Fonds AR443 - Max Maynard fonds

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Max Maynard fonds

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  • 1932 - 2010 (Creation)

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1.12m of textual records and graphic materials.

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Max Maynard was born in 1903 in Solapurum, India, one of eight children of missionary parents. The Maynards lived in England for a short time during Max’s childhood, before moving to Victoria in 1912. Max graduated from Victoria High School where classmates included Jack Shadbolt, Roy Daniells, Fred Brand and Ira Dilworth. Maynard earned a teaching certificate from the Provincial Normal School in Vancouver, and worked as a teacher for a time before earning a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia in 1937. After working at the Vancouver Art Gallery as the secretary manager, he taught English at the University of Southern California and then at the University of New Hampshire until 1973. After retiring, Maynard dedicated himself to painting and in 1978 returned to Victoria, where he spent the duration of his life. In 1948 Max married Fredelle Bruser (1922-1989), with whom he had two children, Rona (1949-) and Joyce (1953-). The couple divorced in 1973, in part due to his alcoholism. Maynard died in 1982.

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Fonds reflects Maynard’s artistic processes and practices, his personal life, pedagogy, his relationships with friends, family, fellow artists, galleries and various institutions, as well as the activities of the Max Maynard Trust. The fonds consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, slides, contact sheets, negatives, notes and writings, and various ephemera.

Correspondents include Susan Witt, Marjorie Swann, Margaret Maynard, Rona Jones (Maynard), Paul Jones, Joyce Bethel (Maynard), Frederick Brand, Jack Shadbolt, the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Winchester Galleries, Maltwood Gallery, and Bau-Xi Gallery.

The fonds has been arranged into six series: Personal documents, Correspondence, Photographs, Publications and clippings, Writings, and Max Maynard Trust.

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Donated to the archives by Derek Reimer in 2010.


The materials have been kept in their original physical order.

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  • English

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Access to File 1.13 is restricted until December 31, 2030.

Access to File 2.6 requires written permission of Jack Shadbolt. (Restriction lifted, November 8, 2023)

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Copyright held by the donor.

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Revised by JF, November 9, 2023.

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  • English

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