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Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Processing Information

Preferred Citation

Contact Information

Box List

National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives

William and Ruth Hood fonds:

Finding Aid



Summary

Title:William and Ruth Hood fonds.
Dates:– 1930-1959.
Quantity: – 3 cm of textual records and 15 b&w photographs.

Biographical Sketch

Ruth Barker Hood (1903-1999) and William Hood (1904-1994) met several members of the Group of Seven, including A.Y. Jackson (1882-1974) and Arthur Lismer (1885-1969), when they were members of the Toronto Art Students' League and Ruth was a student at the Ontario School of Art (1927- ca. 1931). After marrying in 1930 and moving to the northern mining town of Swastika, Ontario the following year, the Hoods corresponded with Jackson, Lismer, and Lawren Harris (1885-1970), particularly from early 1931 to late 1932, when Jackson invited them to participate in the November 1931 Group of Seven show at the Art Gallery of Toronto.

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Scope and Contents

The fonds consists of correspondence, exhibition related material, and photographs of William Hood, Ruth Hood, and their daughter Diana, and photographs of members of the Toronto Art Students' League. Correspondence includes letters from Group of Seven artists A.Y. Jackson, Arthur Lismer (1885-1969) and Lawren Harris (1885-1970), and Group of Seven biographer Fred Housser. The letters contain information about Group of Seven activities and encouragement to the Hoods about their own painting. The photographs document various Art Students' League outings and field trips to artists' studios (e.g. Frances Loring (1887-1968), Florence Wyle (1881-1968) and Lawren Harris). The exhibition material pertains to the December 1931 Group of Seven show at the Art Gallery of Toronto, and to the Annual Exhibition of Canadian Art 1931-1932 at the National Gallery of Canada. A second accrual was donated in 1998 by Michael Hood, son of William and Ruth, consisting of William and Ruth's wedding book with signatures of a number of Canadian artists, including Yvonne McKague Housser (1897-1996), Gordon Webber (1912-1986) and Charles Goldhamer (1903-1985). Also included are three notes of congratulations and one newspaper clipping related to the fine arts course at McMaster University.

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 Ruth Hood, 1996.

Physical description: The photographs are accompanied by an identification key.

Finding aids: Box list available.

Terms governing use and reproduction: Permission to reproduce or publish material the William and Ruth Hood fonds must be obtained from the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives.

Associated material: See Visual Resources database records for the fonds for further information on the photographs.

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Index Terms

Names:
Harris, Lawren, 1885-1970
Hood, Ruth, 1903-1999
Hood, William, 1904-1994
Jackson, Alexander Young, 1882-1974
Lismer, Arthur, 1885-1969
Organizations:
Toronto Art League
Toronto Art Students' League
Document Types:
Correspondence.
Photographs.

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Administrative Information

Processing Information

Second accrual processed and described by Kira A. Brown in 2011.

Preferred Citation

[Title of item], William and Ruth Hood 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
 
ccampbel@gallery.ca 


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Box List

Box Folder
Box 1 File 1 Correspondence 
File 2 Exhibition related material (1931-1935) 
File 3 Photographs *note: file contains 15 b&w photographs 
File 4 Wedding book 

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