Robert Newton Hurley : 1894-1980
During the period from 1950-1980, Robert Hurley was the most popular and well
known Saskatchewan painter. His bright, colourful watercolours hung in the living
rooms of many homes, and were in collections from Regina to Ottawa, the United States to England.
Two Hurley paintings
were presented to the Queen by the Province of Saskatchewan in 1951,
to commemorate the opening of the Queen Elizabeth Power Station near Saskatoon.
The Hurley Collection contains letters, diaries, memoirs, photos,
sketches, slides, collected newspaper and magazine
articles, and reproductions of his work.
Individual pieces of the material are catalogued in the
Special Collections Manuscript Catalogue, and can be viewed
in the Special Collections reading room, on the 3rd floor,
The library has recently linked digitized images of the slides
to their catalogue records, and will be continuing to enhance
the catalogue with the visual elements of this, and other collections.
Professor A. Anstensen contacted Hurley
about the possibility of depositing his materials in the
University Library. These materials were purchased for
the University Library by Anstensen in 1966, with additional material
later added by Hurley's family.