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Annual Reports

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

Maxime, McDuff et Mcdo (2002)

Subseries documents the production process and provides information about the film Maxime, McDuff et Mcdo.

Subseries includes research report, meeting minutes, correspondence, handwritten notes, contracts, transcripts, broadcasting information, printed cartoons and caricatures, flyers, newspaper clippings and the film in videocassette.

Macal River (2001-2003)

Subseries provides information about the project Macal River.

Subseries includes documents on coalition to stop fortis and Chalillo Dam project, handwritten notes, correspondence, press release and clippings.

Waiting for Martin (2004)

Subseries documents the production process and provides information about the film Waiting for Martin.

Subseries includes clippings, budget, production schedule, script, application for project, staff contact list, list of shooting dates, research material and documentation on Paul Martin, correspondence, handwritten notes, screening notes, and script with annotations.

Pendant que court l'assassin (2004)

Subseries provides information about the film Pendant que court l'assassin.

Subseries includes newspaper clippings, handwritten notes, contracts, shooting tapes, interviews, music, the film in its original French version and with French subtitles.

Erreur sur la personne (2002)

Subseries documents the production process and provides information about the film Erreur sur la personne.

Subseries includes project proposal, description of cassettes and content, correspondence, contracts, script, chronology of events, meeting agenda, handwritten notes, filming information, sounds recording.

Grant applications - visual files

The subseries documents the programming and events organized by La Centrale in form of a neutral presentation. The aim of these visual presentations is to convince granting agencies to provide funding for different projects or for the general functioning of the gallery.

The subseries contains grant applications, photographs, press releases, publications, financial statements and other material.


The sub-series documents Peter Madden’s work as a poet.

The sub-series contains drafts and final versions of poems as well as some paintings used as illustrations.

Mr. Clean (2006)

Subseries provides information about the project Mr. Clean.

Subseries includes research material on Floyd Landis, Dick Pound and doping in sports, and handwritten notes.


Subseries provides information on Isacsson’s work as an educator and the courses, workshops, speeches he gave in different institutions and seminars. It includes the pedagogical publication Produire en Vidéo Légère that Isacsson assisted in redacting, and the accompanying video material that he directed.

Subseries includes course descriptions, course syllabus, clippings, research material and notes, contracts, application forms, list of participants and correspondence.

Meetings and committees

This sub-series provides insight into the administration and organizational structure of the Black Theatre Workshop (BTW). The BTW is governed by a Board of directors, to which all committees and directors report. It includes documents related to meetings of the Board of Directors; Executive Committee; Management Committee; and the Planning and Priorities committee. It also contains documents concerning General meetings and meetings of temporary committees.

This sub-series contains, among other documents, meeting minutes, reports, correspondence, lists of board members, organizational charts, job descriptions, meeting notes, and various documents presented or discussed at the meetings, as well as newspaper clippings, and grant applications.

History and Founding Documents

The subseries provides information on the establishment of La Centrale in 1973. It also contains documentation related to its development .

The subseries includes by-laws, organizational charts, mandates, and other documents related to the functioning of the gallery.


The subseries provides information about the members of La Centrale throughout the years.

The subseries contains membership forms, membership applications and lists of members.

Canadian Auto Workers (2008)

Subseries provides information about the project Canadian Auto Workers and Luc Desnoyers.

Subseries includes shooting tapes and English and French audio mixes.


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.


This sub-series provides insight into the financial support received by the Black Theatre Workshop (BTW) from the 1980s to 2008. It documents the BTW's two major sources of income: government support received by way of various grants and fundraising campaigns. Materials related to fundraising campaigns document both the financial and social aspects of these events. The sub-series contains materials related to the BTW's annual Vision Celebration (or Vision Gala), which has taken place every January since 1987. At this event, an important member of the community is honoured with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Achievement Award. The first of these awards was given to musician Oscar Peterson, followed by Oliver Jones, Daisy Peterson-Sweeney, and Dorothy Wills, among many others. The sub-series contains biographical information of all award recipients from 1987 to 2008.

The sub-series contains grant applications, reports, newspaper articles and newspapers, fundraising plans, presentation folios, correspondence, photographs, invitations, programs, expense reports, and financial statements, among other documents.


The sub-series documents Peter Madden’s work as a playwright.

The sub-series includes Peter Madden’s theatre plays, screenplays as well as radio dramas. It contains drafts and final versions, photographs, newspaper clippings, ephemera and an audio reel.

Yul-Lab (2010)

Subseries provides information about the project Yul-Lab.

Subseries includes project description, newspaper clippings, notes, correspondence and business card.

Art in Action (2009)

Subseries provides information about the film Art in Action.

Subseries includes project summary, handwritten notes, contracts, contact lists, clippings, leaflets, correspondence, research documentation about the organization Action terroriste socialmente acceptable (ATSA) and their case.

Conferences and Community Work

Subseries provides information of Isacsson’s interests in social issues and his activities in the documentary filmmaking community.

Subseries includes registration to seminars, newsletters, press releases, handwritten notes, correspondence, documentation about Isacsson’s attendance and participation to various seminars, list of attendees, panel descriptions, seminar programs, and promotional material, committees meeting minutes, research material and video of the 8eme Rancontres internatinales du documentaires.

La Bataille de Rabaska (2008)

Subseries provides information about the film La Bataille de Rabaska.

Subseries includes newspaper clippings, film proposal, leaflets, flyers, brochure, meeting minutes, prize certificate, and other documents.

Sonny Joe and the Casino (2006)

Subseries provides information about the film Sonny Joe and the Casino.

Subseries includes newspaper clippings, handwritten notes, contracts, shooting tapes, interviews, music, the film in its original French version and with French subtitles.

Lettre à Béthièle (2010)

Subseries provides the film Lettre à Béthièle in French and with English subtitles.

Subseries includes two betacam SP videocassettes of the film.

Theater for Young Audiences program

This sub-series provides insight into The Black Theatre Workshop’s (BTW) contribution to education at the primary and secondary levels and contains documentation pertaining to The Theater for Young Audiences Program, which was first implemented in 1983. A number of plays were produced exclusively for this program and were shown to both elementary and secondary school audiences. These were generally presented in schools in the Greater Montreal area, but also shown in Nova Scotia and the United States among other locations. The sub-series contains documents pertaining to school tours, which took place from 1986 to 2011. Many of these tours took place during Black History Month. Materials document the plays that were part of the series, necessary preparatory work, the schools that hosted the performances, and finances, along with feedback from teachers, students and actors.

The sub-series contains correspondence, photographs, drawings, promotional material, educational material (teachers’ guides), play scripts, project outlines, reports, financial records, contracts, booking sheets, schedules, performance evaluations, newspaper clippings, and sheet music, among other documents.


The sub-series provides insight into the Black Theatre Workshop’s (BTW) many initiatives to support young performing artists. A first attempt to install a program to support young artists was the Beginners’ Workshop, which took place in January and February 1984, followed by an 11-week project known as the Summer Theatre, which took place during summer of the same year. The idea was revived with the installation of the Youthworks Program, which existed from 2002 to 2013. This workshop series offered free specialized theatre training for Montreal teenagers from 12 to 25 years old, who envisioned a career in the performing arts. Each spring the workshop series finished with the presentation of a play, as there were, among others, Shakin' the Mess Outta Misery ; Death of the Bourgeois Dream ; What If?, and Urban Legends / The Procrastin8r.

The sub-series contains play scripts, brochures, meeting notes, reports, program outlines, communications, photographs, schedules, photographs, and sound recordings, among other documents.


Subseries provides information about the project titled Jaxon and Isacsson’s research about the subject.

Subseries includes photocopies of old articles and research documents dating from the late 1800s to the 1950s, handwritten notes, flyers, correspondence and film proposal.

General audience

This sub-series documents plays produced by the Black Theatre Workshop (BTW) from the early 1970s until the 2007-2008 season. It also illustrates other events organized by the BTW, including festivals, workshops, and poetry jams, among others. It also documents the professional career of several actors involved with the BTW.

This sub-series contains photographs, programs, press releases, newspapers and newspaper clippings, drawings, floor plans, collages, flyers, project proposals, reports, invitations, entrance tickets, play scripts, meeting notes, box office records, correspondence, schedules, budgets, drafts, goboes, and the first issue of the Black Theatre Workshop News, among other documents.

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