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Christopher Fry fonds

  • F014
  • Fonds
  • 1955-1970, predominant 1969-1970

Fonds consists of material accumulated and created by Derek Stanford about Christopher Fry. It also contains documents created by Christopher Fry. Materials in this fonds are primarily dated 1969-1970, though select documents are dated 1955.

Materials include correspondence, manuscripts, published essays and reviews, newspaper clippings, photographs, theater programs, and other ephemera documenting Stanford professional relationship with Fry and the British playwright’s work. Documents primarily concern Fry’s A Yard of Sun (1970) and his English translation of Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt (1970). The fonds also contains limited material regarding A Sleep of Prisoners (1951). Documents also concern essays about the life and work of Christopher Fry written by Derek Stanford.

The fonds is divided into 5 series:
F014 / A. Manuscripts and essays
F014 / B. Correspondence
F014 / C. Clippings
F014 / D. Photographs
F014 / E. Publicity and ephemera

Fry, Christopher

John Gilmore fonds

  • P004
  • Fonds
  • 1912-2007

The fonds provides information on jazz in Montreal between 1916 and 2007.

The fonds contains the material John Gilmore gathered for his two books. It contains research notes, sound recordings including interviews with musicians and others, photographs, posters, correspondence, and a manuscript of Swinging in Paradise: The Story of Jazz in Montreal.

The fonds is organized in the following series:
P004/A Research material
P004/B Manuscripts
P004/C Reviews
P004/D Lectures and interviews

Gilmore, John

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

Johnny Reno fonds

  • P065
  • Fonds
  • 1943

The Johnny Reno fonds consists of two photographs of Percy Ferguson's Victory Serenadors, including Oscar Peterson, at Canadian Pacific's Rosemont Hall in Montreal in 1943.

Reno, Johnny

Jazz Association of Montreal Inc. Fonds

  • P066
  • Fonds
  • 1990

Fonds consists of a manuscript of the musical score The Upper Neighbours Suitewhich. The Upper Neighbours Suitewhich was commissioned by the Association, composed and arranged by Jimmy Heath, and performed by Jimmy Heath and Richard Parris at its world premiere on October 6, 1990, at the Concordia University Concert Hall.

Jazz Association of Montreal Inc.

Clyde Duncan Fonds

  • P018
  • Fonds
  • [193-]-1986

The fonds provides information about Clyde Duncan's career as a jazz musician.

The fonds contains musical engagement contracts (1939-1940), the Canadian Federation of Musicians by-laws (1930), concert programs, press clippings, photographs, and sound recordings.

Duncan, Clyde

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

Russell (Russ) Dufort fonds

  • F020
  • Fonds
  • [195-] ; [199-]

The Fonds contains materials documenting the career of drummer Russell (Russ) Dufort. It includes materials related to Dufort's time with the Johnny Holmes Orchestra, the Stardusters, and the Royal Canadian Airforce band. The fonds also includes arrangements purchased from Russell Dufort from the Escorts.

The fonds is composed of annotated scores, set lists, photographs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, a business card, a membership card, swizzle sticks from Montreal clubs, and a wooden box used by the Escorts to transport their music, among other materials.

Dufort, Russell

Herb Johnson fonds

  • P088
  • 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:

P088/1 Correspondents
P088/1A Family and friends
P088/1B Music colleagues
P088/1C Personal business correspondents
P088/2 Personal files
P088/2A Personal interests and personal affairs
P088/2B Music industry
P088/2C Music technique
P088/2D Photographs
P088/3 Union activity
P088/3A Musicians' Guild of Montreal
P088/3B Senior Musicians' Association
P088/4 Print and manuscript music
P088/5 Technique books, manuals, tutors, methods
P088/6 Magazines and promotional literature
P088/7 Collection of sound recordings
P088/7A Privately recorded sound recordings
P088/7B Commercial sound recordings.

Johnson, Herb

François Brault fonds

  • P110
  • Fonds
  • 1961-1995

The fonds consists primarily of slides on liturgical art in Quebec. It includes slides on the production of films and books on art.

Brault, François

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

Nick Morara fonds

  • P192
  • Fonds
  • [193-?]-[195-]

The fonds relates to Montreal Nightlife and Nick Morara’s career as a chef in Montreal clubs. It illustrates the Montreal clubs and nightlife from the point of view of a non-musician working in the club scene. It also includes information on the Old Lantern Inn.

The fonds includes photographs, newspaper clippings, a club menu, a business card and a fee receipt card.

Morara, Nick

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

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:
P228/A. Textual records
P228/B. Scrapbooks, photo albums and other graphic material
P228/C Audio-visual material
P228/D Objects

Isaac, Vernon

Kenneth S. Muer collection

  • P106
  • Collection
  • [190-]-[194-]

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

Muer, Kenneth S.

Maura McKeon fonds

  • P212
  • Fonds
  • 1918, 1935-1963

The fonds illustrates theatre life in Montreal from 1918 to 1963, in particular the presentations at His Majesty’s Theatre, later Her Majesty’s Theatre, in Montreal, Quebec.

The fonds consists of theatre programs from the His Majesty’s Theatre, later known as Her Majesty’s Theatre, Montreal.

McKeon, Maura

The Cathespian Guild fonds

  • P142
  • Fonds
  • 1940-1954

The fonds provides information on the annual Catholic Drama Festival organized by the Guild between 1940 and 1953.

The fonds contains some handouts on the Cathespian Guild and a few programs and photographs of some of the annual Catholic Drama Festivals. It also contains the Drama Festival award book entitled Award for Distinguished Achievement in Catholic Theatre.

Cathespian Guild

Peter Madden fonds

  • F025
  • Fonds
  • 1961-2009

The Peter Madden fonds is composed of materials spanning Peter Madden’s career as a writer from the 1970s to the beginning of the 21st century. A major part of Peter Madden’s work reflects his experience in prison.

Documents include manuscripts, drafts, scripts, notes, correspondence, journals, notebooks and press clippings related to performances of Peter Madden's plays. The fonds contains examples of both published and unpublished poems, short stories, plays, and screenplays. It permits to follow the development of a play from the idea to its final version.

The fonds is organized in the following series:

F025/ A Personal Life
F025/ B Professional Life
F025/ C Literary work

Madden, Peter

Norman Marshall Villeneuve (Griffith) fonds

  • F022
  • Fonds
  • [ca.1946]-2016

The Norman Marshall Villeneuve (Griffith) fonds illustrates Norman Marshall Villeneuve’s career as a jazz musician. It also contains records relating to other Canadian as well as American jazz musicians. Materials in this fonds are dated 1946?-2016, with the majority of the documents dating from 1960s-1980s. Most of the material was created in Toronto, Ontario, and Montreal, Quebec.

The fonds include newspaper clippings, photographs, posters, programs, magazines, drawings and notes.

The fonds is organized into the following series:
F022/A Newspaper clippings and magazines
F022/B Photographs
F022/C Posters
F022/D Correspondence
F022/E Notes

Villeneuve, Norman Marshall

Gerry Hanson fonds

  • P175
  • Fonds
  • [194-]-1983

The Gerry Hanson fonds contains documentation pertaining to Montreal's music scene during the big-band era, and illustrates Gerry Hanson’s life as a musician.

The fonds consists of 12 photographs showcasing Montreal orchestras in which Hanson performed, including the Westernaires, the Blue Serenaders, the Alouette Band, and Paul Beauregard’s Orchestra. The performers depicted in these photographs are mostly identified. The fonds also includes photocopies of press clippings.

Hanson, Gerry

Al Baculis fonds

  • P215
  • Fonds
  • [196-?]

The Al Baculis fonds documents Al Baculis’ career as a jazz musician.

The fonds consists of arrangements written by Al Baculis in the 1960s. It includes scores for Caravan, I believe in you, Love for sale, Out of Bounds, Round the Bend, Say si si, Will you still be mine?, and Wives and Lovers.

Baculis, Al

Jean Préfontaine fonds

  • P020
  • Fonds
  • 1967-2008, predominant 1967-1975

The fonds provides an overview of Jean Préfontaine's career until 1979. It includes information on the Petit Québec Libre (1971); Quatuor de Jazz du Québec (1968-1972); La Colonie Artistique Val-David (1979); La Ferme du Jazz Libre (1970-1972); l'Amorce (1972-1974); Relève-Kébec; l'Association coopérative ouvrière de production, les amis du Québec (ACOPAQ); and l'Atelier Pathografik.

Documents include, but are not limited to: correspondence, notes, photographs, newspaper clippings, a Local Initiatives Program application and related documentation, posters, programs, a questionnaire, song lyrics, a score and corresponding sound cards, a phone book, a lease, a loan agreement, contracts and other legal documents.

Préfontaine, Jean

Ralph Whims collection

  • C012
  • Collection
  • [19--] ; 1928-2017

The Ralph Whims Collection contains documentation concerning Black History in Montreal; the Negro Community Centre; Union United Church, the Coloured Women’s Club; The Red Feather and the Welfare Federation; Railway Porters; the Elks; the documentary film Show Girls; and Jazz in Montreal. The collection is comprised of articles and clippings; photographs; posters, brochures, and programs; books and magazines; and a videocassette.

The Ralph Whims Collection is divided into 4 series:
C012/A Textual records
C012/B Photographs
C012/C Books
C012/D Moving images

Whims, Ralph

Nat Raider fonds

  • P171
  • Fonds
  • 1939 - 1984

The Nat Raider fonds documents the Montreal music scene from the 1950s until the 1970s, mostly by means of sheet music used in performances of the Nat Raider orchestra.

The fonds consists of materials used by the Nat Raider Orchestra, including sheet music and hand-written arrangements. Among these documents you will find “Le Caf’ Conc' Opening Theme” composed by Nat Raiser. Also included are song lyrics, performance notes, correspondence, and documents related to the performance of comedy.

Raider, Nat

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 the scrapbook 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.

Bell, Joe

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