Caribana’s Golden Anniversary: An archival research guide

Image of an opened file folder with three documents, two yellow, on Caribana.

Caribana records from 1984 in the Jean Augustine fonds. 2007-022/005(6)

Fifty years of celebrating Caribbean culture, playing mas, and dancing to the beat of the steel pan are preserved in archival records across Ontario. Over the years, the cultural event has grown from a community’s centenary gift to Canada to North America’s largest cultural event!

As gifting gold is a tradition for fiftieth-anniversaries, our gift to celebrate five decades of festivities is an archival guide on the nuggets of information preserved in Caribana’s documentary evidence. Insights within these records hold a wealth of information that provides an opportunity to interpret and analyse Caribana’s historical, sociopolitical, and cultural narrative. Continue reading

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Out of the Box : Summer 2017 : Mariposa Folk Festival, Joyce Wieland & Destination Canada

The Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections (CTASC) escape the reading room and reach out to the wider public through the work of its researchers and partnerships. Over the summer, archival holdings play a starring role in a book on the Mariposa Folk Festival, in addition to an installation featuring Joyce Wieland and an exhibition titled Destination Canada. Continue reading

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Out of the Box : Winter 2017 : Helen Lucas & Yorkville Folk Music Scene

The Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections (CTASC) escape the reading room and reach out to the wider public through the work of its researchers and partnerships. Over the winter semester, archival holdings played a starring role in two public exhibitions featuring Helen Lucas and Yorkville’s folk music scene in the 1960s. Continue reading

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Pens, Pencils, and Markers: Drawing Canada with Allan Robb Fleming (1929-1977)

Post by Christopher Long, Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections Co-Op Student

What makes a logo iconic? What is it about a particular shape or image which instantly makes you think of a time or a place, an experience, or even an entire country?

Allan Robb Fleming: A man with glasses and a tie leaning over a table covered in papers with a lamp

Allan Robb Fleming sitting at a drafting table holding some papers. ASC04740

Allan Robb Fleming seemed to have known the answer. Within a few decades of working at the mail order catalogue illustration department of the T. Eaton Company, he built a career on creating some of the most memorable designs in Canadian history including logos for the Canadian National Railway, CBC, and Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

As we begin to celebrate Canada’s 150th, let’s take a moment to look at the life and work of one of its great graphic designers – Allan Fleming – an artist who undoubtedly left his mark on Canada. Continue reading

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Going for Gold: The records of Arnold Hoffman

Post by Christopher Long, Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections Co-Op Student
Picture of Arnold Hoffman from ankles up, wearing a hate and jacket, stnading infront of a metal building and sign above him.

File 2014-021/004(1)

Arnold Hoffman was a geologist, prospector, and New York stockholder who became associated with gold mining in Quebec, Manitoba, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories.

Reports, maps, correspondence, geological studies, and photographs from his fonds provide an opportunity to dig into the history of Canadian gold and natural resource development in the first half of the twentieth century, particularly its development before and after World War II. Continue reading

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Passing of Lois Lilienstein (1936-2015)

Guest post by Stacy Allison-Cassin, W.P. Scott Chair in E-Librarianship

Photograph of Lois Lilienstein performing at Mariposa Folk Festival, surrounded by children.

Lois Lilienstein performing at the Mariposa Folk Festival, 1975.
Mariposa Folk Foundation F0511, ASC05869.

It was with great sadness I heard of the passing of Lois Lilienstein yesterday. Like so many Canadian children growing up in the 1980s the music of Sharon, Lois and Bram were in heavy rotation. My sister and I had a record player, as did several of our friends and we were quite proficient at changing the records. We always played their records and later watched “The Elephant Show”. I owe my knowledge of a number of folk and children’s songs to Sharon, Lois and Bram. I have now had the pleasure of sharing their music with my own children and have enjoyed singing and dancing to their music as an adult. Their music is just as engaging as it was over thirty years ago.

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