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Eric Wesselow fonds

  • P0201
  • Fonds
  • [192-?]-1998

The description of this fonds is not available. Please contact Concordia University Libraries Special Collections for more information.

Wesselow, Eric

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

Antique maps collection

  • C005
  • Collection
  • 1570-[19--]

The antique maps collection contains mostly early maps of America, Europe and Asia. Many of these maps are hand coloured. Some of the later maps show cities, including London and Paris.

Historic images of Montreal

  • C006
  • Collection
  • 1761–1871

Collections is composed of photographic reproductions of 12 prints and drawings of the City of Montreal. The original prints and drawings are dated between 1761 and 1871.

Grant Family fonds

  • F010
  • Fonds
  • 1796-1933

Fonds contains records relating to the Grant family’s everyday activities and occupations. The material includes bills, receipts, certificates, wills, policies, instructional documents, poetry, prescriptions, correspondence between friends and family in Ontario, Montreal, Scotland, and the United States, sermons, religious material, and records relating to the Victoria Toll Bar on Victoria Road.

The fonds has been divided into six series:
F010/A. Attestations, wills, and certificates
F010/B. Correspondence
F010/C. Financial records
F010/D. Instructional records
F010/E. Objects
F010/F. Victoria Toll Bar

Grant family

John Loye fonds

  • P072
  • Fonds
  • 1819-1949

The fonds provides information on the Irish community of Montreal in the 19th and early 20th century, and its view of Ireland and Irish culture. Some documents relate to the United Irish Societies (U.I.S.) of Montreal and the Saint Patrick’s Society of Montreal, as well as to Thomas d’Arcy McGee and John Loye, whereas others are standing in connection to James McAran, a Montreal merchant. The fonds also gives information on the Irish Question and reactions to it in Canada, through an album of newspaper clippings collected by James Albert Whittaker during 1920 to 1923, augmented by correspondence and small brochures from the same time period.

The fonds consists of four albums and several separate documents. The albums contain collections of greeting cards, Irish songs and poetry, family photographs, and newspaper clippings on the Irish Question. Furthermore, the fonds includes without limitations newspapers, sheet music, brochures, correspondence, a map of Ireland, drawings (including original artwork for the United Irish Societies of Montreal logo), and the text of an address on Irish-Canadian history given at the St. Patrick's Society Ball in 1872 by John O'Farrell, president of the Hibernian Benevolent Society of Quebec.

Loye, John

McCorkill Family fonds

  • P0188
  • Fonds
  • 1821-1928, 1995

The fonds illustrates life of an Irish immigrant family in the eastern Townships in the 19th century, and gives information on the decendants of John McCorkill.

The fonds consists of letters, accounting records, legal documents, and genealogical information on the McCorkill family.

McCorkill Family

Alan Hustak fonds

  • P0191
  • Fonds
  • 1829-2005

The fonds is related to Alan Hustak’s work as a journalist and author.
It consists mostly of research material on the Quebec physician and Montreal mayor of Irish origin Sir William Hales Hingston, (1829-1907). The material was collected by Alan Hustak in preparation of his book Sir William Hingston : Montreal Mayor, Surgeon and Banker, published in 2004.
The research material and articles on pilot Albert Mah (1920-2005) and Canadian broadcaster Jimmy Tapp (1918-2004) give an insight in Hustak’s work as a journalist. The fonds also includes photographs of singer Norma Hutton.

The fonds includes without limitations correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, brochures, manuscripts, book chapters and personal documents. Most documents are reproductions, made in the 1990s or later.

The fonds is organized into the following series:
P0191/A. Research material on Sir William Hale Hingston
P0191/B. Hustaks journalistic work

Hustak, Alan

Thomas D’Arcy McGee collection

  • P0030
  • Collection
  • 1844-1968

The collection provides information on Thomas D'Arcy McGee's history and his relation with his family.

It consists mainly of documents copied from a variety of archival sources by Timothy Slattery for The Assassination of D'Arcy McGee, published in 1968.

The collection includes about 50 original letters exchanged between Thomas D'Arcy McGee and members of his family. The collection includes several photographs, including a portrait of McGee by William Notman. The collection is also composed of newspaper clippings and objects.

McGee, Thomas D'Arcy

Bellelle Guerin fonds

  • F029
  • Fonds
  • [1847?]-1972, predominant 1875-1920

The Bellelle Guerin fonds documents life and work of the Guerin family. Most significantly, the materials contained in the fonds pertain to the careers of John Edmund Guerin and Bellelle Guerin. The fonds also contains materials concerning other members of the Guerin family. Two scrapbooks document John Edmund Guerin’s political career as mayor of Montreal from his election in 1910 until 1912. These scrapbooks also contain materials concerning important events occurring during his mandate, including the International Eucharist Congress; the visits of Earl Grey and the duke and duchess of Connaught; and the death of King Edward 7th, among others. A third scrapbook contains information pertaining to the 1917 election and the Catholic Women’s League of Canada. Some documents are also related to Thomas or Mary Carroll Guerin. The fourth scrapbook contains clippings of newspaper articles, most of which were written by Thomas Guerin, Bellelle’s father. These articles concern Thomas Guerin's work as a civil engineer in Montreal in the 1870s and 1880s, and document a number of his concerns, including sewerage problems and floods in Montreal.

The Bellelle Guerin fonds is composed of 4 scrapbooks containing clippings and memorabilia, and a pin given to James John Edmund Guerin during the Eucharist Congress in 1910.

Guerin, Bellelle

Lewis Thomas Drummond fonds

  • P0081
  • Fonds
  • 1848

The fonds consists of an original parchment appointing Drummond as Queen's Counsel in 1848.

Drummond, Lewis Thomas

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

Saint Patrick’s Society of Montreal fonds

  • P0026
  • Fonds
  • 1856-2007, predominant 1950-2000

The fonds provides information on the Irish community in Montreal and on the history, activities, and operations of the St. Patrick's Society. There are no original records before 1863; they were most likely destroyed in the 1872 fire in St. Patrick’s Hall. The fonds mainly contains administrative records, minutes, correspondence, financial records, programs, photographs, press clippings, and printed materials.

The fonds is organized in the following series:
P0026/A Administrative records
P0026/B Membership
P0026/C Financial records
P0026/D Events
P0026/E Printed records
P0026/F Objects

St. Patrick's Society of Montreal

Saint Patrick’s Total Abstinence and Benevolent Society Fonds

  • P0109
  • Fonds
  • 1868-1903

The fonds provides information on the activities of the St. Patrick's Total Abstinence and Benevolent Society.

The fonds contains proceedings of the St. Patrick's Total Abstinence and Benevolent Society.

St. Patrick’s Total Abstinence and Benevolent Society

O'Farrell Family fonds

  • F026
  • Fonds
  • [1877-1899]

The O'Farrell Family fonds documents the professional and private life of the O'Farrell Family between 1877 and 1899. The fonds includes 2 ledgers outlining purchases made at the general store owned by the O'Farrell Family in Saint-Malachie, Quebec (1890-1896); 4 diaries written by Mary Bridget O'Farrell concerning the private life of the family (1898-1899); and 1 ledger (tax roll) (1877-1883) documenting taxation in the town of Saint-Malachie. Notes, correspondence, and additional pages can be found throughout the ledgers.

The O’Farrell Family fonds is divided into 2 series:
• F026/A Business records
• F026/B Personal records

O'Farrell Family

Bill Stewart fonds

  • P0195
  • Fonds
  • [188-]-2005

The fonds documents William Stewart's early life, his family, his work as a World War II war correspondent, his later work as a journalist and executive with Canadian Press, and his activities in retirement. The fonds also documents the history of Canadian Press/La Presse Canadienne, Canadian politics, journalism, French-English relations in Canada, figures such as Roger Lemelin, J.W. Pickersgill, Claude Ryan, Clyde Gilmour, and other subjects.

The fonds includes news and feature articles by William Stewart in various forms (drafts, wire copy, clippings), correspondence received and sent, photographs, artwork, reports, newsletters, family documents, articles by other writers, and a small number of objects related to his work as a war correspondent and his later activity.

The materials are arranged in the following series:
P0195/1 Early life, family, visual art, diaries, personal documents, honors and awards
P0195/2 Correspondence with friends and colleagues
P0195/3 Canadian Press
P0195/4 Retirement, freelance activity
P0195/5 Canadian Press War Correspondents' Association
P0195/6 Canadian War Correspondents Association
P0195/7 Research materials

Stewart, Bill

John Joseph Curran fonds

  • P0108
  • Fonds
  • 1882

The fonds consists of a gold watch inscribed J.J. Curran Q.C.L.L.D. on his 40th birthday by the Irishmen of Montreal, February 22, 1882.

Curran, John Joseph

Walton Hannah fonds

  • P015
  • Fonds
  • [189-]-1966, predominant [1930]-1966

The fonds provides information on the history, structure, aims, and activities of Freemasonry and other secret organizations, with a particular focus on anglophone and francophone Freemasonry in Quebec.

The fonds includes correspondence, articles, transcripts of lectures, programs for ceremonies, minutes, membership lists, photographs, and other materials. Among the correspondence are original letters and manuscript notes dated 1913-1931 in which francophone Catholics report to the church hierarchy the names of suspected Freemasons. There are an original letter and a certificate of resignation from Freemasonry. The fonds includes a collection of objects. Their significance is explained in various works in the Masonic Collection; see below, Associated Materials.

The fonds is organized according to the following series:
P015/A Early life; Hannah family
P015/B Research on Freemasonry and other secret societies

Hannah, Walton

Concordia University Archives Irish collection

  • P0151
  • Collection
  • 1896

The fonds consists of an 1896 photograph of the choir of St. Patrick's Church, Montreal.

Concordia University. Records Management and Archives

St. Ann's Young Men's Society fonds

  • F023
  • Fonds
  • 1896-1974, predominant 1896-1944

The St. Ann's Young Men's Society fonds contains records relating to the activities and functions of the St. Ann's Young Men's Society. Materials in this fonds document the Society's programs in athletics, drama, debating, and theater. Records also concern the general operation and administration of the Society.

Documents include, but are not limited to, correspondence, reports (annual reports, treasurer reports, secretary reports, librarian reports, meeting reports, and activity reports), flyers, calendars of events, programs, contracts, lists of participants, financial statements, newspaper clippings, receipts, and a ledger.

St. Ann's Young Men's Society

John Douglas Borthwick collection

  • C021
  • Collection
  • 1897

The collection contains the manuscript titled "The Dark History of Montreal for 130 Years" by Reverend John Douglas Borthwick. the manuscript, dated 1897, appears to cover some of the same topics that are found in his book "History of Montreal, including the streets of Montreal" (1897).

Borthwick, John Douglas

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

Graeme Clyke fonds

  • F027
  • Fonds
  • [19--] ; 1951-2014, predominantly [197-]-[198-]

The Graeme Clyke fonds consists of materials created and accumulated by Graeme Baxter Clyke related to the Negro Community Centre (NCC), Union United Church, Royal Arthur School, Little Burgundy, and Saint-Henri. Photographs showcase programs and activities offered at NCC, including dance and music lessons, arts and crafts, wood working, sports, summer camps, and games. They also depict NCC staff, including but not limited to Stanley Clyke, Emily Clyke, Lawrence Sitahal, Daisy Peterson Sweeney, Martha Griffiths, and Mrs. Palmas. Photographs also show the interior and exterior of the NCC, Union United Church, Royal Arthur School, and the Universal Negro Improvement Association (U.N.I.A.). They also depict many other buildings around Little Burgundy and Saint-Henri. Students and teachers at the NCC and Royal Arthur School appear throughout the photographs, as do members of the Union United Church. Textual records in the fonds consist of those documenting the administration of the NCC, including its programs, activities, and services, and the memorial service of Roy States.

The Graeme Clyke fonds is divided into 4 series:
• F027/A Negro Community Centre
• F027/B Union United Church
• F027/C Royal Arthur School
• F027/D Little Burgundy and Saint-Henri

Clyke, Graeme

Kenneth S. Muer collection

  • P0106
  • Collection
  • [190-]-[194-]

The collection consists of sheet music for a variety of musical styles.

Muer, Kenneth S.

Sur Rodney (Sur) fonds

  • P234
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1900]-2019, predominantly 1974-2019

The Sur Rodney (Sur) fonds gives an insight into the life and career of Sur Rodney (Sur), from his childhood in Montreal until today. It informs about his family background and early life as part of Montreal’s black community during the 1950s and 1960s. The fonds illustrates Sur Rodney’s work as an artist and activist, and it presents the North-American and more precisely the New York East Village art scene around Sur Rodney (Sur) from the 1960s to 2018, by the means of personal correspondence exchanged with Sur Rodney (Sur), exhibition catalogues, and documents related to The Sur Rodney (Sur) Show (1980) and the All New Sur Rodney (Sur) Show (1981). It also contains information about the AIDS crisis, the organization Visual Aids and Sur Rodney’s implication within this context.

The fonds is organized into the following series:

P0234/A The Adams family and Sur Rodney (Sur)’s personal life
P0234/B The Artist Sur Rodney (Sur) and fellow artists

The fonds includes, but is not limited to, photographs, art works, scrap-books, posters, speaking notes, correspondence, programs, flyers, newspaper clippings, ephemera, publications with contributions by Sur Rodney (Sur), moving images and sound recordings.

Sur Rodney (Sur)

Lawrence Hayward collection

  • C018
  • Collection
  • [19--] ; [1966-1978]

The Lawrence Hayward collection contains documentation concerning Lawrence Hayward’s research on Canadian sculptors working between 1840 and 1910. The collection contains material on a diverse array of artists, including Charles Adamson, Walter S. Allward, Emile Brunet, John Lisney Banks, Allan Archibald Cameron, Frederick Alexander Turner Dunbar, Ulric Stonewall Jackson Dunbar, Merle Foster, George William Hill, Frances Norma Loring, Hamilton T. C. P. MacCarthy, Vernon March, Charles Duncan Mckechnie, Robert Tait McKenzie, Eleanor Milne, Lauréat Vallière, Marshall Wood, Percy Wood, and Florence Wyle, among others.

The collection consists of research materials, correspondence, reports, index cards, slides, photographs, and drawings documenting Lawrence Hayward’s research into Canadian sculptors. Research files contain materials compiled by Hayward, including clippings, biographical information, articles, correspondence, and catalogues, among other items.

Hayward, Lawrence

Franklyn Harvey collection

  • C028
  • Collection
  • [19--] ; 1954-2009, predominant 1970-1988

The Franklyn Harvey collection contains books, periodicals, and other documents that composed the library of Franklyn Harvey. This material is indicative of Harvey's interest and involvement in the Caribbean left and serves as a catalogue documenting, among other topics, the Caribbean left; activism in the Caribbean; politics, economic growth, change, and renewal in the Caribbean; political economy; communism; socialism; nationalism; power; and poverty.

The Franklyn Harvey collection contains 275 textual documents, mostly in English, 4 optical discs, and 1 map.

Harvey, Franklyn

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

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