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Ron Gould fonds:
Ron Gould was hired by the Federal government as a management trainee shortly after he graduated from the University of Toronto in 1955. He was assigned to the Department of Northern Affairs and National Resources which was established in 1953 in recognition by the government of the importance of Canada's northern territory and the people who inhabit the area. During his five years with the department (1955-1960), Ron Gould participated in a number of assignments and frequently travelled in the North. One of these assignments was the promotion of the Inuit prints from the Cape Dorset studio as fine art through a marketing strategy that included the sale of the prints through higher-end art galleries with "carefully staged" annual releases of the prints.
The fonds consists of 993 slides, negatives, and contact sheets of the Cape Dorset studio, including photographs of Iyola Kingwatsiak (1933-2000) and other artists working on prints and sculpture; James Houston (1921-2005), his wife Alma and their sons Sam and John; installation photographs of the exhibition of Inuit art and culture that took place at the Shakespeare Festival at Stratford, Ontario in 1959; and of other Inuit artworks and crafts. The photographs also document the voyage and activities aboard the icebreaker C.D. Howe in 1958 and 1959 as it sailed to many of the Inuit settlements in northern Quebec and the Eastern Arctic bringing supplies, medical, dental, and other services to these communities, and of vocational training which took place for the Inuit in Edmonton and Leduc, Alberta. The fonds also includes photographs of a number of communities in the North, including Iqaluit (aka Frobisher Bay before 1987) and Cape Dorset, and of community activities such as hunting and fishing. Also included are photographs of the northern landscape and its wildlife and of Ron Gould's collection of Inuit prints and sculpture and other artworks. In addition, 6 films of footage aboard the C.D. Howe, of settlements in the North, a walrus hunt in the Eastern Arctic, vocational training for members of the Inuit community which tool place in Edmonton and Leduc, Alberta are also included. The textual records consist of 12 greeting cards based on Inuit prints produced at Cape Dorset in 1957, 1 catalogue for Borealis Cards (1962), 1 pamphlet of Arctic recipes, newspapers clippings on Inuit art, and the February 1960 issue of Time magazine featuring the article "Land of the Bear" on Inuit art.
Source of title proper: Title based on contents of fonds.
Physical description: Photographs include: 665 col. slides, 199 b&w 35mm negatives, 65 col. 35mm negatives, 32 col. 120mm negatives, 18 b&w 120mm negatives and 14 b&w contact sheets. The condition of some of the slides is fair to good. Some of the slides have been scratched and there has been some colour shift on some of the slides. The condition of the b&w negatives is good. The condition of the colour negatives is fair.
Immediate source of acquisition: The fonds was donated to the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives by Ron Gould in 2010.
Terms governing use and reproduction: Permission to reproduce or publish material from the Ron Gould fonds must be obtained from the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives.
Finding aids: Item level description available for the photographs and film.
Accruals: No further accruals expected.
Collection arranged and described by Cyndie Campbell in 2013.
[Title of item], Ron Gould fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives.