Marion Dorothy Walker fonds

Title: Marion Dorothy Walker fonds

Dates of creation: ca. 1930-1997

Physical description: 3.53 metres of textual and graphic material

Biographical Sketch: Marion Dorothy Walker (September 23, 1919-June 7, 1998) earned a BA in English and Fine Arts (1942, University of Toronto) and an MA in Art History (1963, University of Toronto). She was a production assistant at Hart House Theatre from 1946-1957. In this capacity, she designed and painted sets, made props and created costumes.  In 1957 she joined the University of Toronto’s Department of Fine Arts as librarian and reader.  She was appointed Special Lecturer in the Department of Fine Arts in 1963 and became Assistant Professor in 1977. She remained in this position until her retirement in 1985.  She also served as Special Lecturer in the Department of Fine Arts’ Graduate Centre for Study of Drama, between 1966 and 1976.  Walker’s teaching and research interests were the history of costume and stage design.  As a result, she spent many summers in Europe, especially Italy, investigating the works of early theatre designers, Filippo Juvarra, Ferdinando Bibiena, Fratelli Gallieri and Pietro Gonzaga.

Scope and content: Correspondence, notes, manuscripts, scrapbook, costume designs, stage designs, photoprints and slides documenting the personal life and professional activities of Marion Dorothy Walker as a costume designer for Hart House Theatre and a lecturer in the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Toronto.

Finding Aids: Series description

Access: Open

Accession number: B1998-0036