Performing Arts Collection [textual records, graphic material, sound recording]
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Performing Arts Collection [textual records, graphic material, sound recording]Hierarchical level:CollectionDate:1826-1995.Reference:R3376-0-9-E, MG28-I139Type of material:Textual material, Art, Photographs, Sound recordingsFound in:Archives / Collections and FondsItem ID number:106737Context of this record:
Record Information – DetailsCollection includes:122 lower level description(s)View lower level description(s)Date(s):1826-1995.Place of creation:CanadaExtent:13.642 m of textual records.
261 photographs : b&w and col.
1 audio cassette (15 min).Language of material:EnglishAdded language of material:English, FrenchScope and content:Collection consists of performing arts programmes and promotional material documenting both amateur and professional performing arts across Canada. The emphasis is on theatre, but included is material on dance, music, and other public entertainments. The material includes historical playbills and broadsides as well as modern day programmes, calendars, press releases, posters and still photographs.
The collection also contains posters depicting various plays and productions performed at venues across Canada.
In addition, the collection includes photographic material depicting drama, opera, ballet, and music productions across Canada; portrait of Brian Richmond, Artistic Director, Magnus Theatre, Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Collection also includes a sound recording of promotional material for a show entitled A trip to the farm.Provenance:Biography/Administrative history:Canada. Performing Arts : In 1972, the National Archives of Canada began a project to assemble performing arts programmes and promotional material from a variety of sources in an effort to preserve Canadian performing arts ephemera for historical research. At the beginning, selected theatres sent the National Archives collections of back materials as well as current programmes and publicity material, some of which was sent on a monthly basis, some at the end of each season, and some when the theatres remembered. In 1980, an effort was made to be more comprehensive in collecting this material and approximately 190 performing arts centres and companies across Canada were contacted with the request that the National Archives be placed on their mailing lists. As a result, the Archives began receiving programmes and publicity material, including press releases, monthly calendars, posters and publicity stills, on a more regular basis. Throughout the period, small collections of privately collected playbills were received from various individual donors and occasionally items were purchased through dealers, and this material, too, was added to the collection. In 1986, in another effort to build the Performing Arts Collection, old contacts were renewed and new centres and companies were contacted, with a total of some 350 organizations being approached for material. In 1995, however, as a result of cutbacks in resources at the National Archives, the decision was taken to discontinue the collection of performing arts ephemera and to concentrate instead on the preservation of selected individual and organizational archival fonds.Finding aid:Textual records: (Paper) The finding aid comprises an alphabetical list by city and theatre of material in the Programmes and promotional material series. MSS0569Textual records: (Electronic) Finding aid. MSS0569
http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000000087.pdfPhotographs: (Paper) See "Photographic inventories, indexes, and caption lists arranged by accession number." FA-500Additional information:General Note:Acquired from various performing arts centres and companies, as well as from various individuals and other private sources, largely between 1972 and 1995. Additional material was received from the Music Division of the National Library of Canada in 1991 and 1993 and, also in 1993, from the family of Louis Beauregard-Champagne and Juliette Joubert of Montreal. Further material was received from Mary Shortt of Toronto and Judith Lian of Orleans, Ontario, in 1994., See accession records for further information related to media material.Subject heading:
- Performing arts - Canada, 1826-1991 Grand Musical Festival, 1860
- Theatre - Canada, 1826-1991 Salle Academique du College Ste-Marie (Montreal, Quebec), 1867
- Montreal (Quebec) - Broadsides, 1826-1888 St. Mary's English Academy (Montreal, Quebec), 1865
- Montreal (Quebec) - Theatre, 1826-1888 Salle Nordheimer (Montreal, Quebec), 1865
- Ottawa (Ont.) - Opera, 1904-1936 Crystal Palace (Montreal, Quebec), 1865
- Toronto (Ont.) - Opera, 1904-1936 Mardi Gras (Montreal, Quebec), 
- Toronto (Ont.) - Plays, 1904-1936 Salle Bonaventure (Montreal, Quebec), 1863
- Toronto (Ont.) - Concerts, 1904-1936 Salle Bonsecours (Montreal, Quebec), 1861-1862
- Ottawa (Ont.) - Concerts, 1904-1936 City Concert Hall (Montreal, Quebec), 1855
- Ottawa (Ont.) - Plays, 1904-1936 Theatre Royal (Montreal, Quebec), 1826, -1865
- Concerts - Programs, 1904-1936
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.
Sound recording: Reproduction and use in any form requires the written permission of the copyright holder.
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