Series MS-3432 - Correspondence outward to Lawren Harris

Correspondence outward to Lawren Harris Correspondence outward to Edna Parnell Correspondence outward to Bess [Harris] Correspondence outward to trustors Dilworth: news clippings and envelope

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Correspondence outward to Lawren Harris

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  • 1941-1944, 1955 (Creation)

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2 cm of textual records

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The records were donated to the BC Archives in 2020. They are assumed to have been in the custody of Ira Dilworth following Carr’s death in 1945. The letters came to be in the custody of J Douglas Southern, whose mother was Ira Dilworth’s sister.

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The series consists of Emily Carr’s personal correspondence outward, primarily addressed to Lawren Harris. Other letters are addressed to Edna Parnell, Bess (assumed to be Bess Larkin Housser Harris, wife of Lawren Harris), and his trustors.

The records that are dated by Carr date between 1941-1944. Several records are not dated, but are assumed to have been written during the same time period. The majority of the letters are written from 218 St. Andrews Street, which served as Carr’s studio between 1940-1945.

Six newspaper clippings cover a plaque created to honour Emily Carr in 1955.

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There is no apparent original order. Records are arranged by addressee and then chronologically.

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The originals are restricted for conservation purposes. Please consult digital copies.

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Accession number: 2020.79

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The correspondence consists of 142 written pages (78 leaves of paper). Additionally, there are 6 newspaper clippings regarding a plaque honouring Carr (1955) and an envelope addressed to Ira Dilworth which contained the letters and clippings.

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