Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

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Catalog Number 2
Title Kenneth Coutts-Smith fonds
Creator Coutts-Smith, Kenneth
Collection Kenneth Coutts-Smith fonds
Object Name Fonds
Dates of Creation 1937-1987; predominant 1952-1981
Extent of Description 427 cm of textual records and other material
Archival History The custodial history of the fonds is varied. The majority of artists' biographical files were sent to the Nova Scotia School of Art and Design, along with audio reels and tapes. These were subsequently transferred to the Belkin Gallery, to join other Coutts-Smith material donated by Helen K. Wright. A library of fine arts books from the Coutts-Smith estate was retained by NCSAD.

Some material remained in the possession of Helen K. Wright, including files relating to Artexts, additional artists' files, and other documentation. These were donated to the Belkin between 1993 and 1997. Other small accruals to the fonds come periodically from Ms. Wright as she locates them, although these have become more infrequent in recent years.
Scope & Content The fonds consists of correspondence, notebooks, manuscripts, drafts and proofs of essays, articles, art reviews and lectures, books, poetry, short stories and a novel, curricula vitae, drawings, prints, posters, audio and video recordings, films, photographic prints, negatives and transparencies, scrapbook, exhibition catalogues, newspaper cuttings and other periodicals, a collection of material about artists, and miscellaneous items.
Some of the material in the fonds were added by Helen K. Wright, who organized posthumous shows of Coutts-Smith works, gave lectures on KCS and gathered obituaries and other material relating to her deceased former husband.

The fonds has been divided into the following series: artists' files, Yugoslav artists' files, manuscript and research files, Artexts, press and publicity files and biographical files.
Number of images 0.0
Finding Aids Series and file lists available. Item lists available for some files.
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