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The Malcove Collection is Now in FADIS

In 1982 Dr. Lillian Malcove (1902–1981), a Freudian psychoanalyst working in New York, bequeathed to the University of Toronto the Malcove Collection for teaching and research purposes. This prestigious and valuable collection of approximately 500 works includes an eclectic array of objects, sculpture, drawings, paintings and miscellaneous furnishings from the Bronze Age to the 20th century from the regions of the Middle East, Asia, North Africa, and Northern and Central Europe. An especially important part of the collection pertains to Medieval and Byzantine objects, an area of particular interest to the late Dr. Lillian Malcove. Today, objects from the collection are housed and available for viewing at the University of Toronto Art Centre, .

In collaboration with Dr. Niamh O’Laoghaire, the Director of the University Art Centre and Heather Darling Pigat, Collection Manager, the University of Toronto Mississauga Visual Resource Library at the Institute of Communications and Culture has catalogued more than 600 digital images of works in the Malcove Collection for FADIS, the digital image repository at the University of Toronto Library: The addition of the Malcove Collection to FADIS now offers students and scholars easy access to an invaluable campus collection. Further information about the objects in the collection can be obtained from Dr. Sheila Campbell’s catalogue, The Malcove Collection (University of Toronto Press, 1985).

In the past two years, the UTM Visual Resource Library has been actively seeking collections at the University of Toronto to digitize, preserve and distribute virtually to the academic community. If you know of other important collections at the University of Toronto which you would like to share with the academic community, please contact Dr. Harriet Sonne de Torrens, Visual Resource Librarian, Institute of Communications and Culture, University of Toronto Mississauga,, 905-569-4610. For more information about FADIS contact your local administrator as listed on the FADIS homepage

Harriet Sonne de Torrens

images from the Malcove Collection

Counterclockwise from top: Chasse reliquary, 1280–1295; Bronze lamp in the shape of a foot, 5th–6th century; Ethiopian scrolls, 19th–20th century; Peter Paul Rubens, St. George and the Dragon.