Fonds C 57 - Eric Arthur fonds

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Eric Arthur fonds

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CA ON00009 C 57

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  • [192-]-[ca. 1941], predominant 1927-1932 (Creation)

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1,803 photographs
934 architectural drawings
27 cm of textual records

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Biographical history

Eric Ross Arthur (1898-1982) was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, and was one of Canada's most prominent architects and architectural historians.

Educated in England, Arthur emigrated to Canada, where he was appointed Professor of Architecture at the University of Toronto. He developed a strong interest in early Ontario architecture, and in 1932 he founded the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, to promote interest in the preservation of Ontario's architectural heritage.

Arthur wrote a number of books of architectural history, including "Toronto: No Mean City" in 1963, (later revised with Stephen Otto in 1978); "The Barn: A Vanishing Landmark in North America" (with Dudley Witney, 1972); and "From Front Street to Queen's Park" (1979). He received numerous awards for his scholarship and activism on behalf of heritage preservation, including two L.L.D's, two Gold Medals (one from the Corporation of the City of Toronto), and the Order of Canada.

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Scope and content

Fonds consists of materials created, received and collected by Eric Arthur as an architect and while he was a professor of architecture at the University of Toronto. This fonds is divided into seven series: Photographs of Ontario buildings taken by Eric Arthur (C 57-1); Photographs of Eastern Ontario barns and houses (C 57-2); Canadian architecture photographs from the National Parks Branch (C 57-3); Photographs of buildings, tombstones and street scenes collected by Eric Arthur (C 57-4); Scrapbook of Toronto buildings (C 57-5); Photographs of Ontario houses and tombstones (C 57-6) and Architectural measured drawings collected by Eric Arthur (C 57-7).

The fonds also contains index cards (Sub series C 57-1-3), arranged alphanumerically by Arthur to correspond with many of his photographs.

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Immediate source of acquisition

The fonds was donated to the Archives of Ontario in a number of separate acquisitions. The majority of items were donated by Arthur himself in two accessions in 1959. A scrapbook was donated by the University of Toronto Archives in 1979, while additional prints corresponding to glass negatives were acquired from J.M.S. Careless in 1990. As well, there appear to be a number of accessions made in 1957, 1971, 1972, 1978, and 1981.


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Some of the photographs from this fonds are available in digital format in the Archives of Ontario Visual Database. Search using reference code C 57.

Restrictions on access

Glass plate negatives are closed for conservation purposes. Copy prints are available for consultation. Remainder of fonds is not restricted.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Copyright for much of the photographic portion of this collection has expired, and most photos can be reproduced and/or published. Copyright for other portions of the collection rests with the creator. Permission of the Archives of Ontario is required for publication.

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For a more detailed description, use this link to the Archives of Ontario's descriptive database:

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Rev. Feb/12

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