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University of Toronto Music Library Ron Collier fonds
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Personal photographs

File includes photographs of family, friends, the Kitsilano Boy's Choir and individuals on the 1954 Mart Kenney Western tour (Collier, Claire Kennedy, Mart and Norma Kenney, Jim O'Driscoll, Ted Shadbolt, Hush Sherman, Roy Smith and Bobby Van Evera.

Collier quintet : photographs

File includes proofs of the Collier quintet members circa 1958, and a photograph of Ron Hughes, Rob McConnell, Ted Roderman and Collier in a recording session at Hallmark studios, May 1963.

Clement Hambourg : "Paganini theme" and obituary

  • CA OTUFM 35-B-216
  • File
  • Early 1950s, September 1955, February 1973
  • Part of Ron Collier fonds

File contains "Paganini theme : variation open to all composers" by Hambourg in MS ink (1 p.) for Collier to score (early 1950s). File also contains newspaper clippings.

Publicity and programme notes

File includes public relations, reviews, programme notes and pictures of Collier and his contemporaries, including Gordon Delamont, Duke Ellington, Bruno Gerussi, Gwendolyn MacEwen, Norman Symonds as well as members of the Collier quintet and octet. File 1 contains 2 photographs taken by Collier for his mother (1950). File 5 contains 1 photograph of Collier conducting at Humber College. File 1 contains some material from the early 1960s.

"The music of Duke Ellington" lecture series at Humber college : pictures of Duke Ellington and his band members

File contains pictures taken from various magazines and mounted according to big band instrumentation. File includes Collier's notes (6 p.) and an article on Ellington's bassists, and publicity concerning Collier and Humber College's concert "A tribute to Duke Ellington" (1978) at the Toronto spring festival of the arts.

The Kitsilano boys band and Ron Collier : photo album

File contains photographs, newspaper clippings, post cards and ephemera. File includes photographs of Collier's family, the K.B.B., Collier's early professional activities, Gordon Delamont and Duke Ellington. File also contains Collier's diary during the K.B.B.'s European tour in 1950 (about 200 p.).

Kitsilano boys band reunion : photographs

File includes photograph of the Coleman miners band at the Calgary stampede (1942), the Jack Smith orchestra (October 1946), 2 members of the K.B.B. and Collier (196-?) and the Ron Neil Boptet (late 1950s or 60s?).

Ron Collier fonds

  • CA OTUFM 35
  • Fonds
  • 1929-2004

Fonds consists of records created during Ron Collier's career as a performer, composer, arranger, teacher, and band leader. The fonds includes manuscripts of Collier's arrangements and original compositions; correspondence with musicians; photographs; lecture notes from his career at Humber College in Toronto, Ontario; and records from his collaborations with Duke Ellington. Fonds also contains audio and video recordings of performances and lectures.

Collier, Ron

Performance, teaching, and personal records

Series consists of records relating to Ron Collier's performance career, including photographs from his time in the Kitsilano Boys' Band in Vancouver; correspondence with various musicians; photographs of his own quartet/quintet/dixtuor/ big band; and, photographs, correspondence, and other records from Collier's collaborations with Duke Ellington. Series also contains lecture notes and other materials relating to his teaching career at Humber College, where he taught composition and arranging (1974-1994). Series also contains some personal and family photographs, scrapbooks, and correspondence.