Fonds - Arnold Spohr fonds

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Arnold Spohr fonds

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  • 1938-2010 (Creation)

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-- 77cm of textual material + 402 photographs + 35 videos + 3 slides + artifacts.

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Custodial history

The majority of the records of Arnold Spohr came to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet archives as a transfer of records from Arnold’s office after his death in 2010.

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The Arnold Spohr fonds includes the following series: artifacts; biographical information; awards (1970-2004); family (1953-1999); personal collections; newspaper articles (1958-2008); correspondence (1957-2005), scrapbooks (1945-1951); Egyptian Tour (1982); RWB Administration (1974-1986); annual reports (1980-1988); writings (1950); speeches; invitations (1983-2002); ballet information/notes; Banff Centre School of Fine Arts (1975-2000); Arnold Spohr Gala (1982-1983); Dance Congress (1969); International Competitions (1961-1980); Competition Judge (1987-2003); guest teacher (1991-2003); Alberta Ballet School (1993-1999); Rainbow Stage (1957-2007); RWB Alumni Association ([1989]-1994); Ballet Jorgen (1991-1994); Winnipeg Contemporary Dancers (1991); film (1979-1990); Twenty-Fifth Anniversary (1983); obituaries/memorials (2010); a Celebration of Dance (2003); Canadian Actors’ Equity Association (1979); Manitoba Arts Council (1986); retirement (1988); photographs (1938-2004); moving images; and slides [1984-1987].

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No restrictions on access. Access to some sound recordings and moving images may be restricted for preservation reasons due to the age and fragility of the original storage media.

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The responsibility for conforming with copyright, libel and privacy legislation lies with the researcher.

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File level inventory is available.

Associated materials

Dance Collection Danse and the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives also house material pertaining to Arnold Spohr. The Manitoba Education Library has a video/DVD copy of Concertante available for teachers to borrow.

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No further accruals are expected.

Accompanying material

See also the records of his ballets and his biography An Instinct for Success by Michael Crabb housed at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet archives.

Accompanying material

See also the unedited interview from "Forty Years of One Night Stands" housed as part of the Audio-Visual collection.

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