TABLE OF CONTENTS


Collection Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Organization of the Collection

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Contact Information

Series Level Descriptions

1 - Personal documents: 1946, 1951-1995.

2 - Photographs: ca. 1955-ca. 1994.

3 - Correspondence: 1938-2001.

4 - Magazine and newspaper clippings: 1973-2001.

5 - Miscellaneous ephemera: 1967-1975.

5 - Miscellaneous ephemera: 1967-1975.

6 - Prints: 1965-ca. 1989.

Box List

SERIES 1 - Personal documents

SERIES 2 - Photographs

SERIES 3 - Correspondence

SERIES 4 - Magazine and newspaper clippings

SERIES 5 - Miscellaneous ephemera

SERIES 6 - Prints

National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives

Siegfried Haase fonds:

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Collection Summary

Title: Siegfried Haase fonds.
Dates: - 1938, 1951-2001.
Quantity: - 16.5 cm of textual records and other material.

Biographical Sketch

Siegfried Haase was born in 1916 in Stolp, Pomerania, a German province along the Baltic coast. His professional career began in 1932, when he apprenticed in typography and advertising. For three years beginning in 1936 Haase was enrolled at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Berlin, where he attended the classes of Professor Ferdinand Spiegel and worked in the studio of Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945). After studying in Berlin, Haase attended the Brussels Academy but his time there was cut short by the Second World War. During the war Haase worked as a radio operator and as an artist with the Luftwaffe in Belgium and France. After the war he was employed as a freelance artist in Wiesbaden, Germany, doing interior design and murals in industrial and theatrical buildings.

In 1951 Hasse immigrated to Canada with his wife, Hedi, and their two daughters, Ingrid and Barbara, settling in Herring Cove, a small fishing village near Halifax. In Halifax Haase found employment as a graphic artist with Eastern Photo Engravers and later with Maritime Photo Engravers before being hired in 1964 to teach graphic techniques, printmaking, and illustration at the Nova Scotia College of Art. Haase was a member of the Nova Scotia Society of Artists from 1959 until 1972 and participated in several of the Society's annual exhibitions. His paintings, etchings, lithographs, and woodcuts were also exhibited at St. Mary's University Art Gallery (1967 and 1972); Art Gallery, Mount Saint Vincent University (1968); Dartmouth Heritage Museum (1968 and 1972); Centennial Art Gallery, Nova Scotia Museum of Fine Arts (1974); and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (1994). Haase retired from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in 1982 and after the death of his wife, Hedi, in 1984, he moved to Cambridge, Ontario, to live with his daughter, Barbara. In 1989 Haase moved to Ottawa, where he remained until his death in 1996.

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Scope and Content

The fonds originally consisted of trade cards and certificates related to Haase's early employment in Canada, personal correspondence and invoices, photographs of the artist, and photographs of artworks. The second accrual added personal documents, correspondence, magazine and newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous ephemera. The third accrual consists of woodcut prints, wood blocks, and zinc plates. Most of the material in the fonds relates to Haase's career as an artist in Canada.

Source of supplied title proper: Title based on contents of fonds.

Immediate source of acquisition: Donated to the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives by the artist's daugher, Ingrid Hasse, 1985, 2005, and 2010.

Physical description: Other material includes 5 b&w photographs, 15 colour photographs, 8 colour contact prints, 24 colour negatives, 2 colour transparencies, 1 object, 3 posters, 9 woodcut prints, 15 wood blocks, and 6 zinc plates.

Language: Text is mainly in English. Some items are in German and French.

Finding aids: Series level descriptions and box list available.

Accruals: No further accruals are expected.

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Organization of the Collection

This collection is organized into 6 series.
Series 1 - Personal documents, 1946, 1951-1995.
Series 2 - Photographs, ca. 1955-ca. 1994.
Series 3 - Correspondence, 1938-2001, predominant 1968-1994.
Series 4 - Magazine and newspaper clippings, 1973-2001, predominant 1982-1994.
Series 5 - Miscellaneous ephemera, 1967-1975.
Series 6 - Prints, 1965-ca. 1989.

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Index Terms

Names:
Deppe, Horst, 1929-
Haase, Siegfried, 1916-1996
Organizations:
Maritime Photo Engravers
Nova Scotia School of Art and Design
Document Types:
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Objects.
Photographs.
Posters.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Title of item], Siegfried Haase fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives.

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Contact Information

Cyndie Campbell
Head, Archives, Documentation and Visual Resources
Library and Archives
National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Drive
P.O. Box 427, Station A
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 9N4

T 613-990-0597
F 613-990-9818


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Series Level Descriptions

Personal documents. - 1946, 1951-1995. - 3.5 cm of textual records.

Series includes passports, Canadian Citizenship documents, trade certificates, lists of paintings and prints, and other personal papers. Included is a German passport issued to Haase in 1951. The trade certificates in the series relate to Haase's employment as an engraver and lithographer at Maritime Photo Engravers during the late 1950s and early 1960s.
Source of supplied title proper: Title based on contents of series.
Language: Text is mainly in English. A few items are in German.
Finding aids: Box list available.

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Photographs. - ca. 1955-ca. 1994. - 54 photographs: multiple processes.

Series consists of photographs of the artist and photographs of twenty various paintings and prints. Among the photographs of Haase is one showing him at work during his early years in Canada and one taken in 1982 on the occasion of his retirement from the Nova Scotia School of Art and Design. Several of the photographs of paintings and prints include the title of the work on the verso.
Source of supplied title proper: Title based on contents of series.
Physical description: Photographs include 5 b&w photographs, 15 colour photographs, 8 colour contact prints, 24 colour negatives, and 2 colour transparencies.
Finding aids: Box list available.

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Correspondence. - 1938-2001, predominant 1968-1994. - 8 cm of textual records.

Series consists mainly of letters addressed to Siegried Haase. The first file is from the original donation in 1985 and contains letters related to exhibitions and sales. The file also contains a few items related to Haase's curriculum vitae, including a student identification card and letters of recommendation. Material in the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia file relates mainly to the exhibition Keeping Faith: The Life and Work of Siegfried Hasse, held at the Gallery in 1994. The file includes a brief biography of Haase written by Horst Deppe (b. 1929), a colleague who worked with Haase at Maritime Photo Engravers and at the Nova Scotia School of Art and Design, and a typed version of the catalogue text written by John Murchie.
Source of supplied title proper: Title based on contents of series.
Arrangement: Correspondence is arranged in reverse chronological order.
Finding aids: Box list available.

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Magazine and newspaper clippings. - 1973-2001, predominant 1982-1994. - 3 cm of textual records.

Series consists of magazine and newspaper clippings. Most of the articles relate to exhibitions of Haase's work. Included are reviews of the 1994 retrospective of Haase's work held at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Also included is an article from the Antigonish Review (1984) containing reproductions of several Haase lithographs and woodcuts.
Source of supplied title proper: Title based on contents of series.
Arrangement: Magazine and newspaper clippings are filed separately and arranged in reverse chronological order.
Language: Text mostly in English. A few items are in German and French.
Finding aids: Box list available.

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Miscellaneous ephemera. - 1967-1975. - 2 cm of textual records, 3 posters, and 1 object.

Series consists of brochures and invitations, posters, letterhead, and a coffee mug. A few of the brochures and invitations relate to the Nova Scotia School of Art and Design. The coffee mug, letterhead, and two posters were produced for the Archdiocese of Halifax and include a detail of Haase's Fishermen triptych (1971). A third poster, mounted on pressed board and laminated, shows the same work and was produced for the exhibition Lifelines: Canada's East Coast Fisheries held at the Canadian Museum of Civiliztion in 2001.
Source of supplied title proper: Title based on contents of series.
Finding aids: Box list available.

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Prints. - 1965-ca. 1989. - 9 woodcut prints, 15 wood blocks, and 6 zinc plates.

Series consists of prints, wood blocks, and zinc plates with preliminary drawings in graphite. Many of the wood blocks and prints portray ocean and village scenes in Nova Scotia and were created between 1965 and 1971. They include a collection intended as Christmas cards, such as Santa Claus Comes by Rowboat and various portrayals of fisher children. Other wood blocks and prints depict religious subject matter, such as the triptych, St. James the Greater, AD 44, executed as a gift for the Archbishop of Halifax, James M. Hayes in 1967. Six of the wood blocks have carvings on the reverse side. The woodcuts are printed on paper and appear in black and/or colour. The zinc plates are estimated to have been produced between 1985 and 1989 in Kitchener, Ontario and generally depict landscape scenes.
Source of supplied title proper: Title based on contents of series.
Finding aids: Item level description available.

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Detailed Description of the Collection


Box List

Series 1 - Personal documents

Box Folder
Box 1 File 1 Personal documents, 1951-1995 *note: includes school identification for the Hochschule für Bildende Künst, Berlin, and a German passport issued in 1951
File 2 Trade certificates, 1957, 1964
File 3 Lists of art works

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Series 2 - Photographs

Box Folder
Box 1 File 4 Photographs of the artist *note: file includes 4 b&w photographs
File 5 Photographs of art works *note: file includes 5 b&w photographs and 15 colour photographs
File 6 Negatives and contact prints *note: file includes 24 colour negatives, 8 colour contact prints, and 2 colour tranparencies

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Series 3 - Correspondence

Box Folder
Box 1 File 7 Professional correspondence, 1938, 1951, 1958, 1968-1984
File 8 Correspondence - Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1969, 1985-2001
File 9 Correspondence - Art Gallery of Ontario, 1985-1987
File 10 Correspondence - National Gallery of Canada, 1972, 1987-1988, 1999
File 11 Correspondence - Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, 1970-1987, predominant 1978-1982
File 12 Correspondence - Miscellaneous, 1967-2001, predominant 1980-1987

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Series 4 - Magazine and newspaper clippings

Box Folder
Box 1 File 13 Magazine articles, 1973-1994, 2001
File 14 Newspaper clippings, 1968-1994, 2001

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Series 5 - Miscellaneous ephemera

Box Folder
Box 1 File 15 Miscellaneous ephemera
Box 2 Coffee mug decorated with a detail from Haase's Fishermen triptych

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Series 6 - Prints

Woodcut Prints
Box
Box 3 Title: Curriculum Vitae
Number: 138
Medium: Woodcut on paper, triptych
Dimensions: 41.9 x 30.3 cm
Date: 1969
Inscriptions: "Curriculum Vitae Haase 69"
Other collections: Various people own copies
Extant wood block: Yes
Title: Miracle
Number: 143
Medium: Woodcut on paper
Dimensions: 30.2 x 42.4 cm
Date: 1965
Inscriptions: "6/10 Miracle S. Haase 65"
Other collections: Private collections
Extant wood block: Yes
Title: The Night
Number: 115
Medium: Woodcut on paper
Dimensions: 31.5 x 47.2 cm
Date: 1965
Inscriptions: "The Night S. Haase 65"
Other collections: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia (#1194.179, 7/10)
Extant wood block: Yes
Title: Walk in Spring Storm (The Storm; Spring Storm)
Number: 113
Medium: Woodcut on paper
Dimensions: 42 x 31 cm
Date: 1967
Inscriptions: "3/20 Walk in Spring Storm Siegfried Haase 1967"
Other collections: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia (1974.6, 1/20)
Extant wood block: Yes
Title: The Mirror
Number: 145
Medium: Woodcut on paper
Dimensions: 43 x 32 cm
Date: 1965
Inscriptions: "39/40 Mirror S. Haase 65"
Other collections: Various people own copies
Extant wood block: Yes
Title: St. James the Greater
Number: 110
Medium: Woodcut on paper
Dimensions: 27.2 x 52.8 cm
Date: 1967
Inscriptions: "10/10 St. James the Greater S. Haase 67"
Other collections: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, Nova Scotia (#1994.176); Archbishop James Martin Hayes; Various other people own copies
Extant wood block: Yes
Woodcut Prints: Christmas Cards
Box
Box 4 Title: Girl and Boy with Fish
Number: 284
Medium: Woodcut print, colour (yellow, blue, red, green, and black)
Dimensions: 18.7 x 13.0 cm
Date: 1967
Other collections: Private collection
Extant wood block: Yes
Title: Three Children with Lanterns
Number: 285
Medium: Woodcut print, colour (yellow, green, and black)
Dimensions: 18.1 x 14.3 cm
Date: 1968
Other collections: Private collection
Extant wood block: No
Title: Volkswagen Santa Claus
Number: 326
Medium: Woodcut print, colour (red and blue)
Dimensions: 27 x 21 cm
Date: n.d.
Extant wood block: No
Wood Blocks
Box
Box 5 Title: [Three Figures and a Dog]
Number: 340
Medium: Wood block
Dimensions: 37.3 x 23.7 cm (wood block); 34.9 x 23.7 cm (carved image)
Title: Fisher Children (in black)
Number: 114 A (recto of 143)
Medium: Wood block
Dimensions: 41 x 30.3 cm
Date: 1971
Title: Miracle
Number: 143 (verso of 114 A)
Medium: Wood block
Dimensions: 30.3 x 41 cm
Title: Fisher Children (in blue)
Number: 114 B (recto of 145)
Medium: Wood block
Dimensions: 41 x 31.5 cm
Date: 1971
Title: The Mirror
Number: 145 (verso of 114 B)
Medium: Wood block
Dimensions: 41 x 31.5 cm
Title: Children Playing in the Snow
Number: 146 (recto of 259/341)
Medium: Wood block
Dimensions: 43.5 x 31.5 cm
Date: 1965
Note: "Children #146 Playing in the Snow" written in red pen along edge"
Title: Woman and the See [Sea?]
Number: Listed as both 259 and 341 (verso of 146)
Medium: Wood block
Dimensions: 31.5 x 43.5 cm
Note: "Woman and the See #259" written in red pen along edge
Box
Box 6 Title: Walk in a Spring Storm (The Storm; Spring Storm)
Number: 113
Medium: Wood block
Dimensions: 42 x 29 cm (wood block); 45 x 29.4 (carved image)
Title: The Night
Number: 115 (verso of 114 C)
Medium: Wood block
Dimensions: 47.8 x 29.4 cm (wood block); 45 x 29.4 (carved image)
Title: Fisher Children
Number: 114 (verso of 115)
Medium: Wood block
Dimensions: 47.8 x 29.4 cm
Date: 1971
Title: [Child]/i>
Number: 102
Medium: Wood block
Dimensions: 53.7 x 25.7 cm (wood block); 35.6 x 25.7 (carved image)
Title: Cooper (s) (the Barrels, Coopers Shop)
Number: 103 (verso of 110)
Medium: Wood block
Dimensions: 55 x 25.5 cm (wood block); 36 x 25.5 cm (carved image)
Date: 1968
Title: St. James the Greater, AD 44)
Number: 110 (verso of 103)
Medium: Wood block
Dimensions: 25 x 55 cm (wood block); 25.5 x 52 cm (carved image)
Wood Blocks: Christmas Cards
Box
Box 7 Title: Girl and Boy with Fish (in dark green)
Number: 284
Medium: Wood block
Dimensions: 19.2 x 11.9 cm
Date: 1967
Title: Girl and Boy with Fish (in blue)
Number: 284
Medium: Wood block
Dimensions: 18.8 x 12.8 cm
Date: 1967
Title: Girl and Boy with Fish (in green)
Number: 284
Medium: Wood block
Dimensions: 18.5 x 13.7 cm
Date: 1967
Title: Girl and Boy with Fish (in red)
Number: 284 (recto of #326)
Medium: Wood block
Dimensions: 17.8 x 12.1 cm
Date: 1967
Title: Volkswagen Sant Claus (in blue)
Number: 326 (verso of #284)
Medium: Wood block
Dimensions: 17.8 x 12.1 cm
Date: n.d.
Box
Box 8 Title: Santa Claus Comes by Rowboat (in black)
Number: 333
Medium: Wood block
Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.9 cm
Date: n.d
Title: Santa Claus Comes by Rowboat (in blue)
Number: 333
Medium: Wood block
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.1 cm
Date: n.d
Title: Santa Claus Comes by Rowboat (in red)
Number: 333
Medium: Wood block
Dimensions: 20.6 x 12.7 cm
Date: n.d
Zinc Plates
Box
Box 9 Title: House with Bare Trees
Number: 294
Medium: Zinc plate
Dimensions: 52 x 38.5 cm
Date: n.d
Title: Landscape with Huge Trees
Number: 295
Medium: Zinc plate
Dimensions: 52 x 38.5 cm
Date: n.d
Title: House Among Leafy Trees
Number: 296
Medium: Zinc plate
Dimensions: 52 x 38.5 cm
Date: n.d
Title: Landscape
Number: 297
Medium: Zinc plate
Dimensions: 52 x 38.5 cm
Date: n.d
Title: Six Heads, Eyes Predominate
Number: 298
Medium: Zinc plate
Dimensions: 52 x 38.5 cm
Date: n.d
Title: Four Houses Grouped Around Three Trees
Number: 299
Medium: Zinc plate
Dimensions: 52 x 38.5 cm
Date: n.d