Fonds C 293

Ontario Folklife Centre fonds

About these records

Ontario Folklife Centre fonds
Dates of Creation
Physical Description

633 audio cassettes

26 videocassettes

45 centimetres of textual records

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of audiocassettes, videotapes, transcripts, scripts, documentation and project files related to two separate oral history projects. The first project, the "Being Here" Oral History Project, was conducted from 1987-1990 under the aegis of the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Culture, and administered by the Archives of Ontario. The purpose of the project was to research the stories of immigrants and their families who settled in Ontario in the preceding century. Material related to this project includes 579 audiocassettes containing interviews, as well as 26 videocassettes featuring videotaped interviews. The audiocassettes and videotapes are arranged alphabetically by ethnic group. As well, there are 145 transcriptions of interview excerpts, which are arranged alphabetically by interviewee name. Interviews, while conducted in either official Canadian language, are primarily in English.

Textual records consist of project files, the project's final report, and accompanying tape outline forms and interviewee data sheets. Most interviews had accompanying interviewee data sheets, but outline forms were not completed for every interview.

Included in the "Being Here" project are two audiocassettes and one script related to a play entitled "Sleeping Giant." The play was written and presumably recorded by an interviewee, Larry Santa. The play production on the audiocassette was performed by the Cambrian Players of Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Fonds also contains audiocassettes and transcripts pertaining to a second project, the Native Canadian Oral History Project, conducted between 1982-1983. This project was carried out by interviewer Ranald Thurgood of the Toronto Public Library's Spadina branch, and consists of 37 interviews with Canadian Native Indians. Material regarding this project was acquired by the Ontario Folklife Centre from Thurgood.

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

The Ontario Folklife Centre (OFC) was established in 1987 to study the ethnic makeup and folklore of Ontario and to make this information available to the public.

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Ontario Folklife Centre
Restrictions on Access
This fonds is currently being re-processed. Audio recordings, videos and/or transcripts for which a release form was signed by the interviewee will be made available for consultation. Researchers must use a reference copy of audiotapes and videotapes. Where there is no release form, the interview is closed for 75 years from the date of creation. Please consult a Reference Archivist for more information. Access to some audiotapes and videotapes may be restricted due to condition issues.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright was transferred to the Archives of Ontario by the Ontario Folklife Centre for material for which it was the copyright holder. Publication and broadcasting of interviews is restricted for 75 years from the date of creation. Please consult a Reference Archivist for more information.
Custodial History

Fonds was donated to the Archives of Ontario by Carole Carpenter of the Ontario Folklife Centre in 1993

Physical Condition

Some audiotapes and videotapes may have condition issues.


Title based on primary source of acquisition.

Former Codes

Accession number 27609.

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Partial transcripts of selected interviews are found in container Q-316 (barcode B436890).

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