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Molly Pulver Ungar fonds:
Molly Pulver Ungar was born in Romania in 1946, and moved the following year to Barbados with her parents. In 1955 she immigrated to Venezuela with her family, spending two years there before settling in Montreal. As a child, Ungar showed artistic talent and was enrolled in art classes at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, where Arthur Lismer (1885-1969) was one of her instructors in Life Class. Graduating from high school in 1962, Ungar studied at Sir George Williams School of Art under Allan Harrison (1911-1988) and Richard Billmeier (b. 1921). In 1966, after working at various temporary positions in order to save money, she and her partner, Robert Ungar, spent three months hitchhiking in Europe, before moving to Israel for two years. They returned to Montreal as a married couple in 1968, and Molly worked as a commercial artist at various printing presses until starting her own freelance graphic arts studio in 1975. In 1978 Molly moved with her husband to Hamilton, Ontario. Four years later she entered the entered the Art History program at McMaster University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and History in 1988, and a Masters in History the following year. For her undergraduate thesis, she wrote a paper entitled "Intent and Destiny: The Role of Personal Choices and Political Forces in the Life and Art of John Lyman." The primary source for this research was Lyman's diary, where he listed the names of persons who had been present at his home on two separate occasions in the 1930s. This marked the beginning of her research into Lyman and his milieu, culminating in her dissertation, The Last Ulysseans: Culture and Modernism in Montreal: 1930-1939 (Department of History, York University, 2003). After obtaining her Ph.D., Ungar and her husband returned to Montreal, where she worked as a sessional instructor at Concordia University and Bishop's University (Lennoxville) until 2005, when she accepted a permanent position in the History Department at University College of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Molly retired as a university professor in 2017. In 2020 her dissertation on Lyman and his circle was published by Academia Press in Washington, D.C.
The fonds consists of research material gathered by Molly Pulver Ungar for her dissertation, The Last Ulysseans: Culture and Modernism in Montreal: 1930-1939 (York University, 2003). Included are drafts of Ungar's dissertation; correspondence from friends and acquaintances of the artist John Lyman (1886-1967), a central figure in Unger's work; notes from interviews with Lyman's colleagues; and documentation relating to the career of Jean C. Lallemand (1898-1987), a Montreal industrialist, philanthropist, and patron of the arts. Photographs in the fonds include several by Ungar showing the Montreal homes of artists John Lyman, Allan Harrison, Edwin Holgate (1892-1977), Frank Scott (1899-1985), Marian Scott (1906-1993), and others. Also included are copy images of items in Lallemand's photograph album.
Source of title proper: Supplied title based on contents of the collection.
Immediate source of acquisition: Donated to the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives by Molly Pulver Ungar in 2020.
Physical description: Photographs include 58 colour photographs and 53 colour negatives.
Terms governing use and reproduction: For permission to reproduce or publish material from the Molly Pulver Ungar fonds, a written request must be made to the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives.
Finding aids: Fonds level description available.
Accruals: No further accruals are expected.
Collection processed and finding aid prepared by Philip Dombowsky in 2021.
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