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Archives sound recording collection

  • F6
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1930-1995]

Collection consists of sound recordings collected or acquired by the BC Archives from a wide variety of donors and sources. The recordings include oral history interviews, radio broadcasts, and published sound recordings. Subjects include family history, local and regional history, industrial history, and broadcasting.

British Columbia Archives

Derek Reimer interview : [CBC, 1976]

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Aural History at the Provincial Archives, 1976 PERIOD COVERED: 1950-1976 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Derek Reimer, Assistant Director of the Aural History Programme at the Provincial Archives of British Columbia, is interviewed by Pat Munroe of the CBC Radio program "Three's Company". He discusses the Aural History Programme and techniques of aural history. [TRACK 2: blank.]

Derek Reimer interview : [CFMS, 1979]

SUMMARY: In an interview with Walter Cownden on CFMS Victoria's "The Roving Reporter" [program], Derek Reimer, Head of the Aural History Programme at the Provincial Archives of British Columbia, discusses the work of the programme.

Imbert Orchard fonds

  • PR-0374
  • Fonds
  • 1898-[1950s]; 1959-1985; predominant 1959-1979

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.

Orchard, Imbert, 1909-1991

Imbert Orchard interview : [McColl, 1973]

CALL NUMBER: T0990:0001
SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Imbert Orchard : aural history and broadcasting in B.C., 1958-1973
RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973
SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Imbert Orchard discusses his personal background. His developing interest in broadcasting and aural history in the 1950s and 1960s. Orchard's early radio programs, especially "People in Landscape". Interview techniques. Recording the Bryant family. The program "Morning at Metlakatla". TRACK 2: More on Metlakatla and his dramatic techniques. More on different recording techniques. Theory and philosophy of sound recording. Need for an aural history association and archives. Orchard's role as a radio producer. Recording Indigenous peoples.

CALL NUMBER: T0990:0002
SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Imbert Orchard : aural history and broadcasting in B.C., 1958-1973
RECORDED: [location unknown], 1973
SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Imbert Orchard discusses recording a collection of about 1400 interviews. Personal favourites include: Constance Cox, Martin Starret, and the Bryant family. Other recordings and programs. Interview techniques. [TRACK 2: blank.]

Imbert Orchard lecture : [SFU, 1978-11-06]

CALL NUMBER: T0990:0008
RECORDED: Burnaby (B.C.), 1978-11-06
SUMMARY: TRACK 1: In a lecture to a Communication Studies class at Simon Fraser University, Imbert Orchard discusses aspects of aural history. The history of sound recording. Distinction between "oral" and "aural". Orchard's early interest in aural history while working for the CBC. Orchard demonstrates aural history techniques by playing a portion of an interview with a pioneer woman of British Columbia. TRACK 2: Aural history a a method of bringing the past to life. Orchard plays a portion of a taped interview with B.C. artist Jack Shadbolt. Aural history as a form of presentation. The differences between aural and visual media. Orchard plays a portion of a radio documentary he made about Dutch prisoners-of-war in Europe during the Second World War.

CALL NUMBER: T0990:0009
RECORDED: Burnaby (B.C.), 1978-11-06
SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Continued from T0990:0008. Continuation of excerpt from radio documentary about Dutch prisoners-of-war. Aural history and history. Aural documentation. Orchard plays a portion of a recording made of a scouting expedition that he took part in, tracing the exploration routes of Simon Fraser and Alexander Mackenzie. Description of the process and techniques of recording interviews and editing sound programs. Orchard answers questions from the student audience. Problems encountered in recording the sound program "In the House of the Old Doctor". TRACK 2: Conclusion (about 5 minutes).

Imbert Orchard papers

The series consists of scripts, notes, correspondence and background material related to the production of Orchard's documentary radio programs at CBC Vancouver, including the series "Living Memory" (1961-1964), "From the Mountains to the Sea" (1967)," and People in Landscape" (1968-1972). These programs were mainly based on Orchard's tape-recorded oral history interviews with B.C. pioneers (found in MS-3268). Also included in the papers are written reminiscences of some of Orchard's interviewees, notably Martin Starret, William John "Wiggs" O'Neill and Martha (O'Neill) Boss. These records, together with assorted pamphlets and newspaper cuttings, constitute MS-0364.

Non-CBC radio programs and sound recordings

The series consists of various interviews, radio programs and other sound recordings that were received with the Imbert Orchard accessions, but were not produced by Orchard or for the CBC. The series includes: recordings by Mrs. Roxy Tomlinson about the missionary work of her father-in-law and her husband, the Revs. Robert Tomlinson Sr. and Jr.; oral history interviews by Bjorn Bjornson; recorded music transcriptions from NHK Japan; interviews or programming from radio stations CFTK Terrace, CHUB Nanaimo, CJOR and CKWX Vancouver, and CKOK Penticton; and audio documentary assignments by Orchard's SFU Communications students.

Oral history interviews, field sounds, and music

The series consists of oral history interviews focusing on the European settlement and development of British Columbia, mainly covering the period 1880-1914, recorded all over the province by broadcaster Imbert Orchard. The series also includes field recordings of natural and man-made sounds, as well as some example of indigenous and folk music.

Oral history session of Pacific Northwest History Conference, 27 April 1974

RECORDED: [location unknown], 1974-04-27 SUMMARY: A panel discussion on "Oral History in the Archives," featuring Maclyn Burg of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library in Abilene, Kansas, and W.J. Langlois of the Aural History Institute of British Columbia in Victoria (formerly Reynoldston Research and Studies). The moderator is Terry Abraham.

People in landscape : Introduction - roots and patterns

SUMMARY: In this introduction to the third series, Imbert Orchard explains how the "People In Landscape" series came about, discusses some of the interviews, and (with technician Ian Stephen) recalls some experiences while gathering material for the series.

Recording techniques for oral history interviews

The item is a sound recording of a program discussing various aspects of interview recording techniques: recording equipment, tape stock, how to achieve satisfactory sound quality, recording speeds, interviewing styles, tape identification and summaries, tape preservation, and maintenance of recording equipment.

Sound Heritage Series sound programs

  • GR-3376
  • Series
  • 1976-1983

The series comprises 20 documentary sound programs produced to accompany publications in the Sound Heritage Series, a historical quarterly published by the Provincial Archives of British Columbia (PABC) from 1976 to 1983. The archives's Aural History Programme (after 1980, the Sound and Moving Image Division) was responsible for the publication. Both the journal and the sound programs were based on excerpts from oral history interviews in the collection of the Provincial Archives. The actual editing and production of the sound programs was contracted to freelancers, often the same individual that recorded the interviews and edited the corresponding journal. The sound programs usually focused on or amplified an aspect or aspects of the the subject of the journal.

The series includes working tapes, spliced originals, volume-corrected program masters, and cassette duplicating masters.

Provincial Archives of British Columbia. Aural History Programme


SUMMARY: "Best Seat In The House" was a weekly series of Kunstkopf programs, produced in stereo. This episode, "Steveston", is a dramatic documentary in verse and prose by the well-known West coast poet Daphne; Marlatt. It is a sound portrait of the waterfront community of Steveston, BC -- its history, people, fishing industry, canneries and Japanese heritage. Recorded on the location in the spring of 1976;, with a narrative by the author. The voices heard include Walter Marsh, Rae Brown, Bill Buck, Merv Campone, Lillian Carlson, Robert Clothier, Catherine Croll, Peg Dixon, James Johnston, Jan Mortil, H;.S. Olson, Sam Payne, Al Pearce, Susan Ringwood, Eric Schneider, Shannon Shepherd, and David Stein. Source material was provided by the Aural History Programme at the Provincial Archives of British Co;lumbia.;

Stories about pioneers

RECORDED: Vancouver (B.C.), 1973-03 SUMMARY: Oral history workshop [at Vancouver Public Library?] Various amusing stories. The first is read while the others are more spontaneous. Contributors present include: Grace Grout, Charles Mattison, and Mrs. Davies.

Transcribing and editing oral history

The item is a sound disc recording containing an excerpt from a recorded interview which contains unclear sound, background noises, crutch words, etc., which create transcribing problems. Compare to verbatim transcript on pp. 31-33 of the book this recording accompanies.

W.J. Langlois interview : [Cauthers, 1975]

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): The development of Aural History at the Provincial Archives of British Columbia RECORDED: Victoria (B.C.), 1975-05 SUMMARY: William Langlois is interviewed about the changes in and development and demise of Reynoldston Research and Studies, and the eventual transfer of its aural history program to the Provincial Archives of British Columbia. Account of how the Provincial Government came to accept aural history. Supporters of aural history. Contribution of Imbert Orchard. Role of Board of Trustees (oral history). Aural History Conference, June 1973. Aural History Institute of British Columbia. Birth and purpose of Sound Heritage. Discussion of relationship of aural history to Provincial Archives, structure of Aural History Programme, PABC staff. Relationship of Aural History, PABC to Aural History Institute, Beginning of Canadian Oral History Association. 1974 Oral History Conference. Future of Aural History Programme, PABC. Theories about aural history. AH and PABC definitions of aural history.

W.J. Langlois interview : [CBC, 1976?]

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): William Langlois RECORDED: [location unknown], [1976?] SUMMARY: Telephone interview with William Langlois on a CBC morning show (8:30 am. Early 1976?) about the beginning of oral/aural history in B.C. and at the Aural History Programme at the Provincial Archives of B.C. Value of oral history, common man emphasis at PABC.

W.J. Langlois interview : [SFU students, 1975]

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): William Langlois RECORDED: [location unknown], 1975-02-27 SUMMARY: William Langlois is questioned by a group of SFU students, with their instructor Imbert Orchard acting as moderator. Questions concerning growth of oral history research in B.C. leading up to Aural History Programme, Provincial Archives of British Columbia. Discussion of theory of aural history. Importance of sound quality.

W.J. Langlois interview : [unidentified, 1977]

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): William Langlois RECORDED: Victoria (B.C.), 1977-02-21 SUMMARY: In an interview recorded by an "unidentified U.S. visitor", William Langlois discusses the growth and development of oral history in B.C. Reasons for high interest in heritage in B.C. Theory and practice of oral history.