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Collection Summary
 

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Contact Information

Box List

National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives

Trudi Le Caine fonds:

Finding Aid



Collection Summary

Title: Trudi Le Caine fonds. 
Dates: – 1929-1970. 
Quantity:  – 11 cm of textual records and 303 photographs. 

Biographical Sketch

Trudi Le Caine (née Gertrude Janowski), Ottawa arts patron, was born in Passau, Bavaria in 1911. She spent her youth in Czechoslovakia before joining her stepfather, Arnold Walter, in Berlin, where he was a music editor and critic for the leftist journals Die Weltbühne and Vorwärts. After fleeing Germany following the Nazi's rise to power in 1933, Le Caine lived in Spain and France (where she studied at the Sorbonne) before emigrating to Canada to join her parents. She settled in Ottawa in 1942 and later married Hugh Le Caine. Trudi Le Caine was a friend and admirer of artist Lillian Freiman (1908-1986). She was also a collector of Freiman's work and acted as her dealer for a number of years. Le Caine gathered the contents of the fonds with the intention of writing, in collaboration with Lyla Rasminsky, an illustrated book on Lillian Freiman. Le Caine was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1991 for her support of the arts in Ottawa. She died in 1999.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The fonds consists mainly of records related to Lillian Freiman's artistic career from 1964-1970. More specifically, the fonds comprises correspondence from Freiman to Trudi Le Caine (1964-1970); photocopies of correspondence addressed to Freiman (1929-1938); lists of Freiman's paintings, many including prices; photographs and negatives of paintings and drawings by Freiman, as well as photographs of Freiman; an exhibition catalogue; and a "dummy" of a proposed illustrated book on Freiman and correspondence related to the proposed publication.

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 Trudi Le Caine, 1996.
Terms governing use and reproduction: Permission to reproduce or publish material from the Trudi Le Caine fonds must be obtained from the National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives.
Physical description: Photographs consist of 62 colour and 26 b&w prints and 182 colour and 33 b&w negatives.
Finding aids: Box list available.

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Index Terms

Names:
Freiman, Lillian, 1908-1986
Le Caine, Trudi, 1911-1999
Document Types:
Correspondence.
Negatives.
Photographs.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Title of item], Trudi Le Caine 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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Box List

Box Folder
Box 1 File 1 Correspondence from L. Freiman (Jan. 1964-Dec. 1965) 
File 2 Correspondence from L. Freiman (Jan.-Dec. 1966) 
File 3 Correspondence from L. Freiman (Jan.-Dec. 1967) 
File 4 Correspondence from L. Freiman (Jan.-Dec. 1968) 
File 5 Correspondence from L. Freiman (Jan. 1969-June 1970) 
File 6 Freiman publishing project (Jan. 1966-June 1967) 
File 7 Miscellaneous correspondence (June 1965-Dec. 1968) 
File 8 Lists of works by L. Freiman 
File 9 Reproductions of correspondence to L. Freiman (Sept. 1929-Feb. 1938) 
File 10 Press clippings and references regarding L. Freiman 
File 11 Exhibition catalogue (1946) 
File 12 "Dummy" of proposed illustrated book on Lillian Freiman 
Box Folder
Box 2 File 1 Photographs of L. Freiman 
File 2 Black and white photographs of works by L. Freiman 
File 3 Colour photographs of works by L. Freiman 
File 4 Black and white negatives of works by L. Freiman 
File 5 Colour negatives of works by L. Freiman 

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