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Charles and Ninel Segal Fonds

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Collection
Charles and Ninel Segal Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
0.5 m textual material
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of correspondence, minutes, memoranda, speeches, articles and ephemera dealing with the Segals' professional and personal lives. Also contains numerous historical articles and speeches written and presented by Charles Segal. Numerous photographs illustrating this work also containe…
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Charles and Ninel Segal Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
0.5 m textual material
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of correspondence, minutes, memoranda, speeches, articles and ephemera dealing with the Segals' professional and personal lives. Also contains numerous historical articles and speeches written and presented by Charles Segal. Numerous photographs illustrating this work also contained within the fonds.
Date
1934-2008
Storage Location
5-5G
Creator
Charles and Ninel Segal
History Biographical
Charles Segal was born in Montreal on November 27, 1921 to Hyman Manuel Segal and Fanny (Moscovitch). Mr. Segal's fonds includes numerous details of his decades of work in the political world - from his days of journalism here in Canada and in the U.S., to his role in Histadrut, his meetings with President Truman and work with Oscar Ewing, his work with fair employment practices with the Construction Fund of the State University of New York and so on. Segal married his wife Ninel (Bercovitch) in 1979 and she also has been heavily involved in work in Congressman Mike McNulty. More details are available within the fonds.
Custodial History
Transferred directly from Charles Segal to the JPL-A starting in 2006. Further accurals expected.
Notes
Fonds also includes photographs, currently awaiting arrangement and description into the JPL Photograph Database.
Access Restriction
Restriction on File 006, manuscript of Mr. Segal's biography, marked as so on file.
Subjects
Veterans, Jewish - Canada
Segal, Charles
Segal, Ninel (Bercovitch)
Israel
Israel - Foreign public opinion
Israel - Foreign relations
United States. Congress.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Sidney Ofner Collection

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Collection
Sidney Ofner Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
2 folders of textual material ; 1 CD
Scope and Content
Contains the publication Sidney Ofner: A Soldier’s Story, 1942-1944, compiled by Suzan Horovitch, as well as copies of the letters written by Sidney Ofner and a CD copy of the book.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Sidney Ofner Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
2 folders of textual material ; 1 CD
Scope and Content
Contains the publication Sidney Ofner: A Soldier’s Story, 1942-1944, compiled by Suzan Horovitch, as well as copies of the letters written by Sidney Ofner and a CD copy of the book.
Date
1992-1995
Storage Location
7-3C
Creator
Suzan Horovitch
History Biographical
In 1993 Suzan Horovitch (née Green) began the task of typing out her uncle Sidney Ofner’s letters, written home to Montreal during his station in Europe in World War II. Sidney Ofner was in Italy when he was killed supporting a trench on January 15, 1944. Suzan Horovitch and her husband Art spent several years compiling into a book the letters as well as official Canadian Forces correspondence regarding Sidney. The Horovitch’s also tracked down and contacted several veterans whom had served with Sidney in order to gather all information possible on his time in the army and his death. Sidney Ofner was the only son of Alexander and Tillie Ofner, both of Montreal. Mr. Ofner ran a women’s ready-to-wear garment store, in which Sidney also worked. He was a graduate of Strathcona Academy. Sidney enlisted in the Victoria Rifles of Canada in 1942, going overseas in 1943. He was later stationed to North Africa with a reinforcement regiment and then with the Royal Canadian Regiment in Italy in the fall of 1943. Sidney’s sister Marjorie, mother of Leona (mentioned in the letters) and Suzan) saved all of the letters from her brother.
Custodial History
Transferred to the JPL-A by Suzan Horovitch
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Mannie Lecker Fonds

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Collection
Mannie Lecker Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
.4m of mixed material
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of wartime memorabilia and propaganda collected by Mr. Lecker during his service in Europe in World War II.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Mannie Lecker Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
.4m of mixed material
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of wartime memorabilia and propaganda collected by Mr. Lecker during his service in Europe in World War II.
Date
1885-2005 (predominant 1942-1945)
Storage Location
7-3F 7-3G
Creator
Mannie Lecker
History Biographical
Mr. Lecker was born and raised in Montreal. He enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces during World War II and served as ground maintenance crew in the Air Force. Mr. Lecker was present during D-Day invasion, June 06, 1944 and marched across Europe, specifically through France, Holland and Germany. During his time in Europe, Mr. Lecker collected and saved wartime propaganda and memorabilia. Upon discharge from the Forces Mr. Lecker returned to Montreal but travelled often across Canada as a travelling salesman. Mr. Lecker passed away in Montreal in December 2007.
Custodial History
Initial donation was made in 1978 by Mr. Lecker to Paul Trepman, then director of the JPL. In 2005, Mr. Lecker was reconnected to the Library and Archives and made two further donations in 2005 and 2006. The last donation of Mr. Lecker's service medals was made in 2008 after his death.
Name Access
Lecker, Mannie, d.December 2007
Subjects
Veterans, Jewish - Canada
World War, 1939-1945 - Veterans
World War, 1939-1945 - Personal narratives
Medals
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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FEDERATION CJA

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn43512
Collection
Federation CJA Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
35.6m multiple media
Fonds No.
1001
Scope and Content
This fonds consists of material deposited by FED CJA offices as well as collected by the JPL-A through the Jewish Canadiana collection. Currently, the fonds is divided into five series based on the present organization: Series I – Minute Books (Bound, Executive and Directors) and Annual Repo…
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Federation CJA Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
35.6m multiple media
Scope and Content
This fonds consists of material deposited by FED CJA offices as well as collected by the JPL-A through the Jewish Canadiana collection. Currently, the fonds is divided into five series based on the present organization: Series I – Minute Books (Bound, Executive and Directors) and Annual Reports, Series II – Executive Office, Series III - Campaign FED CJA, Series IV – Marketing and Communications Department, and Series V – Scrapbooks (1935-1967)
Date
1917-2010
Fonds No.
1001
Storage Location
JPL
History Biographical
FEDERATION CJA was founded in 1916 as the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies, with the first campaign held in 1917. The Federation originally consisted of 12 Jewish agencies: the Baron de Hirsch Institute, Mount Sinai Sanatorium, Ladies Hebrew Benevolent Society, Herzl Dispensary and Hospital, the Montreal Hebrew Orphans’ Home, the Montreal Hebrew Sheltering Home, the Ladies Jewish Endeavour Sewing Society, the Young Women’s Hebrew Association, the Beth Israel Day Nursery and Infants’ Home, the Hebrew Ladies Aid Society and the Friendly League of Jewish Women. That first campaign raised $127,000 for support of agencies and community work. In 1951, the name was changed to Federation of Jewish Community Services and then again, in 1965, to Allied Jewish Community Services. The current incarnation of FEDERATION CJA occurred in 1992. Currently, FEDERATION CJA acts as the “central funding, planning, and coordinating body of services for the nearly 93,000 Jews in Montreal and is the one organization that speaks on behalf of the entire community.” Each year FEDERATION CJA raises funds for its various agencies, projects and the community through Combined Jewish Appeal. Today FEDERATION CJA has twelve constituent agencies (Agence Ometz, Bronfman Jewish Education Centre, Bronfman Israel Experience Centre, Camp B'nai Brith, Communaute sepharade unifee du Quebec, Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors, Hillel Montreal, JEM Workshop Inc., the Jewish Public Library, the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre, the Segal Centre for Performing Arts, and the YM-YWHA Montreal Jewish Community Centre), four funded associated communal organizations (Quebec Jewish Congress - A division of Canadian Jewish Congress, Project Genesis, Quebec-Israel Committee, and United Israel Appeal of Federations Canada, as well as non-funded associated ties with the Jewish Community Council of Montreal, the Synagogue Council of Greater Montreal, and the Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal.
Language
English
French
Hebrew
Yiddish
Russian
Custodial History
The Jewish Public Library has been accepting and preserving material from Federation CJA and the organizations that preceded it since 1917.
Arrangement
This Collection is arranged under the current name of "Federation CJA" but includes material created under former organizational names: Federation of Jewish Philanthropies, Federation of Jewish Community Services and Allied Jewish Community Services. Series III, Campaign FED CJA, is an artificially created grouping, arranged by the JPL-A from material collected by the Library since 1917. New series have been added as other offices and departments of FEDERATION CJA deposit permanent archival material with the JPL-A. Individual agencies (e.g. Jewish Public Library) are not included as series within this Fonds. Instead, these agencies stand alone as individual fonds.
Access Restriction
Privacy restrictions may apply.
Finding Aid
A detailed finding aid for the Exectutive Office exists, created by the JPL-A in the early 1970's and updated in 2007 and 2013. An index for the subject files of the Marketing and Communications Department was created in 2007 and is available in the JPL-A.
Accession No.
00-076
12-017 (series c)
12-018 (series c2)
13-012
Subjects
Federation CJA
Federation CJA - Combined Jewish Appeal
Federation CJA - Women's Division
Federation CJA - Young Adult Committee
Federation of Jewish Community Services [Montreal]
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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David Jay Bercuson Fonds

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn71341
Collection
David Jay Bercuson Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
sound recording
Physical Description
3.3 m of textual records + 85 audio-cassettes + 5 magnetic audio reels
Fonds No.
1004
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
David Jay Bercuson Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
sound recording
Physical Description
3.3 m of textual records + 85 audio-cassettes + 5 magnetic audio reels
Date
1960-1995
Fonds No.
1004
Storage Location
JPL
History Biographical
David Jay Bercuson was born in Montreal on 31 August 1945, the son of Joseph Myer and Sylvia (Green) Bercuson. As a teenager he attended Monklands High School in Montreal. He attended Sir George Williams University, graduating in June 1966 with Honours in History and winning the Lieutenant-Governor's Silver Medal for the highest standing in history. After graduation he pursued graduate studies at the University of Toronto, earning an MA in history in 1967 and a Ph.D. in 1971. Dr. Bercuson has published in academic and popular publications on a wide range of topics specializing in modern Canadian politics, Canadian defence and foreign policy, and Canadian military history. Dr. Bercuson has written or co-authored more than thirty books and numerous journal articles on the subjects of Canadian Labour, political, diplomatic and military history; the Middle East; Canadian regionalism and constitutional crises; anti-semitism; and higher education in Canada. In 1983, he published The Secret Army, an account of the volunteers from abroad who joined the Israeli military effort during the War of Independence. In 1985, with co-author Douglas Wertheimer, he published A Trust Betrayed: The Keegstra Affair which documented the trial of James Keegstra, an Alberta teacher found guilty of promoting Holocaust denial and anti-semitic views to his students. He has also written for the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the Calgary Herald, the National Post and other newspapers. In 1988, Bercuson was elected to the Royal Society of Canada and in May 1989, he was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies at The University of Calgary. In 1997 he was appointed Special Advisor to the Minister of National Defence on the Future of the Canadian Forces. In 1998, Concordia University conferred on him the honourary degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa. He was a member of the Minister of National Defence’s Monitoring Committee from 1997 to 2003. He served on the Advisory Council on National Security from 2005 to 2008. Since January 1997 he has been the Director of the Centre for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary. Currently he is also the Director of Programs of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute, which is based in Calgary. Dr. Bercuson served as Honorary Lieutenant Colonel of 41 Combat Engineer Regiment, a Land Force Reserve military engineer unit of the Canadian Forces until November 2010. He is a member of Board of Governors of the Royal Military College of Canada. In 2002 Dr. Bercuson was awarded the J. B. Tyrrell Historical Medal from the Royal Society of Canada. In 2003, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. Dr. Bercuson’s newest book The Fighting Canadians was published in 2008.
Language
English
Custodial History
Donated directly by Dr. Bercuson.
Arrangement
Arranged by series according to material in fonds.
Access Restriction
Access Restrictions May Apply On Certain Records. Contact the JPL Archives directly for more information.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Jewish People's and Peretz Schools

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Collection
Jewish People's and Peretz Schools Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
5.1 metres of multiple media
Fonds No.
1024
Scope and Content
The series consists of: minutes of meetings; records related to history, campaigns and building development; financial records; school programs; files relating to different stakeholders (teachers, students, and parents); files relating to the Concert Society; publications; correspondence; files rel…
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Jewish People's and Peretz Schools Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
5.1 metres of multiple media
Scope and Content
The series consists of: minutes of meetings; records related to history, campaigns and building development; financial records; school programs; files relating to different stakeholders (teachers, students, and parents); files relating to the Concert Society; publications; correspondence; files relating to Bialik High School; JPPS publicity; records from the Office of the Principal; and audio visual collection. The form of the records consists primary of textual records with some photographs, items, and audio visual material. The series consists of fourteen subseries, organized by subject.
Date
1924-2006
Fonds No.
1024
History Biographical
The Jewish People’s Schools & Peretz Schools (JPPS) was formed through the merger of the two schools in 1971. At the time of the merger, the Jewish People’s Schools student population was 865, while the Jewish Peretz Schools was 260. The merger amalgamated all aspects of the schools including budget, finance, pensions, administration, education goals and philosophy. The union of the schools was a difficult process. One of the more pressing needs for the merger was the financial difficulties of the Jewish Peretz Schools, including the inability to honour teachers’ wages and a debt totalling $250,000. The education goals and philosophy of JPPS includes the need to instil in students the importance of a Jewish studies program (the study of Yiddish and Hebrew, and Jewish history); an attachment and a sense of responsibility to the State of Israel and its people; and a sense of general social justice. Once the schools were united, JPPS was able to pursue the goal of creating a day high school. Bialik High School was founded in 1972. In 1984, Bialik High School was moved to 6500 Kildare Road, where it is currently located. This school system as a whole is commonly known as JPPS-Bialik. By 1984, JPPS elementary consisted of two campuses: Van Horne and Cote St-Luc. In 2004, JPPS/Bialik made the controversial move to merge these two elementary campuses. The pressure to merge was partially due to an influx of immigrants from the former Soviet Union (who generally could not speak English or French), adding considerable strain to the Cote St-Luc campus. As a result, the Cote St-Luc location was closed. JPPS elementary is now located at 5170 Van Horne Avenue. That same year, the JPPS celebrated its 90th anniversary. The JPPS is funded by enrolment tuition and fees, provincial government grants, the Federation CJA, fundraising campaigns, and private contributions. Important student events organized by the JPPS consist of the JPPS Music Festival, the Concert Society’s Annual Concert, and the Bialik Festival of the Arts and the organization of student trips to Israel. JPPS also runs a Children's Centre, located at 7950 Wavell Road.
Language
English
Yiddish
French
Arrangement
This fonds was arranged intellectually and physically following the principle of original order. The fonds is based on the records created at the merging of the two schools to create the Jewish Peoples' Schools and Peretz Schools in 1971. For records of the individual schools, please see their individual archival collections.
Access Restriction
Some student records may be restricted for privacy reasons.
Related Material
Jewish Peretz Schools Fonds
Jewish Peoples' Schools Fonds
Subjects
Jewish People's Schools and Peretz Schools
Education, Elementary
Education - Jews
Children - Jewish
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Shulamis Yelin Fonds

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Collection
Shulamis Yelin Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
sound recording
graphic material
object
Physical Description
8.00 metres of textual records + ca. 125 audio cassettes + ca. 1300 photographs + other material
Fonds No.
1032
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Shulamis Yelin Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
textual record
sound recording
graphic material
object
Physical Description
8.00 metres of textual records + ca. 125 audio cassettes + ca. 1300 photographs + other material
Date
1926-2000
Fonds No.
1032
Storage Location
JPL
History Biographical
Shulamis Yelin was born in Montreal on April 12, 1913 to Aaron and Vichna (Dobkin) Bordodensky. Educated at Jewish Peretz Scholl, 1925-1928, Baron Byng High School, 1927-1930, MacDonald College School for Teachers, 1939-1940, Sir George Williams University, B.A., 1954-1957, and Universite de Montreal, M.A. (Cum Laude) 1961. Married Ezra Yelin, 1941. Had one daughter, Gilah. During her 35 years of teaching, she taught every grade from nursery to university, the latter at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Much of her teaching was done with gifted children. In 1968, she was named Master Teacher by the Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal. She contributed essays, reviews, poems, short stories and literary cirticisms to periodicals such as the Reconstructionist, Zynergy, Viewpoints, Canadian Author and Bookman, Jewish Digest, Montreal Times, Crossroads and Jewish Dialogue. Her published books include; Creative Camping in Jewish Life, 1954; The Jew In Canada 1760-1960; Seeded in Sinai, 1975; Shulamis: Stories From a Montreal Childhood, 1983; Au Soleil de Ma Nuit, 1985; Many Mirrors May Faces, 1986; Une Enfance Juive A Montreal, 1998; Where All Her Wars Are Marked, 2002. Her awards included The Bronfman Graduate Fellowship, 1957; LA Med Literary Prize, 1962; Certificate of Honour from Le Ministre Des Affaires Culturelles du Quebec, 1972; Canadian Confederation Medal, 1993. She served as Vice-President of the Canadian Authors Association, Cultural Chair for the Pioneer Women - Na'amat Organization and Judge of the J.I. Segal Literary Award. She died in Montreal on June 24, 2002.
Language
English, French, and Yiddish
Custodial History
Donated directly by Shulamis Yelin
Arrangement
Arranged by series according to material in fonds.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Allan Raymond Collection

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Collection
Allan Raymond Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
16 linear metres of multiple media
Fonds No.
1034
Scope and Content
Consists of numerous series and sub-series from individuals, families, organizations and businesses from within the Jewish community of Montreal. Includes various forms of records such as correspondence, photographs, artefacts and ledgers.
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
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Collection
Allan Raymond Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
16 linear metres of multiple media
Scope and Content
Consists of numerous series and sub-series from individuals, families, organizations and businesses from within the Jewish community of Montreal. Includes various forms of records such as correspondence, photographs, artefacts and ledgers.
Fonds No.
1034
Storage Location
JPL
History Biographical
Allan Raymond (1922- ) was born in Lithuania and came to Montreal in 1928. He is a researcher and lecturer of Canadian Jewish history and an avid collector of Canadian Judaica. Raymond also considered himself a romantic poet. He had a successful career as an insurance broker in Montreal and during World War II served overseas with the Royal Canadian Air Force. Amongst his varied community activities he served as public relations director of the Westmount Historical Association, Montreal Jewish Historical Society, St. James Literary Society, One Parent Families Association, Parents Without Partners Association, the YMHA Chaverim Group, Avant Garde Singles Group and S-Group. Mr. Raymond conducted research for the Montreal Gazette's "Great Montreal Walks" as well as for the television documentary "Six Decades." Many of his historical documents and photographs were exhibited at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Universite de Montreal, Temple Emanu-El-Beth Sholom, Shaar Hashomayim Congregation and the Jewish Public Library. He has delivered a series of illustrated lectures dealing with Canadian Judaica at the former Saidye Bronfman Centre among other institutions. This collection was accumulated by Allan Raymond over a period of thirty-five years. Most of the collection held at the Jewish Public Library was donated in 1993 and again in 1999. Mr. Raymond continues in his collecting as well as donations of material to the Jewish Public Library Archives to this day.
Language
English
Yiddish
French
Hebrew
Custodial History
Received by the Jewish Public Library by Allan Raymond in 1993 and 1999.
Arrangement
Each series arranged individual to the specific family, person, institution, business or organization. Also includes materials arranged based on format such as "artefacts."
Access Restriction
Some restrictions may apply due to Privacy legislation.
Reproduction Restrictions
Some restrictions may apply due to Copyright legislation.
Finding Aid
Original finding aid available in JPL-A.
Subjects
Abramowitz, Herman
Abramowitz, Tess (nee Bokar)
Montreal (Quebec) - Buildings, structures, etc.
Montreal (Quebec) - Street scenes
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
Images
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Sam Gesser Fonds

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn18199
Collection
Sam Gesser Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
5.4m textual records ; 800 photographs ; 42 items, audiovisual material
Fonds No.
1055
Scope and Content
Series 1 includes textual records and photographs, which are arranged chronologically by the event or concert. Series 2 includes textual records, photographs and audiovisual material of associated professional and personal material that reflects Mr. Gesser’s long-standing involvement in the …
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Sam Gesser Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
5.4m textual records ; 800 photographs ; 42 items, audiovisual material
Scope and Content
Series 1 includes textual records and photographs, which are arranged chronologically by the event or concert. Series 2 includes textual records, photographs and audiovisual material of associated professional and personal material that reflects Mr. Gesser’s long-standing involvement in the Montreal and Canadian entertainment field. These records are arranged by topic. Files also include newspaper clippings for information and reference purposes. SERIES 1 – Containers 001-017, 021 (Over-sized) SERIES 2 – Containers 018-022, 021 (Over-sized) 022, 023
Date
1950-2007
Fonds No.
1055
Storage Location
Bay 3
Creator
Sam Gesser
History Biographical
Samuel Gesser was born in Montreal on January 7, 1930 and spent his childhood in the Plateau-Mont-Royal area, the colourful neighbourhood that inspired some of Canada’s greatest Jewish personalities such as Mordecai Richler, A.M. Klein, Irving Layton and William Shatner. From an early age, Mr. Gesser was captivated with music and the world of entertainment; first displaying this interest by recording school ground play songs. He continued this early education by sneaking into His Majesty’s Theatre to watch the shows and to study the intricacies of scriptwriting. By age fifteen, Mr. Gesser was active in the theatre and cultural committee of the YMHA and in his chapter of B’nai Brith. Shortly after this he left Baron Byng high school to begin his professional career, not yet in the entertainment field but in the commercial art business. His true vocation in the impresario field would soon develop almost by chance. While in Chicago in the late 1940s, Mr. Gesser happened to purchase a Folkways recording of celebrated blues guitarist Leadbelly. On the back of the album was a listing of other records available from Folkways; records not available in Canada as the now-legendary record company had no distributor north of the border at that point. After a meeting in New York with Folkways founder Moses Asch, he signed on as the Canadian representative and also took on the challenge of tracking down and producing Canadian folk music for the label. From 1950-1964, Mr. Gesser produced more than 100 original records for Folkways from songs of First Nations to the music of notable musicians such as Alan Mills, Jean Carignan and Hélène Baillargeon. In addition to this work, Mr. Gesser also produced records for the Pye, Vox and Premier record labels as well as wrote countless radio and television scripts for CFCF and CBC. While producing records, Mr. Gesser had the idea that presenting the artists to live audiences was an excellent way to promote the music. In 1950, Mr. Gesser arranged a concert date for Folkways artist Pete Seeger in Montreal at the L’Érmitage Hall located on Côte-des-Neiges Road and impresario history was born. Over the ensuing years, Mr. Gesser presented over 3000 performances to local, national and international audiences. He believed in not just presenting the obvious but that audiences would be interested in seeing new, or previously unknown, artists, music and dance. His productions brought to Montreal an immense range of artistry; from folk to popular, classical to jazz, international music and dance to Broadway musicals and plays. The success of the Seeger show launched Mr. Gesser on an over fifty-year odyssey of showcasing Canadian and international talent to audiences. In addition to his shows in Montreal, Mr. Gesser also took on touring challenges for artists such as Harry Belafonte, Tony Bennett and Nana Mouskouri, bringing the live experience to western Canada, regions of the United States, the Maritimes and small-town Quebec. This work was expanded on a large scale when after his success as booking officer for Expo ’67 in Montreal, Mr. Gesser was appointed to Canada’s pavilion for Expo ’70 in Osaka, Japan. Mr. Gesser also helped to found Les Feux-Follets, a music and dance troupe that put Canadian heritage and artistry centre stage. When Mr. Gesser directed this internationally-acclaimed troupe, the operating budget was based entirely on profit from shows as well as a small amount of donations from business. The early days of the troupe did not receive government funding nor did they partner with many private institutions, yet they managed to be successful based on the quality of performances, Mr. Gesser’s skilful leadership and the impression left on both Canadian and international audiences. His work is not yet over, however. Mr. Gesser continues to contribute to arts and entertainment through writing. His play “Fineman’s Dictionary”, starring Fyvish Finkel, was presented in 2000 at the Saidye Bronfman Centre in addition to a staged reading at the Jewish Public Library. “Dancing to Beethoven”, a play written for and acted by blind actors, was presented in 2003 at Place des Arts. In 2006, the cast and the play itself were also the subject of a National Film Board documentary. Mr. Gesser continues to work on scripts for both stage and screen. Over his lengthy and impressive career, Mr. Gesser has focused the spotlight on many outstanding entertainers and artists. His professionalism and accomplishments have not gone unnoticed and Mr. Gesser has deservedly been honoured for his untiring work. In 1993, Mr. Gesser received the Order of Canada for major contributions to the field of arts and entertainment. The Smithsonian has also recently recognized Mr. Gesser for his work in producing music for the Folkways label. His dedication to his craft continues through his donation of his substantial album collection to the Marvin Duchow Music Library, McGill University and, in 2005, his donation to the Jewish Public Library Archives of his professional archives. These archives not only document Mr. Gesser’s long career and his achievements but also the history of Canadian culture and entertainment industry.
Language
English
French
Custodial History
Donated directly by Sam Gesser.
Arrangement
The original order of the creator was maintained for Series 1. Series 2 was imposed as there was no order to the records.
Notes
Fonds was certified by the Canadian Cultural Export Review Board in November 2006.
Finding Aid
Detailed finding aid available.
Accession No.
05-008
Name Access
Gesser, Sam, 1930-
Subjects
Gesser Enterprises, Inc.
Folk music
Leyrac, Monique
Leonard, Cohen, 1934-
Mouskouri, Nana
Popular music
Folkways Records
Belafonte, Harry, 1927-
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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Aviva Ravel Fonds

https://www.cjhn.ca/en/permalink/cjhn44689
Collection
Aviva Ravel Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
3.3m of multiple media
Fonds No.
1058
Scope and Content
Series 1 includes textual records and photographs, which are arranged following the principle of original order. Files also include scholarly works, handwritten and typed notes and drafts, newspaper clippings, promotional material, and professional correspondence regarding the works written, transl…
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Collection
Aviva Ravel Fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
3.3m of multiple media
Scope and Content
Series 1 includes textual records and photographs, which are arranged following the principle of original order. Files also include scholarly works, handwritten and typed notes and drafts, newspaper clippings, promotional material, and professional correspondence regarding the works written, translated, and produced by Aviva Ravel. Series 2 includes textual records of professional correspondence , which detail Avival Ravel's large body of work. The files are arranged following the original order. Files also include newspaper clippings, and promotional material. Series 3 includes textual records of notebooks in Yiddish.
Fonds No.
1058
Storage Location
JPL
Bay 5
Creator
Aviva Ravel
Physical Condition
Good to excellent
History Biographical
Author of more than 25 plays, numerous short stories, and works of non-fiction, Dr. Aviva Ravel's works concentrates heavily on Jewish life throughout the world and, more specifically, in Montreal. Her works have been featured on the CBC, Kol Isreal, and at the Saidye Bronfman Centre. Two of her plays were also adapted into film. Born in Montreal, Dr. Ravel holds a Ph.D in Canadian Theatre from McGill University, an M.A from the Université de Montréal, and a B.A from Concordia University. She taught English, drama, and Canadian literature at all three of these universities, including the Royal Military College. Dr. Ravel's work as an educator was not reserved only to college and university; she also taught regularly as an elementary teacher in Montreal as well as on a kibbutz in Israel. Since 1984 Aviva Ravel has been Artistic Director of Cameo Productions. She is also founder and director of the popular Performance Playreading Ensemble of the Cote St. Luc Library that has presented over 150 plays, both classical and modern, in the theatre auditorium. Dr. Ravel is the recipient of many awards including the Women Write for Theatre Award, J.I. Segal Award, Women's Press Club Award for Humour, Québec Drama Festival Award, Women's Federation Honoree for Contribution to Montreal Theatre, and the Ministry of Cultural Affairs of Québec Award. Recently, she was honoured by the Association for Canadian Theatre Research.
Language
English
French
Yiddish
Italian
Acquisition Source
Aviva Ravel
Custodial History
Aviva Ravel
Reproduction Restrictions
Contains copyright material. Consult JPL Archives for more information.
Accession No.
12-002
Name Access
Ravel, Aviva
Subjects
Ravel, Aviva.
Playwriting
Plays
Theatre
Theatrical Productions.
Writers, Yiddish
Writing - Fiction
Archival / Genealogical
Archival Descriptions
Repository
Jewish Public Library Archives
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