Canadian artist, architect, author and poet Maxwell Bates was born in Calgary, Alberta, on December 14, 1906. Died in Victoria, British Columbia, on September 14, 1980. Biographical information available in A dictionary of Canadian artists, v.1, p. 26-27; and The Canadian encyclopedia, v. 1, p. 147.
Fonds consists of correspondence; scrapbook, notebooks, journals, sketchbooks and travel diary; manuscripts of poetry, short stories, articles and a play; photographs, including many of M. Bates's paintings; exhibition catalogues; architectural drawings; watercolours of St. Mary's Cathedral (Calgary); newsclippings of articles about M. Bates; and miscellaneous material. MsC 299 consists of a bronze wall plaque from M. Bates' architectural office in Calgary. Accession 786/05.7 consists of over 200 letters and postcards written by M. Bates, primarily to his parents, while he was a prisoner of war in Germany (May 1940-May 1945).
Includes: ca 1060 photographs, 48 slides, ca 200 sketches, 49 architectural drawings, 4 paintings, 4 watercolours, 1 plaque.
Accession 439/89.1 donated by Charlotte G. Bates in 1988; Accession 510/92.8 acquired in 1992; Accession 529/93.4 acquired in 1993. MsC 299 donated by Claude Maurice in 2003. Accession 786/05.7 donated by Nancy Townshend in 2005.
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For additional archival material relating to Maxwell Bates see Kathleen M. Snow (Kathleen M. Snow collection of material relating to biography of Maxwell Bates) (Acc 549/94.4).
Acc 439/89.1, 510/92.8, 529/93.4 (oversize folders in LT 1213), 786/05.7