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This sub-series provides an overview of the Black Theatre Workshop's (BTW) financial situation from the early 1970s to 2008. It also provides insight into the resources required to produce plays and other programming at the BTW.

This sub-series contains financial statements, budgets, ledger pages, invoices, and other financial documents related to the activities of the BTW.

Accounting records

The sub-series provides information on the gallery’s accounting activities.

The sub-series contains account books, cheques, cheque stubs, bank books, invoices, and receipts.


The sub-series consists of records relating to the acquisition of land or property by S.G.W. It contains notes and correspondence.


The sub-series provides information on the agreements and preparations surrounding the activities of the gallery.

The sub-series contains documents related to the presentation of all these activities, such as contract agreements, correspondence, posters, photographs, audiovisual materials, and exhibition catalogues.

Annual Reports

The sub-series consists of annual reports issued by the Metropolitan Montreal YMCA and working documents used in their preparation.

Art Work and Objects

Subseries contains 2 original artworks from the exhibition Windows: From the Inside Out: Painting, Photography, Ceramic and Sculpture (1973), and a t-shirt with a photograph of the founding members of Powerhouse Gallery.

Articles on jazz

Subseries contains reference articles that document the history of jazz used by John Gilmore for research purposes.

Artists and Events - Individual files

The subseries provides information on events organized by the gallery, as well as on participating artists. Events are not limited to exhibitions and performances, but also include conferences, workshops and fundraising activities like street sales and auctions. Artist files document not only the artist’s participation at La Centrale, but also include biographical information and documentation about projects that occurred outside the Gallery.

The subseries contains correspondence, brochures, résumés, exhibition contracts, artist’s statements, photographs, newspaper articles, posters, invitation cards, publications, and other documents.

Associations General

Sub-series consists of records documenting the relations between the University and external associations from 1968 to 1984. Sub-series contains the records of the following associations:

  • Alliance Québec (and initial body),
  • Association des Administrateurs de Recherche Universitaire du Québec,
  • Association of Commonwealth Universities,
  • Canadian Association of Graduate Schools,
  • Canadian Conference of Arts,
  • Comité de concertation / Relevé d'enseignement,
  • Commission d'étude / Formation des Adultes,
  • Commission d'étude sur les Universités,
  • Conseil des Collèges,
  • Conseil Pédagogique Interdisciplinaire du Québec / Interuniversity Group for Services Pédagogiques,
  • Conseil Supérieur de l'Éducation,
  • Études pour les Professions / Professionnels,
  • Maison des Sciences,
  • Opération Sciences Fondamentales / Sciences Santé,
  • Provincial Association of Catholic Principals,
  • Provincial Association of Protestant Teachers of Quebec.


Sub-series consists of records documenting the relations between the University and the A.U.C.C. Sub-series contains memoranda, reports and minutes.

Branches and facilities general

The sub-series documents building and other committees that have been involved with the construction or renovation of Metropolitan Montreal YMCA facilities. The sub-series documents aspects of physical plant that cover more than one branch, requests from branches for major repairs and replacements, and calculations of space requirements sent from branches to the central administration. It includes correspondence, minutes, reports, statistical studies, contracts, and publicity materials for supplies and equipment.

Camp Otoreke

Records in the sub-series document the administration, facilities, staff, campers, and program of Camp Otoreke. It includes correspondence, programs, financial records, publicity, and other materials. The sub-series is arranged in the following sub-sub-series:

P0145/12C01 - General administration.
P0145/12C02 - Financial administration.
P0145/12C03 - Land, facilities, equipment, supplies.
P0145/12C04 - Communications.
P0145/12C05 - Staff, counsellors.
P0145/12C06 - Campers.
P0145/12C07 - Program.

Camp Thunderbird

The sub-series contains a file of correspondence and other materials documenting Camp Thunderbird.

Camping associations

The sub-series documents the founding and operations of the camping associations. It includes correspondence, reports, articles, minutes, and other materials. It is organized in the following sub-sub-series:

P0145/12N01 - American Camping Association.
P0145/12N02 - Canadian Camping Association.
P0145/12N03 - Quebec Section, Canadian Camping Association.
P0145/12N04 - Quebec Camping Association/Association des camps du Québec.

Canadian local YMCAs

The materials in the sub-sub-series include annual reports and other documents published or created by Canadian YMCAs or YM-YWCAs other than the Montreal YMCA, materials gathered in preparation for histories of the YMCA in Canada, and correspondence.

CBC Current Affairs, The Fifth Estate

The subseries provides information on documentaries Brian McKenna worked on or produced while working for The Fifth Estate from 1975 to 1989.

The series contains research materials, notes, scripts, drafts of documentaries and correspondence, court records, work copies of videos and other documents. The subseries includes the following documentaries:

Apparitions. - 1985-1986. - 0.01 m of textual records.
In January 1988 McKenna travelled to Yugoslavia to investigate the claims of six peasant children that they were experiencing apparitions of the Virgin Mary every day at 6:45 pm, and the impact on their small Serbian village.

Arnold Expedition Reenactment. - 1975-1991. - 0.05 m of textual records.
Belugas. - 1983-1988. - 0.03 m of textual records. - 1 videocassette.
The Fifth Estate film called Belugas documents attempts to save the small white whales from massive pollution of their St. Lawrence River habitat.

Bismark. -1987. - 0.005 m of textual records.
Bourrassa and Lévesque. - 1976, 1978. - 0.02 m of textual records.
Car Rackets. - 1972-1975. - 0.02 m of textual records.
In his first season at The Fifth Estate, McKenna produced Car Rackets, aninvestigation into corruption and cover-up in the auto industry.

The Cardinal. - 1972-1980. - 0.04 m of textual records. - 1 videocassette. - 1 photograph.
In 1979 McKenna produced a profile of Cardinal Paul-Émile Léger as he travelled to the Thai-Cambodian border to draw attention to the terrible plight of refugees fleeing the killing fields.

CBW. - 1983-1985. - 0.02 m of textual records.
Children of the Lost. - 1981-1984. - 0.02 m of textual records.
The story of two Argentine doctors attempting to heal the trauma in children whose parents were killed or disappeared by the security forces during the so-called dirty war.

Collaborators. - 1984-1994. - 0.55 m of textual records.
With researcher and associate producer Oleh Rumak, McKenna investigated how top Slovak officials from the Nazi Collaborationist government ended up in Canada. The film, code-named Slovaks II has not been shown to the public.

A Cruel Place. -1981. - 0.025 m of textual records. - 1 videocassette.
In January 1981, McKenna volunteered to cover the Civil War in El Salvador. The resulting documentary A Cruel Place documented the state-sponsored terrorism in that country.

Death of a Godfather. - 1986. - 1 videocassette.
A glimpse behind the scenes at the forces which brought down Canadian Mafia chieftain Paolo Violi. Contains a video of Cotroni's funeral.

Death Squad. - [198?]. - 0.005 m of textual records.
Death in Tripoli. - 1986-1988. - 0.15 m of textual records. - 1 videocassette. - 19 photographs.
Death in Tripoli is the story McKenna uncovered in 1988 when travelling to Khaddafi's Libya, on the violent and mysterious death of Canadian Christopher Halens, a young Southam journalist.

Empress of Ireland. - 1986. - 0.015 m of textual records.
In 1988, McKenna filmed a documentary on the Empress of Ireland, a Titanic -size steamship which sank in the St. Lawrence River, and is now being pillaged by scavenger hunters, including one who brought up a human skeleton.

Fallen Star. - 1979. - 0.005 m of textual records.
The history of the final days of the century-old newspaper, The Montreal Star.

Gypsies. - 1982-1984. - 0.005 m of textual records.
The Hooded Men. - 1979-1982. - 0.01 m of textual records.
The file provides information used for the documentary McKenna directed and co-wrote on the investigation of torture and torturers in Northern Ireland, Greece, Argentina and, Nicaragua. In 1982, when Argentina returned to democracy McKenna travelled back to Argentina to film The Hooded Men, also known as The Return, and took newspaper publisher Jacobo Timmerman back to the jail on the outskirts of Buenos Aires where he had been held and tortured.

In The Nick of Time. - 1978. - 1 videocassette.
In 1978 McKenna directed a film called In the Nick of Time, reporting on journalist politician Nick Auf der Maur's successful attempt to restructure the Los Angeles Olympics.

Iran Drug Film. - 1988-1989. - 0.005 m of textual records.
A Journey Back. - 1985-1987. - 0.02 m of textual records. - 1 videocassette.
In 1983 McKenna investigated Nazi collaborators hiding in Canada. The film focuses on the story of New York off-Broadway producer Jack Garfein. Garfein is brought back to his home town in Slovakia for the first time and then to the Auschwitz and Birkenhau death camps to discover his past. In the film Garfein confronts the gauleiter who had killed his family.

JFK Projects. - 1963-1996. - 0.28 m of textual records. - 5 photographs. - 3 videocassettes. - 1 audio cassette.
In 1978, McKenna wrote and directed the first national television documentary challenging the conclusions of the official report into the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy in 1963. Dallas and After was followed by three more documentaries on new evidence: In 1979, Crossfire, reported the conclusion of a Congressional Committee that Kennedy was probably killed as the result of a conspiracy. The Coffin was Empty (198?) is a documentary on testimony that medical evidence was tampered with during and after the autopsy of Kennedy. McKenna produced Who Shot JFK?, a program summarizing the evidence, on the 20th anniversary of the assassination.

Lévesque in New York. - 1977. - 0.02 m of textual records.
McKenna filmed Lévesque in New York on Quebec's newly elected and first separatist premier's trip to New York to try to reassure nervous investors.

McGarr. - 1987-1988. - 0.04 m of textual records. - 16 videocassettes.
McGarr is an examination through the eyes of a Montréal street police officer of the stress that creates among police the highest rate of alcoholism, divorce and suicide of any profession.

Making of a Saint. - 1978. - 1 item of textual records. - 1 videocassette.
Marathon Man Jerome Drayton. - 1978. - 1 item of textual records.
Mirabel. - 1981. - 0.005 m of textual records.
The Money Pit. - 1986-1987. - 0.015 m of textual records.
A portrait and investigation of attempts made to find buried treasure in the mysterious and secret man-made passages of Nova Scotia's Oak Island

Murder of Hilda Murrer. -1984-1985. - 0.005 m of textual records.
A whodunnit investigation of the strange murder of this eccentric English country woman whose death may have been linked to secrets surrounding the sinking of the Argentine cruiser General Belgrano during the Falklands war.

Noah's Ark. - [ca. 1988]. - 3 videocassettes. - 1 item of textual records.
In January 1988, McKenna travelled to Turkey's Mount Ararat with astronaut James Irwin who was leading an expedition of Christian fundamentalist Americans in search of the remains of Noah's Ark. They were producing a film entitled The Search for Noah's Ark, to prove that the Bible and Creation story are literally true.

Ocean Ranger. - [198?]. - 1 videocassette.
The Old Man and C. - 1976-1988. - 0.01 m of textual records.
A profile of Nobel laureate Linus Pauling and his claims for the healing properties of Vitamin C.

Olympic Connection. - 1976. - 0.005 m of textual records. - 1 videocassette.
In his first season at The Fifth Estate (ca. 1975), McKenna started investigations of corruption during the construction for the 1976 Montréal Olympic Games, resulting in the show The Olympic Connection.

Olympic Tower. - [197?]. - 0.01 m of textual records.
Panzers on the Prairies. - 1987. - 0.03 m of textual records. - 5 maps.
Papa Plouffe. - [197?]. - 0.01 m of textual records. - 1 videocassette.
A profile of a character in Roger Lemelin's Les Plouffe series for CBC.

Peroff Mounties. - 197?. - 0.005 m of textual records.
Pipe Major. - 1986. - 0.015 m of textual records.
The Plot. - 1976-1981. - 0.025 m of textual records.
Political Corruption. - [197-]-[198-]. - 0.01 m of textual records.
The Power and the Glory. - 1972-1979. - 0.01 m of textual records. - 1 videocassette.
In 1979 McKenna produced a major inquiry into the politics surrounding the building of the James Bay Hydroelectric Project.

Referendums. - 1977-1981. - 0.045 m of textual records.
A documentary looking at referendums, including the 1948 vote that brought Newfoundland into Canadian Confederation and leading up to the 1980 referendum on Québec independence and sovereignty association and the Yvette women's movement, as well as the slick methods used in California referendums.

René Lévesque. - 1978-1980. - 0.005 m of textual records.
Richard Blass. - [198?]. - 0.005 m of textual records.
In his first season at The Fifth Estate (ca. 1975), McKenna started with a tough look at a mobster named Richard Blass.

Robert F. Kennedy. - [198?]. - 0.005 m of textual records.
The Rocket at 50. - [1976]. - 0.02 m of textual records.
In his first season at The Fifth Estate McKenna made a feature on hockey star Maurice The Rocket Richard as he turned 50.

Rosie Douglas. - [197?]. - 0.005 m of textual records.
A look at mobster Rosie Douglas.

Secret Cargo. - 1985-1996. - 0.5 m of textual records.
In 1979 McKenna co-wrote with Eric Malling and directed Secret Cargo (1980), a documentary investigation on allegations that Pakistan was attempting to smuggle and import through Canada and the United States key components for the construction of an Islamic atomic bomb.

Secret Test. - 1984-1988). - 0.1 m of textual records.
In 1984-1985, McKenna directed and co-wrote a film on the CIA-sponsored brainwashing experiments in the late '50s and early '60s on unsuspecting psychiatric patients at the Royal Victoria Hospital Allen Memorial Psychiatric Institute in Montréal.

Shooting the Messenger. - ca. 1981. - 1 videocassette.
In January 1981, while in El Salvador, McKenna produced the documentary called Shooting the Messenger, on the torture and murder of Latin American journalists and the occasional foreign correspondent.

State of Siege. - [1976?]. - 0.01 m of textual records.
This documentary is an inquiry into communist and fascist terrorism in Italy including the infamous Red Brigade.

Sunshine Soldiers. - 1980-1981. - 0.01 m of textual records.
The story of soldiers trained to make war doing a good job keeping the peace in Cyprus.

Veliotis. - 1986. - 0.01 m of textual records.
VIP. - [198-?]. - 0.005 m of textual records. - 1 videocassette.

CBC documentaries

The subseries provides information on three documentaries Brian McKenna produced for the CBC. It includes research material, work video, correspondence, notes and other records for the following documentaries:

And Then You Die. - 1985-1995. - 0.16 m of textual records. - 8 photographs: 3 slides. - 6 videocassettes.
In 1987, McKenna wrote and produced the feature-length docudrama for the CBC on the Montréal underworldAnd Then You Die . It was inspired by the true story of Irish gangsters in the West end of Montréal using Hell's Angels as mercenaries to build a cocaine empire. It was broadcast internationally and won a pair of Gemini awards.

Box numbers

HA 1151 (Textual records).
HA 1340 (Moving images).
FLQ. - 1969-1975. - 0.1 m of textual records.
Box number

HA 1115 (Textual records).
The Killing Ground. - 1987-1989. - 0.35 m of textual records. - 65 photographs. - 46 videocassettes. - 3 maps.
In April 1988, McKenna travelled to Europe to research a possible film on Canada in the First World War. The proposal was sold to CBC Current Affairs and resulted in The Killing Ground, a two-hour film on the 59,000 Canadians who died in the First World War. For this production, McKenna teamed up with his youngest brother Terence, a host on CBC's daily magazine show The Journal. The film won the Anik award for best CBC documentary in 1988. It led to the idea for The Valour and the Horror, which was based on a three-year inquiry into three Second World War battles.

Box numbers

HA 1115 (Textual records).
HA 1149 (Textual records).
HA 1198 (Moving images).
HA 1302 (Moving images).

CBC radio scripts

The subseries provides information on Brian McKenna's contribution to CBC radio in 1971. It contains scripts of news coverage of political activities at the time when McKenna was parliamentary correspondent in Ottawa.

CBC The City at 6

The subseries provides information on two short documentaries Brian McKenna produced between 1972 and 1974. It contains two incomplete scripts for The 1974 Municipal Election andThomas D'Arcy McGee. The subseries includes the following documentaries:

The 1974 Municipal Election. - Textual records.
Box number

HA01151 (Textual records).
Thomas D'Arcy McGee. - Textual records.
In 1973, for CBC City at 6, McKenna wrote and directed his first film, a thirteen- minute story on the assassination of Thomas D'Arcy McGee.

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