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John Emerson fonds
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- graphic material
- moving images
- sound recording
- textual record
- multiple media
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1922-1965, 1969; predominantly 1950-1964 (Creation)
- Emerson, John, 1911-1968
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ca. 218 audio reels and other material
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Name of creator
John Emerson (1911-1968) was a prominent Vancouver musician, actor and entertainer who also arranged and conducted musical shows for radio and the stage. He started his musical career in the late 1920s while a student at the University of British Columbia, leading his own band. In the 1930s, he played aboard CNR coastal steamships, in Vancouver nightclubs, and in various radio programs on CJOR and CRCV (the forerunner of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Vancouver station, CBR). As Emerson's career progressed, he expanded from performing into accompanying, arranging, conducting, acting, producing musical theatre, and working with developing actors and singers. He was highly regarded within the Vancouver entertainment community as a raconteur and a (sometimes acerbic) wit. In the 1950s and 1960s (until a debilitating stroke in 1964), he was considered as the complete "entertainer's entertainer".
Scope and content
The fonds consists of: audio recordings of John Emerson's radio, nightclub, stage and television performances and rehearsals; oral history interviews about John Emerson; Emerson's papers; a collection of theatrical, publicity, and family photographs; and a kinescope of the CBC Vancouver television musical variety program, "John Emerson Presents" (1959).
Immediate source of acquisition
Donated to the BC Archives in October 1987 by Mrs. Mary Ida Emerson, the widow of John Emerson.
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Restrictions on access
- No access restrictions apply.
- Conservation restriction: material in cool or cold storage requires special retrieval and handling.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Copyright to be determined.
- A finding aid for the sound recordings (which also includes a listing of the unprocessed papers) is available on file and in the archives reference room.
- Item-level descriptions of the sound recordings are available on-line.
No further accruals are expected.
Archives code(s): 88-131 ; 199001-001; 90-1483 ; 91-1328 ; F1987:36 ; T4352.
Accession number(s): 88-131; 199001-001; 90-1483; 91-1328; F1987:36; T4352
Sound recording and moving image originals may be in cool or cold storage. Contact staff for specific details.
Includes 13 audio cassettes, 1 m of textual material, 288 photographs, and 1 film reel.
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- Emerson, John, 1911-1968 (Subject)
- Phillips, Betty, 1923- (Subject)
- Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (Vancouver, B.C.) (Subject)