Fonds MS-5-22 - Joy O'Brien fonds

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Joy O'Brien fonds

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  • Multiple media

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  • 1925-2021, predominant 1990-2020 (Creation)
    O'Brien, Joy

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3 m textual records and other material
54 posters
2627 photographs : b&w, col. negatives
3155 photographs : b&w, col. ; 8 x 10 in. and smaller
46 audio cassettes
2 digital audio tapes (DAT)
48 video cassettes : VHS
1 video cassette : Betacam
2 optical discs : CD-R
1 optical disc : DVD-R

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Biographical history

Joy O'Brien is a resident of Halifax, Nova Scotia. She sang for many years with the Nova Scotia Mass Choir, a multicultural gospel choir that performed locally, nationally, and internationally. Joy accumulated a large collection of newspaper clippings, programs, photographs, sound recordings, and video recordings that documented the activities of the Choir, as well as those of individual choir members, guest performers and musicians.

Custodial history

Records were donated by Joy O'Brien in accession 2021-028.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of clippings and ephemera, photographs, sound recordings, video recordings, and musical scores and lyrics related to the Nova Scotia Mass Choir from 1992 to 2021.

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  • English

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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Further accruals are not anticipated.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Joy O'Brien fonds fonds, MS-5-22, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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