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Music Archives at the National Library of Canada

MILLS, ALAN, 1912-1977
MUS 101

Alan Mills fonds.  - [ca. 1947]-[ca. 1967].  - 2.65 m of textual records.  - 129 photographs.  - 9 negatives.  - 4 audio tape reels.  - 2 audio tape cassettes.

Biographical sketch
In 1947, Alan Mills (born Albert Miller) interrupted an 18-year career in journalism (chiefly with the daily Montréal Gazette) to join John Goss's vocal quintet, the London Singers.  His programs and recordings for the CBC (including Canadian Folk Songs:  A Centenary Collection) as well as his performances with violinist Jean Carignan at festivals served to establish his reputation as an excellent folk singer.  He also performed as an actor in radio plays, commercials, and a number of National Film Board productions. 

Scope and content
The fonds contains records pertaining to the professional activities of Alan Mills:  biographical records; correspondence; press clippings; program scripts; photographs of Alan Mills, musical groups, scenes and personalities in the music world; sound recordings of concerts and radio programs. 

Immediate source of acquisition:  acquired from Bernie Miller (Mills), widow of Alan Mills, in 1978 and 1998. 

Restrictions:  none. 

Finding aids:  none. 

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