Doris McCarthy fonds
The Doris McCarthy fonds was donated to the University of Toronto Scarborough in 2011 by the estate of Doris McCarthy (1910-2010), celebrated Canadian artist, author, teacher, and UTSC alumna. The fonds was donated along with 213 pieces of McCarthy's artwork, which are held by the Doris McCarthy Gallery at UTSC.
The Doris McCarthy fonds was arranged and described in 2011. The collection contains over 9 meters of textual records, over 15,000 photographic items, and numerous other primary documents such as artifacts, architectural drawings, postcards, and an annotated personal library. There are many treasures within the fonds that speak to her influence as a pioneer for women in Canadian art and as a national cultural icon. Biographical highlights in the fonds include over five decades of correspondence between McCarthy and her best friend, Marjorie Beer (née Wood); diaries written by McCarthy between the ages of 12 and 90; personal artifacts and keepsakes; photographs of her family, life and travels dating back to the late 19th Century; and draft manuscripts of McCarthy's autobiographical publications. The fonds provides insight into her process as an artist and also includes hand-drawn architectural plans for Fool's Paradise, the home McCarthy designed and built on the Scarborough Bluffs.
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