Accession MS COLL 00404 - Charles Pachter Papers

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Charles Pachter Papers


  • 1950-2001 (Creation)

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43 boxes including OVS (8 metres)

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Charles Pachter, born in Toronto, is one of Canada's leading contemporary artists. He is a painter, printmaker, sculptor, designer, historian and lecturer. He holds degrees from the University of Toronto, the Sorbonne, and the Cranbrook Academy of Art. His works hang in public and private collections in London, New York, Berlin, Paris, Shanghai, Los Angeles and Tokyo. His publications include The Journals of Susanna Moodie, a colloboration with Margaret Atwood.

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Gift of Charles Pachter, 2002.

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Collection is comprised exclusively of correspondence, including photographs and drawings from various friends and associates of Charles Pachter, many of whom are prominent Canadians. The collection contains personal and business material from the 1950s to 2001. The correspondence reflects Pachter's extensive and changeable career as an artist, including material from all of his exhibitions; for the retrospective of his work, Charles Pachter by Bogomila Welsh-Ovcharov; his close friendship with his mother and father ("Dibbles and Har") and his large circle of friends, fans and acquaintances. Pachter studied art at the Sorbonne in Paris, the Cranbook Academy of Art in Michigan and the University of Toronto. His involvement in graphic art production, papermaking, real estate, building renovation and Gracie's, his Queen Street West restaurant in Toronto are all documented here. The collection also includes material related to his work as writer, lecturer, informal Canadian historian and his extensive charitable pursuits.

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*RESTRICTED. All readers must be referred to Charles Pachter for permission to read. Written permission from Charles Pacther by letter, fax or email required by the library prior to use. See finding aid for further notes on restrictions.

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  • English

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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