Fonds PR-2263 - Robert Chesterman fonds

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Robert Chesterman fonds

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  • sound recording

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  • 1959-1987; predominant 1963-1987 (Creation)
    Chesterman, Robert Paul

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524 audio reels

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Biographical history

Robert Chesterman was a senior producer of CBC Vancouver radio programs, including music programs, dramas, and features. Robert Chesterman was a senior producer of CBC Vancouver radio programs, including music programs, dramas, and features. He was born in England and came to Canada in 1957. He joined the CBC as a junior producer in 1959, working in features, variety and music, and soon became the senior music producer for CBC Vancouver. He also worked in drama with Gerald Newman, the distinguished head of Vancouver CBC drama. Upon Newman's retirement in the mid-1960s, Chesterman became supervisor of CBC Vancouver radio drama and features, responsible for the arts programming issuing from the most important regional CBC production centre outside of Toronto.

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The fonds consists of 524 audio tape reels, the majority of which (484 reels) contain radio programs produced by Robert Chesterman at CBC Vancouver. The remaining 40 recordings were produced by various CBC producers during the mid-to-late-1960s, and were retained by Chesterman for "historical" purposes.

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This material was donated to the BC Archives by Robert Chesterman on 1987-12-16.


The inventory of the Chesterman tapes was originally arranged according to their CBC Vancouver tape library numbers. This numbering system approximates chronological order. The BC Archives numbering system retains this original CBC order, with the "non-Chesterman" tapes at the beginning and a series of "unnumbered" tapes at the end.

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No access restrictions apply.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

  • Copy restriction: Permission of the CBC is required for any client copies.
  • Copyright is retained by the CBC.

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  • Finding aid for T4329 available on file and in the reference room.
  • Item-level descriptions are also available on-line for some items.

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Two further accessions were received by the BC Archives. 93-3607, received in 1998, consisted of film and video material for three films by Chesterman. 94-5991, received in 2002, comprised six audio reels for two additional radio productions. Both of these accessions were returned to Chesterman.

General note

Archives code(s): 90-0730 ; T4329; Fonds description was previously numbered AAAA8122.; Collection description was previously numbered AAAB7407.

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Accession number(s): 90-0730; T4329


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

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