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Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Preferred Citation

Contact Information

National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives

Liliane and Cyril Welch fonds:

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Summary

Title:Liliane and Cyril Welch fonds.
Dates:– 1974-2004.
Quantity: – 2.5 cm of textual records.

Biographical Sketch

Liliane Welch was born in Luxembourg in 1937. She received her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in 1964 and taught French literature at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick from 1967 until 2003. Welch is the author of numerous collections of poems, most recently Dispensing Grace (2005). She has co-authored two volumes of literary criticism on modern French poetry, Emergence: Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Rimbaud (1973, with C. Welch); and Address: Rimbaud, Mallarmé, Butor (1979, with C. Welch). She has published a book of essays and memoirs, Seismographs (1988), a work of travel prose, Frescoes (1998), and a book of essays on artworks, Untethered in Paradise (2002). Her writings have been widely anthologized and translated into French, German, Hungarian, and Italian. Her many awards include the Alfred Bailey Prize (1986) and the Bressani Prize (1992). She is a membre correspondant of the Institut Grand Ducal of Luxembourg and is Professor Emeritus of French at Mount Allison University.

Cyril Welch was born in 1939 in Los Angeles, California. He received his Ph.D. in 1964 from Pennsylvania State University in 1964 and taught philosophy at Mount Allison University until 2004. Books published by Cyril Welch include The Sense of Language (1973), Emergence: Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Rimbaud (1973, co-authored with L. Welch), Address: Rimbaud, Mallarmé, Butor (1979, co-authored with L. Welch), The Art of Art Works (1982), Linguistic Responsibility (1988), Contemplative Logic (1999), and Reading, Talking, Writing: 12 Essays in Philosophy (2004). Cyril Welch is currently Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Mount Allison University and lives with his wife, Liliane, in Sackville.

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Scope and Contents

Fonds consists of correspondence between Liliane and Cyril Welch and Canadian artist Alex Colville (1920- ) and includes Colville's letters to Liliane and Cyril as well as typescripts of their letters to Colville and his letters to them. More specifically, the correspondence consists of 34 letters from Colville addressed to Cyril Welch, 1 letter addressed to Liliane Welch, 1 letter addressed to Cyril and Liliane Welch, 1 Christmas card, and 1 letter from Rhoda Colville (the artist's wife) to Cyril Welch. The typescripts produced by Cyril Welch consist of copies of Alex and Rhoda Colville's letters, as well as copies of 43 letters Cyril Welch sent to Alex Colville, 1 letter Cyril Welch sent to Ann Colville (Alex Colville's daughter), and 2 letters Liliane Welch sent to Alex Colville. In addition, the typescripts contain copies of 6 letters sent to Liliane Welch from Alex Colville, the originals of these 6 letters are not part of the fonds. A number of topics are discussed in the correspondence including Alex Colville's paintings and prints, education and universities, particularly Mount Allison University (Alex Colville studied there between 1938-1942 and taught there between 1946-1963) and Acadia University (Alex Colville was Chancellor of Acadia between 1981-1991), philosophy, books, and family. Also included are a copy of "Some Thoughts About My Painting" by Alex Colville dated 29 November 1973 and a copy of his "Installation Address" written for his appointment as Chancellor of Acadia University, 1981.

Source of supplied title proper: Title based on contents of letter.

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Index Terms

Names:
Colville, Alex, 1920-
Welch, Cyril, 1939-
Welch, Liliane, 1937-
Document Types:
Correspondence.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

Donated to the National Gallery of Canada by Liliane and Cyril Welch in 2005.

Preferred Citation

[Title of item], Liliane and Cyril Welch 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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