Fonds UBCA-ARC-1041 - B.C. Binning fonds

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B.C. Binning fonds

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Bertram Charles Binning fonds

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1.5 m of textual records

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Bertram Charles Binning (1909-1976) was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta and grew up in Vancouver. Before pursuing his studies in Oregon, Greenwich Village, New York, and London, he later attended art school. He joined the University of British Columbia School of Architecture in 1949 after many years as an instructor at the Vancouver School of Arts. In 1955, Binning became head of the Department of Fine Arts, which he had helped establish. He resigned from the position in 1968 to devote more time to teaching and painting. Binning retired from the University in 1973. He was involved in the founding of the Department of Fine Arts, the development of the UBC Fine Arts Gallery, the initiation of the Brock Hall Collection of Canadian Art, the conception and direction of the Festival of Contemporary Arts, and the negotiations for the planning of the Nitobe Memorial Garden.

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The fonds consists of material relating to the foundation and early development of the Department of Fine Arts and other university-related committees and activities in which Binning participated, including the Fine Arts Committee, the Festival of Contemporary Arts, and the development of Nitobe Gardens. It consists of the following series: Biographical Material (1949-1976); Correspondence (1947-1972); Lectures, Articles and "Outside Work" (1948-1968); Committees (1947-1966); Fine Arts Program (1954-1964); Festival of the Contemporary Arts (1961-1971); Subject Files (1946-1958); and Teaching Materials (1949-1971).

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Fonds acquired in several accessions since 1976, most recently in July 2008.


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Last revised in June 2020

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