Archival Collections

The following Research Collections are available at Media Archives. For information regarding finding aids and collections access, please contact a Media Archivist, during regular business hours. You can also perform advanced search of research collections from the Media Archives in Discover Archives.

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1972-2006
Biographical History

Jacob (Jay) Switzer was born in Calgary (ca. 1956) and raised in Lethbridge, AB and Estevan, SK. The family moved to Toronto when Switzer was in his teens. His father, Israel, was an engineer and his mother Phyllis was a journalist. In 1972, Phyllis Switzer (along… more

This fonds consists of 5 series, divided by format. These are: Textual Material, Photographic Material, Audio Material, Video Material, and Artifacts… Read full scope and content
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The rare public figure to be named both a Member of the Order of Canada and an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters in France, Juno Award-nominated musician Jacques Israelievitch left an indelible impression on the music scene, both within and beyond the borders… more

This fonds consists of 14 series, divided by subject and format. They are: Personal Files & Ephemera, Video, Audio, Jacques Israelievitch - 50th… Read full scope and content
1928 - 2005
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Jan Rubeš was a singer, actor and director whose career spanned more than half a century. Born in Volynĕ, Czechoslovakia in 1920, Rubeš was the second son of a local bank manager. Although he had planned to follow his brother into medicine, his studies were… more

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Jana Lynne White is a media training instructor and a seasoned pop culture reporter. White has been noted by many as an excellent pop culture interviewer, with notable talks with many A-list celebrities.

Raised in Vancouver, White moved to Toronto in 1990 to… more

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Jeff Healey was born in Toronto on March 25th, 1966 and was adopted by his parents in July of that year. As an infant, Healey developed retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer, and consequently lost his sight at the age of one. At the age of three, his father gave… more

1979 - 1989
Biographical History

Jeffrey Crelinsten is a science writer and historian with over 25 years experience popularizing science for non-specialist audiences. Crelinsten studied physics at McGill University (B.Sc.), astronomy at the University of Toronto (M.Sc.), and history of science at the… more

This fonds was acquired in three separate accessions in 1986, 1987, and 1989. The fonds includes a collection of taped interviews and transcripts for… Read full scope and content
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Jerry G. Gray was born in Toronto in 1933. He graduated in Dentistry from the University of Toronto. In 1953, at Camp Naivelt, The Travellers, a folk music band, was formed by Gray, Sid Dolgay, Helen Gray, Jerry Goodis, and Oscar Ross. Initially associated with the… more

Fonds consists of material related to the life and career of Jerry G. Gray. Records are predominantly related to his membership in The Travellers,… Read full scope and content
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Jim Szakacs is a Canadian who had an avid interest in advertising and Hollywood entertainment. Szakacs graduated Regina Central Collegiate and after his years of education he was the Negotiating Supervisor for the Media Department at D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles… more

The Jim Szakacs collection is separated under these series:
Series 1 – 5
Series 1: Books
Series 2: Vintage Magazines
Series 3: Press Clippings
Series… Read full scope and content
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Joey Cee has been a figure in the Canadian music scene since his high school days. Starting weekly shows at the Three Star Club Hall in 1963, Cee introduced many up and coming Rock ‘n’ Roll and R&B artists to eager listeners. His success in being able to identify… more

1964 - 2006
Biographical History

Photographer, writer and broadcaster John A. Reeves was born in Burlington, ON, on April 24 th , 1938. Reeves attended one year of art studies at Sir George Williams Art School in Montreal before completing his education at the Ontario College of Art in 1961. Reeves… more

This fonds includes 4 series: ‘Textual Records – Archival’, ‘Textual Records – Published’, ‘Posters and Proofs’, and ‘Photographic Prints’.

The… Read full scope and content
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John Stoneman was a Canadian underwater filmmaker and conservationist. His career spans four decades, and has garnered many awards.

Stoneman was born in 1939 in Devonshire, England. His first step into film was with Pinewood Studios in 1957, then in 1963 he… more

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Julian Samuel was born in Lahore, Pakistan in 1952. His family immigrated to Canada from England. Samuel studied English Literature at Trent University, then completed a Master of Fine Arts in photography at Concordia University.

Samuel is an artist of many… more