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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
Hour collection
C033 · Collection · 1993-2012

The Hour collection is composed of 72 bound volumes of the Hour newspaper published between 1993 and 2011 and those issues published under the name Hour Community in 2011 and 2012. The bound volumes comprise almost every issue of Hour and Hour Community published between February 1993 and May 2012, with the exception of volume 2, numbers 18 to 35 (1994), which are missing from the collection. The collection also contains the prototype of Hour.

Hour
Logos collection
C034 · Collection · 1967-1972

The Logos collection contains 27 issues of Logos, published between 1967 and 1972. It also contains three issues of The Local Rag, also published in Montreal, which date to 1969, and one issue of The Astral Projection (published in the 1960s or 1970s).

Logos
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
Russell (Russ) Dufort fonds
F020 · Fonds · [195-] ; [199-]

The fonds documents 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
David (Dave) Clark fonds
F021 · Fonds · [19--]-2006

The David Clark fonds provides insight into the career of musician David Clark in the second half of the 20th century. It documents Dave Clark’s professional activity as an instrumentalist, bandleader, arranger and transcriber; and as a teacher. The fonds also documents Dave Clark’s involvement in the Fossils Club of Montreal and serves to document some of the club's musical performances.

The fonds includes musical scores, sheet music, and song books, covering both classical music and jazz; scripts for plays; programs; sound recordings; plaques; and photographs. In addition to published music, the fonds includes music arranged or transcribed by Dave Clark and other musicians.

The fonds is organized into the following series:
F021/A Fossils Club of Montreal
F021/B Musical scores
F021/C Sound recordings

Clark, David
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
Yves Charbonneau fonds
F033 · Fonds · [194-?], [196-]-2007, predominantly 1970-[198-]

The fonds documents Yves Charbonneau's musical career until 1975 on the one hand, and his photographic exploitations during the 1980s on the other hand. It gives an insight into the organization of the Quatuor du Jazz libre du Québec (1967-1975), the Val-David Artistic Colony (1970), the Ferme du Petit Québec libre (1970-1973) and l'Amorce (1972-1974), while highlighting the political dimension of these jazz-related initiatives.
The fonds is divided into the following series :
F033/A – Jazz libre du Québec
F033/B – Political newspapers
F033/C - Visual arts studies
The fonds contains legal documents, press clippings, leaflets, and notes concerning the activities of free music in Petit Québec libre and in l’Amorce. The fonds also contains political newspapers collected by Yves Charbonneau during the 1970s, as well as photographs related to Charbonneau’s visual arts studies, including portraits, landscape photography, and still-lifes.

Charbonneau, Yves
Black Theater Workshop fonds
F034 · Fonds · [1940]-2016, predominant 1972-2013

The Black Theater Workshop fonds is composed of materials created and compiled by the Black Theater Workshop (BTW) and contains materials documenting the activities and operations of the BTW from its founding in 1972 to 2016. Textual records and other materials document the BTW's administration, finances, awards, plays, programming, promotional activities, communications, and facilities, among other things. Documents are also reflective of the BTW's contributions to Montreal’s Black communities and to theater in Canada.

The fonds is divided into the following series :
F034/A Administration
F034/B Financial records
F034/C External relations
F034/D Productions / Programming

The fonds is composed of financial documents, grant applications, board meeting minutes, reports, play scripts, newspapers and newspaper clippings, promotional material, correspondence; graphic materials such as photographs, posters, logos, drawings, sound recordings, moving images, and some objects, among others.

Black Theater Workshop
Magnus Isacsson fonds
F038 · Fonds · 1969 - 2017

The Magnus Isacsson fonds documents the life and work of Magnus Isacsson from 1971 to 2017. It contains materials covering his early career as a TV producer, his experience as a freelance journalist and educator, and the many years he spent working as an independent filmmaker. The fonds provides insight into Isacsson’s projects, including completed, unfinished, and unreleased works. The fond also includes documentation on the release, screening, and critical reception of his films.

The Magnus Isacsson fonds contains records in a variety of media and formats that detail the administrative and creative processes behind his work in radio, television and film. Among other types of documents, the fonds contains Isacsson’s research and notes; shooting tapes, raw footage, and master tapes in several formats; sound recordings; photographs; promotional material; contracts; correspondence; project proposals; articles and newspaper clippings; financial records; and teaching material.

The Magnus Isacsson fonds is divided into 3 series:
• F037/A Documentary Projects
• F037/B Journalism and writing
• F037/C Personal papers
• F038/D Television Work

Isacsson, Magnus
Guy Thouin fonds
F040 · Fonds · 1942 - 2021

The fonds documents Guy Thouin’s career from the 1950s to 2021, including his time at the Quatuor de jazz libre du Québec (1967-1971), L’Infornie (1969-1971), The Heart Ensemble (1989-present), and Nouveau Jazz Libre du Québec (2012). The fonds also provides information about Thouin’s personal life, including his early years in elementary school, his time playing with the cadets, moments with his family and friends, his studies in Quebec, and his life in India.

The Guy Thouin fonds contains photographs, music scores composed by Guy Thouin from 1968 to 2020, sound and audiovisual recordings of live performances, posters, records, clippings about Guy Thouin and his musical projects, flyers, curriculum vitae, biographical notes, postcards, press releases, certificate of birth and baptism, and certificate of optician license.

The Guy Thouin fonds is divided into 4 series:
F040/A Scores
F040/B Photographs
F040/C Musical career
F040/D Personal records

Thouin, Guy
Johnny Holmes fonds
P0016 · Fonds · [194-]-1989

The fonds provides information on jazz in Montreal, particularly on radio, during the 1950s and 1960s.

The fonds contains music that Johnny Holmes arranged and conducted, audiotapes of CBC radio broadcasts, photographs of performers, and press clippings.

Holmes, Johnny
Maury Kaye fonds
P0031 · Fonds · [195-]-[198-]

The Maury Kaye fonds consists of arrangements done by Maury Kaye in the 1950s and the 1960s, and contains 106 pieces for piano, bass, and drums. The fonds also contains five sound recordings featuring Maury Kaye playing some of his hit songs.

Kaye, Maury
John Gilmore fonds
P004 · Fonds · [ca. 1912?]-2021, predominantly 1981-1983

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:
P0004/A Research material
P0004/B Manuscripts
P0004/C Reviews
P0004/D Lectures and interviews

Gilmore, John
Bob Redmond fonds
P0064 · Fonds · 1935-2018

The Bob Redmond fonds provides information about Robert Redmond's life and his career as lead saxophonist with many bands like the Stardusters, the Escorts, and the Johnny Holmes Orchestra. It also provides information about Redmond's experience as a musician during World War II. Furthermore, it includes materials related to the history of Jazz in general and in Montreal in particular, as well as the big-band era in Montreal. The fonds includes several unpublished novels, poems and other texts written by Bob Redmond.

The fonds contains Redmond’s notes and essays as well as correspondence, sheet music, a scrapbook, clippings, photographs, publicity materials, directories, and books and magazines from Redmond’s library. It also contains audio cassettes, CDs, videocassettes, a DVD and over 300 audio discs

Redmond, Robert
Johnny Reno fonds
P0065 · 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
Herb Johnson fonds
P0088 · 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:

P0088/1 Correspondents
P0088/1A Family and friends
P0088/1B Music colleagues
P0088/1C Personal business correspondents
P0088/2 Personal files
P0088/2A Personal interests and personal affairs
P0088/2B Music industry
P0088/2C Music technique
P0088/2D Photographs
P0088/3 Union activity
P0088/3A Musicians' Guild of Montreal
P0088/3B Senior Musicians' Association
P0088/4 Print and manuscript music
P0088/5 Technique books, manuals, tutors, methods
P0088/6 Magazines and promotional literature
P0088/7 Collection of sound recordings
P0088/7A Privately recorded sound recordings
P0088/7B Commercial sound recordings.

Johnson, Herb
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 two scrapbooks 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. The fonds also includes 11 audio discs.

Bell, Joe
Lawrence Sabbath fonds
P0138 · 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
Edwin Orion Brownell fonds
P0147 · Fonds · 1999-2000

The fonds provides information on rhythm and blues music in Montreal.

The fonds contains a Concordia University paper written in 2000, entitled Notes in Time: A Brief Oral History of Montreal's Rhythm and Blues Club Circuit, on the club circuit in Montreal 1967-1999. It includes video interviews with four rhythm and blues musicians and a laser copy of an exterior photograph of the Montreal night club Rockhead's Paradise.

Orion Brownell, Edwin
Nat Raider fonds
P0171 · 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
Gerry Hanson fonds
P0175 · 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
Ted Elfstrom fonds
P0177 · Fonds · 1938, [195-?]-1962, [199-?]

The fonds contains documentation pertaining to the career of the jazz musician Ted Elfstrom and provides information on the Mart Kenney Orchestra, the Ted Elfstrom Octet, the Montreal Woodwind Chamber Group, Oscar Peterson, and the Montreal Jazz Festival.

The fonds includes programs, newspaper articles, invitations, audio recordings, and photographs.

Elfstrom, Ted
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
Myron Sutton fonds
P019 · Fonds · 1908-1945

The fonds provides an overview of Myron Sutton's musical career in the United States and Canada, particularly Montreal. It documents the careers of the various bands with which Myron Sutton was affiliated, and those he led, including the Royal Ambassadors and the Canadian Ambassadors. It also provides general information on the jazz music scene and Montreal night life during the 1930s.

The fonds consists of sound recordings and a scrapbook containing correspondence, contracts, programs, press clippings, and photographs.

Sutton, Myron
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
Walter Boudreau fonds
P021 · Fonds · [195-?]- 2016

The fonds provides information on the career of Walter Boudreau and on L'Infonie and the Quatuor de Jazz Libre du Québec, as well as Raoul Duguay, musicians Pierre Leduc and Jean Préfontaine, and the Société de Musique contemporaine du Quebec (SMCQ).

The fonds consists of musical scores and composition notes for Walter Boudreau's compositions and arrangements, press clippings, photographs, posters, sound recordings, and a robe worn by Boudreau in L'Infonie.

Boudreau, Walter
Maura McKeon fonds
P0212 · 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
Al Baculis fonds
P0215 · 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
Alex Robertson fonds
P023 · Fonds · 1853-1988

Between 1940 and 1986, Alex Robertson collected records. Most of the recordings in the fonds are 78 rpm's pressed in Montreal by Berliner and Compo: Berliner was the first Canadian company to produce records, and Compo was the first to record Canadian Black musicians. The fonds contains a large number of sound recordings that have never had commercial or widespread distribution. The fonds includes about 3,000 pieces of sheet music of various genres, dating from ca 1885 to 1970; about 1,000 pieces have Canadian content. The fonds includes numerous catalogues and promotional pamphlets from record and sheet-music publishing companies, dealers, clubs, and radio stations. Also included are books annotated by Alex Robertson in the course of his disco-graphical research. Alex Robertson's research materials on record labels and series, as well as on Montreal musical activity between 1913 and 1970 are included in the fonds. His extensive correspondence and related newsletters are included. The fonds includes photographs of Alex Robertson with his family; there is also a photograph of Alex Robertson with jazz author George Martin, and several of a reception held in his honor in the Concordia University Archives reading room in 1988.

The fonds is organized into the following series:
P0023/A Correspondence
P0023/B Research on record labels and series
P0023/C Research on Montreal music activity
P0023/D Photographs

Robertson, Alex