Collection SC118 - J.A. Wainwright – Robert Markle collection

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Reference code

CA ON00012 SC118


J.A. Wainwright – Robert Markle collection


  • 2003-2007 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

54 audio cassettes
4 cm of textual records

Context area

Name of creator


Biographical history

J.A. Wainwright (1946- ) is a writer of poetry, fiction and non-fiction; and an emeritus Professor of English at Dalhousie University. He published Blazing Figures: A Life of Robert Markle (Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press) in 2010.

Archival history

The materials now constituting the J.A. Wainwright – Robert Markle collection were created and maintained by J.A. Wainwright until their donation to the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

AGO Credit Line: Gift of J.A. Wainwright, 2010.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Collection consists of audio recordings of interviews with individuals who were active in the Toronto visual art community during Robert Markle’s lifetime, art historians, and friends and family of Robert Markle. Collection also includes two notebooks containing transcriptions and notes. Interviews were created and used in the process of researching Blazing Figures: A Life of Robert Markle. Collection includes interviews with Harvey Cowan, Jack Foster, Anna Hudson, Avrom Isaacs, Craig Kenny, Mitchell Maracle, Susan Maracle, Marlene Markle, Tim Noonan, Gordon Rayner, John Reeves, Richard Gorman, Ruth Grogan, Nobuo Kubota, Don Obe, Helen & Marty Poizner, Michael Sarrazin, Peter Stollery, Hana Trefelt, Michael Snow, Patrick Watson, Paul Young, Jack Aldersley, Kenny Baldwin, Patricia Beatty, Laura Berman, Sheryl Wanagas, Dennis Burton, Vera Frenkel, Ray Hanson, Tom Hill, Jerri Johnson, Rae Johnson, Emmett Maddix, Scott Townson, Murray McLauchlan, Stephen Williams, Gordon Lightfoot, Dennis Reid, Peter Goddard, and Diane Pugen. The collection is arranged in a single series.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


No further accruals are expected.

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Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

For conservation reasons, researchers may not play back original recordings. Reference copies will be made on an ad hoc basis – please contact the archivist to provide advance notice of your research so that copies can be made. Access to Special Collections is by appointment only. Please contact the reference desk for more information.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright is held by the creator. It is the researcher’s responsibility to obtain permission to publish any part of the collection. Permission of individual interview participants is required for any public performance or published reproduction of interview materials.

Language of material

    Script of material

      Language and script notes

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      Finding aids

      An inventory of the collection, supplying dates and durations of individual interviews, is available on request.

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      Existence and location of originals

      Existence and location of copies

      Related units of description

      The Robert Markle fonds (SC076), also at this repository, documents the life and work of Robert Markle.

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      Description identifier

      Institution identifier

      Art Gallery of Ontario

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      Level of detail


      Dates of creation revision deletion

      August 15, 2013


      • English



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