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Ted Elfstrom fonds

  • P0177
  • Fonds
  • 1938, [195-?]-1962, [199-?]

The fonds contains documentation pertaining to the career of the jazz musician Ted Elfstrom and provides information on the Mart Kenney Orchestra, the Ted Elfstrom Octet, the Montreal Woodwind Chamber Group, Oscar Peterson, and the Montreal Jazz Festival.

The fonds includes programs, newspaper articles, invitations, audio recordings, and photographs.

Elfstrom, Ted

Alex Robertson fonds

  • P023
  • Fonds
  • 1853-1988

Between 1940 and 1986, Alex Robertson collected records. Most of the recordings in the fonds are 78 rpm's pressed in Montreal by Berliner and Compo: Berliner was the first Canadian company to produce records, and Compo was the first to record Canadian Black musicians. The fonds contains a large number of sound recordings that have never had commercial or widespread distribution. The fonds includes about 3,000 pieces of sheet music of various genres, dating from ca 1885 to 1970; about 1,000 pieces have Canadian content. The fonds includes numerous catalogues and promotional pamphlets from record and sheet-music publishing companies, dealers, clubs, and radio stations. Also included are books annotated by Alex Robertson in the course of his disco-graphical research. Alex Robertson's research materials on record labels and series, as well as on Montreal musical activity between 1913 and 1970 are included in the fonds. His extensive correspondence and related newsletters are included. The fonds includes photographs of Alex Robertson with his family; there is also a photograph of Alex Robertson with jazz author George Martin, and several of a reception held in his honor in the Concordia University Archives reading room in 1988.

The fonds is organized into the following series:
P0023/A Correspondence
P0023/B Research on record labels and series
P0023/C Research on Montreal music activity
P0023/D Photographs

Robertson, Alex

Herb Johnson fonds

  • P0088
  • Fonds
  • 1898-1987

The fonds consists of materials assembled by Herb Johnson. It reflects his career as a musical performer, combo and dance band/orchestra leader, and musicians' union member and executive, as well as his personal interests and personal life.

The fonds documents the dance band and jazz music scene from the 1930s through the 1980s, primarily in Montreal. It is a valuable source of documentation on the bebop style of jazz that emerged in the 1940s, and of documentation related to the Senior Musicians' Association and Orchestra.

The fonds consists of manuscript and print music, including arrangements by Herb Johnson; personal correspondence; saxophone and clarinet technique books and articles; books and articles on arranging, harmonizing, and other facets of music; photographs; notebooks; personal financial records; programs, clippings, and other memorabilia; and magazines. The fonds includes sound recordings as well as objects including music portfolios, pocket handkerchiefs, and a record carrying case. There are also union-related correspondence, financial documents, contracts and other documents related to musicians' pay and benefits, founding documents, constitutions and by-laws, questionnaires, ballot papers, agendas, minutes, and address books.

The fonds is arranged in the following series and sub-series:

P0088/1 Correspondents
P0088/1A Family and friends
P0088/1B Music colleagues
P0088/1C Personal business correspondents
P0088/2 Personal files
P0088/2A Personal interests and personal affairs
P0088/2B Music industry
P0088/2C Music technique
P0088/2D Photographs
P0088/3 Union activity
P0088/3A Musicians' Guild of Montreal
P0088/3B Senior Musicians' Association
P0088/4 Print and manuscript music
P0088/5 Technique books, manuals, tutors, methods
P0088/6 Magazines and promotional literature
P0088/7 Collection of sound recordings
P0088/7A Privately recorded sound recordings
P0088/7B Commercial sound recordings.

Johnson, Herb

David (Dave) Clark fonds

  • F021
  • Fonds
  • [19--]-2006

The David Clark fonds provides insight into the career of musician David Clark in the second half of the 20th century. It documents Dave Clark’s professional activity as an instrumentalist; bandleader, arranger and transcriber; and as a teacher. The fonds also documents Dave Clark’s involvement in the Fossils Club of Montreal and serves to document some of the club's musical performances.

The fonds includes musical scores, sheet music, and song books, covering both classical music and jazz; scripts for plays; programs; sound recordings; plaques; and photographs. In addition to published music, the fonds includes music arranged or transcribed by Dave Clark and other musicians.

The fonds is organized into the following series:
F021/A Fossils Club of Montreal
F021/B Musical scores
F021/C Sound recordings

Clark, David

Joe Bell fonds

  • P010
  • Fonds
  • 1934-1950, predominantly 1934-1945

The fonds provides information on jazz music and musicians in Montreal during the 1930s and 1940s.

The fonds consists of two scrapbooks Joe Bell kept during those years. It contains publicity photographs of orchestras and individual performers, clippings, menus, and cards from various night clubs and ballrooms. The fonds also includes 11 audio discs.

Bell, Joe

Al Palmer fonds

  • P0084
  • Fonds
  • [19--] ; 1936-1971

The Al Palmer Fonds provides information on Montreal and other cities, as gathered by Al Palmer through his journalistic career between 1940 and 1971.

The fonds includes thematic files on people and topics that Al Palmer covered in his columns and police chronicles. It contains notes, copies of court records, clippings, programs, brochures, and photographs.

Palmer, Alan Douglas

Myron Sutton fonds

  • P019
  • Fonds
  • 1908-1945

The fonds provides an overview of Myron Sutton's musical career in the United States and Canada, particularly Montreal. It documents the careers of the various bands with which Myron Sutton was affiliated, and those he led, including the Royal Ambassadors and the Canadian Ambassadors. It also provides general information on the jazz music scene and Montreal night life during the 1930s.

The fonds consists of sound recordings and a scrapbook containing correspondence, contracts, programs, press clippings, and photographs.

Sutton, Myron

John Gilmore fonds

  • P0004
  • Fonds
  • 1912-2007

The fonds provides information on jazz in Montreal between 1916 and 2007.

The fonds contains the material John Gilmore gathered for his two books. It contains research notes, sound recordings including interviews with musicians and others, photographs, posters, correspondence, and a manuscript of Swinging in Paradise: The Story of Jazz in Montreal.

The fonds is organized in the following series:
P0004/A Research material
P0004/B Manuscripts
P0004/C Reviews
P0004/D Lectures and interviews

Gilmore, John

Mary Morter fonds

  • P0239
  • Fonds
  • 1914-2001, predominantly 1969-1975

The Mary Morter fond contains documents pertaining to theater in Montreal. More specifically, the fonds is composed of materials concerning the Instant Theatre and the Pendulum Theatre, both located in Montreal and founded and run by Mary Morter in the 1960s and 1970s. The fonds provides an overview of the programming at both theatres. It also provides insight into how the theaters were perceived by the public. In addition, the fonds contains a number of documents focusing on the play North American Indian Legends by Pendulum Theatre. Documents created by other theatres located in Montreal or Toronto provide additional insight into the English-speaking theatre scene in those cities in the 20th century.

The Mary Morter fonds contains theatre programs, photographs, posters, correspondence, magazines, scrapbooks of newspaper clippings, a sound recording, and various plays, among other documents.

Morter, Mary

Maura McKeon fonds

  • P0212
  • Fonds
  • 1918, 1935-1963

The fonds illustrates theatre life in Montreal from 1918 to 1963, in particular the presentations at His Majesty’s Theatre, later Her Majesty’s Theatre, in Montreal, Quebec.

The fonds consists of theatre programs from the His Majesty’s Theatre, later known as Her Majesty’s Theatre, Montreal.

McKeon, Maura

Dorothy Davis fonds

  • P0098
  • Fonds
  • 1919-1993

The fonds provides information on Montreal Children's Theatre and its founders.

The fonds consists of five scrapbooks including press clippings and articles, as well as photographs, a video cassette of a media interviews with Dorothy Davis [ca. 1983, 1984] and of a report on her death in 1993, and the honourary degrees conferred by Concordia University on Dorothy Davis and Violet Walters in 1984.

Davis, Dorothy

Nick Morara fonds

  • P0192
  • Fonds
  • [193-?]-[195-]

The fonds relates to Montreal Nightlife and Nick Morara’s career as a chef in Montreal clubs. It illustrates the Montreal clubs and nightlife from the point of view of a non-musician working in the club scene. It also includes information on the Old Lantern Inn.

The fonds includes photographs, newspaper clippings, a club menu, a business card and a fee receipt card.

Morara, Nick

Vernon Isaac fonds

  • P228
  • Fonds
  • [193-?]-2000

The materials in the fonds document Vernon Isaac’s life as a jazz musician and the Canadian jazz scene of the 1970s to 1990s. The fonds also contains information about Vernon Isaac’s family.

The fonds includes personal documents, photographs of Vernon Isaac’s family, friends and other performers, press clippings, programs, posters, commemorative plaques, and sound and audiovisual recordings of Vernon Isaac.

The fonds is organized into the following series:
P0228/A. Textual records
P0228/B. Scrapbooks, photo albums and other graphic material
P0228/C Audio-visual material
P0228/D Objects

Isaac, Vernon

Clyde Duncan Fonds

  • P018
  • Fonds
  • [193-]-1986

The fonds provides information about Clyde Duncan's career as a jazz musician.

The fonds contains musical engagement contracts (1939-1940), the Canadian Federation of Musicians by-laws (1930), concert programs, press clippings, photographs, and sound recordings.

Duncan, Clyde

Peter K. Johnston fonds

  • P199
  • Fonds
  • [193- ?]-2005

The Peter K. Johnston fonds contains documentation pertaining to the American Jazz musician Harry James (1916-1983) and the Big band era. The fonds primarily documents the musical career of Harry James as bandleader and trumpeter. It also includes information on the Montreal Vintage Music Society (MVMS), and on other jazz musicians, such as Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Metcalf, Oscar Peterson, and Glenn Miller, among many others.

The fonds contains memorabilia, correspondence, magazines, discographies, photographs, newspaper clippings, reference documentation, posters, moving images, and an audio recording, among other material. Some of the documents are arranged in scrapbooks.

The fonds is arranged in the following series :
P0199 / A Harry James
P0199 / B Other Jazz musicians
P0199 / C Peter Johnston as a collector

Johnston, Peter K.

Meilan Lam fonds

  • P135
  • Fonds
  • 1931-1999

The fonds provides information on Montreal's Black jazz scene from the 1920s to the 1960s, chronicling the lives of three women - Tina Baines Brereton, Bernice Jordan Whims, and Olga Spencer Foderingham - who danced in night clubs such as Rockhead's Paradise, The Terminal, and Café St. Michel.

The fonds consists of materials gathered, and in some cases created, during the National Film Board of Canada's production of Show Girls / Les Girls. It includes research notes, edited sequences on videotape, video tapes and transcripts of interviews with the film's principals, audio tapes of interviews with various sources, stock footage, shot lists, clippings of night clubs ads, historical reference books, and VHS copies of the documentary.

Lam, Meilan

Bob Redmond fonds

  • P0064
  • Fonds
  • 1935-2018

The Bob Redmond fonds provides information about Robert Redmond's life and his career as lead saxophonist with many bands like the Stardusters, the Escorts, and the Johnny Holmes Orchestra. It also provides information about Redmond's experience as a musician during World War II. Furthermore, it includes materials related to the history of Jazz in general and in Montreal in particular, as well as the big-band era in Montreal. The fonds includes several unpublished novels, poems and other texts written by Bob Redmond.

The fonds contains Redmond’s notes and essays as well as correspondence, sheet music, a scrapbook, clippings, photographs, publicity materials, directories, and books and magazines from Redmond’s library. It also contains audio cassettes, CDs, videocassettes, a DVD and over 300 audio discs

Redmond, Robert

Nat Raider fonds

  • P0171
  • Fonds
  • 1939 - 1984

The Nat Raider fonds documents the Montreal music scene from the 1950s until the 1970s, mostly by means of sheet music used in performances of the Nat Raider orchestra.

The fonds consists of materials used by the Nat Raider Orchestra, including sheet music and hand-written arrangements. Among these documents you will find “Le Caf’ Conc' Opening Theme” composed by Nat Raiser. Also included are song lyrics, performance notes, correspondence, and documents related to the performance of comedy.

Raider, Nat

Tina Brereton fonds

  • P0075
  • Fonds
  • [194-]

The fonds consists of photographs which recall the period during the 1940s when Tina Brereton danced in shows to the accompaniment of jazz music at Café St-Michel in Montreal.

Brereton, Tina

Yves Charbonneau fonds

  • F033
  • Fonds
  • [194-?], [196-]-2007, predominantly 1970-[198-]

The fonds documents Yves Charbonneau's musical career until 1975 on the one hand, and his photographic exploitations during the 1980s on the other hand. It gives an insight into the organization of the Quatuor du Jazz libre du Québec (1967-1975), the Val-David Artistic Colony (1970), the Ferme du Petit Québec libre (1970-1973) and l'Amorce (1972-1974), while highlighting the political dimension of these jazz-related initiatives.
The fonds is divided into the following series :
F033/A – Jazz libre du Québec
F033/B – Political newspapers
F033/C - Visual arts studies
The fonds contains legal documents, press clippings, leaflets, and notes concerning the activities of free music in Petit Québec libre and in l’Amorce. The fonds also contains political newspapers collected by Yves Charbonneau during the 1970s, as well as photographs related to Charbonneau’s visual arts studies, including portraits, landscape photography, and still-lifes.

Charbonneau, Yves

Gerry Hanson fonds

  • P0175
  • Fonds
  • [194-]-1983

The Gerry Hanson fonds contains documentation pertaining to Montreal's music scene during the big-band era, and illustrates Gerry Hanson’s life as a musician.

The fonds consists of 12 photographs showcasing Montreal orchestras in which Hanson performed, including the Westernaires, the Blue Serenaders, the Alouette Band, and Paul Beauregard’s Orchestra. The performers depicted in these photographs are mostly identified. The fonds also includes photocopies of press clippings.

Hanson, Gerry

Johnny Holmes fonds

  • P0016
  • Fonds
  • [194-]-1989

The fonds provides information on jazz in Montreal, particularly on radio, during the 1950s and 1960s.

The fonds contains music that Johnny Holmes arranged and conducted, audiotapes of CBC radio broadcasts, photographs of performers, and press clippings.

Holmes, Johnny

The Cathespian Guild fonds

  • P0142
  • Fonds
  • 1940-1954

The fonds provides information on the annual Catholic Drama Festival organized by the Guild between 1940 and 1953.

The fonds contains some handouts on the Cathespian Guild and a few programs and photographs of some of the annual Catholic Drama Festivals. It also contains the Drama Festival award book entitled Award for Distinguished Achievement in Catholic Theatre.

Cathespian Guild

Black Theater Workshop fonds

  • F034
  • Fonds
  • [1940]-2016, predominant 1972-2007

The Black Theater Workshop fonds is composed of materials created and compiled by the Black Theater Workshop (BTW) and contains materials documenting the activities and operations of the BTW from its founding in 1972 until its 2007-2008 season. Documents are also reflective of the BTW's contributions to Montreal’s Black communities and to theater in Canada. Textual records and other materials document the BTW's administration, finances, awards, plays, programming, promotional activities, communications, and facilities, among other things.

The fonds is divided into the following series :
F034/A Administration
F034/B Financial records
F034/C External relations
F034/D Productions / Programming

The fonds is composed of textual records, including without limitations financial documents, grant applications, board meeting minutes, reports, play scripts, newspapers and newspaper clippings, promotional material, and correspondence; graphic materials as photographs, posters, logos, drawings, and others, sound recordings, moving images, and a T-shirt.

Black Theater Workshop

Norman Marshall Villeneuve fonds

  • F022
  • Fonds
  • [ca.1946]-2016

The Norman Marshall Villeneuve fonds documents Norman Marshall Villeneuve’s career as a jazz musician. It also contains records relating to other Canadian as well as American jazz musicians. Materials in this fonds are dated between 1946 and 2016, with the majority of the documents dating from 1960s to the1980s. Most of the material was created in Toronto, Ontario, and Montreal, Quebec.

The fonds include newspaper clippings, photographs, posters, programs, magazines, drawings and notes.

The fonds is organized into the following series:
F022/A Newspaper clippings and magazines
F022/B Photographs
F022/C Posters
F022/D Correspondence
F022/E Notes

Villeneuve, Norman Marshall

Johnny Reno fonds

  • P0065
  • Fonds
  • 1943

The Johnny Reno fonds consists of two photographs of Percy Ferguson's Victory Serenadors, including Oscar Peterson, at Canadian Pacific's Rosemont Hall in Montreal in 1943.

Reno, Johnny

Henry Whiston fonds

  • P158
  • Fonds
  • 1943-1976, predominant 1956-1976

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.

Whiston, Henry

Gordie Fleming fonds

  • P0178
  • Fonds
  • [195-]-[197-]

The fonds consists mainly of recordings of radio broadcasts featuring musical performances by Gordie Fleming and his group. Most were broadcast on Radio-Canada and CBC on Lower Canada Swing, Saturday Set, Les joyeux troubadours, Jazz en liberté and Les fantaisistes.

Fleming, Gordie

Walter Boudreau fonds

  • P0021
  • Fonds
  • [195-]- 2009

The fonds provides information on the career of Walter Boudreau and on L'Infonie and the Quatuor de Jazz Libre du Québec, as well as Raoul Duguay, musicians Pierre Leduc and Jean Préfontaine, and the Société de Musique contemporaine du Quebec (SMCQ).

The fonds consists of musical scores and composition notes for Walter Boudreau's compositions and arrangements, press clippings, photographs, posters, sound recordings, and a robe worn by Boudreau in L'Infonie.

Boudreau, Walter

Russell (Russ) Dufort fonds

  • F020
  • Fonds
  • [195-] ; [199-]

The Fonds contains materials documenting the career of drummer Russell (Russ) Dufort. It includes materials related to Dufort's time with the Johnny Holmes Orchestra, the Stardusters, and the Royal Canadian Airforce band. The fonds also includes arrangements purchased from Russell Dufort from the Escorts.

The fonds is composed of annotated scores, set lists, photographs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, a business card, a membership card, swizzle sticks from Montreal clubs, and a wooden box used by the Escorts to transport their music, among other materials.

Dufort, Russell

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