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DUNCAN, DOUGLAS, 1902-1968

Douglas Duncan fonds. - 1926-1977. - 10 cm of textual record and graphic material.

Biographical Sketch

Bookbinder, book collector and art collector, Douglas Moerdyke Duncan was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 1902. He studied at the University of Toronto and inspired by the work of Agnes St. John, a Canadian bookbinder, he moved to Paris and pursued bookbinding with Noulhac and Domont. In 1936, he founded the Picture Loan Society, which was established to exhibit, sell and lend out the works of contemporary Canadian artists. His work with the Society eventually became his main occupation. He accumulated a large personal collection of original works of Canadian artists and became a leading participant in the Canadian art world.

Scope and Content

The Douglas Duncan fonds includes notes about and photographs of his bindings; correspondence, photographs and clippings related to his studies in Paris during the 1920s and 1930s; photos and correspondence related to exhibitions of his bindings held at the National Gallery of Canada in 1971 and the National Library of Canada in 1977.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: acquired from Douglas Duncan's sister, Frances Duncan Barwick. [1992-14]

Language: the material in the fonds is in English.

Restrictions: none.

Finding Aid: finding aid available

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