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Art & Art History

This guide is intended to help you get started with your art research.

About the Canadian Art Files

There are two sequences to the Canadian Art Files:

Canadian Artists Files

The collection, started in 1974, has a wide scope, encompassing artists who have worked in Canada in all visual arts media.  It consists of files on ~14,600 artists, architects, designers, and art critics, including some corporate bodies.  The files contain items such as gallery announcements, small exhibition catalogues, CVs, artist statements, clippings, and other ephemera.  Updated regularly.  Amount of material for each artist varies greatly. THIS IS NOW A CLOSED COLLECTION.

Canadian Gallery Files

The gallery must reside in Canada although they may exhibit non-Canadian work. The files may contain gallery announcements and publications, small exhibition catalogues, clippings, and other ephemera. Updated regularly.  Amount of material for each gallery varies greatly. THIS IS NOW A CLOSED COLLECTION.

Access to the artist and gallery files:

  • Available for in-house use only
  • Searching for files can now be done via our online catalogue.

Indexes to the Canadian Art Files

Canadian Art Files Name Index (open Excel file below)

Artists in Canada (CHIN database)

  • Indexes >42,700 artists in files in libraries across Canada, including U of Calgary Canadian Artist Files up until 1988.
  • The Artists in Canada Web site offers a useful Advanced Search feature

Canadian Public Art & Buildings Index (open Excel file below)

  • To identify an artist or architect of a public art work or a building.

Canadian Gallery Files

  • There is no listing of our gallery files although a very small portion of the documents has been catalogued on the Library Catalogue with call numbers beginning  N4390.2