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Sandra Barz fonds
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1958 - 2013 (Creation)
- Barz, Sandra
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14 contact sheets
1 Compact Disc
20 VHS video tapes
20 - 5.25" zip discs
30 - 5.25" floppy discs
18 microfiche sheets
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Born in Chicago in 1930, Sandra Barz completed her education at Skidmore College graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1952. She began her career in publishing and later became interested in Inuit art after purchasing a few pieces while visiting Canada. Thereafter she began to research and compile information relating to Inuit prints from Arctic Quebec/Puvirnituq, Baker Lake, Cape Dorset, Clyde River, Holman Island, and Pangnirtung. Her first exploration in this field involved developing, editing, and publishing 28 issues of Arts and Culture of the North from 1976 to 1984. She followed this work with a series of three volumes titled Inuit Artists Print Workbook, Volumes I, II, and III. The volumes catalogue over 8,000 Inuit print images dating from 1957 to the present, produced in the aforementioned communities, as well as prints produced independently of the Arctic co-operative system.
Barz developed her knowledge of printmaking and Inuit culture by making numerous trips to the Canadian Arctic, Alaska, Greenland, and Siberia over a thirty year period. By organizing tours to the Arctic, Sandra Barz connected participants with artists and printmakers and helped expand their appreciation for northern culture and the environment. To further connect art dealers, scholars, curators, and Inuit art enthusiasts, Barz coordinated and sponsored six Eskimo-(and Inuit Art) in-Art Conferences held in the United States and Canada. These venues included Toronto (Art Gallery of Ontario), Ottawa (National Museum of Man (currently Canadian Museum of Civilzation)), Winnipeg (Winnipeg Art Gallery), Washington, DC (The Smithsonian Institution), Chicago (The Field Museum), and Cape Dorset (West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative Limited).
Barz's papers detail over forty years of dedication to documenting Inuit artist biographies, the evolution of printmaking, and encouraging growing interest for Inuit art worldwide. She also documents the recognition given by governments to Indigenous art and culture with her collection of stamps from Europe, Greenland, United States, and Canada.
The A13-44 accession was donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Sandra Barz in 2013.
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The Sandra Barz fonds details over forty years of dedication to documenting Inuit artist biographies, the evolution of printmaking, and encouraging growing interest for Inuit art worldwide. She also documents the recognition given by governments to Indigenous art and culture with her collection of stamps from Europe, Greenland, United States, and Canada. The accrual (A13-44) is divided into 12 series. They include biographical information, publishing, travel, consulting, speeches and conferences, correspondence, a stamp collection, research materials, and oversized items. The photograph collection includes 746 slides, 750 negatives, 3177 photographs, 14 contact sheets, 1 Compact Disc, 20 VHS Video Cassettes, 1 map, 20 - 3.25" zip discs, and 30 - 5.25" floppy discs. There are 18 microfiche sheets included.
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A finding aid is available at the link below:
The National Gallery of Canada's Inuit Artists' Print Database is an online version of the Inuit Artists Print Workbook edited by Sandra Barz. It is available at: http://www.gallery.ca/inuit_artists/home.jsp?Lang=EN
Further accruals are expected.
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Authority and descriptive record created by Jeanette Mockford, July 12, 2013.
Sources for description are in Sandra Barz fonds and donor file.
Edited on October 7, 2016 by Natalie Vielfaure.