Collection UQFL60 - John Cooper Papers

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John Cooper Papers


  • [1945-198-] (Creation)

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Extent and medium

35 boxes (Offsite Storage), 4 parcels.

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Biographical history

John Cooper was born in Sydney in 1912, moved to Brisbane 1933. Founded Cellar Gallery 1935, organised first Sidney Nolan exhibition at a commercial gallery with the Fraser Island series at his second gallery, the Moreton Gallery 1948. Moved to Gold Coast and established Eight Bells Gallery where major artists exhibitions were held. Died 1987.

Archival history

Collection previously titled as: Papers, [1945-198-]
Collection alternatively titled as: John Cooper Collection.

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Scope and content

Correspondence with artists, collectors, other gallery directors, art societies, etc.; catalogues of art gallery exhibitions, art auctions, dealers' lists, in Australia and overseas.

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Conditions governing access

Unrestricted access, except Box 1 Envelope 4 is restricted. Application for access to restricted material may be submitted to the Fryer Librarian for consideration.

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Language of material

  • English

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Publication note

Material from this collection has been cited in:

Forbes, C and Naylor, S (2022) 'Taking Northern Queensland into account : another view of Australian art' Limina 27 (2), pp. 62-85.

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Libraries Australia ID

63004921; 21260355

OCLC Number

222659784 ; 1096601460

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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