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Research Files on Donald W. Buchanan

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Date Range
1934-2008
Description Level
Series
Accession No.
20191029
Physical Description
25cm of textual records; 255 photographs; 22 - 35mm slides
Scope and Content
2019.1029/001: Overview Research on Donald W. Buchanan Part 1/2, 1934-2008. 2019.1029/002: Overview Research on Donald W. Buchanan Part 2/2, 4 photographs, 1938-1966. 2019.1029/003: Buchanan Art Collection, 28 photographs, 22 slides, 1958-2008. 2019.1029/004: The Buchanan Collection Artworks wit…
Date Range
1934-2008
Description Level
Series
Creator
Compiled by Nancy Townshend
Physical Description
25cm of textual records; 255 photographs; 22 - 35mm slides
History / Biographical
Donald W. Buchanan was born in 1908 in Lethbridge, Alberta. He was the son of Senator William Ashbury Buchanan, the publisher of the Lethbridge Herald. He studied Modern History at the University of Toronto and Oxford University. In 1934, he received a fellowship from the Carnegie Corporation to train in museum administration. Following his research fellowship, Buchanan founded the National Film Society of Canada, as well as he worked for the Canadian Radio Commission (now the CBC). Buchanan was always involved in the arts and he was a firm believer in making the arts accessible to the public. In 1963, Donald Buchanan, and his brother Hugh, offered many fine works of art to the City of Lethbridge. This became the first significant public art collection ever to exist in Lethbridge. He believed that art was meant to be shared and enjoyed by all. After leaving the Canadian Radio Commission, Buchanan worked for the National Film Board, where he established the stills division; from 1947 until 1960 he was employed by the National Gallery of Canada, serving as director of the Industrial Design Division (1947-1953). His work with the National Industrial Design Committee and the curated the revolutionary exhibition “Design for Use in Canadian Products” (1946) which changed the standards of Canadian art. Donald W. Buchanan served as the Associate Director of the National Gallery of Canada, and took a leave of absence to explore his own artistic endeavors of photography while travelling throughout Europe. Buchanan returned to the Gallery in 1963 as a member of its Board of Trustees, and he became the Director of the International Fine Arts Exhibition at Expo ’67 in Montreal. In the last few years of his life, his friends recall him being busier than ever, organizing the exhibition. He never was able to see the fruits of his labor, however, because of his sudden death in 1966 after being struck by a car in Ottawa. His legacy centered on the accessibility of art to the public and his impact on the art community in Lethbridge.
Scope and Content
2019.1029/001: Overview Research on Donald W. Buchanan Part 1/2, 1934-2008. 2019.1029/002: Overview Research on Donald W. Buchanan Part 2/2, 4 photographs, 1938-1966. 2019.1029/003: Buchanan Art Collection, 28 photographs, 22 slides, 1958-2008. 2019.1029/004: The Buchanan Collection Artworks with Descriptions, 47 photographs, 1963-1985. 2019.1029/005: The Buchanan Library Art Collection Information, 2 photographs, 1956-2004. 2019.1029/006: DESIGN Exhibitions and Resources Part 1/2, 1946-2008. 2019.1029/007: DESIGN Exhibitions and Resources Part 2/2, 1947-1958. 2019.1029/008: DESIGN: Umbrella Theme for Buchanan’s Works, 1948-2007. 2019.1029/009: Donald W. Buchanan Website by Nancy Townshend, 2001-2008. 2019.1029/010: Resources used by Nancy Townshend for Donald W. Buchanan Website, 1938-2007. 2019.1029/011: Written Works by Donald W. Buchanan Part 1/2, 89 photographs, 1934-1947. 2019.1029/012: Written Works by Donald W. Buchanan Part 2/2, 61 photographs, 1945-1967. 2019.1029/013: EXPO ’67-Montreal, Part 1/2, 1960-2008. 2019.1029/014: EXPO ’67-Montreal, Part 2/2, 1965-2003? 2019.1029/015: Buchanan’s Photography, 21 photographs, 1959-2008. 2019.1029/016: Tributes to Donald W. Buchanan, 3 photographs, 1955-2008. 2019.1029/017: Miscellaneous Documents related to Buchanan’s Will, 2007-2008. 2019.1029/018: National Gallery of Canada Archives, 1963-2007
Accession No.
20191029
Collection
Archive
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Date Range
1912-2012
Description Level
Fonds
Accession No.
20171025
Physical Description
2 cm of textual records, over 200 photographs
Scope and Content
2017.1025/001 Okutake Family Photographs: Tomomi Okutake, Tsura Okutake, Chiyoryo Ishimine, Toshiko Ishimine, Tomotaka Ishimine, Choryo Ishimine, Toshiko Higa, Chiyosei Genka, Yoneko Genka, Chiyotasu Genka, Dorothy Goshinmon, Chiyoki Okutake, Chotei Okutake, Art Okutake, Pat Okutake, Chokei Okutake…
Date Range
1912-2012
Description Level
Fonds
Creator
Okutake family
Physical Description
2 cm of textual records, over 200 photographs
History / Biographical
Tomomi Okutake originally immigrated to Canada in 1907, and was employed with the CPR in Vancouver. He then moved to Hardiville, Alberta in 1911, and resided there until enlisting with the Princess Pat Canadian Infantry in 1917. After serving two years in Britain and France, he was honourably discharged, receiving the British War Medal and Victory Medal. Upon his return to Canada, Tomomi began his work in the No. 6 coal mine. In 1930, he travelled back to Japan to marry Tsuru Genka, and together they moved back to Hardieville where Tomomi continued his work. The No. 8 coal mine site was moved to Lethbridge shortly after, where he continued as a miner until his retirement in 1953. Once Japanese citizens were allowed to live in Lethbridge, the couple moved into the city. Tomomi and Tsuru Okutake resided in the City of Lethbridge from 1961 until Tomomi’s passing in 1971. Throughout his time in Alberta, Tomomi became a founding member of the Lethbridge Buddhist Temple and the Lethbridge Honpa Buddhist Temple. He also played a big part in being the interpreter or spokesperson for those who couldn’t speak English in the Okinawan community. After Tomomi passed away, Tsuru enrolled at the Community College to learn English as a second language. She joined the Senior Centre and learned new skills such as weaving and dancing. In her final years, she lived in the Taber Long Term Care unit where she later passed away in 1990. The Okutake family had two adopted daughters, Patricia Yuriko (Sassa) and Esther Tsuru (Ayukawa).
Scope and Content
2017.1025/001 Okutake Family Photographs: Tomomi Okutake, Tsura Okutake, Chiyoryo Ishimine, Toshiko Ishimine, Tomotaka Ishimine, Choryo Ishimine, Toshiko Higa, Chiyosei Genka, Yoneko Genka, Chiyotasu Genka, Dorothy Goshinmon, Chiyoki Okutake, Chotei Okutake, Art Okutake, Pat Okutake, Chokei Okutake, Guiso Oshiro, Vicki Okutake. 2017.1025/002 Citizens certificate, statement of service, passport, biography, etc. 2017.1025/003 Biographies of Issei Pioneers from Okinawa to Southern Alberta.
Accession No.
20171025
Collection
Archive
Less detail