Fonds MSS 567 (A2018-025) - Gabriel Gély fonds

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Gabriel Gély fonds

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  • Multiple media

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CA UMASC MSS 567 (A2018-025)

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  • 1931-2016 (Creation)
    Gély, Gabriel

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0.66 m including 671 slides, approx. 2125 negatives, 125 proofs, 597 photographs, 1 article, 5 USB drives, 91 documents, 12 books, 79 pages, 18 newspaper clippings, 1 picture

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(1924 -)

Biographical history

Born in Paris on May 20, 1924. He worked as a mill handler auxiliary machinist in 1950, a cook in 1952, and a camera salesman from 1957 to 1962. From 1942 to 1945 he was contracted for voluntary engagement by France in World War II and held a French military certificate for driving motor vehicles for the army or navy in 1946. He moved to northern Canada in the 1950s, where he spent nearly forty years living with the Inuit in different communities and creating art.

Custodial history

The collection was sold by Gabriel Gély to Susan Howe and Kathryn Knowles in 2014.

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This fonds consists of graphic material and textual records from Gabriel Gély

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One restricted file relating to housing records.

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A finding aid can be downloaded from the fonds-level description by clicking on the “Download’ link under “Finding Aid” on the right hand side of the screen.

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No further accruals expected.

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Finding aid created by Kara Suderman (March 2019). Revised by N. Courrier (April 2019).

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