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Music Archives at the National Library of Canada

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Elitha Peterson Productions fonds.  - 1948-1992 (predominant 1991-1992).  - 45 cm of textual records.  - 629 photographs.  - 207 slides.  - 62 negatives. - 155 audio tape reels.  - 32 digital audio tapes.  - 211 videocassettes. 

Administrative history
A company founded in Toronto, Elitha Peterson Productions developed a range of projects for television, radio and the stage.  Its productions included the documentaries The Role of Drugs in Sports and In the Key of Oscar on the life and music of the celebrated jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. 

Scope and content
The fonds contains records used in the preparation of documentary films, radio programs and other recordings on the life and career of Oscar Peterson.  These include musical manuscripts by Peterson (Hymn to Freedom, Hallelujah Time and Children's Tune); correspondence; promotional and financial material pertaining to company productions; photographs of Peterson, members of his family, concerts (e.g., Bermuda Onion Concert) and special events (e.g., Order of Canada); sound recordings of numerous interviews with Peterson, members of his family and fellow musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald; videocassettes of Peterson performances in Toronto, on tour in Europe and in his studio; and sound recordings of official award ceremonies. 

Immediate source of acquisition:  acquired from Elitha Peterson Productions in 1995. 

Restrictions:  none. 

Finding aid:  provisional description. 

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