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Awards and honours

Subseries consists of records relating to honours and awards that John Beckwith received during his lifetime, including honorary doctorates from several Canadian universities, Member of the Order of Canada, and various other tributes. Records include medals, certificates, photographs from award ceremonies, related correspondence, and copies of acceptance and convocation speeches given by Beckwith.

Student records

Subseries consists of John Beckwith's certificates, degrees, yearbooks, and select papers from his education at Oak Bay High School (Victoria, British Columbia), Victoria College (Victoria, British Columbia), and the University of Toronto (Bachelor of Music and Master of Music).

Scrapbooks

Subseries consists of scrapbooks compiled by John Beckwith, which include programs, musicians' autographs, and newspaper clippings of events that Beckwith was interested in, attended, and performed in. One of the scrapbooks (1943) also includes correspondence from John Beckwith's parents (Howard Beckwith and Margaret Beckwith, nee Dunn) and Peg (Peggy Walton Packard), dated 1938, which was tucked inside the front cover of the volume.

Critical correspondence

Subseries contains unpublished and published letters-to-the editor, including submissions and responses to articles in The Beaver, Bravo, University of Toronto Bulletin, The Globe and Mail, Musicanada (Myra Grimley), Musicworks, National Geographic, Saturday Night, SoundNotes, TSO News, The Torch (University of Victoria), Toronto Star, The Varsity, and Words and Music.

Subseries also contains incoming and outgoing correspondence that John Beckwith designated as "diatribes" or "critical correspondence" with Murray Adaskin, Michael Albano (University of Toronto), Wray Armstrong (Toronto Symphony Orchestra), Bank of Nova Scotia, Elaine Calder (Canadian Opera Company), June Callwood, Care Canada, Adrienne Clarkson (CBC), COC Marketing, COC Publicity, Robertson Cochran (Globe and Mail), James Craig (University of Toronto), Gloria Dent (Guelph Spring Festival), Bronwyn Drainie, Howard Dyck (CBC), Edmonton Opera Guild, Esprit Orchestra, Michael Finlayson (University of Toronto), Fodor's Travel Publications, Jessica Fraser (Toronto Theatre Alliance), Jim Garrard (Toronto Arts Council Foundation), Wayne Gooding (Opera Canada), Michael Goodwin, Joanne Gradzinski (Guelph Spring Festival), Barbara Hall (Toronto City Hall), Dan Heap MP, Linda Hutcheon, William Kilbourn, Alison Latham (Oxford University Press), Murdo Mackinnon, Rick MacMillan (SOCAN), Lynn McDonald MP, Joanne Morrow (Canada Council), Ontario Court, Orchestras Canada, Robert Pritchard (University of Toronto), Doreen Rao (University of Toronto), John Reid (Canadian Music Centre, Calgary), Jeffrey Richards (Lancaster University), Robert Rosevear, St. James Press, Rodney Sharman, Georg and Tanya Tintner, William Toye, (Oxford University Press Canada), University of Toronto Parking Office, Blanche Lemco van Ginkel, Hazel Walker (Toronto Musicians' Association), and Tara Wilson (University of Toronto President's Circle).

University of Toronto Faculty of Music correspondence

Subseries consists of correspondence and memorandums between John Beckwith and various individuals at the University of Toronto during Beckwith's tenure at the Faculty of Music. Subseries includes materials relating to one of his early teaching contracts with the Royal Conservatory of Music as well as his appointment as Dean of the Faculty of Music and subsequent correspondence and memorandums as Dean (1970-1977).

Writings and lectures

Subseries consists of drafts, research notes, reviews, and correspondence relating to books, lectures, and articles written by John Beckwith. Subseries includes materials for both unpublished and published writings.

Teaching at the University of Toronto

Subseries consists of materials relating to John Beckwith's work as a music educator at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Records include course outlines, bibliographies, handouts, and other notes for a sample of Beckwith's courses, including "Music of North America," an undergraduate-level course that Beckwith designed and initiated at the Faculty of Music. Beckwith started as a part-time lecturer at the University of Toronto in 1952 and taught full-time from 1955 to 1990. He continued to teach occasionally as professor emeritus following his retirement in 1990.

Recordings of events, lectures, and radio interviews

Subseries consists of audio and video recordings of events, lectures, and radio interviews that John Beckwith was involved with. Subseries also includes recordings of CBC radio documentaries that John Beckwith researched and prepared, including one on the music of Harry Partch and another for Pierre Boulez.

Music at Sharon recordings

Subseries consists of recordings of concerts in the Music at Sharon summer concert series that were recorded by and broadcast on CBC radio. Recordings included in this subseries are of concerts for which John Beckwith researched, selected, and arranged the music.

Recordings of compositions

Subseries consists of recordings of performances of works by John Beckwith, including recordings from CBC broadcasts and recordings of public performances.

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio scripts

Subseries consists of radio scripts, program lists, repertoire lists, and related correspondence for radio programs and documentaries that John Beckwith planned and wrote for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). Radio series included "Music in our Time" (1953-1956); "Music of the Church" (1954-1957); "The World of Music" (1956-1963); "Music Diary" (1963-1968); and other occassional contributions to other programs. Beckwith also prepared documentaries on Hector Berlioz, Frédéric Chopin, Pierre Boulez, Bela Bartok, and Glenn Gould.

Toronto Symphony Orchestra program notes

Subseries consists of draft program notes and related correspondence from John Beckwith's time as a program note writer for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO). Subseries also includes newspaper clippings and notes from Beckwith's research on TSO's repertoire from 1960 to 1974.

Concert reviews for Toronto newspapers

Subseries consists of select drafts of concert reviews, related correspondence, and an index of concert reviews that John Beckwith wrote for the Toronto Star between 1959 and 1962 during his first stint as a regular critic for the paper. Beckwith also wrote occassional reviews for The Globe and Mail.

Posters

Subseries consists of posters for performances of works by John Beckwith and for book launches of monographs by Beckwith. Some posters are autographed by performers. Posters include:

  • The Shivaree (Comus Music Theatre of Canada, April 3-6, 1982) [autographed by performers]
  • Musique Royale : A Festival of Music in Historic Settings [including a performance of John Beckwith's Hector by Musick Fyne, 1992]
  • Night Blooming Cereus (University of Victoria, Opera Nova, January 15-18, 1992)
  • John Beckwith (Centrediscs, CMC-CD 5897, 2003)
  • Taptoo! (University of Toronto Faculty of Music Opera Division, March 7-8, 14-15, 2003) [autographed by performers]
  • Expanding Interdisciplinarity Through Opera: Taptoo! (University of Toronto Munk Centre for International Studies, March 8, 2003)
  • Weinzweig: Essays on His Life and Music [book launch, Faculty of Music, 2011]
  • Unheard Of: Memoirs of a Canadian Composer [book launch, Faculty of Music, 2012]
  • Mapping Canada's Music: Selected Writings of Helmut Kallman [book launch, Faculty of Music, 2013].

Other concerts and events

Subseries consists of correspondence, meeting minutes, programs, reviews, scripts, posters, photographs, and other materials pertaining to various concerts and events that John Beckwith participated in as an administrator, organizer, researcher, performer, composer, and/or speaker.

Programs

Subseries consists of programs from performances by John Beckwith, programs performances of Beckwith's compositions and arrangements, and programs with program notes by Beckwith.

Music at Sharon : 1989 concert season

Subseries consists of arrangements by John Beckwith for A 19th Century Celebration: U.S. and Canadian Music, 1767-1867 program (July 30, 1989) at Music at Sharon, as well as related programs, notes, and correspondence.

Music at Sharon : 1991 concert season

Subseries consists of arrangements by John Beckwith for the Sharon Remembered concert (July 6, 1991) as part of the final Music at Sharon season, which took place at the Sharon-Hope United Church in Newmarket, Ontario. Subseries also includes related programs, notes, and correspondence.

Music at Sharon : 1988 concert season

Subseries consists of arrangements by John Beckwith for the Images of Canada: 1888 program at Music at Sharon (July 23, 1988), as well as related programs, notes, and correspondence.

Music at Sharon : 1987 concert season

Subseries consists of the program for the 1987 "Music at Sharon" season. John Beckwith was not involved in the selection, arrangement, and research of Canadian material for the 1987 season, but some of his previous arrangements were reused in The English Brass Ensemble concert (July 25, 1987), Images of Canada (July 25, 1987). New arrangements for this season were prepared by David Passmore and Louis Applebaum.

Music at Sharon : 1986 concert season

Subseries consists of arrangements by John Beckwith for the Canada's Scottish Heritage program (July 12, 1986) and A Concert Party concert (July 26, 1986) at Music at Sharon, as well as related programs, notes, and correspondence.

Music at Sharon : 1985 concert season

Subseries consists of arrangements by John Beckwith for the Images of Canada: The Sea and the Spirit program at Music at Sharon (July 13, 1985), and related programs, notes, and correspondence.

Music at Sharon : 1984 concert season

Subseries consists of arrangements by John Beckwith for the Musicfrom the Silver Band Era concert (July 14, 1984); Happy Birthday Ontario and Quebec concert (July 14, 1984); and the Birds and Battles concert (July 21, 1984) at Music at Sharon. Subseries also includes arrangements for the Musical Toronto: A Concert Party program at Roy Thomson Hall (June 20, 1984) as part of the Toronto International Festival, which reused many of the arrangements that Beckwith created for Music at Sharon and featured many of the same musicians, and programs, notes, and correspondence pertaining to all three concerts.

Music at Sharon : 1982 concert season

Subseries consists of arrangements by John Beckwith for the Heritage Celebration Program (July 1, 1982) and Love, Laughter, and Tradition concert (July 10, 1982) at Music at Sharon, and related programs, notes, and correspondence.

Music at Sharon : 1983 concert season

Subseries consists of arrangements by John Beckwith for the Heritage Celebration program (July 9, 1983); the Jenny Lind and Friends concert (July 16, 1983); and Music for a Summer Afternoon (July 16, 1983) at Music at Sharon. Subseries also includes related programs, notes, and correspondence.

Music at Sharon : 1981 concert season

Subseries consists of arrangements by John Beckwith for the Heritage Celebration Program at Music at Sharon on July 11, 1981 and related programs, notes, and correspondence.

General materials and indices

Subseries consists of indices of John Beckwith's arrangements for Music at Sharon concerts as well as correspondence, notes, and a copy of a paper that Beckwith gave on his arrangements at the Canadian University Music Society (CUMS) conference in 1990.

Birthday presents and other gift music

Subseries consists of music that Derek Healey wrote as birthday presents and other gifts for his wife Olive May Healey (née Smith), Derek George Fleetwood Bell, and other family and friends.

Other pieces

Subseries consists of various shorter and longer miscellaneous, non-opus numbered works by Derek Healey.

Anthems and motets

Subseries consists of miscellaneous anthems and motets set by Derek Healey, including manuscripts, transparencies, and master scores.

Carols

Subseries consists of Derek Healey's settings of various carols, including carols that were included in Healey's Liber Natalis, op. 84.

Thursday at noon series

Subseries consists of programs and recordings of concerts in the Thursday at Noon series. This series features faculty and guest artists in small ensemble chamber music and vocal or instrumental recitals. Traditionally, these events take place in Walter Hall at the Faculty of Music on Thursday afternoons.

Jazz ensembles

Subseries consists of programs and recordings of concerts by the Faculty of Music's jazz ensembles, including two Jazz Orchestra; the Jazz Orchestra 12tet; and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, directed by Christine Duncan.

New Music Festival

Subseries consists of events that were part of the University of Toronto New Music Festival (UTNMF), an international festival of contemporary music presented annually by the University of Toronto Faculty of Music. The festival was coordinated by Norbert Palej.

Faculty ensembles

Subseries consists of programs and recordings of performances by large ensembles in the Faculty of Music, including: University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Uri Mayer; Wind Ensemble, conducted by Gillian MacKay; Wind Symphony, conducted by Pratik Gandhi; Contemporary Music Ensemble, conducted by Wallace Halladay; MacMillan Singers, conducted by Jamie Hillman; Chamber Choir, conducted by Lori-Anne Dolloff; Soprano/Alto Chorus, conducted by Kathleen Allan; Tenor/Bass Chorus, conducted by Thomas Burton; Guitar Orchestra, conducted by Rob MacDonald; and Graduate Classical Saxophones, conducted by Wallace Halladay.

Research Data on Dobe !Kung San

This sub-series contains extensive original raw data collected on the !Kung San in the Dobe area of Botswana between 1967-1969 by Nancy Howell. Most importantly this series contains two sets of original data sets: 1)Howell’s original interview notes and photographs (taken by anthropologist Richard Lee) for all 846 participants (/001 and /002); 2)the completed questionnaires for all the women in the study that focused on marriages, childbearing, deaths of children and husbands (005). There are also other data collected relating to the !Kung kinship network and genealogies as well as tabulations of data done as late as 2000. This data formed the basis of Howell’s 1979 book The Demography of the Dobe !Kung which was republished in 2000. It also served as a resource for future research and collaboration centered on these hunter gatherers.

Surviving Fieldwork

In 1985, as a result of the tragic death of her son and a graduate student while in a field trip in Botswana, Howell delved into the issue of the health and safety of anthropologists in the field. Records include early papers, committee reports, correspondence and responses from anthropology departments worldwide. It also includes the collection and tabulation of raw data, the results of which were published in Howell’s 1990 publication Surviving Fieldwork: Health and Safety in Anthropological Field Work. A copy of the report can be found in this series as well. published in 1990 by the American Anthropological Association.

Endowment Fund

Sub-series consists of documents relating to the Donovan Art Collection Endowment Fund. Documents include receipts of financial donations to the fund, the account's closing and opening balances, as well as correspondences between Father Donovan and St. Michael's College accounting teams.

Donovan Art Collection Account

Sub-series consists of documents relating to the Donovan Art Collection financial account. Documents include invoices and receipts regarding financial donations, art purchases, and other expenses of the Donovan Art Collection, as well as the account's closing and opening balances. Additionally, the sub-series also includes related correspondences between Father Donovan and the collection accounting team.

Visitor Lists

Sub-series consists of Father Donovan's handwritten lists recording the names and dates of various visitors to the Donovan Art Collection. One of the files also includes a list of artist names whose works appears in the collection.

Artwork Lists

Sub-series consists of inventory lists of the Donovan Art Collection, which also include the locations of artwork on the St. Michael's College campus.

RCMP files

In 2013, a researcher studying the Voice of Women requested the RCMP files of many of the women involved in the group, including Dr. Franklin. Redacted copies of the files were supplied by Library and Archives Canada and subsequently shared with Dr. Franklin. Subseries consists of 5 PDF files (577 pages) documenting the extensive file the RCMP kept on Dr. Franklin from 1949-1984. It is presumed that more recent records were withheld for privacy reasons.

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