Fonds PR-2203 - Asian Arts Society of Victoria fonds

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Asian Arts Society of Victoria fonds

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  • 1977-1988 (Creation)
    Asian Art Society of Victoria

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83 cm of textual records, ca. 125 photographs

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The Asian Art Society of Victoria was founded in November 1976, and incorporated as a non-profit society under the Society Act of British Columbia on 19 January 1977 as “The Asian Arts Society of Victoria”, incorporation number 12864. On 11 October 1978 it was re-registered as “The Asian Art Society of Victoria”. In its records the society referred to itself only by the latter name. The purpose of the society, as stated in its constitution, was “to promote, develop, foster and encourage the knowledge and appreciation of Asian Art in all its forms, [and] the collection and exhibition of works of Asian Art in the Province of British Columbia”. Mr. Foster Isherwood was president for the first year and drafted the constitution. Mrs. Hilda L. Hale (1907-2007), who was the society's founder and motivating force, then became president and held the position for at least the next ten years. The Society held its meetings at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, where it also maintained an Asian Art reference library. Activities included tours and dinners, performances, art classes and the sponsorship of public lectures and art exhibitions. The society issued a bi-monthly newsletter, and raised funds to establish and maintain a Japanese garden, designed by Mrs. Margaret Ely, at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. The Society worked closely with the Department for History in Art and the Centre for Pacific and Oriental Studies at the University of Victoria. The Society was dissolved on 28 July 1995. It re-formed and was still active in 2009.

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The fonds consists of the records generated by the Asian Art Society of Victoria between 1977 and 1988 in the course of its meetings, social events, volunteer and fund-raising activities, tours, classes, sponsored lectures and art exhibitions in Victoria, British Columbia. The fonds consists of the constitution and by-laws, agendas and minutes of meetings, annual reports, financial statements, newsletters, membership applications and lists, lists of Board members, committee members and honorary patrons, copies of speeches, invitations, notices, grant applications, correspondence, information from lectures, guest lists, news clippings (some about Hilda L. Hale), photographs and a scrapbook (the “Social Record Book”) of the Asian Art Society of Victoria. The fonds also includes newsletters (1980-1988) and annual reports (1980-1985) of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria as well as some newsletters, bulletins and annual reports of the Canadian Society for Asian Arts (1978-1982).

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The Social Record Book was acquired in 1987. The remaining records were physically transferred to the Archives in about 1989 and acquired on 11 Jun 2009.


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Archives code(s): 95-8821; 87-097.

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Accession number(s): 95-8821; 87-097

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