Archives and Special Collections
Fonds F0139 - Richard Simmins fonds.
CA ACU SPC F0139
Richard Simmins fonds.
- 1909-1999 (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
3.5 m of textual records and other material.
Name of creator
Canadian photographer, writer, art critic and historian, and antiquarian book dealer Richard Beaufort Simmins was born on October 14, 1924 in Ottawa, Ontario. Served as a gunner in Royal Canadian Artillery in W.W. II. Received a B.A. and M.A. in art history from the University of Toronto. Worked as curator of The Norman MacKenzie Gallery, Regina, Saskatchewan (1952-1957); Director of Exhibition Extension Services, National Gallery of Canada (1957-1962) where he organized the first exhibition of the Regina Five in 1961; Director of Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia (1963-1967); freelance art critic at Vancouver Province (1968-1972); director of The Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia (1973-1975) where he commissioned Images of Stone : B.C. : Thirty Centuries of Northwest Coast Indian Sculpture in 1975; owner-operator of Richard Simmins Books and The Old Book Cellar in Ottawa, Ontario (1979-1992); and freelance photographer (1989-1999) specializing in photo-cards documenting his daily life. A prolific correspondent, he often wrote hundreds of letters a year. Died November 5, 1999 in Ottawa.
Donated by R. Simmins' children Zoë Landale, Geoffrey Simmins and Marjorie Simmins in 2002 and 2007.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Content and structure area
Scope and content
Fonds consists of correspondence; family papers; journals; manuscripts of prose, poetry and novel; published works; photographs; miscellaneous; and works by others.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
Conditions of access and use area
Conditions governing access
Some items restricted.
Conditions governing reproduction
Language of material
Script of material
Language and script notes
Text in English.
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
File level inventory available at repository.
Allied materials area
Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related units of description
Title based on contents of the fonds.
Includes ca. 50 photographs, ca. 33 contact sheets and ca. 600 photo-cards.
Further accruals expected.