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Zdenka Volavka fonds

  • F0132
  • Fonds
  • [197-]-1999

Fonds consists of Zdenka Volavka records accumulated and created over the course of her professorial career. The majority of files consist of annotated photocopied material obtained through interlibrary loans (the card catalogue indexing this material was prepared by Zdenka's long-time assistant, the late Charlotte Carrol). Files also contain material related to her involvement at York University and her research on the kingship and royal ritual in Ngoyo, Africa.

Volavka, Zdenka

Judith Cowan fonds

  • F0249
  • Fonds
  • 1960-2019

Fonds consists of: personal and professional correspondence, including letters and email exchanged with family and individuals involved in Canada's literary community such as Steven Heighton and David Helwig; essays written while Cowan was a student; correspondence, notes and drafts of her work as a translator; research notes and drafts of her short stories and novels; professorial records including tenure and promotion files, course evaluations, and other material that documents her career as a professor at l'Université de Québec at Trois-Rivières; correspondence and manuscripts relating to her involvement with the literary community in Québec; and examples of Cowan's work with digital photography. Accession 2007-052 includes photographs of Judith Cowan receiving the Governor General's Literary Award in 2004.

Cowan, Judith Elaine

Danny Grossman Dance Company fonds

  • F0301
  • Fonds
  • 1953-2015, predominant 1970-2006

Fonds consists of the Danny Grossman Dance Company (DGDC) records generated from development; promotional; and professional associations, government councils, and conference; performance, touring, and educational initiatives activities. Danny Grossman's personal correspondence with family, friends, and industry professionals is also included in the fonds.

Danny Grossman Dance Company

James Tenney fonds

  • F0428
  • Fonds
  • 1946-2000, predominant 1956-2000

Fonds consists of material that documents Tenney's career as an composer, musician and academic and contains personal and professional correspondence with friends and colleagues including copies of letters received from such people as Carolee Schneeman, Steve Reich, Stan Brakhage and Lionel Nowak, among others, as well as correspondence with Bell Telephone Laboratories that documents his efforts in developing programs for computer sound-generation. It also contains records in the form of musical scores, computer outputs, programmes, clippings and sound recordings that document his musical output and material that documents Tenney's ongoing academic and professional interest in the fields of composition, music theory and electronic music, among others. There is also correspondence, photographs and other material that documents his relationship with his famil and, in particular, his father.

Tenney, James, 1934-

Carol Malyon fonds

  • F0454
  • Fonds
  • 1973-2016

Fonds consists of notes, drafts and research material related to the publications "The edge of the world," "Emma's dead," "Headstand," "If I knew I'd tell you," "Lovers and other strangers," "Mixed-up grandmas," "The adultery handbook," "Colville's People" and "Cathedral Women," as well as her poem for "Side by side." It also includes personal and professional correspondence, clippings of stories about Malyon and/or reviews of her work, lecture notes and material related to Malyon's readings of her work, grant applications, writer-in-residence application as well as other material that documents her career as a writer.

Accession 2008-032 includes the editorial files for "Imagination in action : thoughts on creativity by painters, sculptors, musicians, poets, novelists, teachers, actors," a book edited by Malyon that was published by Mercury Press in 2007. The project began with interviews with Marjory Smart and Milt Jewell in 1990-1991 to explore the concept of creativity, and was resumed in 2005 when Malyon invited submissions from many people who created original works in different disciplines. The records files include correspondence, edited manuscripts, annotated page proofs, and correspondence with the publisher regarding the contract, design, and promotion of the book.

Accession 2009-044 consists of manuscripts for even-numbered brunches, copy edited page proofs, and promotional material for the book written with bill bissett, "griddle talk : a yeer uv bill n carol dewing brunch" (Talonbooks, 2009), as well as documents relating to Malyon's work as an instructor at the Maritime Writers' Workshop in 1998, her literary readings in 2008, and correspondence with Fred Cogswell and K.D. Miller.

Accession 2016-040 consists of draft manuscripts for a collection of short stories ("Underneath the Water With the Fish") and a book about writing "Writing Matters" as well as promotional material and reviews about previously published work.

Malyon, Carol,1933-

Joan R. Rayfield

  • F0470
  • Fonds
  • 1940-2001

The fonds consist of material that documents Rayfield's career as a Professor of Anthropology and, to a lesser extent, her personal life. It includes research files containing copies of published and unpublished manuscripts, conference presentations, drafts of book and article reviews, research notes, professional correspondence, grant proposals, course outlines and a copy of her curriculum vitae. It also includes material such as magazines, film festival programs, reviews of African films, auction and museum catalogues, photograph of African sculptures, newspaper clippings and research notes that documents her ongoing interest in African film and art. Records of a personal nature include correspondence, Christmas cards and obituaries related to her passing.

Rayfield, Joan R.

Mariposa Folk Foundation fonds

  • F0511
  • Fonds
  • 1961-2015, predominant 1984-2014

Fonds consists of the organizational records of the Mariposa Folk Foundation Inc., the volunteer organization established to manage and operate the Mariposa Folk Festival. Also includes donations of material from early organizers of the Mariposa Folk Festival prior to the incorporation of the Mariposa Folk Foundation.

Mariposa Folk Foundation

Obsidian Theatre Company fonds

  • F0555
  • Fonds
  • 1999-2014

Fonds consists of production material, organizational documents, correspondence, grant applications, budget reports, programs, posters, photographs, video recordings, as well as press coverage and reviews of theatre productions, community workshops, fund-raising concerts, public readings and other events organized and hosted by members of Obsidian Theatre Company's board of directors. Includes material from the following productions: The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God (2001-2002), The Piano Lesson (2002-2003), Consecrated Ground (2003-2004), Two Can Play (2004-2005), Cast Iron (2004/2005), Born Ready/Pusha Man (2005-2006), The Monument (2005-2006), Hip Hop (Who Stole the Soul?) (2006-2007), The Polished Hoe (2006-2007), Born Ready (2007-2008), Intimate Apparel (2007-2008), Black Medea (2008-2009), Late (2008-2009), Intimate Apparel (2011), Ruined (2011), Caroline, or Change (2012), Topdog/Underdog (2011), Shakespeare's Nigga (2013), The Whipping Man (2013), The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble (2013), dirty butterfly (2013), Nightmare Dream (2014).

Obsidian Theatre Company

Ray Robertson fonds

  • F0563
  • Fonds
  • 1997-2013

Fonds consists of annotated drafts, continuity notes and revisions from the novels "Moody Food" (published in 2002), "Gently Down The Stream" (2005), "What Happened Later" (2007) and "David" (2009).

Robertson, Ray, 1966-

Rita Greer Allen fonds

  • F0596
  • Fonds
  • [1930?]-2005

Fonds consists of records created and maintained by Rita Greer Allen pertaining to her career as a freelance writer, researcher and broadcaster for radio and television, her work as an artist and sculptor, and her interest in and research about Jungian psychology. These records document Greer Allen's writing of dramatic and documentary scripts for radio and television in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, particularly her adaptations of short stories, novels and plays. Radio scripts written in the 1940s in collaboration with her husband, Robert Greer Allen, are also part of this fonds, as are scripts, audio recordings, interview transcripts and research materials pertaining to Greer Allen's writing, production and on-screen presenting work in the 1960s and 1970s for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) television program "Take 30". Correspondence and contracts pertaining to her work are included in the fonds and illustrate the long-term freelance nature of Greer Allen's radio and television writing for the CBC, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and others. The fonds documents Greer Allen's lifelong interest in art, particularly her work in the 1970s and 1980s as an artist and sculptor of raku pottery. Personal records, correspondence, research files and records pertaining to Greer Allen's travels are also included. Records in this fonds are correspondence, scripts, transcripts, notes and notebooks, photographs, audio recordings, day planners, artwork, research materials, newspaper clippings, posters, and personal memorabilia.

Greer Allen, Rita, 1918-2010

Sukanya Rahman fonds

  • F0606
  • Fonds
  • [196-?] - 1993

Fonds consists of musical recordings on one 1/4" audio reel, performed by Deva Prasad Das on vocals and mardal with Shankaran on flute. These performances were intended to accompany the Deba Prasad Das style of Odissi dance. Consists of three separate performances: "Nindata Chandana" Abhinaya, Ashtapadi (an expression-based dance); "Natangi" and a Boomija folk dance from Orissa. These recordings were made to accompany performances by Sukanya Rahman.

Also includes four VHS recordings of performances by Rahman in various venues in the 1990s.

Rahman, Sukanya

Larry Weinstein fonds

  • F0668
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1907]-2014, predominant 1972-2014

Fonds consists of research files, correspondence, scripts, production notes, budgetary material, promotional campaigns, awards, posters and assorted film, music, photographic and graphic material related to Larry Weinstein's creative process as a writer, documentary film director, and producer.

Weinstein, Larry

Luigi Nasato fonds

  • F0675
  • Fonds
  • 1931-2015

Fonds consists of records pertaining to the personal and professional life of Italian-Canadian artist Luigi Nasato. These records, dating from 1931 to 2015, document Nasato’s early life and education in Istrana, Italy, as well as his emigration to first Argentina and then Toronto, Ontario. The records primarily pertain to Nasato’s artistic output and include several hundred drawings, sketches, paintings, and preliminary studies created over the course of his career, as well as a number of awards granted to Nasato on the basis of his artistic contributions. Many of the artistic works included in the fonds relate to projects completed in Toronto and environs, particularly to mosaic projects created by Nasato at a number of churches in the region. Fonds also includes notes on art history and artistic technique created by Nasato as both a student and professional artist, as well as miscellaneous textual and financial records pertaining to the practicalities of his artistic career. Also included in the fonds is an extensive collection of photographs and clippings, compiled by Nasato over the course of his life, most of which document works of art created by Nasato and others.

Nasato, Luigi, 1924-2014