Fonds RBSC-ARC-1492 - Doris Shadbolt fonds

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Doris Shadbolt fonds

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  • 1927-2003 (Creation)

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6.27 m of textual records and other material

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Born in Preston Ontario, Doris Shadbolt pursued and enjoyed a life-long interest in the arts, having studied Fine Arts at the University of Toronto before beginning her career as a research assistant at the Gallery of Ontario (1942-1943), the National Gallery of Canada (1943-1945) and the Metropolitan Museum in New York (1948-1949). In 1950 Shadbolt was employed by the Vancouver Art Gallery, where for over twenty-five years she was educator, curator, and Associate Director. Through her activities and exhibitions, she had a major impact on the formation of a West Coast identity founded on Emily Carr and First Nations work. Exhibitions of note staged durng her tenure at the Vancouver Art Gallery include Arts of the Raven (1967), Sculpture of the Inuit (1969), and Emily Carr: A Centennial Exhibition (1971).

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Final accrual was in the custody of author Karen Prince before the estate's transfer to RBSC by Arnie Sandovnick, the executor of Doris Shadbolt’s Estate in 2010.

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The fonds consists of journals, worksheets, photographs, correspondence, and printed material, including exhibition catalogues reflecting Doris Shadbolt's research and publishing activities into the life and works of Emily Carr. The final accrual in 2010 contains further documentation related to her activities as a writer and researcher, curator of the Vancouver Art Gallery, active participant in the local, national and international artistic community, lecture and guest speaker. The fonds includes correspondences, notebooks, calendars, lecture and speaking notes, research notes, articles and other collected materials related to Shadbolt's independent research on a variety of topics related to local, national and international art and artists, annotated books, photographs and sound recordings.

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Photograph Identifier: BC-2111

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Includes: 1,710 photographs, 395 negatives, 395 slides, 8 cassette tapes, 1 video cassette, 1 CD, 1 computer disk.

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