Fonds F01940 - Robert Ayre fonds

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Robert Ayre fonds

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  • 1925-1978 (Creation)
    Ayre, Robert

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2 m of textual records

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(1900- 1980)

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Robert Ayre (1900-1980) was born in Napinka, Manitoba. He worked for various newspapers (the Telegram, the Free Press and the Montreal Gazette) and from 1944 to 1949 he was editor of Canadian Art. He later (1950-1970) was Art Critic for the Montreal Star.

Mr. Ayre has also written a number of short stories and is the author of Sketco the Raven (1961), based on West Coast Indian legends.

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The fonds consists of correspondence with members of the art world including a lengthy personal correspondence with artist Charles Comfort (1934-1978), articles by himself and others, press clippings, texts of lectures, art catalogues, pamphlets, scrapbooks of art reviews (1938-1969), Christmas cards from A.Y. Jackson and material relating to Lionel Le Moine Fitzgerald, Edmond Dyonnet, Charles Comfort and others.

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Purchased through Chancellor Richardson Memorial Fund from Robert Ayre, Additional papers donated by Mrs. Thelma Ayre, 1982


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  • English

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Copyright held by the son of Robert and Thelma Ayre until 2030.

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No further accruals are expected

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Description created on 1999/08/27. Last updated 27/09/2016.
Archivist(s): George Henderson, Heather Home

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  • English

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