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H.G. Glyde fonds


Physical Description:
2.75 m of textual records. - 12.5 cm of photographs

Henry George "Geo" Glyde, 1906-1998, was born in Luton, Bedfordshire, England, and trained as an artist at the Brassey Institute in Hastings, 1920-1926, and at the Royal College of Art in London, 1926-1930. In 1931 he married Hilda Mabel Allwood, ?-1995, and they had three children, Helen (Collinson), 1934-1998, Henry Russell, 1937- , and Gerald Patrick, 1940- . Glyde and his family moved to Canada in 1935, when he joined the Art Department of the Provincial Institute of Technology and Art in Calgary, Alberta. He served as head of the Art Department there from 1936 until 1946. He spent many of his summers from 1936 to 1967 teaching art courses at the Banff School of Fine Arts, and was also involved in teaching community art courses in smaller centres such as Vegreville, Grande Prairie and Lethbridge from 1937 to 1945. . In 1943 he and A.Y. Jackson were chosen by the National Gallery of Canada to visually document the building of the Alaska Highway. Glyde moved to Edmonton in 1946 to establish the art program at the University of Alberta, and he served as head of the program until 1966. In 1949 he was elected an Academician of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. In 1958 he was awarded a Canada Council Senior Fellowship, and spent a year of study in Europe. He retired to the west coast in 1966, where he lived primarily on Pender Island. During much of his retirement he continued to teach art and was involved in workshops, classes, and consulting. In 1982 he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Alberta. He died in Victoria. He is well-known for his oils and murals, figurative and landscape paintings, and for his use of allegorical themes in his work. For further information see A Lifelong Journey : The Art and Teaching of H. G. Glyde / Patricia Ainslie. -- Calgary : Glenbow Museum, 1987.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of records related both to his personal life and his activities as an artist and art educator. There are eight series: diaries (1928-1996); lectures and teaching (1940-1966); professional activities (1926-1997); art galleries (1946-1995); programs, catalogues and articles re Glyde's work (1935-1997); friends and colleagues ([ca. 1930]-1998); family (1929-1997); and photographs (1935-1995).

Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Henry R. Glyde, Gerald P. Glyde, Karen Collinson, and Christine Collinson, 2003-2008.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

Finding Aids:
Inventory available. Please consult before requesting material.

View finding aid / scanned documents:

The Glenbow Art Department has extensive holdings of Glyde's art. The research notes of Glenbow curator Patricia Ainslie, regarding her Glyde publication, are at M-7668.

Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-8900, NA-5660

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