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Curators' records series

Alvin Balkind (Creator)
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Scope & Content

Series consists of posters, pamphlets, newspapers articles, correspondence, unpublished articles, artists statements, reviews, curriculum vitae, magazines, newsletters, adjudication comments, speeches, and articles.

The records mostly pertain to Alvin Balkind’s tenure as curator for University Art Centre from 1962 to 1973 and include records on organizing exhibitions, petitioning for funds, and other related administrative matters. Some files also relate to Balkind’s work as an art critic—he was often asked to write reviews, articles, or adjudicate art competitions. One of the most prevalent types of records found in his papers is correspondence. Balkind wrote to many people, from gallery curators to artists and to such names as Samuel Beckett and Marshall McLuhan. 

Series is divided into the following subseries:

  1. Alvin Balkind correspondence subseries (13.3-1)
  2. Alvin Balkind - general subseries (13.3-2)
  3. Alvin Balkind - articles and reviews subseries (13.3-3)
  4. Festival of the Contemporary Arts subseries (13.3-4)


Physical Description

Physical Extent
23 cm textual records and graphic material
Material Type
Graphic material, Textual record

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