Fonds PR-2262 - Norman Newton fonds

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Norman Newton fonds

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  • sound recording

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  • 1964-1986 (Creation)
    Newton, Norman Lewis, 1929-

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271 audio reels : 27 cm, 18 cm, 13 cm

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Norman Newton (b. 1929) was a CBC radio producer based in Prince Rupert and Vancouver. In the mid-1950s, he was freelancing with both the BBC and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in London, England. He left this work when he received a Canadian Foundation Grant to complete a novel about Aztec culture. He moved to Spain and subsequently to Mexico. The interest in Amer-Indian cultures aroused by this project is reflected in various musical documentaries he produced later in his career. In 1960, Newton rejoined the CBC as a staff member of CFPR Prince Rupert. By 1964, he had transferred to CBU Vancouver, working initially in radio drama and documentaries. He was eventually assigned to produce the broadcasts of the CBC Vancouver Chamber Orchestra, at the time when radio producers were beginning to specialize. Newton retired from the CBC in 1986.

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The fonds consists of 271 audio tape reels, mainly containing CBC radio programs produced by Norman Newton. It includes three main types of recordings.

The first, and most numerous (T4365:0001-0200), are musical recordings of (mainly) Vancouver artists in concert, and of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (1983-1985), conducted by Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Rudolf Barshai, and various guest conductors. These performances were broadcast on such CBC programs as "Arts National", "Mostly Music", "Orgainists in Recital", "Pacific Soundscape", "Tapyak-tama", and "Two New Hours".

The second group (T4365:0201-0242) comprises radio dramas and documentaries produced by Newton between 1966 and the late 1970s. These were heard on series such as "Audience" and "CBC Stage".

The third group (T4365:0243-0271) consists of recorded material relating to the culture and music of the First Nations of the Pacific Northwest Coast. It includes unedited material recorded in May 1968 at Alert Bay, B.C., featuring interviews about the potlatch with Kwakiutl people from Alert Bay and Fort Rupert, plus a public performance of Kwakiutl songs and dances. This group also includes the 1964 radio program "Music of the Native Peoples of B.C." and some programs from 1965: "Alert Bay Indian Songs & Dances" and the six-part series "The Indian as Artist".

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This material was donated to the BC Archives by Norman Newton on 1989-01-20.


Each of the three groups is organized in ascending order by their CBC tape library numbers. (NOTE: The CBC numbers do not reflect any particular chronological order.)

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No access restrictions apply.

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  • Copying restriction: Permission of CBC required for client copies.
  • Copyright retained by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

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  • Printed finding aid for T4365 available on file and in the reference room.
  • Item-level descriptions are also available on-line for some items.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Credits: producing company: CBU (Radio station : Vancouver, B.C.), producer: Norman Lewis Newton, broadcaster: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

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Vancouver (B.C.) [place broadcast].

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Archives code(s): 90-0730 ; T4365; Fonds description was previously numbered AAAA8116.; Collection description was previously numbered AAAB8257.

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Accession number(s): 90-0730; T4365


Sound recording originals may be in cool or cold storage. Contact staff for specific details.


Acetate-based masters have been copied to polyester tape.

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