Fonds P199 - Peter K. Johnston fonds

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Peter K. Johnston fonds

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  • [193- ?]-2005 (Creation)
    Johnston, Peter K.

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20 cm of textual records
4 scrapbooks
39 photographs
3 posters
3 moving images
1 sound recording

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Biographical history

Peter K. Johnston was born in 1929. He lived as a farmer in Hudson, Quebec. He was a known collector of jazz, including an extensive collection on Harry James. He was member of the Montreal Vintage Music Society. He was co-author of the discography Harry James and his orchestra, published by the Joyce Record Club, and stood in contact with Peter Levinson, who wrote a biography on Harry James in 1999.

Custodial history

The Peter K. Johnston fonds was donated to the Concordia University Archives, now known as the Records Management and Archives Department, by Andrew Homzy in September 2005. The fonds was transferred from Concordia University's Records Management and Archives Department to Concordia University Library's Special Collections on March 16, 2016, April 6, 2016, April 19-20, 2016, and May 5, 2016.

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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

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    Reproduction for research or private study is permitted. Use of material in publications cannot be done without permission of the copyright holder.

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