Collection C036 - Peter McDonald and Frances B. McDonald (Belfrage) collection

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Peter McDonald and Frances B. McDonald (Belfrage) collection

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  • Sound recording

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C036

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  • 1941-1994, predominant 1944-1958 (Creation)

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24 cm of textual records
62 photographs
1 sound recording
1 moving image

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Name of creator

(1919-1995)

Biographical history

Peter McDonald was born in Scotland, in 1919. He moved to Canada in 1929 and attended the Vancouver Provincial Normal School. From 1940 to 1941, McDonald worked as a teacher, and between 1942 and 1945, he worked in several radio stations as a freelance actor, writer, announcer, and soundman. Notably, he wrote several scripts for the show The Carsons, Canada’s longest-running radio serial. He joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Vancouver, as an announcer in 1945, and worked as a producer of documentaries, variety programs, and dramas between 1946 and 1950. In 1950, McDonald moved to Toronto, Ontario, where he continued to work as a producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio. Between 1952 and 1953, he worked as a TV drama producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto. In 1953, McDonald returned to Vancouver as Director of Television for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation at CBUT, the first television station in Western Canada. In 1956, he returned to Toronto as Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s Assistant Director of Program Planning and Production, and in 1957, McDonald was appointed National Director of Television Network Programming. Notably, he introduced the shows Close-Up and Front Page Challenge during this period and was responsible for liaison with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s French network and the National Film Board (NFB).
Between 1959 and 1969, Peter McDonald was the vice president of Music Corporation of America (MCA). Then, from 1969 to 1971, he was the President of Universal Education and Visual Arts, a division of Music Corporation of America. In 1971, Peter McDonald was appointed Director of the Broadcast Programmes Branch of the Canadian Radio-Television Commission (CRTC) in Ottawa.

Peter McDonald died on October 15, 1995.

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(1920-2011)

Biographical history

Frances Belfrage McDonald was born on June 17, 1920. She was married to Peter McDonald with whom she had a daughter named Molly McDonald. Belfrage wrote several radio plays for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Some of her works include Blues for Charlie, Neon Sign in Green and Red, and The Exile. She also wrote for the British Columbia Department of Education’s Youth in Search of a Future series dealing with vocational guidance.

Frances Belfrage McDonald died on March 13, 2011.

Custodial history

The collection was donated by Colin Preston and arrived at Concordia University Library on July 7, 2022. He received this collection from Molly McDonald, daughter of Peter McDonald and Frances Belfrage.

Scope and content

The collection provides information on the careers of Peter McDonald and Frances Belfrage. It is focused on McDonald’s work as a writer, producer, and director for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation between 1942 and 1958. It includes scripts written and/or produced by Peter McDonald, and scripts written by Frances Belfrage for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

The Peter McDonald and Frances B. McDonald (Belfrage) collection contains photographs, scripts, newspaper clippings, correspondence, press releases, one audio cassette, and one VHS tape.

The Peter McDonald and Frances B. McDonald (Belfrage) collection is divided into two series:

• C036/A Peter McDonald Career
• C036/B Frances Belfrage Scripts

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Immediate source of acquisition

Materials were donated to Concordia University by Colin Preston on February 14, 2022.

Arrangement

Textual records have been arranged in the order of receipt.

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  • English

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    Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

    Reproduction for research or private study may be permitted.
    Use of material in publications may not be done without permission of the copyright holder(s).

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    Finding-aid and box listings are available

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    Future accruals are not expected.

    Conservation

    Documents were placed in acid-free file folders and archival-quality boxes. Photographs are in Mylar enclosures and audiovisual material was rehoused in archival-quality enclosures.

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        Sources

        “Obituary Frances Belfrage Mcdonald.” Dignity Memorial, www.dignitymemorial.com/en-ca/obituaries/north-vancouver-bc/frances-mcdonald-4598152 Accessed January 23, 2024.

        “The Carson Family – Fraser Valley Farm Drama Aired Daily for 25 Years on CBC.” Opposite the City, The Carson Family — Fraser Valley Farm Drama Aired Daily For 25 Years on CBC | opposite the city (wordpress.com) Accessed January 22, 2024.

        Press Release. Peter McDonald and Frances B. McDonald (Belfrage) collection. C036-Box 001, folder 17. Concordia University Library, Special Collections, Montreal, Canada

        National Program Directors Named to CBC Radio-Television Networks. Peter McDonald and Frances B. McDonald (Belfrage) collection. C036-Box 001, folder 15. Concordia University Library, Special Collections, Montreal, Canada

        Classroom Careers – Script on the Normal School. Peter McDonald and Frances B. McDonald (Belfrage) collection. C036-Box 001, folder 30. Concordia University Library, Special Collections, Montreal, Canada

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