Fonds - Constance Officer fonds

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Constance Officer fonds

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  • Textual record

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  • 1953-1974 (Creation)
    Officer, Constance

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3.5 cm of textual material + 5 photographs + artifacts.

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Ethel Constance Officer was born May 16, 1890 and began her role as wardrobe director for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 1943. She was always known as “Sindie” after the last name of her first husband, Sinden. She also designed the costumes for Nutcracker Pas de Deux in 1957, Recurrence in 1961, Pas de Dix in 1962, Coppelia Pas de Deux in 1964, Flower Festival in Genzano Pas de Deux, and The Still Point in 1966. She retired in 1966, but still remained as an advisor for several years afterward. She received a Manitoba Centennial Medal in 1970 for her service in the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Constance Officer passed away March 22, 1979 in Vancouver, BC.

Custodial history

The majority of the records of Constance Officer were donated to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet archives by her daughter, June Rubenok, in 2010.

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The Constance Officer fonds includes the following series: correspondence (1966-1974); invitations (1962-1969); scrapbook (1956- 1989); biographical information (1957-1979); photographs (1953-1966); two thimbles; and a needlecase.

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

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There is some duplication in the material from the scrapbook and from BA/02/18.

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See also the costume files and audio-visual records of her costume designs housed at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.

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