Geographical and cultural context
Mandates/Sources of authority
The Winnipeg Art Gallery's mandate as spelled out in the 1963 Articles of Incorporation is to collect, preserve and exhibiting works of art. The mandate is put into action by two separate but mutually dependent forces; governance is provided by the Board of Governors, and management is provided through gallery staff.
As part of the professional staff of the gallery, the Director is the link between the Board of Governors and the gallery staff. Departments within the institution carry out the activities of the Winnipeg Art Gallery under the supervision of the Director. Most recently these have included Finance and Administration, Curatorial, Development, Human Resources, Education and Public Programs, and Communications. The Clara Lander Library is part of the Curatorial Department.
Records management and collecting policies
Playing a vital role in the community, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds, the Winnipeg Art Gallery thrives as a creative and accessible place for learning, discovery and inspiration through art, with a particular focus on Inuit art and culture. The Clara Lander Library supports this mission through the library holdings and through an archival program that preserves the administrative, curatorial, and educational programs of the WAG. The Library also accepts donations of records deemed vital to the WAG’s educational mandate including artists’ records, donors’ records, and research collections related to western and Inuit art.
The archival holdings in the Clara Lander Library at the WAG consist of administrative, curatorial, and educational records related to the WAG's mandate to collect, preserve and exhibit works of art. Holdings also include records related to the WAG's previous incarnations, The Winnipeg Museum of Fine Arts, The Winnipeg Gallery and School of Art, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery Association. As well, there are several private collections related to various artists and donors including George Swinton, Arnold Brigden, Christianne Pflug, and Elizabeth Maude Macvicor.
Finding aids, guides and publications
File level inventories are available.