Fonds MSS 493 (A2015-042) - Sheila Butler fonds

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Sheila Butler fonds

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CA UMASC MSS 493 (A2015-042)

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  • 1971- 2012 (Creation)
    Butler, Sheila

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Series includes 0.46m of textual records -- 2 books -- 2 cassettes -- 73 images -- 34 photographs -- 1 magazine.

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Sheila Butler was born on 1938 in Leesport, Pennsylvania. She is a visual artist and was also a professor at the University of Manitoba, the University of Winnipeg, and the University of Western Ontario. As a visual artist, Sheila’s work focuses on the human condition. Her works have been exhibited in art galleries and universities, both nationally and globally. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Sheila, along with her husband Jack Butler served as special projects officers in the Northwest Territories where they engaged and supported Inuit artists. They were instrumental in helping create the Sanavik Co-operative in Baker Lake, Nunavut. The Sanavik Co-operative was created to allow local artists to make art, mostly prints, and sell the art in Southern Canada.

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fonds received from Sheila Butler.

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The archival materials on the Baker Lake consists of documents produced by David Orlikow, M.P. from Winnipeg North, who presented to the House of Commons his overview of an early dispute over the availability of soapstone in the Baker Lake area.

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This collection is arranged into twelve series: 1. Writings (General) 2. Publications (Articles) 3. Expenses (Personal and A+CC) 4. Art Exhibitions and Gallery Correspondence 5. Art Gallery Pamphlets 6. Inuit Art 7. Baker Lake Soapstone 8. Baker Lake Inuit Art 9. Grant Applications 10. Art and Cold Cash Website 11. Photographs and Images 12. Audio Recordings

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Created by Sara Min on August 2016.
Quality checked by Mary Grace Golfo on 15 March 2017.

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