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Collage created for Pisces Midheaven, 2018. Artist: Casey Wei.

Lenore Herb Archive

About Lenore Herb

Lenore Herb (1947-2010) AKA Doreen Grey, was an artist, activist and provocateur in Vancouver’s art and environmental communities. She was a videographer, photographer, writer, curator, arts administrator, social and environmental activist, and an archivist (notably for bill bissett). Lenore was directly involved with blewointmentpress (1960s +), Pacific Cinema (1970s-1980s) and Director of Metro Media Society (1979-1985), as well as a participant in the Sound Gallery and Tripps Festival, the Floating Free School, and Knowplace Free School.


Custodial History

The Lenore Herb Archive was donated to the Crista Dahl Media Library and Archive in 2014 by Lenore’s children Saphira Coutts and Taliesin Foley-Herb.



It includes over 400 videotapes; photographic materials; original writing and art; Metro Media’s mail and Xerox art collections; posters from Metro Media and punk concerts (1970s-1980s); The Push Society (c1983) and Metro Media (1979-1985) organization files; Lenore’s personal print archive that includes environmental, poetry, art, publications and zines.


Finding Aid

The Lenore Herb Archive is being catalogued. Two spreadsheets are available to assist with your research, however, we recommend you also contact the archivist.

Video finding aid xls

This spreadsheet contains data transcribed verbatim from the video cases. We have identified subjects where possible to assist you in your search. Not all videos can be assumed to have been produced by Lenore Herb. [Notes related to the colour of pen used under “Case Notes” were added by the archivist for internal reference.]

Textual Materials finding aid pdf

A spreadsheet of textual materials described on a file level with location identified.

LHA_CV_Oct 2006 pdf

Lenore Herb Curriculum Vitae as of October 2006.



The majority of Herb’s videos are not in active distribution or cannot be put online due to copyright. Contact us for remote or in-person access.

Two research projects have been completed: Pisces Midheaven and EATa IV. Documentation is online.

All other materials can be accessed at the CDMLA. We invite researchers and others to make an appointment to view through our Archivist,