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Fonds F 4535

Donald Lloyd McKinley fonds

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Donald Lloyd McKinley fonds
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Physical Description

131.5 centimetres of textual records

43 architectural drawings

1947 technical drawings

13057 photographs

19 audio cassettes (ca. 23 hrs.)

24 paintings

8 architectural model pieces

15 drawings

2 photomechanical prints

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of records pertaining to Donald Lloyd McKinley's career as a furniture maker, educator and designer in both the United States and Canada. These materials include academic records, employment records, project designs and drawings, correspondence, awards and prizes, published materials, photographs, journals, audio cassettes and records relating to the Sheridan College School of Crafts and Design in Oakville, Ontario.

The academic records document McKinley's educational career, from high school to university graduate studies and include transcripts, notebooks, research materials, photographs and drawings as well as materials pertaining to his graduate studies thesis, "Wheel Chairs: A Problem in Support and Transport". There are also records created while he was studying in Finland on a Fulbright Scholarship.

The employment records document McKinley's professional career. Most of these relate to time spent as Chief Staff Designer at the Gunlocke Chair Company in Wayland, New York and as a design consultant in Tasmania, Australia. Records include photographs, design memoranda and sketches of various pieces of furniture.

Records pertaining to McKinley's role in the development of the Sheridan College School of Crafts and Design include drawings and photographs of various pieces of furniture, promotional materials, newspaper clippings, minutes of faculty meetings and audio cassettes featuring recordings of design sessions and lectures. Also included is correspondence related to the Sheridan College Long Service Awards of which McKinley was a recipient.

Personal records include book drafts, correspondence with three of his friends who were also professional furniture makers, awards and prizes, journals, design pamphlets and catalogues, newspaper clippings, diaries, photo ID cards, published materials as well as records relating to his wife, Reena Ruth Gowdy McKinley, a Canadian ceramicist.

The photographs document Donald Lloyd McKinley at work, comprehensive views of his furniture designs and the work of additional furniture designers. There are also photographs documenting both Ruth Gowdy and Donald Lloyd McKinley's work through the various stages of their design process as well as the finished pieces. Additionally, there are numerous photographs showing objects that inspired McKinley's sense of design and that he likely used in lectures at Sheridan.

The drawings are both originals and reproductions and depict designs from all phases of McKinley's academic and professional careers including: chairs of various types, axel stands, storage or display racks, tables and desks, kitchenware, appliances, wheel chairs, canes, luggage racks, lecterns and stools.

Also included are articles written about or by both Ruth Gowdy and Donald Lloyd McKinley concerning their work and the numerous exhibitions in which they participated as exhibitors or jurors.

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Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

Donald Lloyd McKinley (1932-1998) was a furniture maker, educator and designer who established the School of Crafts and Design at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario and directed it from 1967 to 1995.

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McKinley, Donald Lloyd, 1932-1998

Restrictions on Access
No restrictions on access.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright has been transferred to the Archives of Ontario by the donor. Fonds also contains material owned by various other copyright holders. To find out more about the copyright status of the particular material you wish to use, consult a Reference Archivist through the Reference Desk. There are no restrictions on reproduction for research and private study. If you wish to use these records for purposes other than for research and private study, please submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast form.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The records were donated to the Archives of Ontario in August of 2006 by Lauren McKinley Renzetti, daughter of Donald Lloyd McKinley. Accruals of records were also donated by Lauren McKinley Renzetti in 2009 and 2011.
Related Material

The Archives of Ontario Library has in its collection an exhibition pamphlet entitled Donald Lloyd McKinley: A studio practice in furniture by curator Karen White, which was published as an accompaniment to the Oakville Galleries posthumous exhibit of the same name featuring Donald Lloyd McKinley's work.

Availability of Other Formats

Some audio cassettes concerning the Sheridan College School of Crafts and Design are available on DVD reference copies or as digital files that will be made available upon request.

Title based on contents of the fonds.

Some of the material is in Finnish.


No further accruals are expected.

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Records series that make up this fonds

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Reference Code Series Title
F 4535-1 Donald Lloyd McKinley academic records
F 4535-2 Donald Lloyd McKinley employment records
F 4535-3 Sheridan College School of Crafts and Design records
F 4535-4 Donald Lloyd McKinley project records
F 4535-5 Donald Lloyd McKinley correspondence
F 4535-6 Donald Lloyd McKinley awards and prizes
F 4535-7 Donald Lloyd McKinley and Ruth Gowdy McKinley publications
F 4535-8 Donald Lloyd McKinley personal records
F 4535-9 Ruth Gowdy McKinley project records