Collection 019 - Richard Coulter Collection

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Richard Coulter Collection

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7.32 m of textual records and audio recordings

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Richard Coulter is a former CBC audio and TV technician, announcer, writer, music producer (1965-1976), Network Executive Producer in the Radio Music Department (1977-1982) and Coordinator of Radio Training for the English Network (1982-7). He studied Arts and Fine Arts at United College, Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba, and Music at the University of Durham (UK) and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. Mr. Coulter’s distinguished career at the CBC spanned thirty-four years, from 1953 to 1987. First hired as a radio technician in Winnipeg, he would go on to fill increasingly influential roles at CBC Toronto. Several of Mr. Coulter’s radio productions have won awards, including a number from the Canadian Music Council and a Gabriel Award (USA), for Toronto composer Ben Steinberg’s commission, Echoes of Children (1979). His 1976 John Cage commission for the American bicentennial, A Lecture on the Weather, was chosen as the CBC’s entry for the prestigious Prix Italia. Mr. Coulter has also taught at Conestoga College in Kitchener, Ontario, in the Radio and Television Arts program.

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The Richard Coulter Collection provides extensive documentation for a period of approximately thirty years in the history of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). It constitutes an invaluable resource for research in Canadian music culture, and the CBC in particular and prominent Canadian composers and performers. The Richard Coulter Collection consists of the radio scripts, production information and publicity connected with programs and program series commissioned, developed and broadcast on CBC Radio in Canada in the 60s, 70s and 80s. The collection also contains audio recordings of a portion of the programs produced. The collection features such prominent North Americans such as Glenn Gould and John Cage. It is divided into ten series and contains approximately 17,000 items. The majority of the collection consists of documents and correspondence from Richard Coulter’s CBC office files relating to the CBC radio programs, special events and talent festivals that he produced. These include radio and television scripts, correspondence, administrative files, project reports, concert programs, publicity, promotional information, press clippings, payment information, contracts, production and technical information, scores, and audio tapes.

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Gift of Richard Coulter.


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  • English

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Collection material is primarily in English. Some items are in French, as well as German and Italian.

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Brief description also available in the McGill Library catalogue.

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Open, except for series 10, which contains confidential records.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Consultations are by appointment. Certain restrictions on use, copying and/or publication of materials may apply. Researchers are advised to contact the Marvin Duchow Music Library prior to visiting.

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The status of copyright on the contents of the Richard Coulter Collection is governed by the Copyright Law of Canada.

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Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: The Richard Coulter Collection, box number, folder number, series number, Marvin Duchow Music Library, McGill University, Montréal, Québec.

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First processed in June 2014 by Eric Braley and edited by Sharon Rankin. Latest revision 13 July 2016.

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