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Owen Clark collection

  • c00007
  • Collection
  • 1890-2007

The collection consists of material relating to Winnipeg and its music history, particularly its jazz, blues, and big band music from the late 1890s to 2007. This material was used by Clark in Musical Ghosts: Manitoba’s Jazz and Dance Bands, 1914-1966. As well, the collection includes vintage photographs and related material on Winnipeg-based musicians, music and dance venues, and the bands, singers and performers who worked in these establishments. The collection also records the architecture of dance halls and clubs in Winnipeg and in Manitoba and Saskatchewan towns. In addition, social and cultural activities in Manitoba are represented in the descriptions recorded on many of the photographs. The collection contains digital, visual and audio media of interviews and musical sessions by musicians captured in many of the photographs.

The main body of the Owen Clark Collection contains records given to Owen Clark or records from his private collection. It also contains a bound scrapbook that was compiled by Manuel Finkelman, a dancer at the Orpheum Theatre from 1922-1923. It contains newspaper clippings (many from The Winnipeg Tribune) documenting the entertainment scene in Winnipeg, Manitoba, especially the Orpheum Theatre and vaudeville acts from 1921-1927. The scrapbook was discovered by Gene Shelley (Eugene Schibler) during demolition of the Theatre in 1948 and given to Owen Clark around 2004.

Textual records and ephemera in the Collection include local band business cards, newspaper clippings, music magazines, telegraphs, letters, menus from restaurants in Winnipeg, achievement certificates, and newsletters, among other items.

The Nabob Girls Orchestra

Photograph shows the Nabob Girls Orchestra at the Western Board Broadcasting studio, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Left to right front: Marj DeBoldt?, Sally Lee (Levine), unknown trumpet player, unknown piano player, Nellie McIntosh? (conductor). Left to right rear: unknown guitar player, Dolly Madison? (drums), unknown accordion player. Date of photograph is uncertain, circa 1930.

Alfie Doe and His Grand Beach Orchestra

Photograph shows Bus Totten (trumpet and violin), Joe Micali (saxophone and vocals), Gus Gallant (trumpet and vocals), Freddy Rouse (piano and arranger), Clare Kennedy (trombone and vocals), Frank Baldwin (saxophone), Johnny Horner (saxophone), Jack Drewry (bass), Al Doe (drums and leader).

National Park Orchestra

Photograph shows unknown (trumpet), Frank Yarwood (saxophone and clarinet), Jack Warnick (trumpet), Andy Rothwell (saxophone and clarinet), Russ Goundry (drums), Horie Russell (saxophone and clarinet), Bill Winters (piano and leader), Herb Lord (bass).

National Park Orchestra

Photograph shows (L-R): Russ Goundry (drums), Unknown (trumpet), Andy Rothwell (saxophone and clarinet), Frank Yarwood (saxophone and clarinet), Herb Lord (bass), Jack Warwick (trumpet), Bill Winters (piano and leader).

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