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Accession Number: 10-009

Title

Lyceum Club and Women's Art Association of Peterborough fonds. Additions. -- 1947-2009. -- 44 cm of textual records.

Biography / History

In September 1887, an enthusiastic group of young women artists organized an art club on the plan of the Art Student's League of New York. In a studio on Yonge Street Arcade they met to work together in painting, drawing, modeling and sketching from still life and living models. No instruction was given, the object being to provide an incentive and help towards self-development, to draw out (independent of the instructor) personal resources, which are necessary to individual effort. In 1890 the Club was incorporated into the "Women's Art Club" for the purpose of creating general interest in art and encouragement of women's work, through the exchange of ideas and cooperation among its members, as well as the holding of art exhibitions and lectures. The motto chosen was that of the old Plantin Printers of Antwerp "Labore et Constantia" by Labour and Constancy. While the motto is kept in evidence, few now remember that the colours of the Association are red and white and the emblem the wild rose. In April, 1930, the Association affiliated with the Lyceum Club of London, England, and is now known as the Lyceum Club and Women's Art Association of Canada. Members are assured of a welcome in any of the International Lyceum Clubs. In March, 1905, the Women's Art Association of Toronto held its first exhibition in Peterborough. This exhibition of paintings and handicrafts was arranged by members of the Toronto association resident in Peterborough, and was such a success that it was decided to form a branch association, and on March 28, 1905, the Peterborough Branch of the Women's Art Association was organized.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of programmes, rules and regulations, membership records, annual reports, minutes, correspondence and research material of the Lyceum Club and Women's Art Association of Peterborough.

Notes

Custodial History: This fonds was created by and in the custody of the Lyceum Club and Women's Art Association of Peterborough before it was donated to Trent University Archives via Anne Graham in 2010.

Immediate Source: Fonds acquired from Anne Graham in 2010.

Restrictions: N

Accruals: Further accruals are expected. This fonds along with 94-004 and 97-006 is an addition to 88-009.

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Box 1

Folder
1. Lyceum Club and Women's Art Association of Peterborough minutes, reports, correspondence, 1985-2001
Blue binder: "Executive Meetings": Lyceum Club and Women's Art Association of Peterborough constitution, by-laws, regulations, minutes, 1986-1999
Three black notebooks:
* Literary Group Minute Book, Lyceum Art Association, December 1985 to May 2006
* Travel Club Minute Book, 1964-1976
* Travel Club Minute Book, 1976-1996
2. Travel Club membership, programs, etc., 1973-2004; planner, 1986-2004
3. Studio meeting minutes, 1990-1997
4. Drama Study Group minutes, correspondence, etc., 1985-1990
5. Music Study Group constitution, rules & regulations, programmes, 1947-1975
6. Music Study Club minutes, etc., 1963-1972
7. Music Study Group minutes, etc., 1972-1980
8. Music Study Club minutes, etc., 1980-1988
9. Oliver Memorial fund - art award, 1988-1990
10. Events, 1971-2000
11. J.W. Beatty painting - Civic Hospital, 1995-1998

Box 2

Folder
1. Women's Art Association - 100th anniversary, 2005: research material
Red duotang: Women's Art Association of Canada Peterborough Branch: presentation at Trent University, June 2005
2. Historical notes collected and written by Dorothy Gamble/Hubbs. Artists researched include Juliette Bonheur, Hornyanski, J.W. Beatty, Mary Dignam, MacGillivary Knowles, K. Wallis
3. Lyceum Club and Women's Art Association of Canada inscription on seat at Showplace, Peterborough: certificate, 1997
4. Art Association logo
Loose:
* Lyceum Club and Women's Art Association Peterborough Branch annual reports, 1964-1965 to 1997-1998
* Women's Art Association Peterborough Branch annual reports, 1998-1999 to 2008-2009
* Lyceum Club Women's Art Association of Canada Peterborough Branch programmes, 1963-1964 to 1998-1999
* Women's Art Association Peterborough Branch programmes, 1999-2000 to 2008-2009
5. Lyceum Club and Women's Art Association of Canada annual reports, correspondence, etc., 1994-2000

Materials added 19 October 2015:

6. 110th anniversary materials: Program of celebration held at Princess Gardens, Peterborough, 16 October 2015; brochure pertaining to the history of the association titled "Labore et Constantia; Women's Art Association Peterborough, 1905-2015" by Gail Corbett

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