Fonds MG 583 - Jason Schoonover fonds

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Jason Schoonover fonds

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MG 583

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  • 1957-1977 (inclusive) ; 1975 (predominant) (Creation)

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.10 m of textual material; 25 photographs; 4 audio reels; 3 film reels; 1 audio cassette; 1 45 rpm record

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“Writer, adventurer, expedition leader, ethnologist, archaeologist, paleontologist, canoeist, naturalist, photographer and Fellow Emeritus, Stefansson Medalist, Citation of Merit awardee, and on the Honor Roll of the prestigious Explorers Club—was brought up on farms, and in villages and small towns in Saskatchewan, Canada, and cities like Saskatoon and Vancouver. This explains why he feels equally at home canoeing in the remote north of his homeland, one of his passions, and living in mega-cities like Bangkok. Following university (Burnaby’s Simon Fraser, English and History, 1970), he launched a multi-media career as a disk jockey, and expanded into writing, directing and producing in radio, TV, stage, newspapers and magazines, including stints as a columnist. His largest stage production was writing, directing and producing Prime Minister John Diefenbaker’s 80th birthday party gala in 1975, an extravaganza involving over 300 performers and personnel. He founded Schoonover Properties and invested everything in Saskatoon real estate.” (from Jason Schoonover’s website

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This fonds contains textual materials and audiovisual materials pertaining to the writing and planning of Diefenbaker’s 80th Birthday Party in 1975. Specifically it includes handwritten and typed notes, correspondence, photographs, audiovisual reels, and some clippings.

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Materials were organized into 4 groups:

  1. Planning notes and Materials
  2. Correspondence.
  3. Photographs
  4. Audio/Visual Material

All materials arrived in two folders (plus the audiovisual materials), with no obvious order. Correspondence and photographs were removed into their own folders leaving the planning notes and materials behind in the order they were found in. Correspondence was organized alphabetical by correspondent, to bring correspondence from the same people together. Photographs were grouped by subject, mostly as found in the original order, and audiovisual material was organized to bring same types of media together.

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There are no restrictions on access, though the archivist retains the right to vet the audiovisual material before it is released.

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