Fonds Fonds 76 - N. Gyenes fonds

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N. Gyenes fonds

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Fonds 76

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  • 1947-1983, predominant 1968-1982 (Creation)

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1.17 m of textual records

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Nicolas Gyenes was born in Pancevo, Yugoslavia (formerly Hungary) on 27 July 1911. He received his early education in England and Yugoslavia; his academic career started with enrolment at the University of Zagreb in 1930. Over the next three decades he studied at a variety of Universities and Institutes across Europe. By 1963 he held three degrees: Licence a Lettres, Sorbonne (1949); Diplome de l'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de l'Universite de Paris (1950); and Doctorado en Filosofia y Letras, University of Salamanca (1963). These three decades of study were punctuated by war, military service, prison, concentration camps and exile. Dr. Gyenes came to the University of Saskatchewan in 1968 as Assistant Professor of Art. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1970 and Full Professor in 1978. Upon his retirement in 1979 he was named Professor Emeritus.

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This fonds contains information on various associations, including correspondence, minutes, reports, constitution and bylaws pertaining to the founding and activities of the Society for the Promotion of Art History Publications in Canada; and to the establishment, financing and distribution of "Revire d'Art Canadienne / Canadian Art Review;" as well as correspondence relating to the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada and the Universities Art Association of Canada. It includes a proposal for the establishment of the Department of Art History at the University of Saskatchewan and correspondence, memoranda, minutes and reports pertaining to the establishment, administration and operation of the Museum of Antiquities. Included in this are a considerable number of photographs, both of original acquisitions for the Museum and items that were to be considered for future purchases. In addition, there are photos of art reproductions done at the Louvre, and several photos of Columbian, African, Medieval, Japanese, Greek, and Roman sculptures. The majority of the collection contains Professor Gyenes' personal correspondence, writing, speeches, research and lecture notes, as well as museum and gallery catalogues, clippings and a bibliography for research and lectures.

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