Arthur Erickson Personal Records

Arthur Erickson Personal Records

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  • Arthur Erickson (architect)
  • Arthur Erickson (archive creator)


Arthur Erickson Personal Records

Dates of creation


Level of archival description

Series 1

Extent and Medium

  • Approximately 5,525 slides
  • Approximately 2,980 mixed photographic materials
  • Approximately 1,570 photographs
  • 1,25 linear metres of textual records
  • 36 mini-cassettes
  • 25 drawings
  • 3 panels
  • 1 artefact

Scope and Content

Series consists of personal documents created or acquired by Arthur Erickson between 1947-2009. The series documents Arthur Erickson's extensive travels, his relationships with close friends and family as well as his activities and interests outside of his architectural practice. The documents are arranged into seven sub-series: Correspondence; Photographic Material; Reference Material; Student Projects and Papers; Sketches; Personal Files; and Miscellaneous Papers and Drawings.

Correspondence includes letters, postcards, and greeting cards from Erickson's family, close friends and acquaintances. His personal photographic materials are organized into three dossiers: Travel, Family and Friends, Architectural and General. Travel photographs by Erickson are grouped together by decade in separate sub-files.These reflect Erickson's world travels and interest in global architectural trends. Among these are photographs of Pierre Elliot and Margaret Trudeau and long-term partner Francisco Kripacz, Erickson's frequent travel companion. This series also contains newspaper clippings and other reference material (visual and textual) that Erickson collected for personal interest, photographs, drawings and textual records related to his studies at McGill University's School of Architecture (1947-1950) as well as his personal sketches and early artwork. Official documents such as Erickson's birth certificate and other personal legal and financial documents unrelated to his architectural practice are also contained within the series.

Series documents consist of photographic material, drawings, textual records and other material.

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