Fonds P158 - Henry Whiston fonds

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Henry Whiston fonds

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  • 1943-1976, predominant 1956-1976 (Creation)
    Whiston, Henry

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491 audio reels

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Henry Frank Whiston was born in Montreal on March 11, 1928 as the second child of Henry Whiston and Rose Isabel Bristow Whiston, both immigrants from England. Henry Frank Whiston married Mary Xenos in 1960. They had two daughters, Barbara Eleanor and Lorraine Susan. He attended the High School of Montreal. During his school years, he worked part-time at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He was then hired full-time as a producer and worked at CBC until he retired in 1976. He had a long-standing interest in jazz, and worked as researcher, writer, and producer for the CBC-AM radio show "Jazz at Its Best", which was broadcast on Saturday mornings from 1952 to 1968. During the 1950s it ran locally in Montreal, and in the 1960s the program was broadcast nationally. It was hosted by Ted Miller. Henry Whiston produced other radio shows as well.
Henry Whiston died in Montreal June 24, 1984.

Sources: Interview with Mary Xenos Whiston; Encyclopedia of Music in Canada.

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The fonds was transferred from Concordia University's Records Management and Archives Department to Concordia University Libraries' Special Collections March 16, 2016, April 20, 2016, May 3-5, 2016, and May 10, 2016.

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The fonds is a source of jazz history in the mid-20th century.

The fonds consists of 491 reel-to-reel audio tapes. Most of them contain interviews conducted by Henry Whiston with jazz personalities, in preparation for the show "Jazz at Its Best" and other radio shows. The interviews served as source material from which excerpts were edited into the program. A large part of the documents are related to Glenn Miller or the Duke Ellington orchestra.

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      Researchers may consult a list, by tape, of the subjects and dates of the interviews.

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