Session/Séance 4a: CAML Friday/Vendredi 26 May 2017. 9:00AM-10:30, EJB 130
Chair : LUCINDA WALLS (Queen’s University)
1. Archival Dance Collections
Kyla Jemison, University of Toronto
Looking at archival dance collections, this presentation will examine representations of aboriginal culture in music and dance in Canada in the 1930s and 1940s. The Boris Volkoff collection includes photographs and documentation about his ballets Mon-Ka- Ta, Mala, and Red Ear of Corn, featuring music from Ernest MacMillan, Marius Barbeau, and John Weinzweig respectively; material in the Pauline Sullivan collection provides more resources about Mon- Ka-Ta and Mala, ballets Volkoff created to represent Canada at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. The Cynthia Barrett collection includes correspondence and manuscripts from the ethnomusicologists and ethnographers she worked with to create her Eskimo Dances (1946). These archival collections, held at the Toronto Reference Library and Dance Collection Danse, demonstrate the close relationship between music and dance and provide valuable information about the ways in which (white) Canadians in the 1930s and 1940s looked to aboriginal culture to create specifically Canadian performances.
2. Preserving the Music O' Canada: Acquisition and Digital Preservation of Our Recorded Heritage
Houman Behzadi / Steve Marks, University of Toronto
This presentation provides an overview of a partnership between the University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) and Naxos of America, through which UTL will acquire and preserve digital backfiles of five Canadian classical music labels. The project is a response to the existing gap in preserving our recorded heritage. It is a pioneering move in that no other institution in Canada or the USA has successfully devised a scalable model of acquiring the digital files of copyrighted music recordings. Following a brief account of the work undertaken by other music librarians in the USA, Behzadi will describe the components of the acquisition model and highlight the importance of collaborations with an aggregator with third-party licensing expertise. Marks will then speak about the process of archiving the files in the UTL preservation system and its relationship with the larger UTL digital preservation strategy.
3. In Other News: The Significance of Canadian Media Sources in an Analysis of Local Music Collection Literature
Veronica Kmiech, University of Saskatchewan
Canada’s 150th birthday is a fitting time to contemplate the significance of local music in building culture and identity across the country. Music libraries have an important role in preserving and providing access to local music for scholarly and general audiences. This research is part of the “Local Music Collections” project (led by Carolyn Doi, University of Saskatchewan). In this work, we conducted a qualitative systematic review and thematic analysis of the literature on local music collections. The presentation will describe the literature review process, focusing on the Canadian evidence, a significant portion of which comes from sources in the media. Analysis of this evidence reveals a snapshot of current, innovative processes for digital collections of local music and shows the potential for these collections to inspire the public and create community.