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Alan Creighton fonds

  • MS-2-701
  • Fonds
  • 1845-2001

Fonds includes Alan Creighton's diaries, which cover many of the years from 1920 to 2000. Writings from the period 1920 to 1954 (many undated) are mainly short stories and poems. These writings include handwritten and typed, complete and incomplete, and published and unpublished works. There is also some correspondence throughout as well as copies of his two books of poetry. The fonds includes writings with titles such as "About Poetry," "Poetry Courses," "Thoughts," "Music & Art," and "Bedford Basin." His notebooks include evidence of a variety of courses taken, including French and Greek, music, poetry, and art (both practice and history, including Chinese art). There is also a record of his art sales from 1964 to 1999. Personal and family documents are included in the fonds.

Alan Creighton's artwork is extensive and primarily in the form of sketches and watercolours, with a few oil paintings. Many of his sketches are in albums, many of which are used exclusively for one particular aspect of his studies. For example, album labels include "People," "Trees," "Skies," "Rock Formations," "Buildings," "Railway Sketches" (scenes from train journeys), and "Outdoors." Others identify a place and time and include such labels as "At the Zoo," "Nova Scotian Sketches 1951," "South Shore 1982," and "Toronto 1996." Still others contain a mixture of styles and themes. There are also numerous loose sketches and watercolours which have been loosely arranged into similar groupings such as "Clouds," "Boats," "Flowers," and so forth. Photograph albums include photos of family and of scenes taken by Alan as a reference for future paintings.

Included with Alan Creighton’s personal items are papers, writings, art, and memorabilia belonging to his friend and roommate Christine Eyles, who died without heirs. Some relate to her employment as a violinist in England and in Toronto, Ontario and some contain her poetry, plays, and artwork (in sketchbooks and on loose paper). Published and handwritten music scores, mostly for the violin, are also included. A photograph album contains many formal portraits of family and friends taken in England in the early 20th century. Records also include papers by and about her father, Charles Eyles, a famous violin-maker. Such materials include advertisements, brochures, and letters attesting to the high quality of his craftsmanship.

Creighton, Alan

Autographed photograph of Frank E. Blachford

File contains an autographed photograph of the Canadian violinist, teacher, conductor, and composer Frank Edward Blachford (1879-1957) addressed to Dr. J.D. Logan in appreciation of his writing on music in Toronto.

Photograph of Harry Dean

File contains a photograph of Harry Dean, a Canadian conductor, pianist, organist, and music educator. He is known for founding the Maritime Academy of Music and the Nova Scotia Registered Music Teachers' Association in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Photographs of Louise Edvina Edwardes

File contains an autographed photograph of the Montreal-born opera singer Louise Edvina Edwardes (nee Martin), known by her stage name "Madame Edvina." File also contains a print of Louise Edvina in costume from the opera "Tosca" by Giacomo Puccini. Logan's notes on the reverse side of the print and at the bottom of the photograph indicate that she was known for her creation of the title role of Louise in an opera by Gustave Charpentier.

Autographed photographs of W.O. Forsyth

File contains two photographs of the Canadian composer, teacher, and writer W.O. (Wesley Octavius) Forsyth, one of which is autographed for Dr. J.D. Logan.

Forsyth, W. O. (Wesley Octavius)

Photographs of Christie MacDonald

File contains three photographs of the opera singer Christie MacDonald of the Montreal Opera Company. One of the photographs shows her in costume for "The Spring Maid" by Heinrich Reinhardt, and another in costume as Marguerite for the "Jewel Song" in "Faust" by Charles Gounod for the Montreal Opera Company.

Atlantic Symphony Orchestra fonds

  • MS-5-11
  • Fonds
  • 1952-1987
Fonds consists of records pertaining to the administrative, operational, financial, and artistic activities of the ASO. Included are materials documenting the Board of Directors, box office operations (including ticket sales), financial affairs, fundraising, general administration, guest artists, orchestra members, public relations and publicity, and the union. Also included is the photograph series which presents a visual record of various aspects of the orchestra's activities, including performances and women's auxiliary events as well as publicity shots of musicians, conductors, staff, and guest artists.

Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (Halifax, N.S.).

Symphony Nova Scotia fonds

  • MS-5-14
  • Fonds
  • 1981-2006

Fonds consists of records created by Symphony Nova Scotia in the course of its regular business activities. The majority of the records were created during the process of concert-planning, including special concerts, annual concerts, tours, and concert series. These records include artist contracts, marketing and development documents, internal memos, and correspondence with artists and sponsors.

Records also consist of internal management records, including personnel records, office management files, and the files of the Board of Directors, Executive Director, and Chief Executive Officer. The financial administration of the Symphony is documented though budgets, statements, ledgers, and tickets sales data.

The fonds also contains concert programs and promotional material such as posters, advertisements, flyers, newsletters, and other publications. The final section of the fonds consists of audiovisual and graphic material. There are audio recordings of performances and interviews of Symphony personnel as well as video recordings of advertisements and performances. The graphic material includes promotional photographs and photographs of the orchestra.

Symphony Nova Scotia.

Douglas Clarke, Ellen Ballon, Frank Cyril James, and unknown man : [photograph]

File contains a photograph of Douglas Clarke (Dean of the Faculty of Music at McGill University from 1930 to 1955), Ellen Ballon, Frank Cyril James (Principal and Vice Chancellor of McGill University from 1939 until 1962), and an unknown man, standing in front of three microphones for radio stations: CKVL, CFCF, and CKAC. The photograph may have been taken at one of the concerts celebrating the 50th anniversary of the McGill Conservatorium.

Photograph of R.A. Delahaye, Adhemar Raynault, Rosalie Phillips, Isidore Ballon, and David H. Ballon

Item is a photograph of Ellen Ballon's brother, Dr. David H. Ballon, speaking at the Montreal ceremony where he turned over the Ballon family home to the Canadian Jewish Congress for the duration of World War II to be used as a servicemen's hostel. Also included in the photograph are Group Captain R.A. Delahaye of the Royal Canadian Air Force; Mayor Adhemar Raynault of Montreal; Mrs. Rosalie (Lazarus) Phillips, the head of the Canadian Jewish Contress Women's Division; and Isidore Ballon, K.C.

Photograph of Ellen Ballon touring the West Point museum with cadets

Item is a press photograph of Ellen Ballon touring the West Point Military Academy, where she performed as a guest soloist with their symphonic band. Pictured with her are cadets, R.B. Dean, Jr. of Forest Hills, New York; Gordon Gould, Jr. of Mobile, Atlanta; and J.A. Martell of Worcester, Massachusetts.

Photograph of Ellen Ballon with West Point Military Academy cadets

Item is a press photograph of Ellen Ballon with three cadets from the West Point Military Academy, where she performed as a guest soloist with their symphonic band. Pictured with her are R.B. Dean, Jr. of Forest Hills, New York; Gordon Gould, Jr. of Mobile, Atlanta; and J.A. Martell of Worcester, Massachusetts.

Ivan Maxwell Gillis fonds

  • MS-5-8
  • Fonds
  • 1934-1951
Fonds contains copies of diplomas and scrapbooks, newspaper articles and clippings, correspondence between Gillis and others, and manuscript drafts of his music.

Gillis, Ivan Maxwell

Photograph of Dalhousie Band

File contains a photograph of the Dalhousie band at a Dalhousie-Acadia football game on October 3rd, 1936. The photograph shows the following band members sitting on bleachers: Henry Reardon; Raqhael Wallace; Grodon Stoddard; John Morrison; Frank Morse; Leo Landerville; Alex Farquar; Lloyd Dalton; Nora Jamieson; Edgar Stewart; Clem Egan; Henry Gold; Jack Burley; Ralph Plummer; Ian Robb; McLeod; Bud McKenna; Fred Stiefel; Fred Danziger; J. Alexander Webster; Cameron Annear; George Baird; MacMillan; Jack Reynolds; John Hutton; Oliver Campbell; Roy Killam; Robert Levine; Stan McQueen; Henrik Tonning; Ed Harrington; Daniel Matheson; Zilpha Linkletter; Ben Dubilier; Carvel MacIntosh; Murray Feigenbaum; David Redmond; Selig Geller; John B. Baker; Glynn Fitch; Jean MacDonald; Marion Little; and Archie MacKenzie.

Hayward, J.C.M.

1905-1960 - Nova Scotia Agricultural College

File contains 10 Photos - Miscellaneous -- Colchester County Farmers' Association Short Course (Women) -- K. Cox, Dr. MacLaughlin, Dr. Cumming, W. MacLennae - 1949 -- Roy MacDonald with other men and baby chickens -- Roy MacDonald - goalie, 1936-37 -- 4 Photos - NSAC Hockey Team -- NSAC Popular Orchestra and NSAC Old Time Orchestra with negatives -- Farm Short Course 1939 -- NSAC Winter Show, March 23, 1944 -- CM Collins Dr. WW Longley, Agric. Commissioner Robertson, Dr. Saxby Blair, Eric Boulden - 1942 -- Demonstration, 1937-38 -- Basketball Team -- Girls 4-H Garment club, NSAC, 1944 -- Official Opening of the Gazebo in NSAC Alumni Gardens, June 16, 1989 -- Dr. MacRae, Dr. AE Rolands -- Stan Wood of Fredericton, Class of '18. Won the award for the oldest grad in attendance -- College Royal 1950. Dr. Cumming in foreground.