John Hirsch fonds [multiple media]
Record Information – Brief1
John Hirsch fonds [multiple media]
- Hierarchical level:
- 1862, 1897, 1934-1989.
- R5005-0-7-E, MG31-D81
- Type of material:
- Textual material, Photographs, Art, Maps and cartographic material, Objects (including medals and pins), Sound recordings, Moving images, Stamps and stamp products
- Found in:
- Archives / Collections and Fonds
- Item ID number:
- Context of this record:
Record Information – Details
- Fonds includes:
21 lower level description(s)View lower level description(s)
- 1862, 1897, 1934-1989.
- Place of creation:
14.5 m of textual records.
325 photographs : b&w and col.
91 prints : offset lithographs, lino cut, serigraph, relief point, photostatic reproductions.
90 drawings : pencil, pen and ink, watercolour.
41 watercolours : gouache, ink, watercolour, pencil.
1 painting : oil on canvas.
1 collage : cut and paste with photographs.
3 postal covers.
39 architectural drawings.
5 film reels.
10 audio cassettes (ca. 10 h, 3 min).
10 audio reels (ca. 6 h, 55 min).
- Language of material:
- Added language of material:
- English, Hungarian
- Scope and content:
Fonds consists of the personal papers of John Hirsch, organized in the following series: personal material and education; financial material; correspondence; production and subject files, including series on the Seattle Repertory Theatre and Stratford Festival; manuscripts by Hirsch; manuscripts and scripts by others; theatre programmes; clippings and printed material. Fonds also consists of a photographic series and an art material series documenting the life and career of John Hirsch.
Fonds also consists of 20 architectural drawings that relate to the following theatrical productions: The Alchemist, Coriolanus, America Dreams, Lost and Found, You Can't Take it With You, and You Know the Rest, including preliminary sketches, set designs, and floor plans; three postally-used covers; a Tourism Canada medal; a Manitoba Travel and Convention Association plaque.
Audio visual material consists of sound recordings of talks and interviews by John Hirsch about his career and views on the theatre as well as radio programs and soundtracks for television programs with which he was associated, [ca. 1970]-1988. Also included are CBC television programs entitled: Rupert the Great; two episodes of Take a look; Sports review; and Songs for you, [ca. 1955-1965].
- Additional name(s):
- Biography/Administrative history:
Hirsch, John, 1930-1989 : John Stephen Hirsch, theatre director, was born in Siofok, Hungary, and immigrated to Canada in 1947, and settled in Winnipeg, Man., where he graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1951. He became involved with the Winnipeg Little Theatre, specialized in children's theatre, wrote plays and formed a puppet company. Between 1954 and 1957 Hirsch produced television programmes for the CBC and in 1956 became artistic director at the Rainbow Stage Theatre. He and playwright Tom Hendry co-founded Theatre 77 in 1957, which joined with the Winnipeg Little Theatre in 1958 to form the Manitoba Theatre Center, where Hirsch was artistic director until 1967. Hirsch first directed at Stratford in 1965 and was an associate artistic director there from 1967 to 1969. During his career Hirsch directed productions at many Canadian and other theatres including the Vivian Beaumont Theatre at the Lincoln Center in New York City, the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, le Théâtre du Nouveau-Monde in Montreal and the Habimah National Theatre in Tel Aviv, Israel. From 1974 to 1978, he was head of CBC Televison Drama. After leaving the CBC, he became consulting artistic director at the Seattle Repertory Theatre. The Stratford Board of Directors chose John Hirsch as the artistic director of the Stratford Festival in 1981, a position he held until 1985. Hirsch taught at the Yale School of Drama, 1985, and Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University, 1986. John Hirsch died in 1989.
- Finding aid:
Textual records (Electronic) The finding aid is a file list of Vols. 1-80. MSS1040 (90: Open)
http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000000163.pdfArt and photographic (accession no. 1990-564): (Paper) Biography of John Hirsch and description of the fund in accession files Art and Photo. MSS1040Art and photographic (accession no. 1990-564): (Paper) List of captions in accession files Art and Photo.Art and photographic (accession no. 1986-001): (Paper) Item level list in accession file.Architectural drawings: (Paper) An itemized listing is available for consultation.Medallic: (Paper) Medal inventory numbers. 14077, 14078Sound recordings and moving images: (Electronic) See MISACS for item level descriptions.Sound recordings (Electronic) Finding aid is a PDF copy of typed item descriptions for accession 1978-0003. It is annotated with LAC conservation tape numbers, prefixed PAC. The prefix is now the letter C. (90: Open)
- Additional information:
- General Note:
- Received between 1977 and 1986 from John Hirsch; additional material received in 1990 from John Hirsch's estate through his executor, Michal Schonberg of Toronto, Ontario.
- Arrangement note:
- Because the Hirsch Papers were transferred to the National Archives in a number of separate accessions, there are some discrepancies in their organization and similar material may be found in different series. The researcher should consult the finding aid.
- Subject heading:
- Scrapbooks Canada
- John Stephen Hirsh - Interviews, [1945-1988] St. John's High School, [1947-1955]
- John Stephen Hirsh - Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc., [1947-1985] University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, Man.), [1947-1955]
- John Stephen Hirsh - Biography, [1862-1988] Canada Council, [1948-1977]
- John Stephen Hirsh - Family, [1862-1988] Festival Canada, [1948-1977]
- John Stephen Hirsh - Will, [1862-1988] Manitoba Theatre Centre, [1948-1977]
- Canada - Emigration and immigration - Hungary, [1862-1988] Mark Taper Forum, [1948-1977]
- Foster children, [1862-1988] Stratford Festival, [1948-1977]
- School credits - Manitoba, [1945-1988] "AC/DC", [1948-1979]
- John Stephen Hirsh - Finance, Personal, [1948-1977] "Henry VI", [1948-1979]
- Performing arts festivals - Canada, [1948-1977] "Macbeth", 1983
- Festivals - Canada, [1948-1977] "The Alchemist", [1934-1989]
- John Stephen Hirsh - Correspondence, [1944-1989] "American Dream", [1934-1989]
- John Stephen Hirsh - Correspondence (Hungarian), [1944-1989] "The Cherry Orchard", [1934-1989]
- Income tax - Canada, [1954-1988] "Coriolanus", [1934-1989]
- John Stephen Hirsh - Career, [1944-1989] "The Dybbuck", [1934-1989]
- Drama - Canada, [1948-1979] "Grant Hunt", [1934-1989]
- Drama - United States, [1974-1981] "Odd Jobs", [1934-1989]
- Seattle Repertory Theatre - Records and correspondence, [1974-1981] "Pal Joey", [1934-1989]
- Seattle Repertory Theatre - Programs, [1974-1981] "Three Men on a Horse and The Three Sisters", [1934-1989]
- Stratford Festival - Records and correspodence, [1953-1985] Southern Methodist Church (Dallas, Tex.), [1934-1989]
- Costume - Canada, 1983 Ted Allen, [1954-1989]
- Theatre scripts, [1934-1989] Micheal Cook, [1954-1989]
- John Stephen Hirsh - Authorship, [1947-1977] Larry Fineberg, [1954-1989]
- Canadian literature, [1947-1971] Jack Ludwig, [1954-1989]
- Poetry, [1947-1987] Brian Moore, [1954-1989]
- Multiculturalism - Canada, [1947-1971] Gordon Pinsent, [1954-1989]
- Nationalism - Canada, [1947-1971] James Reaney, [1954-1989]
- Theater - Canada - History, [1934-1971] William Dempsey Valgardson, [1954-1989]
- Theater programs - Canada, [194-]-1989
- Theater - Canada, [1934-1989]
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Ordering and Viewing Options
- Conditions of access:
Photographs: No restrictions on use or reproduction. Various copyrights on items less than 50 years old; copyright expired on items greater than 50 years old. Credit: name of photographer / National Archives of Canada / copy negative number.
Graphic material (accession nos: 1990-564, 1986-001): Restrictions and copyright are unknown.
Graphic material (accession no: 1981-014): no restrictions on use or reproduction. Copyright: Steve Fischer. Credit: National Archives of Canada.
Graphic material (accession no. 1978-015): No restrictions on use or reproduction. Various copyrights. Credit: National Archives of Canada.
Architectural drawings: No restrictions concerning access or reproduction.
Postal covers: Restrictions and copyright are unknown.
Medallic: No restrictions on use or reproduction. Copyright expired. Credit: National Archives of Canada.
Sound recordings and moving images: Reproduction and use in any form requires the written permission of the copyright holder and in some cases the written permission of Hirsch's estate; please see item level descriptions for details.
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