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Ralph Whims collection
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- Textual record
- Moving images
- Graphic material
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[19--] ; 1928-2017 (Creation)
- Whims, Ralph
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17.5 cm of textual records
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Ralph Whims is a retired teacher living in Sainte-Julie, Quebec. Whims was one of the first Black teachers working in Montreal’s English school system, and he spent his career at Lorne School in Pointe-Saint-Charles. Whims developed an interest in social work and teaching while involved with the Negro Community Centre. He attended the Negro Community Centre as a child and sat on the board of directors from 1994 to 1997. In the 1970s, Whims organized a weekly dance for high school kids. His experience as a chaperone at these dances was the subject of the documentary film The Chaperone (2013). This film chronicles the day that Whims took on a biker gang that showed up at a school dance taking place at Rosemont High School in the early 1970s. As a side business, Whims worked as a disc jockey in the 1960s and 1970s, and had what he describes as a “mobile discotheque.” Whims mother, Bernice Jordan Whims, inspired him to work in music, and as a child he started a band with two friends. Whims played the alto saxophone in a band with jazz drummer Norman Marshall Villeneuve. Whims had two daughters with his late wife Suzanne Trudel Whims. His grandfather was jazz pianist Lou Hooper Sr. His father was Lou Hooper Jr.
Scope and content
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/D Moving images
Immediate source of acquisition
Materials were donated to Concordia University Library, Special Collections by Ralph Whims on March 12, 2018.
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Materials are mostly in English. Some documents are in French.
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Restrictions on access
Access to the videocassette is restricted until it is digitized in order to protect the original.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
In most cases, reproductions are allowed for the purpose of research and private study in most cases. Use of material in a publication may only be done with written consent of the copyright owner(s).
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Further accruals are not expected.
Copyright belongs to the creator(s).
Documents were placed in acid-free file folders and archival quality boxes.
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