Fonds F0506 - Donna Davey fonds

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Donna Davey fonds

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1.92 m of textual records
422 video cassettes
34 audio cassettes
9 film reels
ca. 500 photographs
1 compact disc
2 digital video discs
1 audio reel

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Donna Davey, writer, director, and producer, was born in Toronto on 22 July 1940. She was educated at the University of Toronto and studied theatre and acting at the Ken Gass Theatre Lab in 1961-1962. She worked in advertising from 1963 to 1967 before beginning her career in film as a field producer/director with the CBC in 1970 and was a production assistant and assistant director for TV Ontario from 1970 to 1973. Davey created her own company, Preece Productions, in 1974, which was later renamed Davey Productions after her maiden name. She has written, directed and produced numerous programs that have aired on VISION TV, CBC, TVO and other stations. Among her productions, "Helen Lucas ... her journey - our journey," was awarded the Gold Plaque for Best Documentary at the Chicago International Film Festival while "Locked in - locked out" won the Golden Sheaf in Canada and Special Jury Award from Women in the Director’s Chair, Chicago. Her other productions include "Michele Landsberg ... iron in her soul" and "The story of Job & family business," among others.

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Fonds consists of material that documents Davey's career as a writer, director and producer. It includes film proposals, scripts, contracts, research, interview transcripts, photographs, publicity material, productions files, financial records, audio-visual records and other material related to the productions "Locked in - locked out," "Investing in yourself : women, money and self-esteem," "Helen Lucas ... her journey - our journey" and "Michele Landsberg ... iron in her soul," among others.

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Access restrictions to be determined. Some material is located off-site and requests for access must be made in advance of your visit to the archives.

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The fonds comprises the following accession: 2006-052. Further accruals may be expected.

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2006/12/18 Sean Smith:. (Creation)
2006/12/18 Awaiting review by the Data Collection Archivist
2008/11/20 Michael Moir. Edits to the biographical sketch.
2008/11/20 Michael Moir. Edits to biographical sketch.
2009/01/15 Michael Moir. Amended physical description field
2009/01/15 Michael Moir. Changes to Bio sketch and Scope & Content note
2014/07/22 Migrated to AtoM
2018/07/08 N. Roz. Cleaned up dates metadata.
2018/07/16 KCP. Post-migration metadata clean-up. Addition of GMD and accession numbers. Published description and generated finding aid.
2020/04/28 KCP. Added offsite storage notes.

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