taking courses as a child at the (then) Art Gallery of Toronto and the Ontario College of Art, and later serving as the director of Visual Arts Mississauga. Southcott became interested in Indigenous art as an outcome of a course she took at Erindale College (now University of Toronto Mississauga) in 1975. Her book The Sound of the Drum is an original contribution to the historiography of Anishinaabe art and its reception by settler audiences.

Archival history

Material constituting this fonds was donated by Beth Southcott to the Mississauga Public Library's local history collections ca.1992. Following a collection review, the fonds was transferred to the Art Gallery of Ontario in 2022.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transfer from Mississauga Public Library, 2022

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Fonds consists of research materials generated in preparation for Southcott's book The Sound of the Drum: The Sacred Art of the Anishnabec (Erin, Ontario: Boston Mills Press, 1984). The following artists are documented in the fonds: Allen Angeconeb, Del Ashkewe, Carl Beam, Leland Bell, Benjamin Chee Chee, Shirley D. Cheechoo, Blake Debassige, Noel Ducharme , Don Ense, Rhonda Franks, Ril Gaiashk, Tom Hill, Robert Houle, Alex Janvier, Francis Kagige, Goyce Kakegamic, Morley Kakepetum, Eleanor Kanasawe, Josh Kakegamic, Norman Knott, John Laford, Mel Madahbee, Norval Morrisseau, Hugh Mckenzie, Johnson Meekis, Daphne Odjig, Martin Panamick, Carl Ray, Tim Restoule, Michael Robinson, Allen Sapp, James Simon, Arthur Shilling, Roy Thomas, Randy Trudeau, and Saul Williams.

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No further accruals are expected.

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

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An inventory of the fonds is available on request. Please contact the reference desk for information.

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

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Dates of creation revision deletion

22 February 2023


  • English



Archivist's note

Provisional description created by Amy Furness, 22 February 2023.

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