Robert Hamilton Hubbard fonds [multiple media]
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Robert Hamilton Hubbard fonds [multiple media]
- Hierarchical level:
- R4778-0-X-E, MG31-E76
- Type of material:
- Textual material, Photographs, Art, Stamps and stamp products
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- Archives / Collections and Fonds
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- Fonds includes:
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- Place of creation:
7.925 m of textual records.
ca. 1,850 photographs : b&w and col.
ca. 39 prints : prints and photomechanical reproductions.
ca. 32 drawings.
ca. 3 collages.
ca. 1 folder of postage stamps.
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- Scope and content:
Fonds consists of the papers of R.H. Hubbard which relate to his academic achievements, his teaching career and his work as a curator for the National Gallery of Canada and as a cultural advisor for Government House, his private cultural activities, and his lectures, research and writing. The material consists of lecture notes, manuscripts and drafts, research notes, some photographs and architectural drawings, and correspondence with publishers, universities, museums, art galleries, cultural organizations, Canadian heads of state, patrons of art and artists. The fonds has been arranged in several broad series intended to parallel the overall progression of Hubbard's career from the academic and teaching periods through his work at the National Gallery of Canada and Government House. The original order of the material was maintained as much as possible and an attempt was made to keep together those documents which were originally maintained in two locations: his apartment and Government House offices. Since the academic, professional and personal aspects of Hubbard's life were closely interconnected, there is considerable overlap of material from one series to another. Documents relating to an individual, a publication or a lecture, for example, may be found among several series. Researchers should look carefully at the finding aid to avoid overlooking any material. Many of the Christmas cards, other greeting cards, invitations, postcards, drawings, a badge, philatelic materials, and photographic prints, negatives, slides and transparencies that accompanied the textual records, were removed from the folders containing the latter, for conservation reasons. Information on the nature of these graphic materials (transferred to the Documentary Art and Photography Division) which belong to the series: Writings and Research, Articles, Lectures, etc.; Writings and Research, Rideau Hall; Writings and Research, Thomas Davies in Early Canada; and Government House, Subject files, can be found in an appendix to the finding aid. The Appointment and Address Books, Biographical Material, and General Correspondence/Christmas Cards series all document activities which were not strictly related to Dr. Hubbard's positions with the National Gallery and Government House. They are somewhat more personal in tone. The General Subject Files contain material on his personal involvement with organizations as well as his interest in organ music and church activities. The correspondence files in the series National Gallery of Canada, Correspondence were originally labelled by Hubbard as "personal". Although much of the correspondence is personal in tone, this simply reflects the fact that most of Dr. Hubbard's friends and acquaintances were involved in some way with the visual arts, as curators, gallery owners, patrons and artists. The same can be said of correspondence in the Government House, Correspondence series. The gap in correspondence in the National Gallery material between 1975 and 1977 parallels Dr. Hubbard's two year secondment to Government House. His correspondence with the National Gallery during this period can be found in the Government House, Correspondence series. The six series pertaining to Dr. Hubbard's writings and research span both his academic and professional periods. His lectures, articles, books and exhibitions were frequently interrelated. For example, a series of lectures evolved into the publication Rideau Hall: An Illustrated History of Government House, Ottawa. Since correspondence, research material and drafts might pertain to several projects, related material was grouped together under the title of a publication (where one existed), such as Writings and Research, Rideau Hall, or type of material, such as Writings and Research -- Articles, Lectures, etc. Oversize material extracted from several of the series has been placed in oversize boxes and listed at the end of the finding aid in an order that parallels the original series order.
Fonds also contains graphic materials, n.d., that were not found among the textual records. These consist of photographic prints, slides, negatives and transparencies. The slides appear to be related to lectures given by Dr. Hubbard, including his lectures on Rideau Hall. Many of the slides of artwork, architecture, interior decoration, scenes and people are unidentified. The photographic prints, negatives and colour transparencies are portraits of Hubbard and his friends and acquaintances at various times in his life, prominent individuals, including Governors General, Lieutenant Governors General, royalty, politicians, curators and directors of the National Gallery, official Government House staff photographs and photographs taken at various conferences, receptions, award ceremonies and royal visits; and others depict nature, architecture and works of art.
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- Biography/Administrative history:
Hubbard, R. H. (Robert Hamilton), 1916-1989 : Robert Hamilton Hubbard, art curator, art historian, was born in Hamilton, Ontario on 17 June 1916 to Charles Robert and Mary Elizabeth (Strattan). In 1937 he completed his B.A. in languages and art history at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. A scholarship enabled him to attend classes in 1938 and 1939 at the Institut d'art et d'archéologie of the Université de Paris and at the Musée royaux de Belgique. Hubbard continued his studies at the University of Wisconsin, where he acquired an M.A. in art history in 1940 and a Ph.D. in 1942 with a dissertation on The Colonial Tradition in French Canadian Sculpture. In addition to teaching at the Universities of Wisconsin (1941) and Missouri-Kansas City (1942-1944), McMaster University (1944-1945) and the University of Toronto (1945-1947), Dr. Hubbard wrote articles and reviews for cultural publications and was a special lecturer for the National Gallary of Canada in 1944 and 1945. In 1946, Dr. Hubbard joined the staff of the National Gallery. He was appointed Curator of Canadian Art in 1947 and, from 1954 to 1978, he was Chief Curator of the National Gallery, combining his appreciation for the visual arts and his knowledge of art history with administrative functions. Dr. Hubbard played an important role at the National Gallery by acquiring major Canadian works of art, cataloguing the Gallery's holdings and organizing important exhibitions. In 1975, he was seconded for two years to Government House as Cultural Advisor to Governor General Jules Léger while continuing his work for the National Gallery as editor-in-chief for a revised edition of the permanent collection catalogue begun in 1977. In 1978, he retired from the Gallery and became full-time Cultural Advisor to Government House until 1981. From 1981 to 1988, Dr. Hubbard was Honorary Historian and Archivist to the Governor General. While at Government House, Hubbard was awarded the Léger Fellowship for research into the viceregal role in Canada (1982-1983). Additional honours and awards in recognition of Dr. Hubbard's cultural contributions include honorary degrees from Mount Allison University (L.L.D. 1965) and McMaster University (L.L.D. 1987), and appointment as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1977. Dr. Hubbard also contributed significantly to Canadian cultural life through private activites such as membership in the Royal Society of Canada, the Royal Society of Arts and the Canadian Historical Association. He wrote numerous scholarly articles published in a variety of European and Canadian cultural magazines as well as art catalogues sich as Thomas Davies in Early Canada and books such as Rideau Hall: An Illustrated History of Government House, Ottawa.
- Finding aid:
Textual records (Electronic) The finding aid is a file list for volumes 1-43. MSS1896 (90: Open)
http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000000466.pdfPrints, drawings (these three media were predominantly Christmas cards, other greeting cards, postcards and invitations), photographic materials (including slides), folder of postage stamps, badge (accession 1992-619 DAP): (Paper) See Finding Aid 1896 for information on series, extents. See the accession record for the arrangement of these materials by folder. 1896 (90: Open)
- Additional information:
- General Note:
- Received in 1991 from the executors of the estate of Robert Hamilton Hubbard, W.D. Mills and John E. Matthews.
- Associated material note:
- Music scripts, a hymn and a tape recording of an anthem: Transferred to the Music Division of the National Library. See Finding Aid 1896., Publications that were not significantly annotated or which did not contain work authored by R.H. Hubbard: Transferred to the National Library of Canada or to the library of the National Gallery of Canada. See list in Finding Aid 1896.
- Subject heading:
- Hubbard familyl - Genealogy, n.d. Christ Church Cathedral (Ottawa, Ont.), n.d., 1960-1975
- Organ music, [1950-1989] Stephen Vickers, [1942-1989]
- Church music, [1950-1989] Jean Boggs, [1942-1989]
- Church officers - Canada, [1950-1989] Vincent Massey, [1942-1989]
- Painting, French-Canadian, [1935-1947] Goodridge Roberts, [1942-1989]
- Artists, [1947-1978] Moncrieff Williamson, [1942-1989]
- Art galleries, [1947-1978] Anne Savage, [1942-1989]
- Museums, [1947-1978] Alan Jarvis, [1942-1989]
- Universities and colleges, [1947-1978] William Townsend, [1942-1989]
- Cultural associations, [1947-1978] H.O. McCurry, [1942-1989]
- Churches, [1947-1978] Robertson Davies, [1942-1989]
- Art museum curators, [1947-1978] Citadel, [1942-1989]
- Art historians
- Art - Collectors and collecting, [1947-1978] Jules Léger, [1953-1988]
- Art - Exhibitions, [1962-1988] Carleton University (Ottawa, Ont.), [1962-1988]
- Governors general - Canada - Dwellings, n.d., 1953-1988 Lady Patricia Ramsay, [1962-1988]
- Governors general - Canada, n.d., 1953-1988 Norah Michener, [1962-1988]
- Lieutenant governors - Canada, [1953-1986] Roland Michener, [1962-1988]
- Governors general - Canada - Speeches, [1953-1988] Maud Brown, [1962-1988]
- Visits of state, [1953-1988] International Council of Museums, [1962-1988]
- Lieutenant governors - Canada - Dwellings, n.d., 1970-1986 Molly Bobak, [1947-1978]
- Art, French, [1942-1989] Jack Shadbolt, [1947-1978]
- Art, British, [1942-1989]
- Art, American
- Art, Canadian, [1942-1989] Charles Comfort, [1947-1978]
- Art, European, [1942-1989] Lawren P. Harris, [1947-1978]
- Art, Oriental, [1942-1989] Alex Colville, [1947-1978]
- Architecture, Canadian, [1942-1989] Ferdinand Eckhardt, [1947-1978]
- Sculpture, French-Canadian, [1942-1989] Mrs. H.A. (Bobby) Dyde, [1947-1978]
- Bishops - Newfoundland, [1942-1989] J. Russel Harper, [1947-1978]
- Bishops - Bermuda, [1942-1989] Esmund Butler, [1947-1978]
- National Gallery of Canada, n.d., 1947-1948
- Royal Canadian College of Organists, [1950-1989]
- Order of Canada, [1950-1989]
- International Council of Museums, [1938-1989]
- St. Bartholomew's Church, [1938-1989]
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- Conditions of access:
Photographic materials (accession 1992-619 DAP): For research purposes only. No restrictions. Various copyrights on items less than 50 years old. Copyright expired on items more than 50 years old. Credit: Name of photographer / National Archives of Canada / Copy negative number.
Prints, drawings, collages (these three media are predominantly Christmas cards, other greeting cards, postcards and invitations), philatelic records (accession 1992-619 DAP): For research purposes only. No restrictions. Various copyrights on items less than 50 years old. Copyright expired on items more than 50 years old. Credit: National Archives of Canada.
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