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Watada family videos

Series consists of home movies from a Japanese-Canadian family including footage of a boy in a cub scout uniform, a visit to a farm in Cooksville, Ontario, and games of catching mochi balls at community picnics in Toronto.

Watada family

Baksh family videos

Series consists of home videos documenting her friends and Guyanese family in Toronto and overseas, including the Mahaica Market in Guyana.

Shenaz Baksh family

Tabobondung family videos

Series consists of home movies from an Anishinaabe family in Parry Sound, Ontario. The footage features an annual Pow Wow at the SkyDome in 2001, a book launch for "Nation to Nation: Aboriginal Sovereignty and the Future of Canada," a protest against the First Nations Governance Act (FNGA) at Parliament Hill in 2003 including a speech from Six Nation Chief Roberta Jamieson and the National Chief Matthew Coon Come, a road trip to the United States, and visiting the cabin for the summer.

Tabobondung family

Dhaliwal family videos

Series consists of a Punjabi-, Jatt-, and Sikh-Canadian family’s home movies documenting a Sikh wedding in India and a religious pilgrimage to pay respects at the Sri Harmandir Sahib.

Dhaliwal family

Chen family videos

Series consists of a Chinese family's home movies documenting a visit to Niagara Falls, the birth of a new family member, travels to parks across Southern Ontario and the Eastern seaboard, piano recitals, and cherry blossoms in High Park.

Chen family

Dhoré family videos

Series consists of an Indo-Afro-Carribean family’s home movies featuring visits to a family farm and the birth of a younger brother.

Dhoré family

Lu family videos

Series consists of an Eritrean family's home movies documenting a family meal and the observation of Assumption of St. Mary.

Lu family

Seaman family videos

Series consists of a Black-Canadian family’s home movies featuring everyday life including Carifesta, picnics in the park, Halloween, Christmas, birthdays, and vacations to the Commonwealth of Dominica.

Seaman family

Balachandran family videos

Series consists of home movies documenting a Tamile family in their home Scarborough and their hometown of Jaffna in Sri Lanka to witness the cultural practice of thuku kavadi.

Balachandran family

Reddick family videos

Series consists of footage captured by an African Nova Scotian/Indigenous Black family documenting the celebrations of and interviews about Kwanza, New Years, and a Christmas tree lighting.

Reddick family

Jabbar family videos

Accession consists of digitized home movies from an Indian family in Canada documenting family members visiting Canada. Project and donor contributed description follows: "Sometime between 1987 and 1988, it's the summer season and the Jabbar family welcomes uncles and aunts over for a visit to Canada, staying at their apartment in Scarborough, ON. Family was always welcome at the Jabbar household and they are happy and willing to stay for weeks at a time despite the small space. The footage shows how multigenerational the gatherings are, which included S's grandmother who recently came to live with the family."

Javeed family

Javeed family videos

Series consists of digitized home movies documenting an Indian family in Canada communicating via video letters to family in India. Video letters include Indian nursery rhymes, biryani songs, and footage of children practicing Urdu and memorizing the Quran in Arabic.

Project and donor contributed description follows: "In the Javeed family’s apartment in Scarborough ON, two boys aged between 3 and 7 create a video letters to their grandmother who resides overseas in India. Both boys are born and live in Canada. The videos document shifts in communication technologies, at a time prior to the use of communication apps like WhatsApp, used to keep in touch with family. Scarborough was quite diverse by the early 2000s, and the boys generally felt connected to their peers, although their mother remembers they had experienced racism and some issues at school. She attests that they grew up differently than she did as a first generation immigrant, wherein she felt like an outsider in Toronto in the early eighties. The family had a lot of discussions as they were growing up about these issues, and ensured the boys were familiar with current affairs."

Javeed family

Joudaki family videos

Series consists of an Iranian-Canadian family's home video of a father and daughter visiting Iran and includes footage of Shiraz, the Takht-e Lamshid, Isfahan, the Great Mosque (Shah Mosque), and Naghsh-e Jahan Square.

Joudaki family

Isaac family videos

Series consists of a Haitian and Sudanese family’s home movie documenting a school performance at the École élémentaire catholique du Sacré-Coeur.

Isaac family

Marchant family videos

Series consists of home videos documenting am Argentine-Chilean family and friends in everyday life and at events such as picnics, parties, Christmas, and visiting the CN Tower and Niagara Falls.

Marchant family

Rahi family videos

Accession consists of home videos documenting Azada Rahi's participation in the Junior Toronto Raptors Dance Pak including rehearsals and performances at the YTV Achievement Awards.

Rahi family

Singh family videos

Series consists of home movies documenting the everyday life of a Sikh family, including footage of weddings, graduation ceremonies and celebrations, birthdays, religious education, picnics, and parties.

Singh family

Nundy family videos

Series consists of a Indian-Canadian family's home movies documenting winter in the Laurentian Mountains, the cityscapes of Montreal, and skiing at Chicopee Hill.

Nundy family

Pafois family videos

Series consists of a Barbadian- and Guyanese-Canadian family's home movies documenting winter and summer in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Pafois family

Eddy family videos

Series consists of home movies documenting the life of a Japanese-Canadian family playing in their backyard, enjoying a neighbourhood parade, and celebrating birthdays and Christmas.

Eddy family

Khan family videos

Series consists of home movie videos from a Pakistani family in Toronto and includes footage of the subway, visits to Ontario Place, a relative's wedding, breakfast, and Ridley college.

Khan family

Long family videos

Series consists of home movies documenting the Chinese family's everyday life including footage of children playing, riding horses, and performing at a school recital.

Long family

Jog family videos

Series consists of home movies from a Japanese and Indian family in Ottawa documenting children playing in the backyard and singing songs in Japanese and Matrathi.

Jog family

Gros-Louis family videos

Series consists of home movies from a Huron-Wendat family documenting winter in Wendake and a summertime parade in Apache Junction, Arizona.

Gros-Louis family

Wong family videos

Series consists of a Hong Kong-Chinese family’s home movie filmed in Winnipeg documenting a Hong Kong-Chinese family's Red Packet (hóngbāo) ceremony taking place at Mr Wong’s 70th birthday celebration in 2002.

Wong family

Lo family videos

Series consists of home movies pertaining the everyday of a Chinese family in Regina including footage of family visiting from Macau in the wintertime, children playing and receiving Christmas presents, the family picking fruits and vegetables in the backyard.

Chan family videos

Series consists of home videos documenting everyday life of the donor's Chinese-Russian family including footage of four RCMP weddings and a dinner, Christmas, Chinese New Year, and children playing with toys.

Azure family

Burke family videos

Series consists of home videos including footage of donor's Jamaican-Guyanese family including Christmas in 1992 and their vacation in England in 1990.

Burke family

Valcin family videos

Series consists of home videos documenting this Haitian family on holidays in New York City during Christmas in 1969 and digging out their home in the St. Leonard, Montreal after the 1971 snow storm.

Valcin family

Aselin Debison: Sweet Is The Melody

Series consists of a production binder, original film footage, promotional documents and production masters of 52 minute televised concert performance by Aselin Debison, a young singer from Cape Breton. The project was also known in the early stages as “Glace Bay Girl”. With a Nova Scotian harbour as background, the concert, directed by Barbara Willis Sweete, was broadcast in 2002, and co-produced by Rhombus and Topsail Entertainment Productions.

Sound recordings

Series consists of sound recordings kept by Campbell. These include recorded music sent to Campbell and a copy of Travels with Aunt Jane as well as a copy of the Canadian and Japanese releases of Anne of Green Gables : the hit musical.

Office files

Series consists of files related to administrative aspects of Campbell's work as director-producer and employee of the CBC. Series contains correspondence from viewers about a show, memos, reports, and photographs from auditions and of sets. Series also contains memos and reports between Campbell and CBC administration, as well as resumes and curriculum vitae of performers and production workers.

Very early scripts: radio and television

Series consists of early scripts, idea and concept outlines, or program proposals received by Campbell; some of which may have been produced and broadcast at later date. Files may also contain background information regarding the subject matter of a proposed program or its performers, including advertisements, articles, and reviews.

Anne of Green Gables: files related to the musical

Series consists of files related to productions of "Anne of Green Gables : the musical," and any changes or modifications to the script. This includes correspondence, requests to perform the musical, photographs and ephemera pertaining to amateur productions, screenplays of the musical, reviews and newspaper clippings. Series also contains copies of the original script and proposed changes. Series further contains correspondence, resumes and photographs received during a casting call for a production of the musical.

Production files

Series consists of records related to Campbell's work as a producer. Although similar in nature to those found in the Scripts series, records here pertain to the overall management of a production, including the creative, financial, technological and administrative components. Series includes handwritten notes, memos, resource requisition forms, budgets, background research into performers and production subjects, program proposals and schedules. Series also contains official brochures or programs of stage versions of a production, and advertising or promotional clippings printed for film versions. Some files also contain technical drawings for the stage and/ or set(s), photographs of performers or sets, sheet music, scene breakdowns, and crew and performer lists.

Publicity for shows

Series contains published materials used to promote a production. These include brochures, newspaper clippings from national and regional newspapers, and advertisements printed in catalogues. Series also contains correspondence pertaining to audience reaction and copies of promotional photographs.


Series consists of typescripts and handwritten notes of speeches given by Campbell at various events, such as commencement ceremonies, graduation ceremonies, anniversaries, panel discussions and family gatherings. The majority of speaking engagements appear to have been organized privately, but some were organized by the CBC, such as those for chapters of the Canadian Club. Series also contains other materials for or from a speaking engagement, such as correspondence, conference materials, programs, and travel itineraries, and photographs of Campbell with guests at various speaking engagements.

Production notes and reviews

Series consists of materials related to a production in its early or planning stages. Series includes handwritten notes, correspondence, idea files, program proposals, early drafts of production/shooting schedules and background research regarding a subject or location, such as newspaper clippings, magazine articles and brochures.


Series consists primarily of scripts received and used by Campbell in his role as a director, responsible for filming or recording an episode or a program. In this capacity, Campbell would work directly with cast and crew on aspects specifically related to a particular episode or program, rather on the production as a whole. Scripts may be annotated and different versions /drafts of a given script may exist. Series also contains other documents related to directing a production, including correspondence, meeting agendas, various production related schedules, handwritten notes, completed forms and paperwork, technical drawings/blueprints for sets, and scores for music. Series further contains photographs from a set or auditions, background research into performers or production subjects (such as newspaper clippings and reviews) and copies of Campbell's contracts and work permits.

Series 4: United States biological warfare

Series consists of Endicott's research files pertaining to his Series 4: United States Biological Warfare. Records include textual material including photocopies of previously classified documents, correspondence, and photographs relating to United States biological warfare activities during the Korean war period 1950-1953. These materials collected over a twenty-five year period, beginning in 1976, are the product of research in the national archives and several military archives of the United States, Canada, the Peoples’ Republic of China, and interviews in the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea, Japan and Britain. Based upon this research Endicott and his colleague Edward Hagerman, also of York University, collaborated to produce the book The United States Biological Warfare: Secrets from the Early Cold War and Korea (Indiana University Press, 1998) in which they conclude that the United States secretly engaged in large-scale field tests of biological weapons in Korea and China, committing an international war crime. The book has been translated into Korean in South Korea. At the time these records were donated, Endicott maintained that American authorities continue to deny biological warfare activities during the Korean War, and he believed the topic to be the most closely guarded Cold War secret of the United States government.

Research and writing files

Series consists of material that documents Tenney's ongoing academic and professional interest in the field of music including material that documents his years as a professor of music at York University. It includes research material consisting of clippings, notes, drafts of articles and other material related to the the work of fellow composers such as John Cage, Edgard Varese, Harry Partch as well as Conlon Noncarrow. It also contains material that documents his interest in musical theory including drafts of articles written by Tenney as well as material related to his books "META-HODOS : a phenomenology of 20th century musical materials and an approach to the study of form" and "A history of 'consonance' and 'dissonance.'"

Musical performance files

Series of consists of programmes, clippings, promotional material and/or audio recordings of Tenney performing his own compositions or performing work by others. It also includes material related to performances of Tenney's compositions by other ensembles with, in many cases, James Tenney conducting.

Musical scores

Series consists of copies of drafts and completed copies of Tenney's musical scores in various formats including manuscript and computer generated form. Among the compositions included in the series are "Poem for flute," "Sonata for 10 wind instruments," "Canon for bass quartet," "Thirteen ways of looking at a blackbird," "Quiet fan for Erik Satie," "Essay # 3 for string orchestra," "Quintext," and "Changes : 64 studies" among others.

Correspondence files

Series consists of personal and professional correspondence including copies of letters received by Tenney from friends and colleagues including Carolee Schneeman, Lionel Nowak, John Pierce, Morton Feldman, John Cage, Steve Reich, Warren Burt, Phil Corner, Malcolm Goldstein, Edgard Varese, Stan Brakhage, Peter Garland and Gayle Young, among others. It also includes correspondence generated in his various professional capacities at educational institutions such as Yale University, the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn and Bennington College as well as correspondence, which documents his relationship and work with Bell Telephone Laboratories in developing programs for computer sound-generation, the Institute for Studies in American Music, the Canadian Music Centre and musical organizations or institutions.

Recordings of musical performances

Series contains recordings of various performers. Live performances includes performances at the National Women's Music Festival, Berkeley World Music Festival, and the Michigan Women's Music Festival. Recordings also refer to Womynly Ways Productions which is a non-profit organization producing professional concerts, dance, comedy and theatrical performances featuring primarily women artists.

Personal and professional records

Series consists of records that resulted from Ruth Dworin's activities as a music promoter, queer activist, community organizer and business manager, as well as her personal life and interests. Records includes correspondence, diaries, calendars, files related to her production company, Womynly Way, and files related to her work as business manager of This Magazine and Canadian Woman Studies.

Italian Canadian mosaicists, sculptors, and painters research compiled by Angelo Principe

Series consists of records generated in the course of Principe’s scholarly research on the subject of Italian Canadian artists. Principe researched mosaicists and sculptors working in Ontario and Quebec, especially from a workshop situated in the town of Spilimbergo in the province of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, (Walter Del Mistro, Alex von Svoboda, the Connolly family, Remo de Carli, Giovanni Gerometta, De Spirt family, and Luigi Nasato). This research coincided with an exhibition of Italian mosaics at the Royal Ontario Museum, entitled “The New Mosaic: Selections from Friuli, Italy” (2002-2003), which he helped to organize. Principe researched the Italian Canadian painter Albert Chiarandini in conjunction with celebration of the 75th anniversary of the cultural organization, the Famee Furlane held on 29 May 2007. The records include drafts and offprints of published essays, research notes, newspaper clippings, artist catalogues, correspondence, photographs, a reel of film and a DVD.

School of Toronto Dance Theatre files

Series consists of minutes of meetings and agendas of the School's Board of Directors; financial records consisting of audited statements, budgets, contracts and financial statements; grant applications submitted to the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, the Metro Toronto Cultural Affairs Department and other Provincial Ministries and publicity material including programmes and photographs, correspondence and other material related to educational services and to the fund raising initiatives of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre (STDT). Most of the STDT's early records (prior to 1980) are incorporated into the Toronto Dance Theatre files.

Engagement Files

Series consists of contracts, correspondence, budgets, performance reports, pre-tour information and other material relating to performances and/or appearances by the TDT in Toronto and elsewhere including specific TDT engagements in Asia, Colorado and Jacobs Pillow, Massachusetts. Prior to 1982, the engagement files were the responsibility of the TDT Production department; following 1982, this responsibility was shared by the Company Manager or the Tour Coordinator.

General Manager's files

Series consists of minutes of committee meetings, agendas, memos, contracts, correspondence with other organizations, reports and other material maintained by the TDT's general manager. Included are files which document the TDT purchase of its office at 80 Winchester, the Dance in Canada Conference at Expo 86, the 1994 Asian Tour and the Canadian Conference of Arts.


Series consists of correspondence and other printed material which records donations made to the TDT and sponsorship deals made with various foundations , corporations, and individuals as well as reports, correspondence, minutes of meetings and other material which documents special events, emergency appeals, corporate campaigns, galas, special sales and other fundraising initiatives by the TDT.

General grant application files

Series consists of completed grant applications prepared by the TDT for submission to the Toronto Arts Council, Metro Toronto Cultural Affairs and to various Provincial and Federal Ministries for general operations grants, tour funding and targeted grants as well as post-performance stage managers reports and related correspondence.

Ontario Arts Council grant application files

Series consists of applications submitted to the Ontario Arts Council for general operations grants, tour funding and targeted grants. Series also includes post-performance stage managers reports and related correspondence. (Copies of O.A.C. files may appear in the General Manager's and Engagement Files).

Canada Council Grant Application files

Series consists of applications prepared by the TDT for submission to the Canada Council for grants to support its general operations, to earn funding for its tours or to receive financial assistance for specific projects. Series also includes budgets, post-performance stage managers reports and correspondence related to the grant applications. (Copies of Canada Council applications may appear in the General Manager's and Engagement Files.)


Series consists of files containing clippings of articles regarding the Toronto Dance Company from newspapers and magazines from both the Canadian and international presses.

Financial Records

Series consists of Toronto Dance Foundation records pertaining to the operation of the property at 80 Winchester Street, Toronto; audited annual financial statements primarily for the Toronto Dance Theatre but also for the New Dance Group, the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and the Toronto Dance; annual budgets; budgets pertaining to specific projects;annual reports, minutes of meetings and administrative reports of the TDF's Board of Directors; copies of grant applications, audited statements, budgets and theatre rental contracts for theatres in which TDF productions were staged.


Series consists of minutes of meetings and agendas for projects directly related to the Toronto Dance Theatre Board of Directors and some of its committees. Series may also include budgets and some School material.

Publicity files

Series consists of press releases, newsletters, press kits, correspondence and other material used in promoting TDT productions and in promoting the Toronto Dance Theatre itself.


Series consists of programmes, flyers and brochures used in promoting productions of the Toronto Dance Theatre and TDT choreographic workshops.


Series consists of black and white head shots of Toronto Dance Theatre dancers and black and white and colour photographs of performances. In both cases, the photos were most likely used for front of house shots. The dancers and the show for which the photos were taken are identified on the backs of the photographs along with the photographers name if known.

Non-Air Farce - miscellaneous files

Series consists of records documenting Abbott-Ferguson Productions projects that were not part of the Royal Canadian Air Farce series, or otherwise described in their own series, such as Dave Broadfoot projects, or XPM, or SketchCom, etc. Records pertain to miscellaneous productions both realized and proposed, for example Sports Com, 50th anniversary special, comedy homecoming, CBC comedy wall of fame, CBC comedy archive show, Comedy Classics, Mary and Michael for Global TV, King of Kensington, and miscellaneous research files.

Johnny Chase files

Johnny Chase, Secret Agent of Space was a space opera radio serial that was broadcast for two seasons on CBC Radio between 1978 to 1981. The show was set 700 years in the future, and was created by Royal Canadian Air Farce comedian Don Ferguson along with Henry Sobotka. Records include scripts, broadcast recordings, budget documentation, and promotion and ratings information.

SketchCom productions

SketchCom was a project developed by Abbott and Ferguson to provide opportunities to promising new comedians and comedy troupes to develop and broadcast their work with the assistance of experienced and successful mentors. The SketchCom series was broadcast on the CBC network during 1998-1999. New comedic talent included several persons who went on to national prominence including Shaun Majumder, Gavin Crawford, and Bob Martin. Records include creative and production files, contracts, sketch ideas, audio/visual recordings of the productions, etc.

Non-Air Farce - XPM

Series consists of records documenting a proposed sitcom project about a former Prime Minister to be played by Don Ferguson. Records include the project proposal, contracts and budget documentation, press, publicity and audience test information, outline, pilot and scripts, as well as videotapes of the first two episodes that were shot. The project was subsequently shelved.

Air Farce - memorabilia and merchandise

Series consists of memorabilia such as iconic costumes, plaques and awards, and merchandise items created for Abbott-Ferguson Productions including videocassettes, DVDs, t-shirts and other apparel, etc. For audio-visual and audio elements, such as master recordings, see S00616 and S00617.

Air Farce - business and legal files

Series consists of contracts, financial records, creative side records for home videos, files pertaining to merchandising, legal records documenting the battle with the CRTC about whether Air Farce could be included in Newsworld broadcasts (1995-1997); the discussions between Abbott-Ferguson Productions and the potential move to the CTV network, the Baton - Comedy Channel application, books about Air Farce, etc.

Air Farce - gigs

Series consists of records pertaining to gigs outside the regular broadcast season. For example, Live at the Bayview; stage show scripts; "symphony show" files including orchestral scores; tribute events; Farce Stage tour, etc.

Air Farce - A/V recordings

Series consists of audio-visual recordings and some audio elements of television episodes in various formats. Records include tape inventories, rundowns and cue sheets. The series also includes recordings pertaining to specials, video yearbooks, Live at the Bayview, the Comedy channel, etc.

Series 8: Correspondence (academic), occasional papers and presentations

Series consists of records pertaining to York and external correspondence between 1973-2017 including tenure and promotion files; the 1975-1976 Senior Killam Award; the Joint Centre for Asia Pacific Affairs sponsored by the University of Toronto and York University; the ‘Sasakawa Scholarship Affair’; and a series of book reviews, mainly for Pacific Affairs. There are also letters relating to Endicott’s book publications, researched papers presented by Endicott at forums and colloquia, texts published in journals, papers and more informal notes for talks at public libraries, schools, church groups, continuing education programs, TV and radio, on topics of contemporary interest. Finally, there are a number of files from Canadian and international China friendship associations.

Series 7: Learning and teaching

Series consists of records pertaining to Endicott's personal education and as an educator. First home-schooled by his mother, Mary Austin, during his childhood in rural China, Endicott continued his education at Vaughan Road Collegiate Institute, Toronto in the 1940s, followed by a summer Bible seminar at Camp Minesing in Algonquin Park, Ontario. From 1945-1949, Endicott earned his BA in the modern history honours program at the University of Toronto, studying under C.B. Macpherson, Northrup Frye, and Frank Underhill among others. In the 1960s, Endicott went on to pursue a teaching degree at the Ontario College of Education while working as secondary school teacher with the South Peel Board of Education. He subsequently completed his MA (History) at the University of Toronto in 1966, and his PhD at the School of Oriental & African Studies at the University of London in 1973. Endicott taught in the history department of Atkinson College at York University for 22 years until his retirement, having spent two sabbaticals teaching in China at Sichuan University, in Chengdu.

Series 6: British imperialism in China

Series consists of materials used for the creation and defence of Stephen Endicott’s doctoral thesis on British imperialism in China in the 1930s. It includes interviews conducted during his two-year stay in London and extensive documentation from both governmental and business sources. These sources reveal the intense friction between a cautious Foreign Office (Sir John Simon) and a bold Exchequer (Neville Chamberlain) over what course of action should be taken in East Asia during those volatile years and the success of the large and powerful British capitalist and financial interests (Asiatic Petroleum Company [BP/Shell Oil], Imperial Chemical Industries, Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corporation [HSBC] et al in the China Association) in pushing a forward policy in China despite the growing displeasure of a heavily armed Japan.

Series 5: Oral history of the Korean War project

Series consists of records pertaining to a project started by Endicott, Edward Hagerman and John W. (Bill) Powell in 1978. Its purpose, among other things, was to interview surviving Western airmen from the Korean War era about their knowledge of bacteriological warfare, especially the US POWs (Prisoners of War) who had made depositions about their experience to their Chinese and North Korean captors. These records include a typescript and audio recordings of the autobiography of US Army doctor Major-General Crawford W. Sams, a copy of his classified report of a controversial, clandestine raid into North Korea, and an oral interview.

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