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Letters to Paula Blanchard

The file consists of photocopies of two letters written by Nancy Martin of Los Gatos, California in 1989, to Paula Blanchard, author of "The life of Emily Carr", Vancouver, B.C. 1987. In them, Martin explains the relationship of Emily Carr to the Hayes family. Nancy Martin is the great granddaughter of Elizabeth Hayes Martin, referred to as "Auntie" by Emily Carr in "The book of Small".

Emma Kenmuir remembers Emily Carr

RECORDED: Alert Bay (B.C.), 1988-07-01 SUMMARY: Mrs. Kenmuir was "the little indian girl" (mentioned in "Klee Wyck", p. 32) who accompanied Emily Carr on a sketching trip to an Indian village near Alert Bay, travelling in the Indian agent's boat.;

Emily Carr

SUMMARY: A report on a new play about the life and work of Emily Carr, written by Vancouver actress Joy Coghill. There is a 40-second silence in mid-item.;

Arts calendar : [Emily Carr Gallery]

Public access. Phil Kitley interviews Linda MacNaughton, curator of the Emily Carr Gallery, about the current exhibit at the Gallery, which ran from May 6 to September 26, 1987. The display celebrated the tenth anniversary of the gallery and featured a survey of Emily Carr works, manuscripts and donations.

Patricia Keir interview

CALL NUMBER: T4079:0001 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Senator W.J. Macdonald and Armadale (part 1) PERIOD COVERED: 1851-ca. 1945 RECORDED: Victoria (B.C.), 1983-07-19 SUMMARY: Mrs. Patricia Keir discusses her forebears, especially Senator W.J. Macdonald and her father Gavin Hamilton Burns. Discussion of the family home, "Armadale", and its social scene. Comments on Emily Carr.

CALL NUMBER: T4079:0002 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Senator W.J. Macdonald and Armadale (part 2) PERIOD COVERED: ca. 1913-ca. 1945 RECORDED: Victoria (B.C.), 1983-07-19 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mrs. Keir discusses purchase of paintings from Emily Carr. The demise of Armadale, ca. 1913-1945. [TRACK 2: blank; end of interview.]

Edythe Hembroff-Schleicher : Women in Victoria's art circles

Item consists of an audio recording in which Edythe Hembroff-Schleicher reads the text of an address that she [later] delivered as part of an extension program, "Victoria's Art Circles and Victoria's Women, 1932", offered by the University of Victoria in February 1983. The address discusses women artists in Victoria, particularly Emily Carr and other members of the Island Arts and Crafts Society.

The item was recorded in Victoria.

Emily Carr : a biography : Maria Tippett

The item consists of audio recordings from a study kit for Maria Tippett's book "Emily Carr: A Biography" (1978), comprising a series of recorded lectures and interviews on four cassettes. In the first two talks, Tippett outlines the life of Emily Carr. Two further talks are devoted to the research process and the writing of biography. Each talk is accompanied by an interview in which the interviewer poses questions arising from the talks. Through the tapes, the listener is introduced to the life and work of Emily Carr and the research process which has revealed that life to the biographer.

Elizabeth Ruggles Macdonnell interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Journalism in B.C. : interview with Elizabeth Ruggles Macdonnell RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1981-01-19 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Elizabeth Ruggles Macdonnell describes her memories of the newspaper business in the inter-war years. Mrs. Macdonnell discusses her career with the Victoria Daily Times: her love of writing; family's disapproval of her work on a newspaper; growing up as a socialite; began as Ken Drury's assistant; writing for the magazine section; being one of the few reporters with some education in journalism; Nancy Hodges; her dislike of the society page; World War II; changing the society page into a report of what women were doing for the war effort; conditions at the Times; newspaper guild. TRACK 2: Mrs. Macdonnell discusses: newspaper union (cont'd); anecdote about holding hands in the park with Jim Nesbitt; interviewing Emily Carr; why she had to retire once she was pregnant. (End of interview)

The Hornby collection : Emily

SUMMARY: "The Hornby Collection" is an anthology of plays, documentaries, interviews and selected fiction for radio -- all written, prepared and produced in British Columbia. "Emily" is a play by Anne Sniderman about the middle years of the Victoria painter Emily Carr. It depicts Carr taking her first trip across Canada by train to show her paintings at the National Art Gallery in Ottawa. Joy Coghill stars in the title role.

Emma Smiley interview

Item consists of one audio recording, with recordings on tracks 1 and 2. On track 1, Rev. Dr. Emma Smiley (1895-1983) discusses Emily Carr's religious beliefs and her association with the Victoria Truth Centre, beginning in 1933. Emily Carr's search for companionship and friendship. Her love for animals. The reasoning behind some of her paintings. Carr's influence on Mrs. Smiley, religious and otherwise. Attitudes towards circuit and local religious lecturers of the 1930s. On track 2, Carr's reasons for specifically attending the Victoria Truth Centre, and her interviews with the church pastor, Mr. Weston. Carr's eventual return to the Anglican faith of her youth.

Flo Bell and Hazel Edwards interview

Item consists of audio recording in which Hazel Edwards and her daughter, Flo Bell, recall Emily Carr's last sketching trip to Mount Douglas Park in August 1942. Mrs. Edwards was proprietor of the Mount Douglas Tea House, and Flo helped carry Carr's art supplies, etc. Carr's week-long stay at the tea house during the sketching excursion. Location of the tea house, cottage, etc., and relation to Carr's painting sites. Carr's personality and physical state at the time of their meeting. Track 2 is blank.

The Hornby collection : Emily

SUMMARY: "The Hornby Collection" is an anthology of plays, documentaries, interviews and selected fiction for radio -- all written, prepared and produced in British Columbia. "Emily" is a play by Anne Sniderman about the middle years of the Victoria painter Emily Carr. It depicts Carr taking her first trip across Canada by train to show her paintings at the National Art Gallery in Ottawa. Joy Coghill stars in the title role.;

Madeleine Nation interview

Item consists of audio recording of interview with Madeleine Nation, in which she discusses Canadian artist/painter, M.A. Suzor-Cote. Nation discusses her first acquaintance with Suzor-Cote, their early friendship in Montreal, and Suzor-Cote's method of art and subject matter. Nation also describes her modelling experience for Cote's sculpture sessions, as well as Cote's temperament and approach to his work. Nation also talks about her instruction in art with Brimner in Montreal.

The interview was recorded in Victoria in 1979, and covers the time period of 1912-1914. Track 2 of the tape is blank.

Gertrude Ball interview

RECORDED: Victoria (B.C.), 1979-07-11 SUMMARY: Gertrude Ball discusses her recollections of early theatre in Victoria, including stock company productions at the Coliseum or Empire Theatre, before it became the McPherson Playhouse. She also recalls life at Emily Carr's boarding house, The House of All Sorts.

Harold Gelling interview

RECORDED: Victoria (B.C.), 1979-07-23 SUMMARY: Harold Gelling recalls his experiences in the world of Victoria theatre, including the Oak Bay United Church drama group; Victoria Little Theatre; Beaux Arts; experiences as a young actor in Hollywood; (mid-1930s); more Victoria Little Theatre; radio drama on CFCT/CJVI; story of the Langham Court Theatre and the Victoria Theatre Guild; drama festivals; repertory companies; Reginald Hincks; Theatre Under The Stars and its Victoria offshoot, Starlight Theatre; story about Emily Carr; theatres in Victoria.;

Humphrey Toms interview

In an interview with Mrs. Edith Hembroff-Schleicher, Humphrey Toms describes his association with Emily Carr, particularly in the 1930s. Toms saw Carr's work in the 1932 Island Arts and Crafts Society show. Met Carr in 1933. Toms describes visits to Carr's studio (1933) and to her skecthing camps. Anecdote about a sketch in Toms' possession. Other visits to sketching camps in the late 1930s and 1940, Anecdote about swapping old clothes for Carr sketches, 1936. Carr paints Toms' portrait. Assessment of Carr's work. Track 2 is blank.

Max Maynard interview : [Reimer, 1978]

CALL NUMBER: T1642:0002 - 0003 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Discussion of 1930s sketch books RECORDED: Victoria (B.C.), 1978-11 SUMMARY: Mr. Maynard discusses his sketchbooks from the 1930s: how he began these sketchbooks in 1932, the year of his marriage to Evelyn Wheeler; the influence of the Group of Seven on his work- Hauser's book, exhibition at Vancouver Art Gallery; goals and aims of the Group of Seven; interest in nature dating back to childhood, and work of Emily Carr; writing poems on assigned topics with Roy Daniels. Maynard talks about his time in Sussex in southern England, and his experience with nature there. Maynard says he often painted earlier sketches in waves of nostalgia for B.C. while living elsewhere. Maynard discusses various sketches and what was going on when he was completing them. CALL NUMBER: T1642:0004 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Interview with Max Maynard RECORDED: Victoria (B.C.), 1978-11 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Maynard discusses personal and family background: born December 30th, 1903 in southern India; father's involvement with organizing the Indian village- schools, clinics; learning Tamil as a child; father and mother both part of Salvation Army attempt (led by General Booth) to Christianize India; parents marry and become involved with Plymouth Brethren in another part of India; his father's sisters and their influence on his life. Maynard starts painting at age 8 or 9. Further discusses his aunts, paternal grandfather and grandmother, father's time in India (40 years). Maynard and family came to Canada in about 1912. Came to Victoria because of a correspondent of his mother's. Settled in Oaklands district; rural area at that time. Father returned to India for a time after the family was in Victoria. Discusses his father's firm hand in ruling the Indians in India. TRACK 2: Further discusses his father's dealing with Indians in the village in India of which he was in charge; his father's attitudes towards India and its inhabitants. Describes neighbouring family on Shakespeare Street, the Brands, from Scotland: both Brand parents died, so Maynard's parents had to take in 2 of their 5 children. Discusses family memories: difference between his Victorian aunts and cold but intelligent mother; effect of separation due to schooling on his siblings; brother Theodore's conversion to Catholicism and his mother's distress over this. Discusses his schooling career: Grey's School in Conoor, India; King Charles School, England; George Jay, Oaklands, Victoria; Oaklands school, Victoria; Victoria High School; normal school; UBC. Took a couple of years off in high school to do odd jobs, including being a cowboy in central B.C. Meeting Ira Dilworth at Victoria High School. CALL NUMBER: T1642:0005 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Interview with Max Maynard RECORDED: Victoria (B.C.), 1978-11 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Falling out with Ira Dilworth over T.S. Eliot's "Wasteland" and disagreement over work of Emily Carr. (Maynard liked Carr's work well before Dilworth saw the value in it). TRACK 2: Mr. Maynard discusses the role of organized religion in his life: going to church, morning prayers; Bible class. Effect of organized religion on his later life: became familiar with philosophic ideas; reading of religious works on Sundays. Talks about his father's role in the Plymouth Brethren congregation in Victoria. Ira Dilworth as a teacher, and the influence of Dilworth on his life. CALL NUMBER: T1642:0006 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Interview with Max Maynard RECORDED: Victoria (B.C.), 1978-11 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Going to the B.C. Normal School to become an elementary school teacher. First job as a vice-principal in Rutland (a small town in the Okanagan Valley): anecdotes about living and social conditions there. No drawings in Rutland, or at Normal School, or even at high school (one drawing class though). Drew the picture on the front of the Camosun magazine as its editor when he was in his final year at high school. After Rutland, Maynard left teaching and did a variety of labouring jobs: during this time, he had a sort of 'vision' that he would be an artist one day. Wanted to both write and paint. First exhibition of Maynard's work at Island Arts and Crafts Show in 1928. Discusses relationship with Emily Carr: cordial at first, deteriorates after Maynard offers criticism of Carr's work. Describes Emily Carr's studio and personality. TRACK 2: More on Emily Carr: not an intellectual or lover of modern art; typical evening at Emily Carr's; wife Evelyn's relationship with Emily Carr; Carr's reluctance to take criticism; Carr's accusation that Maynard copied or stole her ideas; termination of friendship when Maynard was director of Vancouver Art Gallery; sketching with Carr in Metchosin; Carr's relationships with members of the Group of Seven, particularly Lawren Harris; Carr's understanding of nature. Maynard discusses Emily Carr's "gushing sentimentality" in writing and even painting. CALL NUMBER: T1642:0007 SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Interview with Max Maynard RECORDED: Victoria (B.C.), 1978-11 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Maynard discusses the chronology of his life after his year at Rutland. Talks about Victoria College year, 1926-7: friendships from this time (Jack Shadbolt, John Macdonald, Sidney Pettit;); getting to know professor Jeanette Cann; experiences going to school in a castle (Victoria College was in Craigdarroch Castle at this time); living on Caledonia Avenue during this time with family; acquaintance with Edith Hembroff. Discusses further his friends from this time period. Teaching at Lampson Street School: embarrassed to be teaching grade 3. TRACK 2: More on grade 3 class at Lampson Street School: staying with them for three years; later meeting up with one of his students; letting children sketch outdoors; taking the class swimming at Crystal Gardens. Racial discrimination. Going to UBC in 1935-37 to finish his BA which he started while a teacher at Lampson Street: interest in 18th century literature and philosophy. Sketching Point Grey area while at UBC. Painting and studio space.

Madge Wolfenden interview : [Hembroff-Schleicher, 1977]

Consists of two audio recordings in which Madge (Wolfenden) Hamilton reminisces about her longtime friend, Emily Carr. She recalls the Carr family in the latter part of the 19th century in their James Bay homes, where they were friends with the Wolfendens. The first recording (T2708:0001) also covers Madge (Wolfenden) Hamilton's career as a public servant and librarian.

T2708:0001 was recorded in 1977; T2708:0002 was recorded in 1979.

[Emily Carr Gallery]

News item. An all-around view of the Emily Carr Gallery. Close-ups of totem poles in Carr's paintings are shown to good advantage by the camera.

Max Maynard interview

Item consists of one audio recording in which Max Maynard gives his recollections of his association with Emily Carr, especially in the period 1930-1938 when he and Jack Shadbolt were young painters and friends of Carr. Recordings on tracks 1 and 2.

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