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Jacques Trépanier fonds

  • P246
  • Fonds
  • 1947-1954

The fonds consists of materials documenting the journalistic career of Jacques Trépanier and primarily concern the Montreal arts scene.

The fonds is primarily composed of press clippings from "La Patrie," organized in two scrapbooks. These scrapbooks contain a variety of clippings, including several articles documenting Montreal nightclubs during the period between 1950 and 1954. These articles were published under the headline "La Ronde des cabarets." This fonds also contains some correspondence and 45 press photographs.

Trépanier, Jacques

Desmond Rupert Adams fonds

  • P241
  • Fonds
  • 1925-2007

The Desmond Rupert Adams fonds consists of personal, family, and studio photographs including studio portraits, commercial assignments and personal explorations. The majority of the photographs are portraits. Some photographs depict Expo '67, the Olympic games in Montreal 1976, and street life in Montreal.

The fonds contains a variety of photographic formats, art works, and exhibition prints. There are photo albums, some audio-visual documents and some studio client files.

Adams, Desmond Rupert

Merrily Weisbord fonds

  • P240
  • Fonds
  • 1941-1994

Fonds consists of research material and oral history interviews conducted by Merrily Weisbord for the writing of The Strangest Dream. The interviews cover various aspects of the evolution of the Communist Party of Canada (renamed the Labour Progressive Party in 1943) and the life of some of its Quebec members.

Fonds includes more than 20 hours of sound recordings consisting of interviews with about fifteen individuals who were members of the party between the 1930s and the 1950s, such as Lea Roback, Irene Kon, Gilles Hénault and Fred Taylor. All the players, from the upper middle class intellectual Stanley Ryerson to the working class lumber camp labour organizer, Gérard Fortin, are included. There is also a 15 minute recorded message by Paul Robeson urging Montreal voters to reelect Fred Rose in 1945. Fonds also includes interview notes and transcriptions, correspondence, and printed materials.

Weisbord, Merrily

Sur Rodney (Sur) fonds

  • P234
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1900]-2022, 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)

Boyce Richardson fonds

  • P231
  • Fonds
  • 1948-2003

The fonds documents the professional life of Boyce Richardson.

It includes manuscripts of articles, research materials, correspondence, newspaper clippings, film proposals and scripts, and photographs of the James Bay Cree community.

Richardson, Boyce

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

Linda Leith fonds

  • P227
  • Fonds

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

Daniel Feist fonds

  • P203
  • Fonds
  • 1953-2005, predominant [199-]-2004

The fonds documents Daniel Feist’s work as a freelance broadcaster, journalist, musician and teacher, including his travels and participation in events such as Montreal’s Nuits d’Afrique festival, the United Nations Conference on Racism, music awards, and others. The material mainly covers the genre of world-beat music (also known as world music) in the period from 1990 to 2005. Some sound recordings of music performances include interviews with the artists.

The fonds includes without limitations biographies of artists, drafts of articles, consulting reports, teaching material, correspondence, books, sound recordings (digital audio tapes, reel-to-reel tapes, cassette tapes, and CDs), newspaper clippings, notes, and photographs (on CD-ROM and printed out in black and white).

The fonds is organized in the following series:

P0203/A. – Personal life.

P0203/B. – Broadcasting.

P0203/C. – Radio consulting.

P0203/D. – Print journalism.

P0203/E. – Teaching.

P0203/F. – Resource materials.

Feist, Daniel

Eric Wesselow fonds

  • P201
  • Fonds
  • [192-?]-1998

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

Wesselow, Eric

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.

Bill Stewart fonds

  • P195
  • Fonds
  • [191-]-2004

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

Gail Bourgeois fonds

  • P179
  • Fonds
  • 1983-2002

The materials relate primarily to Gail Bourgeois’ work as curator of the exhibitions “amour-horreur”, taking place at La Centrale Gallery, Montreal, in 1999, and “Powerhouse: Who We Are Now”, at the McClure Gallery, Westmount, Quebec in 2001. The fonds also documents other implications of Gail Bourgeois at La Centrale.

The fond includes without limitations correspondence, submissions, newspaper clippings, publicity, photographs, and posters.

Bourgeois, Gail

Société du 5 avril fonds

  • P170
  • Fonds
  • 1990-1997

The fonds relates to the management and activities of the Société du 5 avril of Montreal, from its inception in 1990 through the cessation of operations in 1997. It primarily documents the Société's efforts to launch a self-managed artist's centre and the plan to acquire a building for that purpose.

The fonds is composed of feasibility studies, working files, correspondence, and promotional documents.

The fonds is arranged in the following series:

P170/A Administration
P170/A,1 Founding documents and histories
P170/A,2 General meetings

P170/B Financial administration
P170/B,1 Fund-raising
P170/B,2 Accounting
P170/B,3 Banking
P170/B,4 Taxes
P170/B,5 Financial statements

P170/C Buildings, equipment and supplies
P170/C,1 Equipment and supplies
P170/C,2 Buildings

P170/D Communications and public relations

P170/E Feasibility studies
P170/E,1 Working documents
P170/E,2 Reference documentation
P170/E,3 Member files
P170/E,4 Lists of equipment required
P170/E,5 Reports

La Société du 5 avril

Quebec Drama Federation fonds

  • P164
  • Fonds
  • 1956-2001

The documents provide a portrait of English-language theatrical activity in Quebec, primarily in the period after the founding of QDF in 1972. The fonds contains budget, fundraising, and other financial records, legal documents, human resources documents, correspondence, records of the Quebec Drama Festival 1974-1984, documents relating to QDF-sponsored workshops, seminars, and programs, materials on the Dominion Drama Festival, theatre programs, and photographs. There is also material that was collected for a history of English-language theatre in Quebec.

Quebec Drama Federation

Kina Reusch fonds

  • P162
  • Fonds
  • 1976-1988

The documents relate to the artistic career of Kina Reusch and her participation in Corridart dans la rue Sherbrooke and the subsequent legal proceedings known as L'Affaire Corridart.

Included are photographs (slides,prints and negatives), textual documents including articles, clippings, and personal records, and a video of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation program "Kina Reusch: the New Penelope". The fonds includes a 151-page brief (Mémoire des appellants) for the Corridart hearings at the Appeal Court and a copy of the July-August 1976 issue of ArtsCanada which has a feature on Corridart.

Reusch, Kina

Conseil de la peinture du Québec fonds

  • P159
  • Fonds

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

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

Bob and Kevin McKenna fonds

  • P154
  • Fonds
  • 1976

The fonds is related to the exhibition Corridart dans la rue Sherbrooke that was organized by the Arts and Culture Committee of the 1976 international Olympic Games held in Montreal.
The fonds consists of material related to the installation Rues-Miroirs, a 60 feet long and 8 feet high photomontage by the McKenna brothers, which encompassed a panoramic view of five or six blocks of Sherbrooke street and St. Laurent street. The fonds is composed of 16 from a total of 20 panels forming the original artwork, three draft models of the photomontage, the original explanative board and one button advertisiing the Corrid'Art exhibition.

McKenna, Bob and Kevin

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

La Centrale fonds

  • P128
  • Fonds
  • 1971-2013

The fonds provides information on the administration, programming, and activities of La Centrale. It covers the gallery’s development from its beginnings in 1973 until 2013. The fonds documents the gallery’s history, as well as its role in the Montreal art scene. In addition to events and exhibitions, the fonds includes documentation concerning the Mois de la performance, Viva!, the Mois de la photographie, and HTMlles, and other Montreal-based events. It also contains biographical information on a significant number of artists based around the world.

The fonds contains a wide variety of documents, including but not limited to, meeting minutes, newsletters, reports, press clippings, publications, artists’ CVs, correspondence, photographs, posters and other publicity, programs, audio recordings and moving images, contracts, financial records, and objects.

The fonds is organized into the following series:

P128/A. Administration
P128/B. Financial Records
P128/C. Programming
P128/D. Communications
P128/E. Artists and Events
P128/F. Publications
P128/G. External Relations
P128/H. Facilities Management
P128/I. Legal Affairs
P128/J. Membership
P128/K. Human Resources
P128/L. Surveys

La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse

Dorothy Davis fonds

  • P098
  • 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

Al Palmer fonds

  • P084
  • 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

Vic Vogel fonds

  • P082
  • Fonds
  • 1901 - 2015

The fonds provides information on Vic Vogel's musical career. The fonds contains original scores for music composed and arranged by Vic Vogel from the mid-1960s to 2006. Among many other scores, it includes Vogel’s composition for the 1976 Montreal Olympics. It also contains scores by other composers, as well as correspondence, sound recordings, moving images, contracts, financial documents, magazines and other publications, photographs, posters, and newspaper clippings.
The fonds is divided into the following series :
P082/A Musical scores
P082/B Audio-visual material
P082/C Textual records
P082/D Graphic material

Vogel, Vic

Aubes 3935 fonds

  • P079
  • Fonds
  • 1980-1990

The fonds provides information on the visual arts and on the administration and activities which occurred in and around Aubes 3935.

The fonds contains administrative and financial information, artist files, exhibition files, catalogues, postcards, invitations, posters, photographs, and videos.

The fonds also contains the documents of artist Denis Demers (1948-1987), primarily photographs of his work, correspondence, newspaper articles, and photocopies of publicity for La Biennale de dessins et d'estampes du Québec '83, in which he won first prize for his drawings.

Aubes 3935

Tina Brereton fonds

  • P074
  • 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

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

Véhicule Press fonds

  • P071
  • Fonds
  • 1972-1998

The fonds provides information on the editing and publishing work of Véhicule Press.

The fonds consists of manuscripts, published and bound books, and publicity materials; production materials including correspondence, pamphlets, layouts and sketches for covers, printing templates, printing quotes, typescripts, page proofs with corrections, editors' and authors' notes, biographies of authors, curricula vitae, pictures of various authors and agendas; and posters and post cards that were printed for the Véhicule Art gallery.

Véhicule Press

Lucien Desmarais fonds

  • P063
  • Fonds
  • 1911-1988, predominant 1947-1988

The fonds documents the arts and crafts in Montreal and elsewhere between the late 1940s and the 1980s. The fonds covers the evolution of Lucien Desmarais' career from its beginnings at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts until his death in 1988, including his activities in theatre and his travels. The fonds also reveals his diverse interests in theatre, entertainment, and general culture. The fonds is based on the professional activities of Lucien Desmarais, tisserand concepteur (weaver-designer) and gives information on his creations for high fashion and interior decoration and the annual exhibitions in which he participated. The fonds also gives information on his involvement in numerous associations and cultural organizations as founder, director, and jury member. The fonds gives information on his teaching activities and the courses he gave at various colleges, as well as his speeches.

The fonds includes correspondence, textile samples, course notes, theatre programs, posters, invitations to openings and exhibits, photographs, clippings, drawings, albums, and a scrapbook of clippings of fashion photographs with swatches of the fabrics used in the garments shown. It includes a major collection of documents on the history of textiles and the artists and craftspersons who made them.

The fonds is organized into the following series:
P063/A Biography
P063/B Education
P063/C Administration
P063/D Financial records
P063/E Theatrical properties man
P063/F Weaver-designer
P063/G Consultant
P063/H Teaching and speeches
P063/I External relations
P063/J Travels
P063/K Awards and honours
P063/L Writings and publications
P063/M Research documents
P063/N Shows
P063/O Graphic materials

Desmarais, Lucien

Optica Art Gallery fonds

  • P056
  • Fonds
  • 1971-1996

The fonds provides information on the administration and activities of the Optica Gallery from its beginning in 1972 to 1996.

The fonds contains such documents as exhibition programs, artists' curricula vitae and portfolios, audiovisual works from exhibitions, personnel and financial records, grants applications, and correspondence.

The fonds is organized according to the following series :
P056/1 Finances
P056/2 Organization
P056/3 Human resources
P056/4 Programming
P056/5 Exhibitions and activities

Optica Art Gallery

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