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John A. Russell fonds
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- Russell, John A.
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John Alonzo Russell was born at Hindsdale, New Hampshire on October 28, 1907. He was educated at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and also received a diploma from the Fontainbleu School of Fine Arts in 1932. In 1928, he joined the staff at the School of Architecture at the University of Manitoba. He became the Director of the School in 1946, and was appointed Dean in 1963, when the School of Architecture was designated a Faculty. He also began a career in theatre created and mounting set designs for the Winnipeg Little Theatre, the University Glee Club, the University Dramatic Society as well as some pageants. He was awarded the Canadian Drama Award in 1938.
John Russell became involved as a stage director and designer with the Winnipeg Ballet Club shortly after it was founded. He designed the sets for Kilowatt Magic, The Wager, Les Preludes, The Wise Virgins, Through the Looking Glass, Queen of Hearts, Finishing School, The Planets, Ziegeuner, An American in Paris, Object Matrimony, Allegory, The Shooting of Dan McGrew, Rondel, Children of Men, Pasticcio. He also designed the costumes for The Wise Virgins and Allegory. He was the President of the Winnipeg Ballet Board of Directors from 1951 to 1953, but served as a member of the Board from 1949-1966.
He was a director and president of the Winnipeg Art Gallery and a board member of the Winnipeg School of Art. He also belonged to the Federation of Canadian Artists and served as professional advisor and jurist for several national architectural competitions. He was Dean of the College of Fellows, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and was a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Manitoba Society of Artists, the Association of Architectural Historians – United States and Great Britain, and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. He was an honorary life member in the Manitoba Association of Architects, a Fellow of the International Institute of Arts and Letters, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. John A. Russell passed away December 28, 1966. The building that currently houses the Faculty of Architecture is named after John A. Russell.
The records of John A. Russell came to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet archives as a transfer of records from the RWB Alumni Association.
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The John A. Russell fonds includes biographical information (1946-1996).
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See also the set and costume designs of John A. Russell held at the RWB Archives.
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