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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

The Gazette collection

  • P076
  • Collection
  • [194-]-1945

The collection provides visual information on World War II. The pictures were taken in Europe, Japan, China, the Philippines, and the Arctic. The collection also includes National Film Board photojournalism on uranium mining for nuclear power in Canada, and other topics.

The collection consists of pictures, many of them produced under the auspices of the War Records Office of International News Agencies. The Collection contains news service photographs as well as photographs from the Canadian Armed Forces. Also included are original identifying captions that accompanied their transmission by news media wire services. Most of the photographers remain unidentified. They made their photographs while on assignment for international news agencies or the War Records Office for distribution to the news media.

Montreal Gazette

Taras Grescoe fonds

  • P223
  • Fonds
  • 1982-2005, predominant 1998-2004

Fonds consists of a record of the research Taras Grescoe conducted during the process of writing his books Sacré Blues, The Devil's Picnic, and The End of Elsewhere. They document Quebec Society, global tourism, and the prohibited food and substance business.

The records include sound recordings and transcripts of interviews, research materials, drafts of book chapters and articles, travel note books, and correspondence.

Grescoe, Taras

Peter Desbarats fonds

  • F009
  • Fonds
  • [196-?] – 1976

Fonds contains records relating to the research and writing of Peter Desbarats’ monograph René: A Canadian in Search of a Country. Material consists of transcripts, notes, manuscript and typed drafts and corrections, and correspondence between Desbarats and René Levesque and Desbarats and Dick Brown from Canadian Magazine.

The fonds is divided into three series:
F009/A Interviews
F009/B Manuscripts
F009/C Correspondence

Desbarats, Peter

Paul Monty collection

  • C023
  • Collection
  • 1968-2018

The Paul Monty collection contains documents related to the history and decisions of the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) dating from its inception on April 1, 1968 until 2019. Documents are filed by topic and issue to facilitate research on the history of Canadian broadcasting policy and regulation.

The collection contains analog and digital materials concerning broadcasting; broadcasting distribution undertakings; radio; television and telecommunications; and discretionary services. Documents include annual reports and other reports; official publications; acts, regulations, and decisions; policy statements and policies; bibliographies; lists; newspaper articles; and speeches, among other materials.

Monty, Paul

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

May Cutler fonds

  • P197
  • Fonds
  • 1977-1979, 1991

The fonds relates to language and cultural policy in Quebec. First, it provides information on the implementation of bill 101, also known as Charter of the French Language, and the reactions of Anglophone publishers. Second, it provides information on the protest against the so-called Arpin-report, published 1991 under the title “Une politique de la culture et des arts”.

The fonds includes without limitation correspondence, newspaper clippings, government publications, newsletters, court documents

The fonds is organized into the following series:

P197/A Quebec Publisher fight against Bill 101
P197/B Fight against Arpin Report

Cutler, May E.

Mark Abley fonds

  • P182
  • Fonds

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

Linda Leith fonds

  • P227
  • Fonds

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

Lawrence Sabbath fonds

  • P138
  • Fonds
  • 1960-1992

The fonds provides information on French-language theatre and visual arts in Montreal and elsewhere from the late 1950s through the 1980s.

The fonds contains the manuscript of an unpublished history of French theatre in Quebec, manuscripts of articles and talks, theatre programs, theatre photographs, clippings, and other documents. For instance, there are files on Montreal theatre productions (e.g., Théâtre du Rideau Vert and Théâtre de Quat'sous), authors (e.g., Gratien Gélinas and Michel Tremblay), and actors (e.g., Denise Pelletier).

Sabbath, Lawrence

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

Jack Tietolman fonds

  • P113
  • Fonds
  • 1909-1994

The fonds is witness to the management and growth of a Montreal AM and FM radio station from the 1930s to the 1990s, and to the professional and community activities of owner Jack Tietolman.

The fonds consists mainly of administrative and financial records, advertising sales records, broadcasting records, and personal records and memorabilia.

The fonds is organized into the following series:

P113/A Personal records
P113/B Radio stations management

Tietolman, Jack

Hugh Percival Illsley fonds

  • P012
  • Fonds
  • 1914-[198-]

The fonds provides information on Hugh P. Illsley's military service, his travel to Europe with his family, and his work as a Montreal architect.

The fonds consists of correspondence, a photograph album, sets of photographs, ledgers, and scrapbooks.

Percival, Hugh

Gerald Clark fonds

  • P220
  • Fonds
  • 1939-2001

The Gerald Clark fonds contains documents pertaining to the Gerald Cohen's professional life and documents current events occuring in the period that he was active as a newspaper correspondent.

The fonds is composed of research materials, notes, drafts of articles and books, clippings of articles, correspondence, and speeches, among other materials. It also includes recorded interviews with world figures.

Clark, Gerald

Don Bell fonds

  • P235
  • Fonds
  • 1936-2004

The fonds documents the personal and professional life of Don Bell, his work as a magazine journalist and used and rare book dealer and many features of life in Montreal and elsewhere during his working life.

It includes personal and family documents, correspondence, manuscripts, research materials, notebooks, and photographs.

Bell, Don

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:

P203/A. – Personal life.

P203/B. – Broadcasting.

P203/C. – Radio consulting.

P203/D. – Print journalism.

P203/E. – Teaching.

P203/F. – Resource materials.

Feist, Daniel

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.

Brian McKenna fonds

  • P112
  • Fonds
  • 1908-1996, predominant 1945-1996

The Brian McKenna fonds provides detailed background on a large number of current events, issues, and personages of the second half of the twentieth century.

It consists of materials in a variety of formats accumulated by Brian McKenna in the course of research for, and production of, The Fifth Estate films and other projects. It includes research notes and materials for his articles and books, and documents his involvement as the Max Bell Fellowship visiting professor at the University of Regina School of Journalism, as well as his involvement with the Committee for Investigative Journalism. It also provides information on McKenna Purcell Productions Inc.

The fonds contains research notes, scripts, manuscripts, galley proofs, raw and final videotapes, transcripts of interviews and court hearings, and clippings related to most of the documentaries and film projects.

The fonds is organized into the following series:

P112/A Personal records and student activities
P112/B Journalist
P112/C Involvement in the journalistic community
P112/D Speeches
P112/E Awards
P112/F Administration and personnel
P112/G Documentaries
The largest series is Documentaries P112/G It is organized alphabetically according to the name of the series (e.g., The Fifth Estate) for which each proposed or actual documentary was intended.

McKenna, Brian

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

Blue Metropolis Foundation fonds

  • P232
  • Fonds
  • 1997-2005

The Blue Metropolis Foundation fonds provides information on the Blue Metropolis Foundation from its beginnings in 1997 to 2005. The fonds documents not only the administrative organisation of the Foundation, but also includes materials related to the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival's held between 1999 and 2004. The Festival takes place annually in Montreal, Quebec. The fonds also contains information about the artists which participated in the festival in various years.

The fonds contains administrative records, minutes, correspondence, financial records, programs, publicity material, photographs, biographical information, and newspapers.

The fonds is organized in the following series:
P232/A Administrative records
P232/B Blue Metropolis Literary Festival
P232/C Writers
P232/D Year-round Literacy activities

Blue Metropolis Foundation

Bill Stewart fonds

  • P195
  • 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:
P195/1 Early life, family, visual art, diaries, personal documents, honors and awards
P195/2 Correspondence with friends and colleagues
P195/3 Canadian Press
P195/4 Retirement, freelance activity
P195/5 Canadian Press War Correspondents' Association
P195/6 Canadian War Correspondents Association
P195/7 Research materials

Stewart, Bill

Ann Charney fonds

  • P237
  • Fonds
  • 1954-2009

The Ann Charney fonds provides information on Ann Charney’s journalistic and literary career as well as her personal life. It documents both Charney's fiction and non-fiction writings from the 1960s until 2009, and provides insight into the process of publishing from the author’s point of view. The fonds also includes information on the Blue Metropolis foundation, a not-for-profit organization located in Montreal, Quebec, responsible for the annual Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival. Finally, the fonds provides a glimpse into the life of Jewish emigrants. It also contains information about Canadian and international artists working during the second half of the 20th century.

The fonds contains drafts and final versions of novels and short stories written by Ann Charney; personal and professional correspondence; newspaper articles; publicity material; meeting minutes; agreements; financial documents; photographs; reports; and magazines, among other documents.

The fonds is organized into the following series:

P237/A Fiction
P237/B Non-fiction
P237/C Correspondence
P237/D Blue Metropolis

Charney, Ann