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Janet Mitchell fonds


Physical Description:
2 m of textual records. -- 58 photographs. -- 5 video cassettes

Janet Mitchell, 1912-1998, landscape painter, was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta. She was adopted as an infant by a Calgary couple and attended school in Calgary. She worked as a chambermaid at the Palliser Hotel, took evening classes at the Provincial Institute of Technology and Art (now the Alberta College of Art), and in 1942 attended the Banff School of Fine Arts on a scholarship. She was, however, largely self-taught. She first exhibited her work in 1947. Her first one-woman show was held in Toronto in 1949. She has received a number of awards for her watercolours and in 1977 was accepted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. Mitchell received an honorary doctorate from the University of Calgary in 1988. Before taking up painting full time, she worked at Calgary's federal income tax office, 1940-1962. For more details see Janet Mitchell : Life and Art / Peggy Armstrong. - Winnipeg : Hyperion Press, 1990.

Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of correspondence (1941-1998); art catalogues (1944-1995); diaries (1956-1998); greeting cards, hand-made by artists; certificates (awards); exhibition reviews; newsclippings about Canadian art; programs; travel souvenirs; collected illustrations; photographs of friends, family, her art, and exhibitions; and videos about her life and work. Includes records of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (1971-1991).
RECORDS RELATED TO THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE ALSO IN THIS FONDS. SEE INVENTORY FOR DETAILS: Alberta Art Foundation, Alberta Society of Artists, Olga and Greg Arnold, Art Lenders (Montreal), Maxwell Bates, Annora Brown, Calgary Allied Arts Council, Calgary Galleries, Reg Collins, Dorothy L. Dowhan, Ann Duff, John K. Esler, Edward Faiers, Fleet Galleries (Winnipeg), Julius Griffith, Wes Irwin, Kensington Fine Art Galleries (Calgary), Illingworth Kerr, Marjorie and Archibald Key, Leighton Centre for Arts and Crafts, Vivian Lindoe, Thelma Manarey, James and Marion Nicoll, Katie Ohe, Don Peacock, John Snow, and Jack Wilson.

Source of Acquisition:
Gifts of Janet Mitchell, 1977-1990, and the Janet Mitchell estate, 1998.

The material is in English.

No restrictions on access.

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

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Call Numbers:
(M=manuscript; N&P=photos; R=sound recordings; S=slides; F=films)
M-852, M-8618, PA-1953, NA-3562, V-58

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