Fonds 2022.007 - Colin Campbell Fonds

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Reference code

CA ON00349 2022.007


Colin Campbell Fonds


  • 1966 - 2021 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

140 textual material folders (0.76m)

10 graphic material folders

501 negatives
41 contact sheets
36 transparencies
177 b&w prints
131 col. prints
19 polaroids
176 digital photographs (jpeg)
39 digital photographs (pict)
56 digital photographs (tiff)
44 digital photographs (png)

Moving Images:
39 open reels : video ; 1/2" in. [22:24:00]
25 video cassettes : ¾ in. U-matic [15:52:00]
22 video cassettes : Betacam SP [11:15:26]
11 video discs : DVD-R [02:33:43]
10 video cassettes : Mini DV [05:47:30]
7 video cassettes : VHS [04:49:00]
1 open reel : video ; 1 in. Type C [00:18:00]
1 reel : print ; 16mm [500 ft, 00:13:53]

6 optical discs : CD-R ; data
4 computer disks : magnetic ; 3.5 in. floppy
1 optical disc : DVD-R ; data
1 computer disk : magnetic ; zip disk
79 digital documents (pdf)
78 digital documents (doc)
1 digital document (fcp)
72 digital videos (mov) [27:21:57]
63 digital videos (mp4) [22:27:38]

19 maps

6 items

1 object

Context area

Name of creator


Biographical history

Colin Campbell was born in Reston, Manitoba in 1942. He studied art at the University of Manitoba and Claremont Graduate School. He taught at Mount Allison University in the 1960s and 1970s before moving to Toronto in 1973. In Toronto, Campbell taught at the Ontario College of Art and then the University of Toronto. Campbell died in October 2001.
A prominent video artist, Campbell was a founding member of Vtape. His work was shown at the 1980 Venice Biennale and appeared at institutions including the National Gallery of Canada, the Musée National d’Art Moderne, the Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum, the Melbourne Film Festival, The British Film Institute Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, The Festival of Festivals (now TIFF), and the Chicago International Film Festival. A retrospective of his work took place at the Winnipeg Art Gallery in 1990. In 1996, Campbell received the Bell Canada Award in Video Art.

“Colin Campbell – Video Artist.”
Gale, Peggy. “Colin Campbell.” Vtape. 2006.

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Scope and content

Fonds consists of material related to the filmmaking career of Colin Campbell. Many of the videos, photographs, and documents in the fonds were digitized by Vtape and can be found in the Electronic Records series.

Fonds includes the following Series:
Series 01: Exhibition Promotional Material
Series 02: Press Clippings
Series 03: Published Material
Series 04: Photographs
Series 05: Photographic Negatives
Series 06: Electronic Records
Series 07: Scripts
Series 08: Memorial Material
Series 09: Correspondence
Series 10: Other
Series 11: [Clippings, Scripts, and Unpublished Manuscripts]
Series 12: Videos

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


No further accruals expected.

System of arrangement

The collection has been arranged into series based on organization by Vtape. Material is largely organized by type. Initial item-level listing, including Notes and Scope and Content, prepared by Vtape. Vtape-assigned item numbers are recorded in item-level Scope and Content.

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Conditions governing access

Preservation concerns may limit access, consult archivist.

Conditions governing reproduction

Media Commons does not own copyright of collection materials. Consult rights holder for reproduction(s).

Language of material

  • English
  • French

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Institution identifier

University of Toronto Media Commons Archives

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Created September 22, 2023 by Andrew Edmonds.




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