Fonds - Royal Winnipeg Ballet Alumni Association fonds

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Royal Winnipeg Ballet Alumni Association fonds

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  • 1973- 2018 (Creation)
    Royal Winnipeg Ballet Alumni Association

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38 cm of textual material + 219 photographs.

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(1989 - present)

Administrative history

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet Alumni Association was founded in 1989, following the 50th Anniversary of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB). The founding members were Margaret (Hample) Piasecki, Arnold Spohr, Marilyn (Young) Marshall, Catherine White, Nenad Lhotka, Leslie Carter and Susan Bennet.
The objectives of the Alumni Association set out by the founding members were to stay in touch with former members of the RWB, build camaraderie amongst its members, support the RWB Company and its professional school and preserve the company’s heritage through the development of an archives project.
In March 1991 the Alumni Association adopted its first Constitution. Membership is open to anyone who was a salaried employee of the RWB. Friends of the Alumni may also join as Associate Members.
To stay in touch with its members and foster collegiality, the Alumni Association started publication of a newsletter in 1990 and in 1992 published its first Directory.
Work on the archives began soon after the Alumni Association’s founding. By 1991, the Alumni Association was requesting space from the RWB to house the archival collection. In 2010, the RWB Board of Directors took over the stewardship of the archives and staff and supplies funding began to be provided by the Company. In 2017, the archivist was made a permanent, salaried member of the RWB staff.
Some of their other projects initiated by the RWB Alumni Association have included providing guides to allow visitors to tour the RWB School building, setting up many displays in the building to showcase the history of the RWB to staff, students and visitors, displaying RWB posters within the building and funding annual scholarships to deserving Professional Division students. During significant anniversaries for the RWB, the Alumni Association also hosts various reunion activities for its members.

Custodial history

The records of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Alumni Association were automatically transferred to the RWB Archives.

Scope and content

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet Alumni Association fonds includes: constitutions (1991-2004); records of the advisory committee (1989); records of the executive (1990-2018); records of annual meetings (1990- 2017); records of the general committee (1991-2008); Update newsletter (1990-2018); directories (1992-2017); records of anniversary celebrations, including photographs (1999-2015); records of the British Columbia Alumni Association (1991-2008); archives planning (1973-2010); Bank of Montreal Certificate and Agreement (1991); By-Law Amendment 1B (1992); records of the Alumni Association Scholarships (2016-2017); “Things” Consignment Contract (2014); and articles of agreement.

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Access to the directories is restricted.

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

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Further accruals are expected.

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The RWB Archives houses other photo albums belonging to the Alumni Association that are not included in the fonds level description.

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Archival planning documents that predate the Alumni Association are included in the fonds as they were used for reference in the creation of the current archives.

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See also the biographical records and photographs of individual members of the Alumni Association.

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