Celebrating Black History Month – Archie Alleyne

Written by Brian Omran, Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections practicum student

The Clara Thomas Archives holds a number of fonds that document the lives of Black Canadians. This year for Black History Month, we will be highlighting two of our newer acquisitions, beginning with Toronto jazz drummer Archie Alleyne.

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Recently described acquisitions

The following archival records have recently been processed, described, and are now available for researcher access!

  • The John Jose fonds, a complementary acquisition to the Yvonne Vera fonds, including personal letters written by Vera to Jose.
  • The records of Dr. Carl James, York University sociology professor, including records pertaining to the York Centre for Education and Community.
  • The research and teaching files of Penelope Doob, a York University professor and scholar of medieval studies, dance, and medicine.
  • The digitized and analog videos collected by the Home Made Visible project.
  • The records of archivist and film studies pioneer Peter Morris.
  • The records of Rishma Dunlop, poet and York University professor of English literature and creative writing.
  • New material has also been added to the fonds of the Obsidian Theatre CompanyMarilou McPhedran and Mary F. Williamson.
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Recently described acquisitions

The following archival records have recently been processed, described, and are now available for public access!

New material has also been added to the Home Made Visible and York University Archives ephemera collections, in addition to the fonds of poet Karen Connelly, Professor Robert J. Drummond, television executive Brian Freeman, film director Bruce Pittman, playwright and script writer Jason Sherman, Professor Emeritus John Warkentin, and literary magazine Waves.

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Students inspired by York University Libraries make impressive edits to Wikipedia

Originally published in yFile: York University’s News.

With more than 40,000 edits in Wikipedia, Hannah Feldbloom, a third-year criminology student at York University, is an expert in improving and safeguarding the online encyclopedia’s authoritativeness and reliability. Continue reading

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Recently described acquisitions

The following archival records have recently been processed, described, and are now available for public access.

  • Beverley Salmon fonds highlights the political and activist work of the first black woman elected municipally in Toronto.
  • Yvonne Vera fonds records the activities of the prominent Zimbabwean writer of English fiction while in Canada.
  • Robert Witmer collection contains hundreds of North American, Caribbean, and Indigenous music recordings and interviews.
  • Michael Davey fonds pertains to the Canadian artist’s work including aluminum hockey blades and a granite puck.

New material has also been added to the fonds of Jean Augustine, Don Coles, and Joyce Wieland.

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Recently described acquisitions

The following archival records have recently been processed, described, and are now available for researcher access! Acquisitions include:

  • The International Commission for the Co-ordination of Solidarity Among Sugar Workers (ICCSASW) fonds covers half a century of a Canadian based, ecumenical, overseas development organization devoted to the pursuit of economic justice for sugar workers worldwide
  • The Richard Jarrell fonds documents the work of the first non-astronomer elected to be a member of the Canadian Astronomical Society in 1975 and contains records pertaining to his work as an academic and historian of science with an interest in environmental preservation. Dr. Jarrell was Professor of Natural Science at York University and played a key role in the founding of York’s Science & Technology Studies program
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