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Description found in Archives

Lawren Stewart Harris fonds [textual record, graphic material, moving images]. 

Date(s)

1873-1970

Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

1.25 m of textual records.
87 photographs b&w, col.
28 drawings.
3 prints etching, woodcuts.
1 film reel (21 min).

Scope and content

Fonds consists of correspondence, business papers, subject files, notebooks, manuscripts, printed material, memorabilia. Photographic material depicts the artistic activities of Lawren S. Harris and other members of the Group of Seven such as Tom Thomson, Fred Varley, A.Y. Jackson, J.E.H. MacDonald and Arthur Lismer; the studio of A.Y. Jackson in Manotick, Ontario. Drawing works are entitled "Excorsizing ... Oh Come On You Little Devil", "What'll you have it without", and "Taking 'em Unawares". Also included are 24 charcoal drawings by Lawren Harris created as illustrations for lectures on abstract art. Other graphic material includes 1 etching by J.W. Wood; 1 ballpoint pen sketch by Lawren Harris; 1 coloured woodcut by A.Y. Jackson and 1 woodcut by Peter Sager. Fonds also consists of an excerpt from an epsiode of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's television series Lively arts, featuring an interview with Lawren Harris, [ca. 1961].

Graphic (art)
90: Open
Moving images (film)
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
90: Open
Box
05206
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
90: Open
Box
06333
90: Open
Archival reference no.
Former archival reference no.

Terms of use

Photographs: No restrictions on use or reproduction. Various copyrights on items less than 50 years old; copyright expired on items greater than 50 years old. Credit: name of photographer / National Archives of Canada / copy negative number.
Drawings (accession no. 1976-027): No restrictions for use on reproductions or for diffusion. Copyright: Estate of Lawren Harris; Crown copyright on reproductions. Credit: National Archives of Canada.
Drawings (accession no. 1983-098): No restrictions on use or reproduction. Copyright: Estate of Arthur Lismer. Credit: National Archives of Canada.
Moving images: Reproduction and use in any form reqires the written permission of the copyright holder.

Textual record: The finding aid is a file list, with a list of the correspondence, of vols. 1-13. MSS0631 (Paper)

Textual records: Finding aid. MSS0631 (Electronic)
http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000000097.pdf

Photographs: See "Photographic inventories, indexes, and caption lists arranged by accession number." FA-500 (Other)

Moving Images: See MISACS for item level descriptions. (Electronic)

Biography / Administrative history

Lawren S. Harris, artist, was born in Brantford, Ont. After travelling in Europe and the Middle East, 1904-ca. 1909, Harris settled in Toronto, where, with Dr. James MacCallum, he built the Studio Building on Severn St., and was instrumental in the formation of the Group of Seven. For the next twenty years, Harris painted throughout Canada, with other members of the Group. During the 1930s, Harris lived in the United States, for a time as artist in residence at Dartmouth College, N.H. He moved to Vancouver in 1942, where he remained until his death.

Harris was co-founder of the Canadian Group of Painters, 1933, and the Federation of Canadian Artists, 1940. He was a trustee of the Emily Carr scholarship fund, a member of the board of the Vancouver Art Gallery, and was associated with the Theosophical Society in Canada.

See: Canadian Encyclopedia, pp. 794-795; Encyclopedia Canadiana, vol. 5, p. 89.

Additional information

Received in 1975 from Margaret H. Knox, Lawren P. Harris and Howard K. Harris; additional business papers, volume 14, received in 1984 from Lawren P. Harris.

Subject heading

1. Painters - Canada, 1873, 1905-[ca.1969] Studio Building, 18173, 1913-1960.
2. Lawren Stewart Harris - Correspondence, 1925-1961 Lawren Harris, 1969.
3. Painting, Canadian, 1873, 1913-1960 Group of Seven, 1905-[ca.1969]
4. Lawren Stewart Harris - Finance, Personal, 1873, 1913-1960.

Private

Other system control no.

Related control no.

1. 1976-0256 MISA
2. 1976-027 PIC
3. 1976-036 NPC
4. 1977-041 PIC
5. 1983-087 NPC
6. 1983-098 PIC