Collection C018 - Lawrence Hayward collection

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Lawrence Hayward collection

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  • Textual record

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  • [19--] ; [1966-1978] (Creation)
    Hayward, Lawrence

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1.9 m textual records
4,919 35mm slides
210 photographs : b&w & col.
ca. 115 contact sheets : b&w
47 46mm slides
8 prints (cards)
7 drawings

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Biographical history

Lawrence Hayward was born on November 10, 1930, in Midland, Ontario. Hayward was a massage therapist, artist, writer, and art collector, and he wrote numerous biographies on Canadian sculptors. His work on Canadian sculptors began in 1963, when he was asked to write biographies of Frances Loring and Florence Wyle. By 1965, Hayward had collected documentation on 65 sculptors. He died in January 2015 in Kingston, Ontario.

Custodial history

In the 1970s and 1980s, the Hayward Collection was dispersed among Canadian institutions, namely Concordia University, Queen's University, the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Archives of Ontario, and Library and Archives Canada. Concordia purchased 1,800 slides from the collection at that time. In 1993, numerous slides and textual records were transferred from the Archives of Ontario to Concordia University's Slides Library, known today as the Visual Collections Repository (VCR). The collection was transferred to the Library's Special Collections from VCR on May 23, 2018.

Scope and content

The Lawrence Hayward collection contains documentation concerning Lawrence Hayward’s research on Canadian sculptors working between 1840 and 1910. The collection contains material on a diverse array of artists, including Charles Adamson, Walter S. Allward, Emile Brunet, John Lisney Banks, Allan Archibald Cameron, Frederick Alexander Turner Dunbar, Ulric Stonewall Jackson Dunbar, Merle Foster, George William Hill, Frances Norma Loring, Hamilton T. C. P. MacCarthy, Vernon March, Charles Duncan Mckechnie, Robert Tait McKenzie, Eleanor Milne, Lauréat Vallière, Marshall Wood, Percy Wood, and Florence Wyle, among others.

The collection consists of research materials, correspondence, reports, index cards, slides, photographs, and drawings documenting Lawrence Hayward’s research into Canadian sculptors. Research files contain materials compiled by Hayward, including clippings, biographical information, articles, correspondence, and catalogues, among other items.

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Physical condition

Some textual records and photographs show evidence of water damage.

Immediate source of acquisition

Collection was transferred to the Library's Special Collections from Concordia University's Visual Collections Repository (VCR) on May 23, 2018.


Materials are arranged in the order of receipt.

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  • English
  • French

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Materials are mostly in English. Some documents are in French.

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Reproduction for research or private study may be permitted.
Use of material in publications cannot be done without permission of the copyright holder(s).

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Associated materials

Library and Archives Canada holds other records related to Lawrence Hayward, including research files related to his work on Canadian Sculptors. Lawrence Hayward collection (R8270-0-6-E).

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Documents were placed in acid-free file folders and archival quality boxes. Slides have been placed into archival enclosures. Some of the materials were treated for water damage in 2006 by the Records Management and Archives Department.

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