Fonds F0003 - Joanna M. Glass fonds

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Joanna M. Glass fonds


  • 1935-2022 (Creation)

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7.91 m of textual and other material
222 photoprints : colour
123 photoprints : black and white
12 photoprints : colour and black and white
4 slides : colour
2 photonegatives : black and white
11 audio cassettes
16 video cassettes (VHS)
2 video cassettes (U-Matic)
8 CDs
2 DVDs
1 BD-R
3 vinyl discs
23 posters
2 paintings
1 stained glass hanging panel

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Biographical history

Joanna McClelland Glass was born Joan Ruth McClelland in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan October 7, 1936. Glass was involved in theatre in high school and when she moved to Calgary a year after graduating, she participated in Betty Mitchell's amateur theatre Workshop 14. She spent a year in California at the Warner Brothers Drama School and later moved to New York in 1959 where she met and married physicist Alexander Glass. Glass acted with the Yale School of Drama for four years until her children were born.

By the late 1960s, Glass had written a number of plays; the first published was the playscript "Over the Mountain" in 1966. Her career as a playwright was cemented in 1972 with the production of "Canadian Gothic" and "American Modern" first produced in the Manhattan Theatre Club. Glass has also written two novels "Reflections on a Mountain Summer" and "Woman Wanted" which she also adapted as screenplays. She earned a Tony award nomination for her play "Trying".

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Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Acquired between 1978 and 2022. MsC 317, consisting of short stories At the King Edward Hotel and East, donated by the Manitoba Theatre Centre.

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Scope and content

Fonds consists of general correspondence and correspondence relating to individual titles; biographical material such as awards and interviews; manuscripts ranging from rough drafts and fragments to production scripts of stage plays, screenplays, novels, short stories and essays; promotional, production and review material; photographs; posters; audio visual material including audio and VHS cassettes, CDs and vinyl discs; published works; and ephemera material such as paintings and a stained glass hanging panel.

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System of arrangement

All accessions were intellectually arranged into a finding aid in 2022.

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Some items restricted.

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      Text in English.

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      Digital content is available

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