Fonds F0319 - The Buskins fonds

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The Buskins fonds


  • 1955-1996, predominant 1955-1965 (Creation)

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78 cm of textual records. -- 592 photographs. -- 14 posters

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The theatre group, The Buskins, was formed in 1954 by Jo [Josephine Alice Carew Pilcher Cormack, 1928-2001] and David Cormack and Isabel Chapman Thomas. Their first play was produced in 1955. Productions were staged at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium after its opening in 1957. The Buskins also produced one-act plays, held theatre training programs, supported and fostered a teen-age group called the Harlequins, and were active members of the Calgary Allied Arts Council. After 1960 the group began to produce Christmas pantomimes and avant garde plays, as well as operate the Harlequin Theatre School. The Buskins' last play was presented in 1967. For further information see Grant Reddick's article "Josephine Pilcher Cormack and David Cormack" in Theatre 100 : Celebrating 100 Theatre Practioners over 100 years / Shari Wattling, ed. -- Calgary : Alberta Playwrights' Network, 2006, p. 20.


Archival history

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Gift of David and Jo Cormack, 1988-1996.

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The fonds consists of constitution, bylaws and minutes; programs, posters, scrapbooks and newsclippings for the productions; financial records; and memorabilia of the 1983 and 1996 reunions. Includes extensive photographs and slides of the plays and theatre school.

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No restrictions on access.

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The material is in English.

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Thursday, May 10, 2018




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