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Erik Loder fonds

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Fonds Level Description

Accession Number: 96-011


Erik Loder fonds -- 5 m of textual and other materials.

Biography / History

Erik Loder was born in 1933 in Wilmington, Delaware. He was educated at Bard College and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Pratt. He taught drawing, print-making and painting at a number of colleges in the United States before moving with his wife Robin Loder to Canada in 1972 to live and work. He taught numerous courses at Sir Sandford Fleming College and in the Cultural Studies department at Trent University from 1980 until his death in 1993. His work was exhibited widely in Peterborough, Toronto, the United States and in Europe.

Custodial History

This fonds was created by Erik Loder and was forwarded to the Trent University Archives by his widow, Robin Montgomery Loder.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of correspondence, sketches and class lecture notes of Erik Loder. Loder's theories of art are discernible in his jottings and notes. Also included are numerous art catalogues and exhibition notes; slides of Loder art works; sketches, drawings and paintings; personal cards and letters sent at the time of Loder's death in 1993; art auction and sale lists.


Title based on the creator of the fonds.

Includes sketch books, posters, and clippings.

This fonds is very dirty and contaminated with mold. Researchers should be cautioned before using.

This fonds was donated by Robin Loder, widow of Erik Loder.

Much of the textual material is filed as received. Organization by subject matter has not been possible. Material was packed from 3 separate locations (Loder's office at Trent University, his studio and his home).

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

Many Erik Loder pieces of art are located locally in the Art Gallery of Peterborough and private collections as well as in galleries and collections elsewhere.

Outsized sketches, drawings, paintings, posters, broadsides and sculptures located in Large Materials Cabinet - Drawers A, B, C, & D and on top of cabinets, and in Drawers 49, 50, and 51. Others are free-standing.


Trent University Archives gratefully acknowledges the assistance of the Nind Fund in acquiring this important group of papers.

Box 1


1: Curriculum vitae and personal material

2: Correspondence regarding teaching, 1968-1993

3: Correspondence, 1964-1993

4: Notes, examples, techniques

5: Notes, examples, techniques

6: Notes on perspective

7: Notes on visuality

8: Notes on sources: sculpture, casting, wax

9: Artist-in-Residence, Artspace, 1989

10: Watercolour

11: Censorship

12: Newspaper clippings; Parachute, v.3 #1, v.3 #3, v.4 #3

13: Notes, clippings re nature images

14: Organic Forms

15: Magazine articles, newspaper clippings, art catalogues and exhibit material

Box 2

35 sketch books

Box 3

Unorganized notes, sketches, clippings

Box 4


1: "Common Fate" notes

2: "Colour" notes

3: "Hatching" notes

4: "Modelling" notes

5: "Tone" notes

6: "Structure" notes

7: "Drawing" notes

8: "Texture" notes

9: "Gesture" notes

10: "Spatial" notes

11-25: Class Notes

26: Sources and Suppliers

27: Loder, "My Own Ideas on Art"

28: General notes on art theory

29: Comments by Loder on his own work

Loose in box:

2 spiral-bound notebooks

1 sketch book

Box 5

23 sketch books

Loose on Shelf

30 sketch books plus 4 unnumbered boxes of slides of Loder art works (lists in boxes)

Large Materials Cabinet - Drawers A, B, C, D & on top of cabinet

Sketches, drawings, paintings, posters, broadsides and sculptures.

Standing against wallTen framed canvasses are standing against the wall in the back of the manuscripts room and near entrance to SpC.

Note: Approximately 30 additional sketches, drawings, paintings and sculptures were received in January 2000.