Fonds UBCA-ARC-1327 - Doreen Walker fonds

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Doreen Walker fonds

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1.2 m of textual records
90 photographs

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Doreen Elizabeth Walker was born in Vancouver in 1920. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of British Columbia in 1942 and, upon returning to school, was awarded a Master of Arts degree by the University in 1969. The title of her Graduate thesis was "The Treatment of Nature in Canadian Art Since the Time of the Group of Seven." She subsequently became a senior instructor in the Fine Arts Department at UBC and worked there until her retirement in 1985. In addition, Walker compiled and edited over 200 letters between the triumvirate of Nan Cheney, Humphrey Toms, and the noted Canadian artist Emily Carr, producing the book Dear Nan: Letters to Emily Carr, Nan Cheney, and Humphrey Toms in 1990. Her relationship with Cheney, dating back to 1980, was certainly more than professional, and correspondence and photographs illustrate the shared friendship.

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The fonds consists of hand-written notes as well as published articles relating to artists in Canada between the early 17th century and the late 20th century. The fonds also consists of copies of correspondence between artists, as well as Walkers own correspondence with artists and the artistic world in general, both inside and outside Canada. The fonds consists of the following series and is largely arranged in its original order. 1) Canadian Artists 2) Records relating to Dear Nan: Letters to Emily Carr, Nan Cheney, and Humphrey Toms 3) Photographs.

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