Fonds F0181 - Violet Archer fonds.

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Violet Archer fonds.


  • [before 1940]-2000 (Creation)

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0.525 m of textual records.

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Biographical history

Canadian composer, pianist, organist and educator Violet Archer, née Balestreri, was born in Montreal, Quebec, on April 24, 1913 and died in Ottawa, Ontario, on 21 February 2000. Biographical information is available in Encyclopedia of music in Canada. 2nd ed., pp. 35-37 or online. Not noted in encyclopedia entry is Violet Archer's service to Western Board of Music ([ca. 1965-1968]) for which there are related records in this fonds. Violet Archer - among possible other duties - drafted harmony exercises for Western Board of Music exams.

Archival history

Four additional small accessions contain material relating to Violet Archer. MsC 268 consists of sixty-eight letters (1965 May 25 - 1988 May 26) from V. Archer to Vernon Murgatroyd. Donated by Canadian Music Centre, Prairie Region, in 2000. MsC 269 consists of eighteen letters (1963 June 16-1989 March 14) from V. Archer to Neil K. Moran, composition "Weepe O Mine Eyes" by N.K. Moran and concert program of performance. Donated by University of Toronto Music Library in 2000. MsC 270 consists of three letters (2000 March 13-2000 April 15) between Suzanne Summerville and various persons regarding V. Archer and "Frisch Gesungen", poem by Adelbert van Chamisso, music by Emma Lou Diemer, dedicated to the memory of Violet Archer. Donated by Suzanne Summerville via the Canadian Music Centre, Prairie Region in 2000. MsC 282 consists of fifteen letters (1986 June 15 - 1999 February 3) from Violet Archer to Suzanne Summerville; fragment of a letter from V. Archer to an unidentified recipient; letters between S. Summerville and René Lavoie, Canada Council, and John Abram relating to compositions by V. Archer; copies of two articles relating to compositions by V. Archer; and text of five poems by Lisa Harbo. Donated by Suzanne Summerville via the Canadian Music Centre, Prairie Region in 2000. Accession 793/05.14 consists of correspondence, tributes to V. Archer, programs of performances of her music, newspaper articles and reviews, contracts and related documents, musical scores by V. Archer and by her student Ron Hannah. Donated by Roberta Stephen, Alberta Keys Music Publishing Co. Ltd., in 2005.

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Fonds consists of manuscript scores, ranging from rough drafts and fragments to full scores, of instrumental, orchestral, choral and vocal works; harmony exercises; biographical material; and programs and promotional material for concerts featuring V. Archer's works. MsC 303 donated by V. Archer in 1990.

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No restrictions on access.

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Text in English.

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File-level finding aids available except for Accession 793/05.14.

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Additional archival material located at University of Alberta Archives and National Archives of Canada.

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