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Year-round Literacy Activities

The series provides information on literacy activities organized by the Blue Metropolis Foundation in Montreal from 2000 to 2003, but not directly related to the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival.

The series contains programs, grant applications, correspondence and a poster.


The series provides information on writers who participated in the Blue Metropolis Literary Festival.

The series contains photographs, biographies, and other materials.

Visual arts studies

The series documents the visual arts studies undertaken by Yves Charbonneau in the 1980s at the Cegeps of Matane and St-Jerome, concentrating on photography. The photographs give an impression of the life in a coastal area of Quebec during the 1980s, mostly through landscape photography and portraits.
The series includes photographs in form of negatives, prints, slides, and contact sheets, as well as two moving images, some class papers, and notes related to one of the films.

Video recordings

Series contains video recordings relating to the Irving Layton fonds. Material consists of videocassettes and reels of interviews with Layton, poetry readings given by Layton, and different television, music and film personalities talking about the importance of reading and literacy, which includes a brief talk about Layton’s works.

Video Recordings

Material consists of various video clips of Irving Layton and video of Layton speaking at Magnum Books in Ottawa.

Victoria Toll Bar

Series contains records relating to the Victoria Toll Bar on Victoria Road probably located in Montreal. Material consists of a deed of lease, toll payment grid from the Turnpike Trust, receipts of payment, instructions regarding how the toll bar functions, and a list of tolls to be paid.

University Organization, Policy and Planning

Series provides information on the organization and policies of the University. Series contains the following documentation:

  • Academic Planning
  • Board of Governors Report on Priorities and Planning
  • Examination Timetable
  • General Point Average Methods (G.P.A.)
  • Grading Regulations
  • Planning and Studies on Loyola / Sir George Williams University Merger
  • Planning for the New Concordia University
  • Studies with the Conseil des Universités
  • Undergraduate Scholars Programmes Regulation Procedure
  • University By-laws
  • University Code of Conduct
  • University Organization Charts
  • University Policy.

University organization, policy and planning

The series provides information on the organization of the University, and the various steps involved in its evolution: the Y.M.C.A. schools, Sir George Williams College, Sir George Williams University, and the 1974 merger with Loyola leading to Concordia University.

Union United Church

Series contains photographs and textual records documenting the Union United Church and its members. Photographs show the interior and exterior of the church, as well as members of the choir, members of the Board of Stewarts and the Board of Sessions, Sunday school children, and Reverend Frank Gabourel. Textual records relate to the memorial service of Roy States, held on November 28, 1980.

Union activity

The Musicians' Guild of Montreal was Local 406 of the American Federation of Musicians (A.F. of M.). The Senior Musicians' Association of the Montreal Guild was officially formed in 1975.

Unidentified Letters

This series presents letters written between 1825 and 1831. Their origin and creator remains unclear at the moment. For now, it is hard to state if those archives are linked to the Vincent and Olga Diniacopoulos fonds, but they were found in their documents.
The letters are written in French, as the author appears to live in Paris. They seem to address money and art transactions. The quality of the written language makes them sometimes hard to read. They are in a rough condition due to their age.


The series includes transcripts of two interviews with Anne Savage.

The Flaming Apron

Series contains documents concerning The Flaming Apron craft store. This series includes documents concerning the closing of this craft store, as well as items created for sale at The Flaming Apron. These items, created or collected by Margaret Griffin, include a jean skirt by Billie-Joe Mericle purchased by Griffin at The Flaming Apron, a crochet sweater by Griffin made during the period of the Flaming Apron, and 2 basalt clay pots by Griffin made for sale at the craft store.

The Artist Sur Rodney (Sur) and fellow artists

The series illustrates the North-American and more precisely the New York East Village art scene around Sur Rodney (Sur) from the 1960s to 2018. It depicts Sur Rodney (Sur)’s career as an artist, his involvement in the art scene and his relation to fellow artists. It gives an insight in the life of various artists 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), which were both presenting artists from the Manhattan's Lower East Side art scene. Artists mentioned in the series are, among others, Andreas Senser, Gracie Mansion, Geoffrey Hendricks, Pauline Graham Leathem, Ronald Heydon, Nan Goldin, John Brill and Lorraine O'Grady. The series covers subjects like Black Contemporary Art, Performance art, and Queer Art. It also refers to Visual Aids, an organization working on AIDS awareness through art projects, while supporting artists living with AIDS and archiving their work.

The series is organized into the following sub-series:
P0234/ B1 Sur Rodney (Sur)’s talks, presentations and writings
P0234/ B2 Works of fellow artists
P0234/ B3 Correspondence with fellow artists

The series contains, but is not limited to, correspondence, newspaper articles, drafts, scrapbooks, exhibition catalogs, magazines and other publications, posters, notebooks, calendars, photographs, flyers, moving images, a press kit, a sound recording, and an Acker Awards box.

The Adams family and Sur Rodney (Sur)’s personal life

The series documents Sur Rodney (Sur)’s childhood in Montreal and his family background, illustrating the life of a black family in Montreal in the second half of the 20th century. Most of the documents have been collected by Jean [Gertrude Peters] Gordon.
The series contains correspondence between Sur Rodney (Sur) and his parents, Desmond Adams and Jean Adams, and documents related to family members, namely Desmond Rupert Adams, Sur Rodney (Sur)’s grandmother Hazel Irene Pierce, and Rodney’s brother David Adams. Several photo albums illustrate Sur Rodney’s childhood and his larger family. This series also contains documents related to the Negro Community Centre (NCC) and Union United Church, which both were frequented by family members, as well as Expo 67 and the Watchtower Society. Furthermore, the series informs about Sur Rodney (Sur)’s name change and his marriage to Geoffrey Hendricks.

The series includes, but is not limited to, correspondence, photographs, leaflets, programs, flyers, forms, diploma, passports and other pieces of identification, artwork, postcards, brochures, newspaper clippings, a scrapbook and an autograph book.

Textual records

Series contains textual records relating to 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.

Textual records

Series contains two textual records: Maurice Tynes' official membership card to the Canadian Legion (1961) and a photocopy of his obituary, first printed in 1978 (photocopy likely made in 2018).

Textual records

The series provides information on Vernon Isaac and other jazz musicians. It presents Isaac’s life as a musician as well as his family. It also contains material on Jazz Ottawa.

The series contains, among other materials, personal papers, newspaper clippings, correspondence, flyers, programs, biographies, invitations, newsletters, meeting minutes, financial documents and certificates.

Textual material

Series contains textual records documenting the objects in the collection of the Monastère des Ursulines de Québec. It is composed of a catalogue documenting the objects in the collection and contains information about artist(s), title, date, dimensions, and medium for each work. It also includes a note describing where they appear in the publication "Répertoire des gravures conservées au Monastère des ursulines de Québec" (dossier number). The series also contains 3 documents regarding missing slides.

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