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Donor Recognition

The Mary Filer Collection

In 2020, Archives and Special Collections acquired the archival materials of Mary Filer, a British Columbia artist who had her beginnings in Regina. The materials were donated by David Lemon, a long-time friend of Filer and her family and his wife, Sylvia L’Ecuyer. 

The collection donated to the Archer Library and Archives consists of over 3000 items documenting Filer’s artwork and the development of her processes and style from the early 1940s up until her death. Of interest is a set of watercolors documenting Regina in the 1940s. They include paintings of Wascana Park and the Legislature, but also small businesses like a Chinese laundry and several restaurants – these may be the only archival record of these establishments. 

For more information about the collection, please visit the Mary Filer digital exhibit

David Lemon and Sylvia L'Ecuyer, Photo by Joyce Dodds