Fonds - Bay family fonds

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Bay family fonds

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  • Photocopied 1997-2002 (originals [ca. 1890]-1995) (Reproduction)
    Bay family
  • [190-?]-2011 (Creation)
    Bay family

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4262 photographs : 359 col. negs., 141 col. slides, 2789 col. prints, 801 b&w prints, 67 col. Panorama prints, 5 hand-tinted b&w prints
0.8 m of textual records
45 film reels (ca. 131-177 mins.) - 44 8 mm, 1 16 mm
2 videotapes - U-matic
1 photo identification card
1 metal disc
7 greeting cards
22 postcards
1 toy gun
7 certificates
2 trophies

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Frances Goffman and Charles Bay were both born in 1919 and were married in 1946. They had one child, Josh Bay.

Frances Goffman was born in Mannville, Alberta to Ukrainian immigrants, Max Goffman and Anne (Averbach) Goffman. She had one brother Ervin Goffman, a noted sociologist. The family moved to Dauphin, Manitoba shortly after the children were born. Frances began acting on stage as a teenager and continued to do so until the birth of her son. She returned to acting in the 1970s on stage, TV and film and continued to do so until her death in . She appeared in such films and TV series as Twin Peaks, Happy Gilmore and Seinfeld and won a Gemini award for a guest role on Road to Avonlea.

Charles bay was born to Eli and Gertrude Bay in Dauphin, Manitoba along with 4 brothers 1 sister. He earned an MBA from Harvard in 1938. He worked in the retail fashion industry in Boston, Massachusetts; New York, New York; Jacksonville, Florida; San Diego, California; and Los Angeles, California. He later owned a company that manufactured down comforters. After his retirement he also acted in a small number of film roles. Charles Bay died in 2002.

Josh Bay was born in 1947. He lived 7 months in kibbutz in 1967. He was attending college when he died in 1970.

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Fonds consists of personal and professional records of Charles and Frances Bay and their families. Records relate to Frances’ acting career, Chuck’s work in the retail fashion business, personal photographs and genealogical research.

A large number of the records relate to Frances Bay’s acting career. These records include professional and on-set photographs, scripts for plays, movies and television programs in which she appeared and reviews of these works. These records mostly relate to her later career that began in the late 1970s and ended shortly before her death in 2011. Also included are awards she received for her work including a Gemini Award.

Personal records records include photographs of Chuck and Frances Bay and family members throughout their lives. These photographs depict their parents, their childhood and early married life, their son Josh. Many of the photographs depict numerous vacations taken between the late 1980s and the 2000s to various destinations in Europe, Southeast Asia, Israel and Egypt. Photographs also include family gatherings such as birthdays and family reunions.

A small number of records relate to Chuck Bay’s career in the retail fashion industry. These include newspaper clippings about his career, photographs of the Furchgott’s department store in Jacksonville, Florida where Chuck was General Manager, and copies of Chuck’s resume. Some of the European travel photographs appear to depict a goose farm and processing facility for his later business producing down comforters.

Chuck Bay researched the genealogy of the Bay, Goffman and Averbach families. Records of this research include detailed family trees, copies of photographs from various sources, correspondence with family members and copies of archival documents from several different institutions. These records include originals and photocopies apparently made during the 1990s and 2000s.

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