Fonds MSS 402 (A14-137) - Cliff Eyland fonds

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Cliff Eyland fonds

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  • Graphic material
  • Textual record
  • Object

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on creator of the fonds.

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CA UMASC MSS 402 (A14-137)

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  • 1966-2011 (Creation)
    Cliff Eyland

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Physical description

5.2 m textual records;
2.3 m graphic materials and electronic records including:
1 video recording
240 slides
100s photographs
1000s art pieces
70 CD's (estimate)

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Name of creator


Biographical history

Clifford Leslie Joseph Eyland was born 7 November 1954 to Kathleen Margaret Eyland (nee Williams) and Ronald James Eyland. Cliff Eyland is a painter, writer and a curator who studied at Holland College, Mount Allison University, and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Since 1981, he has made paintings, drawings, and notes in a 3"x5" index card format (7.6x12.7 cm).

Eyland has shown his work in public and secret installations in art galleries and libraries in Canada, the United States and Europe. In 2003 Eyland was shortlisted for the national RBC/Canadian Art Foundation painting award. Eyland's ongoing installation at the Raymond Fogelman Library at the New School University in New York City was regularly updated from 1997 until 2005. His permanent installation of over 1000 paintings at Winnipeg's Millennium Library opened in 2005.

Eyland has written criticism for Canadian art magazines since 1983. His curatorial work includes 9 years as a curator at the Technical University of Nova Scotia School of Architecture (Daltech) and freelance work for various galleries, Including the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art in Winnipeg. From 1995 to 2005, Eyland was vice-president of the board of Plug In. Eyland was the Director of Gallery One One One at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg from 1998 to 2010. He is currently an Associate Professor of painting at the University of Manitoba School of Art.

Custodial history

The collection was donated to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Cliff Eyland in 2014.

Scope and content

This collection covers the life, work, and art of Cliff Eyland. It consists of Eyland's working files, sketchbooks, art projects, and materials collected form other artists and creators. The materials span from 1966 to 2014, and include 240 slides, hundreds of photographs, and thousands of individual drawings and other art pieces. There are also electronic records, mainly comprised of digital images of artwork, audio recordings, and video recordings.

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Immediate source of acquisition

The fonds were donated directly to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Cliff Eyland.


This collection is arranged into 7 series. The first series, alphabetical files, are files arranged in alphabetical order by Cliff Eyland. Subsequest series are materials grouped together by Eyland but have been listed separately from the alphabetical materials. These series include Newfoundland Artists, Library Projects, University of Manitoba Classes and Students, Daytimers, Single Drawings & Watercolours, and Sketchbooks & Sketchpads. The series of Single Drawings and Watercolours includes oversized materials.

Language of material

  • English

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Availability of other formats

Some records and related materials are available in digital formats on, a 2014 copy of which is stored digitally on a disk within the collection.

Restrictions on access

Some files in the collection are restricted. Please contact University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections for further information.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Copyright restrictions apply to all materials in the collection.

Finding aids

An online finding aid is available at the link below:
MSS 402 (A14-137).

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Further accruals are expected.

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MSS 402 (A14-137)

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Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Created by Andrea Martin, February 2015.
Edited by Tyyne Petrowski, May 2015.

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  • English

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