Emily Carr fonds

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Carr, Emily, 1871-1945
Emily Carr fonds
MG 30 D 215
Canadian culture
Business and commerce
Document source
Library and Archives Canada / Bibliothèque et Archives Canada
Emily Carr (1871 -1945) was a Canadian artist and writer. The Canadian Encyclopedia describes her as a Canadian icon and notes she was, “one of the preeminent, and perhaps most original, Canadian painters of the first half of the 20h century;” and that “she was also one of the only major female artists in either North America or Europe of that period.” She is known for her works on the indigenous peoples of British Columbia, but later focused on landscape painting. After suffering from heart attacks and a stroke in the late 1930s and early 1940s, Carr shifted towards writing, encouraged by her literary editor Ira Dilworth. Her written works include “Klee Wyck” (which won the Governor General’s Award for non-fiction), “The Book of Small”, “The House of All Sorts” and “Growing Pains”. Various schools, an inlet in British Columbia, and at least one public library have been named in her honour in Canada.
This collection is comprised of textual records, including correspondence with Ira Dilworth and Lawren Harris (a member of the Group of Seven), financial records, journals, manuscripts of books and stories, addresses, notebooks, notes, manuscripts by others, and other material.