The Archives was approached in the summer of 2000 by retired Math, Physics and Computer Science instructor, Dr. Fred Hainsworth, about its interest in a collection of mainly newspaper-size finished pages (black wash on tracing paper) of original artwork for Eaton’s Department Store’s advertising. Professor Hainsworth’s father, Noel Hainsworth, was a layout artist with Eaton’s for about 40 years, from roughly the early 1920s to the late 1950s. He also worked at one time for Macy’s department store in New York in the same capacity.
Although the Archives adheres to fairly strict guidelines as far as the acceptance of external collections is concerned (relevancy to Ryerson and extent of a collection being prime considerations), a decision was made to accept this collection for the following reasons.
One, despite the department store’s demise, Ryerson established an important link to Eaton’s several years ago through the School of Retail Management. Two, Eaton’s has been, throughout Ryerson’s existence, one of its most important neighbours in this part of Toronto’s downtown core. And three, the artwork in question seems to have significant artistic merit and is related directly to a member of the Ryerson Community who not only served as a teacher at the University from 1971 to 1996 but who graduated as an Electronics student at Ryerson in 1954.