Melvin Charney fonds

Melvin Charney fonds

Part of


  • Melvin Charney (creator)
  • Melvin Charney (archive creator)


Melvin Charney fonds

Dates of creation



  • archives

Level of archival description

Fonds 41

Extent and Medium

  • 8.21 l.m. of textual records
  • 9110 photographic materials
  • 6583 drawings (including 1682 reprographic copies)
  • 435 ephemera
  • 37 notebooks
  • 24 serials
  • 18 sketchbooks
  • 13 books
  • 7 artefacts
  • 4 models
  • 3 artworks
  • 2 maps

Scope and Content

The fonds is arranged into the following four series: Projects, Université de Montréal, Office Documentation, and Personalia. It documents the professional activities of artist/architect Melvin Charney. It includes elements from his primary and post-secondary education, his early career collaborating with established architecture firms in the northeastern United States, Paris, and Montreal, as well as a multitude of art and architecture projects spanning six decades. The fonds also covers his activities as an educator at Université de Montréal, his research and publications, his exhibitions (both group and solo), awards and honours, as well as Melvin Charney’s activities in professional associations and societies.

The fonds contains a considerable amount of textual records, architectural drawings, photographic materials, some models, and a small number of artefacts related to his projects. Textual records consist largely of correspondence, drafts of publications, media coverage and publications, memoranda, notes, and reference and teaching materials. Architectural drawings include conceptual, development, working, and presentation drawings, both in original and reprodured forms. Photographic materials cover largely professional activities, with some personal, family, and travel included as well.

Reference Number



The material in the Melvin Charney fonds is arranged in six series:

AP041.S1 Projects

AP041.S2 Teaching

AP041.S3 Exhibitions

AP041.S4 Publications

AP041.S5 Office documentation

AP041.S6 Professional papers and other materials

Biographical notes

Melvin Charney studied architecture at McGill University (1952-58) and at Yale University (1959). Working as architect, sculptor, artist and photographer Charney has built site-specific installations in Canadian, American and European cities and monumental structures for permanent public spaces, such as the Canadian Tribute to Human Rights in Ottawa, the Canadian Centre for Architecture Garden in Montréal, and Place Berri, also in Montréal. As an artist and photographer he has had his work presented in international contemporary art events such as the Venice Biennial and Documenta in Kasel, as well as in numerous solo and group exhibitions in museums around the world. Charney has also been active as a teacher, at the Université de Montréal, and architectural theorist.

He received the Prix du Québec Paul-Émile Borduas in the visual arts in 1996, the Chevalier de l'Ordre national du Québec in 2003 and the Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French government in 2006.

Conditions governing access

  • Access by appointment only.

Conditions governing reproduction

  • For copyright information or permission to reproduce material from the fonds, please contact the CCA (reproductions@cca.qc.ca)

Language of material

Documents are in English and French, with some Dutch, German, Hebrew, Japanese, and Korean.


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