Fonds MS-17 - Richard MacDonald fonds

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Richard MacDonald fonds

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  • Textual record
  • Graphic material - photograph

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CA EDM MS-17

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  • 1919, 1928-1971 (Creation)
    Creator
    MacDonald, Richard

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16 cm of textual records. -- 70 photographs

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(1990-1983)

Biographical history

Richard MacDonald was born at Huntley, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, and educated at St. Edward's School, Oxford, and St. Paul's School, London. At the age of 17 he joined the "Artists' Rifles" and fought in the First World War. In 1920 he married Inez Thomson and the couple moved to Canada. He worked with the provincial government until 1934 when he joined the University of Alberta radio station, CKUA. In 1937 he became station manager, a position he returned to after serving with the Canadian army in the Second World War. In 1947 he was appointed coordinator of cultural activities for the province of Alberta. In 1952 he became Director of the Dominion Drama Festival in Ottawa, a position he held until his retirement in 1965. Richard MacDonald and his wife, Inez, were well known in Edmonton theatrical circles, notably the Edmonton Little Theatre and the Edmonton Civic Opera. Richard MacDonald died in 1983.

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Scope and content

The fonds consists of programs and photographs of theatre and other cultural events, in many of which Richard and Inez MacDonald were part of the company, primarily as set designer and make-up artist, respectively. The records also include newspaper clippings, correspondence, and magazines relating to the life and career of Richard MacDonald and to the theatre and radio in Edmonton, notably the Edmonton Little Theatre and radio station CKUA.
The textual material was arranged as follows:

  • Programs (by theatre group)
  • News clippings
  • Reports and letters
  • Periodicals

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Immediate source of acquisition

This fonds was donated to the City of Edmonton Archives by Richard MacDonald in 1971.

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The textual material was arranged by format.
The photographs were arranged predominantly in chronological order and assigned item number(s) with the prefix EA-137.

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  • English

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There are no restrictions on access.

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Copyright may apply.
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Photographs have been described at the item level and are available in the City of Edmonton Archives online database.

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Accession numbers: A71-53

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City of Edmonton Archives

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Final

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  • Box: MS Room
  • Box: Library