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Collection Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Organization of the Collection

Index Terms

Administrative Information 

Contact Information

Series Level Descriptions

1 - Personal documents: 1946, 1951-1995. 

2 - Photographs: ca. 1955-ca. 1994. 

3 - Correspondence: 1938-2001.

4 - Magazine and newspaper clippings: 1973-2001. 

5 - Miscellaneous ephemera: 1967-1975. 

Box List

SERIES 1 - Personal documents 

SERIES 2 - Photographs 

SERIES 3 - Correspondence 

SERIES 4 - Magazine and newspaper clippings 

SERIES 5 - Miscellaneous ephemera 

National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives

Siegfried Haase fonds: 

Finding Aid 



Collection Summary

Title: Siegfried Haase fonds. 
Dates: – 1938, 1951-2001. 
Quantity:  – 16.5 cm of textual records and other material. 

Biographical Sketch

Siegfried Haase was born in 1916 in Stolp, Pomerania, a German province along the Baltic coast. His professional career began in 1932, when he apprenticed in typography and advertising. For three years beginning in 1936 Haase was enrolled at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Berlin, where he attended the classes of Professor Ferdinand Spiegel and worked in the studio of Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945). A short period at the Brussels Academy followed, but his studies there were interrupted by the Second World War. During the war Haase worked as a radio operator and as a war artist with the Luftwaffe in Belgium and France. After the war he was employed as a freelance artist in Wiesbaden, Germany, doing interior design and murals in industrial and theatrical buildings.

In 1951 Hasse immigrated to Canada with his wife, Hedi, and their two daughters, Ingrid and Barbara, settling in Herring Cove, a small fishing village near Halifax. In Halifax Haase found employment as a graphic artist with Eastern Photo Engravers and later with Maritime Photo Engravers before being hired in 1964 to teach graphic techniques, printmaking, and illustration at the Nova Scotia College of Art. Haase was a member of the Nova Scotia Society of Artists from 1959 until 1972 and participated in several of the Society's annual exhibitions. His paintings, etchings, lithographs, and woodcuts were also exhibited at St. Mary's University Art Gallery (1967 and 1972); Art Gallery, Mount Saint Vincent University (1968); Dartmouth Heritage Museum (1968 and 1972); Centennial Art Gallery, Nova Scotia Museum of Fine Arts (1974); and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (1994). Haase retired from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in 1982 and after the death of his wife, Hedi, in 1984, he moved to Cambridge, Ontario, to live with his daughter, Barbara. In 1989 Haase moved to Ottawa, where he remained until his death in 1996.

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Scope and Content

The fonds originally consisted of trade cards and certificates related to Haase's early employment in Canada, personal correspondence and invoices, photographs of the artist, and photographs of artworks. The second accrual added personal documents, correspondence, magazine and newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous ephemera. Most of the material in the fonds relates to Haase's career as an artist in Canada.

Source of supplied title proper: Title based on contents of fonds.
Immediate source of acquisition: Donated to the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives by the artist's daugher, Ingrid Hasse, 1985 and 2005.
Terms governing use and reproduction: Permission to reproduce or publish material from the Siegfried Haase fonds must be obtained from the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives.
Physical description: Other material includes 5 b&w photographs, 15 colour photographs, 8 colour contact prints, 24 colour negatives, 2 colour transparencies, and 1 object.
Language: Text is mainly in English. Some items are in German and French.
Finding aids: Series level descriptions and box list available.
Accruals: Further accruals are expected.

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Organization of the Collection

This collection is organized into 5 series.
Series 1 - Personal documents, 1946, 1951-1995.
Series 2 - Photographs, ca. 1955-ca. 1994.
Series 3 - Correspondence, 1938-2001, predominant 1968-1994.
Series 4 - Magazine and newspaper clippings, 1973-2001, predominant 1982-1994.
Series 5 - Miscellaneous ephemera, 1967-1975.

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Index Terms

Names:
Deppe, Horst, 1929-
Haase, Siegfried, 1916-1996
Subjects:
Art -- Canada
Art -- History -- 20th century
Document Types:
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Objects.
Photographs.
Posters.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Title of item], Siegfried Haase fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives.

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Contact Information

Cyndie Campbell
Head, Archives, Documentation and Visual Resources
Library and Archives
National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Drive
P.O. Box 427, Station A
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 9N4
 
T 613-990-0597
F 613-990-9818
 
ccampbel@gallery.ca 


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Series Level Descriptions

 

Personal documents. – 1946, 1951-1995. – 3.5 cm of textual records. 

Series includes passports, Canadian Citizenship documents, trade certificates, lists of paintings and prints, and other personal papers. Included is a German passport issued to Haase in 1951. The trade certificates in the series relate to Haase's employment as an engraver and lithographer at Maritime Photo Engravers during the late 1950s and early 1960s. 
Source of supplied title proper: Title based on contents of series.
Language: Text is mainly in English. A few items are in German.
Finding aids: Box list available.

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Photographs. – ca. 1955-ca. 1994. – 54 photographs: multiple processes. 

Series consists of photographs of the artist and photographs of twenty various paintings and prints. Among the photographs of Haase is one showing him at work during his early years in Canada and one taken in 1982 on the occasion of his retirement from the Nova Scotia School of Art and Design. Several of the photographs include the title of the painting or print on the back. 
Source of supplied title proper: Title based on contents of series.
Finding aids: Box list available.

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Correspondence. – 1938-2001, predominant 1968-1994. – 8 cm of textual records. 

Series consists mostly of letters addressed to Siegried Haase. The first file is from the original donation in 1985 and contains letters related to exhibitions and sales. The file also contains a few items related to Haase's curriculum vitae, including a student identification card and letters of recommendation. Material in the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia file relates mainly to the exhibition Keeping Faith: The Life and Work of Siegfried Hasse, held at the Gallery in 1994. The file includes a brief biography of Haase written by Horst Deppe (b. 1929), a colleague who worked with Haase at Maritime Photo Engravers and at the Nova Scotia School of Art and Design, and a typed version of the catalogue text written by John Murchie.
Source of supplied title proper: Title based on contents of series.
Arrangement: Correspondence is arranged in reverse chronological order.
Finding aids: Box list available.

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Magazine and newspaper clippings. – 1973-2001, predominant 1982-1994. – 3 cm of textual records. 

Series consists of magazine and newspaper clippings. Most of the articles relate to exhibitions of Haase's work. Included are reviews of the 1994 retrospective of Haase's work held at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. Also included is an article from the Antigonish Review (1984) containing reproductions of several Haase lithographs and woodcuts.
Source of supplied title proper: Title based on contents of series.
Arrangement: Magazine and newspaper clippings are filed separately and arranged in reverse chronological order.
Language: Text mostly in English. A few items are in German and French.
Finding aids: Box list available.

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Miscellaneous ephemera. – 1967-1975. – 2 cm of textual records, 3 posters, and 1 object. 

Series consists of brochures and invitations, posters, letterhead, and a coffee mug. A few of the brochures and invitations relate to the Nova Scotia School of Art and Design. The coffee mug, letterhead, and two posters were produced for the Archdiocese of Halifax and include a detail of Haase's Fishermen triptych (1971). A third poster, mounted on pressed board and laminated, shows the same work and was produced for the exhibition Lifelines: Canada's East Coast Fisheries held at the Canadian Museum of Civiliztion in 2001. 
Source of supplied title proper: Title based on contents of series.
Finding aids: Box list available.

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Detailed Description of the Collection


Box List

Series 1 - Personal documents 

Box Folder
Box 1 File 1 Personal documents, 1951-1995 *note: includes school identification for the Hochschule für Bildende Künst, Berlin, and a German passport issued in 1951
File 2 Trade certificates, 1957, 1964
File 3 Lists of art works

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Series 2 - Photographs 

Box Folder
Box 1 File 4 Photographs of the artist *note: file includes 4 b&w photographs
File 5 Photographs of art works *note: file includes 5 b&w photographs and 15 colour photographs
File 6 Negatives and contact prints *note: file includes 24 colour negatives, 8 colour contact prints, and 2 colour tranparencies

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Series 3 - Correspondence 

Box Folder
Box 1 File 7 Professional correspondence, 1938, 1951, 1958, 1968-1984
File 8 Correspondence - Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1969, 1985-2001
File 9 Correspondence - Art Gallery of Ontario, 1985-1987
File 10 Correspondence - National Gallery of Canada, 1972, 1987-1988, 1999
File 11 Correspondence - Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, 1970-1987, predominant 1978-1982
File 12 Correspondence - Miscellaneous, 1967-2001, predominant 1980-1987

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Series 4 - Magazine and newspaper clippings 

Box Folder
Box 1 File 13 Magazine articles, 1973-1994, 2001
File 14 Newspaper clippings, 1968-1994, 2001

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Series 5 - Miscellaneous ephemera 

Box Folder
Box 1 File 15 Miscellaneous ephemera
Box 2 Coffee mug decorated with a detail from Haase's Fishermen triptych

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