Fonds PR-0374 - Imbert Orchard fonds

J. Francis Bursill

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Imbert Orchard fonds

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  • sound recording
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  • moving images
  • multiple media

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  • 1898-[1950s]; 1959-1985; predominant 1959-1979 (Creation)
    Orchard, Imbert, 1909-1991

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ca. 2650 audio reels and other material

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Biographical history

Imbert Orchard was born Robert Henslow Orchard and was educated in England. He pursued a career in theatre in Ontario and later taught drama at the University of Alberta. In 1955, he came to B.C., where he was hired by CBC Vancouver as a regional script editor for television. He also began producing documentary history programs for CBC Radio. His first series, "Living Memory", aired from 1961 to 1964. It was followed by the Centennial series "From the Mountains to the Sea" (1967) and the long-running "People in Landscape' (1968-1972). In 1972, Orchard left the CBC to join the Communications Studies Department at Simon Fraser University. In the 1970s and early 1980s, he was closely associated with the Aural History Programme (later the Sound and Moving Image Division) at the Provincial Archives of British Columbia. He researched and wrote three books, and produced four sound programs, for the archives' Sound Heritage Series.

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The fonds consists of oral history interviews, radio programs, and other sound recordings, as well as scripts, notes, correspondence, photographs, two amateur films, and a drawing. This material was created or accumulated by Imbert Orchard during the production of oral history interviews and documentary radio programs for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Vancouver, and in his later career as a university professor and freelance radio producer.

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Received from Imbert Orchard, 1974-1985.


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  • No access restrictions apply.
  • Conservation restriction: original material in cool or cold storage is not accessible to the public.

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Many of the sound recordings are copyright the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

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  • Box/file list available for textual records.
  • Item-level descriptions of the sound recordings and films are available online.

Associated materials

T0990:0001 - 0010 comprises five interviews with (or recorded lectures by) Imbert Orchard, discussing his life and his work in oral history and radio broadcasting.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Accession number(s): 88-0070; 89-1395; 91-1319; 197811-002; 198107-080; 198602-018; F1985:13; MS-0364; PDP03883; T0194; T0389; T0944; T1208; T1656; T1970; T1972; T2462; T3271 - T3282; T3285; T4103; T4222; T4255; T4256

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Includes: 2.3 m of textual records, 305 photographs, 12 audio cassettes, 2 film reels, and 1 drawing.


Sound recording originals may be in cool storage.

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