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This bibliography presents documentary resources on puppetry that are available at the Canadian Museum of Civilization’s Library. The Library wishes to thank The Ontario Puppetry Association for the donation of an important collection of books, periodicals and archival materials.

May 30, 1996 Bibliography compiled by Brigitte Lafond and Chantal Gauthier Information Management Services Division


ABBE, Dorothy. The Dwiggins Marionettes: A Complete Experimental Theatre in Miniature. New York: Harry N. Abrams Inc. [s.d.]. Cote/Call number: PN1978 U6 A2 1970

ADACHI, Barbara C.; SACKETT, Joel. Backstage at Bunraku. New York: John Weatherhill, Inc. 1985. Cote/Call number: PN1978 J3 1985

AND, Metin. Karagöz: Turkish Shadow Theatre with an Appendix on the History of Turkish Puppet Theatre 3rd ed. Istanbul: Dost Publications. 1987. Cote/Call number: PN1979 S5 A5 1979

ANDO, Tsuruo. Bunraku: The Puppet Theater. New York: Walker / Weatherhill (Performing Arts of Japan: 1). 1970. Cote/Call number: PN1978 J3 A53 1970

ARNOLDI, Mary Jo. Bamana and Bozo Puppetry of the Segou Region Youth Societies: From the collection of Joan and Charles Bird, Bloomington, Indiana. [s.l.: s.n.; s.d.]. Cote/Call number: PN1978 M3 A76

The Art of the Muppets: A Retrospective Look at Twenty-five Years of Muppet Magic prepared by The Staff of Henson Associates. New York: A Muppet Press / Bantam Book. 1980. Cote/Call number: PN1978 U6 H46 1980

BAIRD, Bil. The Art of the Puppet. New York: The Macmillan Company. 1965. Cote/Call number: PN1972 B24 1965

— . Puppets and Population. New York: World Education. [1971]. Cote/Call number: HQ763.5 B34 1971

BALDWIN, Peter. Toy Theatres of the World. London: A. Zwemmer Ltd. 1992. Cote/Call number: PN1979 T6 B345

BASGÖZ, Ilhan. Karagöz: The Turkish Shadow Play Theatre. [s.l.: Indiana University Turkish Studies. s.d.]. Cote/Call number: PN1979 S5 B375

BEATON, Mabel; BEATON, Les. Marionettes: A Hobby for Everyone. New York: Thomas Y Crowell Company. 1948. Cote/Call number: PN1972 B428 1948

BEZDEK, Zdenek. Les théâtres tchécoslovaques de marionnettes – Czechoslovak Puppet Theatres 1949- 1969. Prague: Divadelní Ústav. 1973. Cote/Call number: PN1978 C9 B49 1973

BINYON, Helen. Puppetry Today. London: Studio Vista. 1966. Cote/Call number: TT174.7 B56 1966

BODOR, John. Creating and Presenting Hand Puppets. New York: Reinhold Publishing Corporation. 1967. Cote/Call number: PN1972 B636 1967

BOEKHOLT, Albert. Puppets & Masks. New York: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. 1981. Cote/Call number: TT898 B6313 1981

BÖHMER, Günter. Puppets through the Ages: An Illustrated History. London: Macdonald. 1971. Cote/Call number: PN1972 B6413 1971

BRANDON, James R. On Thrones of Gold: Three Javanese Shadow Plays. Cambridge (Mass.): Harvard University Press. 1970. Cote/Call number: PN1980 O6 1970

BROMAN, Sven. Chinese Shadow Theatre. [s.l.]: Etnografiska Museet (Monograph Series No. 15). 1981. Cote/Call number: PN1979 S5 B68 1981

BURSIL, Henry. Hand Shadows to be Thrown upon the Wall: A Series of Novel and Amusing Figures Formed by the Hand. New York: Dover Publications, Inc. 1967. Cote/Call number: GV1218 F5 B87 1967

BUURMAN, Peter. Wayang Golek: The Entrancing World of Classical West Javanese Puppet Theatre. Singapore: Oxford University Press. 1991. Cote/Call number: PN1978 I6 B99 1991

Center for Puppetry Arts Museum. The World of the Wayang: Puppetry of Indonesia. Atlanta: The Museum. 1990. Cote/Call number: PN1978 I5 C46 1990

COAD, Luman. Marionette Sourcebook: Theory & Technique. North Vancouver: Charlemagne Press. 1993. Cote/Call number: PN1972 C634 1993

COLE, Nancy H. Puppet Theatre in Performance: Everything You Need to Know About How to Produce Puppet Plays. New York: William Morrow and Company, Inc. 1978. Cote/Call number: PN1972 C656 1978

COLLODI, C. Pinocchio The Tale of a Puppet. London: J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd.; New York: E.P. Dutton & Co. Inc. 1965. Cote/Call number: PZ8 L67 P56 1951

CREEGAN, George. Sir George’s Book of Hand Puppetry. Chicago: Follett Publishing Company. 1966. Cote/Call number: PN1972 C733 1966

CROTHERS, J.Frances. The Puppeteer’s Library Guide: The Bibliographic Index to the Literature of the World Puppet Theatre. Metuchen (N.J.): The Scarecrow Press, Inc. 1971. Cote/Call number: Z5784 P9 C76 REF v.1-2

CRUIKSHANK, George. Punch and Judy with twenty-eight illustrations. New York: Rimington & Hooper. 1929. Cote/Call number: PN1979 P9 P98 1929

CURRELL, David. The Complete Book of Puppetry. Boston: Publishers Plays, Inc. 1974. Cote/Call number: PN1972 C87 1975

—. Le grand livre des marionnettes. [s.l.]: Casterman. 1994.

Cote/Call number: PN1972 C872 1994

DAGAN, Esther A. Emotions in Motion: Theatrical Puppets and Masks from Black Africa – La magie de l’imaginaire: marionnettes et masques théâtraux d’Afrique noire. Westmount (Québec): Galerie Amrad African Arts. 1990. Cote/Call number: PN1978 A37 D34 1990

DAVIS, Stephen. Say Kids! What Time Is It? Notes from the Peanut Gallery. Boston: Little, Brown and Company. 1987. Cote/Call number: PN1992.77 H663 D38 1987

De GUELDERODE, Michel et al. Toone et les marionnettes bruxelloises. Bruxelles: Louis Musin éditeur. Avril 1971. Cote/Call number: PN1978 B4 T66 1971

DELANNOY, Léopold. Théâtres de marionnettes du nord de la France. Paris: G.-P. Maisonneuve & Larose (Archives d’ethnologie française no.7). 1983. Cote/Call number: PN1978 F8 D4 1983

DUFLOT, Colette. Des marionnettes pour le dire: entre jeu et thérapie. Marseille: Éditions «Hommes et perspectives», Le Journal des Psychologues. 1992. Cote/Call number:RJ53 P85 D84 1992

DUPUY, Diane; HELLER, Liane. Dare to Dream: The Story of the Famous People Players. Toronto: Key Porter Books Limited. 1988. Cote/Call number: PN1978 C3 D86 1988

DWIGGINS, W.A. Marionette in Motion: The Püterschein System diagrammed, described. Detroit: Puppetry Imprints (Handbook XII); 1939. Cote/Call number: PN1972 D88 1939

ERDA, Bettie. Shadow Images of Asia: A Selection of Shadow Puppets from The American Museum of Natural History, The Katonah Gallery March 18 to May 27, 1979. Katonah (NY): The Katonah Gallery. 1979. Cote/Call number: PN1979 S5 E72 1979

Figuratively Speaking: Puppetry in Ontario. North York (Ont.): The Puppet Centre. 1990. Cote/Call number: PN1978 C3 P868 1990

FINCH, Christopher. Of Muppets & Men: The Making of the Muppet Show. New York: Muppet Press / Alfred A. Knopf. 1981. Cote/Call number: PN1992.77 M853 F5 1981

FLOWER, Cedric; FORTNEY, Alan Jon. Puppets: Methods and Materials. Worcester: Davis Publications, Inc. 1983. Cote/Call number: TT174.7 F57 1983

FRASER, Peter. Introducing Puppetry. London: B.T. Batsford Ltd. 1968. Cote/Call number: PN1972 F736 1968

—. Punch and Judy. London: B.T. Batsford Limited. 1970. Cote/Call number: PN1979 P9 F73 1970

—. Puppet Circus. Boston: Plays Inc. 1971. Cote/Call number: PN1972 F737 1971

FRENCH, Susan. Presenting Marionettes. New York: Reinhold Publishing Corporation. 1964. Cote/Call number: PN1972 F73 1964

Frog Print Theatre. The One-Person Puppet Show. Willowdale (Ont.): Ontario Puppetry Association Publishing Company. 1981. Cote/Call number: PN1972 O53 1981

HAMEL, Pauline (éd.). Le grand monde de la marionnette. [Québec]: Musée de la civilisation. 1988. Cote/Call number: PN1972 M47 1988

HANFORD, Robert Ten Eyck. The Complete Book of Puppets and Puppeteering. New York: Drake Publishers Inc. 1976. Cote/Call number: PN1972 H36 1976

HUNT, Tamara Robin. Tony Sarg: Puppeteer in America, 1915-1942. North Vancouver: Charlemagne Press: 1988. Cote/Call number: PN1982 S27 H86 1988

HUTTON, Darryl. Ventriloquism: How to Put on an Act, Use the Power of Suggestion, Write a Clever Accompanying Patter and Make your Own Dummy. New York: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. 1977. Cote/Call number: GV1557 H888 1975

JACKSON, Sheila. Simple Puppetry. London: Studio Vista. 1969. Cote/Call number: TT174.7 J3 1966

JANITCH, Valerie. Fun with Puppets and Soft Toys. London: Kaye & Ward. 1974. Cote/Call number: TT174.7 J35 1974

JUROWSKI, Henryk. Aspects of Puppet Theatre: A Collection of Essays. London: Puppet Centre Trust. 1988. Cote/Call number: PN1972 J87 1988

KAMINSKI, G.; UNTERRIEDER, E. Der Zauer des Bunten Schattens: Chinesisches Schattenspiel einst und jetzt. [s.l.]: Carinthia. 1988. Cote/Call number: PN1979 S5 K35

KEELER, Ward. Javanese Shadow Plays, Javanese Selves. Princeton (NJ): Princeton University Press. 1987. Cote/Call number: PN1979 S5 K44

KEENE, Donald. Bunraku: The Art of the Japanese Puppet Theatre. [Tokyo?] : Kodansha International Ltd. 1973. Cote/Call number: PN1978 J3 K44 1973

KRAUS, Gottfried. The Salzburg Marionette Theatre. [Salzburg]: Residenz Verlag. 1966. Cote/Call number: PN1978 A8 K73 1966

LASKY, Kathryn. Puppeteer. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company. 1985. Cote/Call number: PN1982 D38 L37 1985

LEACH, Robert. The Punch & Judy Show: History, Tradition and Meaning. Athens (Georgia): The University of Georgia Press. 1985. Cote/Call number: PN1979 P9 L4 1985

LEEPER, Vera. Indian Legends Live in Puppetry: A Creative Manual. Healdsburg (Calif.): Naturegraph Publishers Inc. 1973. Cote/Call number: PN1982 L4 A318 1973

LEET, Richard. Bil Baird… He Pulled Lots of Strings. Mason City (Iowa): Charles H. MacNider Museum. 1988. Cote/Call number: PN1982 B34 L43 1988

LEGENDRE, Micheline. Marionnettes: Art et tradition. Ottawa: Éditions Leméac Inc. 1986. Cote/Call number: PN1972 L439 1987

LEGUAY, Jacques; LAYAC, Maurice. Marionnettes de bois et de chiffons. Paris: Éditions Guy Authier. 1977. Cote/Call number: PN1972 L438 1977

LUCKIN, Joyce. Easy to Make Puppets. London: Harrap. 1975. Cote/Call number: TT176.7 L8 1975

LYNCH-WATSON, Janet. The Shadow Puppet Book. New York: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. 1980. Cote/Call number: PN1979 S5 L96 1980

MAGEE, Joan (ed.). Jan Klaasen en Katrijn in Canada. Windsor (Ont.): Netherlandic Press. 1981. Cote/Call number: PN1979 P9 J36 1981

MAGON, Jero. Staging the Puppet Show. [Miami]: Miami Press. 1976. Cote/Call number: PN1972 M275 1976

Making Shadow Puppets. London: Search Press. 1971. Cote/Call number: PN1979 S5 C645 1971

MALÍK, Jan; KOLÁR, Erik. The Puppet Theatre in Czechoslovakia. Prague: Orbis. 1970. Cote/Call number: PN1978 C9 M348 1970

MALKIN, Michael R. Traditional and Folk Puppets of the World. South Brunswick; New York: A.S. Barnes and Company. 1977. Cote/Call number: PN1972 M32 1977

Les marionnettes. [s.l. : s.n.], (numéro spécial de ABC décor; ABC collection); novembre 1972. Cote/Call number: PN1972 M37 1972

Marionnettes et marottes de l’Afrique noire. Paris: Éditions du Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Laboratoire d’Ethnologie, Musée de l’Homme. 1992. Cote/Call number: PN1978 A3 M374 1992

MARIS, Ron. The Punch & Judy Book. London: Victor Gollancz Ltd. 1984. Cote/Call number: PN1979 P9 M374 1984

McISAAC, F.J. The Tony Sarg Marionette Book. New York: B.W. Huebsch, Inc. 1921. Cote/Call number: PN1972 M24 1921

McKAY, Kenneth B. Puppetry in Canada: An Art to Enchant. Willowdale (Ont.): Ontario Puppetry Association Publishing Company. 1980. Cote/Call number: PN1978 C3 M34 1980

McPHARLIN, Paul. Animal Marionettes. Birmingham (Mich.): The Author (Puppetry Imprints Handbook 10). 1936. Cote/Call number: PN1972 M25 1936

—. Puppet Hands and their Making with a Note on Feet. Birmingham (Mich.): The Author (Puppetry Handbooks No.2). 1932. Cote/Call number: PN1972 M256 1932

—. Puppet Heads and Their Making. Birmingham (Mich.): The Author. 1931. Cote/Call number: PN1972 M255 1931

McPHARLIN, Paul; McPHARLIN, Marjorie Batchelder. The Puppet Theatre in America: A History: 1524 to 1948, with a Supplement: Puppets in America Since 1948. Boston: Publishers Plays, Inc. 1969. Cote/Call number: PN1978 U6 M22 1969

MÉRINAT, Éric. Les marionnettes de papier. Montréal: Éditions l’Étincelle. 1975. Cote/Call number: TT174.7 M47 1975

MERTEN, George. The Hand Puppets. Toronto: Thomas Nelson and Sons. 1957. Cote/Call number: PN1972 M478 1957

—. The Marionette. Toronto: Thomas Nelson and Sons. 1957. Cote/Call number.: PN1972 M476 1957

—. Plays for Puppet Performance. Boston: Plays, Inc. 1979. Cote/Call number: PN1980 M47 1979

MOLONEY, Joan. Making Puppets and Puppet Theatres. London: Ward Lock Limited. 1973. Cote/Call number: TT174.7 M64 1973

Národní Muzeum v Praze. Hracky a divadelní z Afriky, Ameriky a Asie. Prague: Narodni muzeum – Naprstkovo muzeum. 1995. Cote/Call number: PN1972 N37 1995

—. Das tschechische Puppentheater. Prag: Nationalmuseum. 1975. Cote/Call number: PN1978 C9 P72 1975

OBRAZTSOV, S. V. Teatr kukol : fotoabom. Moskva : Izd-vo “Planeta”. 1981. Cote/Call number: PN1978 S6 O37 1981

OBRAZTSOV, Sergei. My Profession. Moscow: Foreign Languages Publishing House. [1950]. Cote/Call number: PN1978 R8 O27 1950

OMA, Tokio; MIMURA, Koichi. Bunraku 2nd ed. Osaka: Hoikusha Publishing (Hoikusha’s Color Books Series). 1992. Cote/Call number: PN1978 J3 O37 1992

Organisation internationale des scénographes et techniciens de théâtre. AS, Actualité de la scénographie. [Genval, Belgique: Organisation internationale des scénographes et techniciens de théâtre]. Vol. 9; fév. 1979. Note: Numéro spécial sur le théâtre de marionnettes et sur le théâtre d’ombres Cote/Call number: PN2085 A8 v.9

PHILPOTT, A.R. Dictionary of Puppetry. Boston: Publishers Plays, Inc. 1969. Cote/Call number: PN1972 P47 1969

PHILPOTT, A.R. (comp. and ed.). Puppets and Therapy. Boston: Publishers Plays, Inc. 1977. Cote/Call number: RJ53 P85 P865 1977

—. Puppets and Therapy: part 1-3. London: Educational Puppetry Association. [1975]. Cote/Call number: RJ53 P85 P86 1975 v.1-3

PIRON, Maurice; FRAIKIN, Jean. Traditional Marionette Theatre from Liège. Liège: Office du Tourisme. 1980. Cote/Call number: PN1978 B4 P57 1980

Puppentheater: Gestern und Heute. Dresden: Staatliche Kunstammlungen Dresden. 1976. Cote/Call number: PN1978 G32 P8 1977

Puppets: Art & Entertainment. Washington (D.C.): Puppeteers of America, Inc. 1980. Cote/Call number: PN1978 U6 P86 1980

Puppets: Past & Present: A Picture Book of the Puppetry Collection in the Detroit Institute of Arts. [Detroit]: The Detroit Institute of Arts. 1960. Cote/Call number: PN1972 D478 1960

PURSCHKE, Hans Richard. The German Puppet Theatre Today: Illustrated Documentation Published for the Fiftieth Anniversary of UNIMA (Union Internationale de la Marionnette) on the Creative Work of its Members in the Federal Republic of Germany. Bonn: Inter Nationes. 1979. Cote/Call number: PN1978 G32 P87 1979

—. Puppenspiel in graphik und malerei. Frankfurt/Main : Perlicko-Verlag, [1976]. Cote/Call number: PN1972 P86 v.3

REINIGER, Lotte. Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed. [Berlin]: Verlag Ernst Wasmuth Tübingen. 1972. Cote/Call number:PN1997.5 R43 1972

—. Shadow Theatres and Shadow Films. London: B.T. Batsford Ltd. 1970. Cote/Call number: PN1979 S5 R44 1970

ROBINSON, Stuart; ROBINSON, Patricia. Exploring Puppetry. London: Mills & Boon Limited. 1967. Cote/Call number: PN1972 R545 1967

SCHEINBERG, Alfred L.; ELBERS, Johan. Ekon Society Puppets: Sculptures for Social Criticism – 13 October to 17 December 1977. New York: Tribal Arts Gallery Two. [1977]. Cote/Call number: PN1972 E38 1977

SCOTT-KEMBALL, Jeune. Javanese Shadow Puppets: The Raffles Collection in the British Museum. London: The Trustees of the British Museum. 1970. Cote/Call number: PN1979 S6 S37 1970

SEIJIRO, Sairo et al. (eds.). Masterpieces of Japanese Puppetry: Sculptured Heads of the Bunraku Theater. Rutland (VT): Charles E. Tuttle Company. 1958. Cote/Call number: PN1978 J3 B86 1958

SHAW, Bernard. Shakes versus Shav: A Puppet Play. Stratford-upon-Avon : W.S. Lanchester. [1964]. Cote/Call number: PR5364 S5 1964

SHERSHOW, Scott Cutler. Puppet and “Popular” Culture. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. 1995. Cote/Call number: PN1972 S4562 1995

SOULIER, Pierre. Marionnettes leur manipulation leur théâtre. Paris: Éditions des Musées Nationaux (Guides ethnologiques; 17). 1972. Cote/Call number: GN36 F7 P37 no.17

SPATHARIS, Sotiris. Behind the White Screen. New York: Red Dust. 1976. Cote/Call number: PN1982 S6 S63 1976

SPEAIGHT, George. The History of the English Puppet Theatre. London: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd. 1955. Cote/Call number: PN1978 G7 S743 1955

—. The History of the English Toy Theatre. Boston: Publishers Plays, Inc. 1969. Cote/Call number: PN1972 S635 1969

SWEENEY, Amin. Malay Shadow Puppets: The Wayang Siam of Kelantan. London: The Trustees of the British Museum. 1972. Cote/Call number: PN1979 S5 S9 1972

SZILÁGYI, Dezso. Contemporary Hungarian Puppet Theatre. [Budapest]: Corvina Press. 1978. Cote/Call number: PN1078 H8 C66 1978

TILROE, Robert. Puppetry and Television. Willowdale (Ont.): Ontario Puppetry Association Publishing Company. 1981. Cote/Call number: PN1992.8 P86 T55 1981

Trân-Ván-Khê. Marionnettes sur eau du Vietnam. Paris: Maison des cultures du monde. 1984. Cote/Call number: PN1978 V5 T73 1984

UCLA Museum of Cultural History. Asian Puppets: Wall of the World. Los Angeles: The Museum. 1976. Cote/Call number: PN1978 A75 C3

Union internationale des marionnettes (comp.). The Puppet Theatre of the Modern World. Boston: Plays, Inc. 1965. Cote/Call number: PN1972 U54 1967

VANDENBERG, Tom. Special Effects for the Puppet Stage. Willowdale: Ontario Puppetry Association. Cote/Call number: PN1972 V36

Von BOEHN, Max. Puppets & Automata. New York: Dover Publications, Inc. 1972 . Cote/Call number : PN1972 B6313 1972

WEREWERE-LIKING. Marionnettes du Mali. Paris: Réalisation ARHIS (coll. traditions africaines; coll. Statuettes peintes d’Afrique de l’Ouest). [1987]. Cote/Call number: PN1978 M37 L5 1987

WORRELL, Estelle Ansley. Be a Puppeteer! The Lively Puppet Book. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company. 1969. Cote/Call number: PN1972 W67 1969

WRIGHT, John. Rod, Shadow and Glove: Puppets from the Little Angel Theatre. London: Robert Hale. 1986. Cote/Call number: TT174.7 W75 1986

WRIGHT, John; FORSTER, Susanne. Hand and Rod Puppets: A Handbook of Technique by Hansjürgen Fettig. Boston: Boston Plays, Inc. 1973. Cote/Call number: TT174.7 F4713 1974


Ronnie Burkett: A Line of Balance. A No String Attached Production. 1992. Cote/Call number: VIDEO 234


Cote/Call number Titre/Title
PER PN 1972 A556 Animations
PER PN 1970 A676 A propos
PER PN 1978 G7 B758 British Puppet Theatre
REF VF Dossier thématique / Vertical file Marionnettes – Périodiques British Unima Centre
PFID .8B84 Bulletin Community programmes branch Ontario Department of Education Puppetry
REF VF Dossier thématique / Vertical file Marionnettes – Périodiques Bulletin Unima
REF VF Dossier thématique / Vertical file Marionnettes – Périodiques Dockteatern
PER PN 1972 G736 Grapevine
PER TT 1 H364 Hands Magazine
REF VF Dossier thématique / Vertical file Marionnettes – Périodiques Joyous Dragon (News from the)
REF VF Dossier thématique / Vertical file Ontario Puppetry Association – Périodiques Ontario Puppetry Association
REF VF Dossier thématique / Vertical file Ontario Puppetry Association – Périodiques Ontario Puppetry Association Annual Meetings Reports
PER PFID .8056 Ontario Puppetry Association Bulletin
PER PN 1978 O5 O635 Ontario Puppetry Association Letter
PER PN 1978 O5 O5865 Ontario Puppetry Association Membership Directory
DOCS FOLK OPA collection, Box 4, file 163 Ontario Puppetry Association – Newsletter
REF VF Dossier thématique / Vertical file Ontario Puppetry Association – Périodiques Ontario Puppetry Association Puppet Shows Referral Listing
REF VF Dossier thématique / Vertical file Ontario Puppetry Association – Périodiques Ontario Puppetry Association Shows & Workshops
PER PN 1978 O5 O635 OPAL. The Newsletter of the OPA
PER PN 1582 C3 P474 Performing Arts & Entertainment in Canada
PER PN 1981 P474 Perlicko Perlacko
PFID .8P961 Puppen Theater Der DDR
REF VF Dossier thématique / Vertical file Marionnettes – Périodiques Puppet Centre
PFID .8P86 Puppet Master
PER PN 1972 P8667 Puppet Post
PER PN 1972 P8664 Puppet Teaching News Bulletin
REF VF Dossier thématique / Vertical file Marionnettes – Périodiques Puppet Theatre PUK
REF VF Dossier thématique / Vertical file Marionnettes – Périodiques Puppet Theatre in USSR (Information letters)
PFID .8P863 Puppeteers of America International
PER PN 1978 U6 P866 Pupeteers of America Membership Directory
PER PN 1979 F48 P865 Pupeteers of America National Festival
PER PN 1972 P8669 Puppetry
PER PN 1970 P8665 Puppetry Journal
REF VF Dossier thématique / Vertical file Marionnettes – Périodiques Puppetry : Ontario Dept. of Education Community Programmes Branch bulletin
PFID .8S68 South Western Ontario Puppetry Gulld
GEN PN 1972 P866 1975 Theatre Crafts
REF VF Dossier thématique / Vertical file Marionnettes – Périodiques Titere
PFID .8U544 Unima
REF VF Dossier thématique / Vertical file Marionnettes – Périodiques Unima. Calendrier des Manifestations Intern.
PER PN 1972 U556 Unima. Information
PER PN 1972 U556 Unima. Informations
PFID .8U548 Unima. Informations. Special
GEN PN 1610.5 U545 1973 Unima. Statuts/Statutes
PER PN 1978 C3 U556 Unima Canada
PER PN 1978 C3 U556 Unima Canada Newsletter
PER PN 1972 U533 Unima France
DOCS FOLK OPA collection, Box 12, file 2A Unima USA
PER AP 2 W653 Woman’s Day
REF VF Dossier thématique / Vertical file Marionnettes – Périodiques Youth Puppet Theatre
GEN PN 1978 Y8 Y83 198 Yugoslav Puppetry

Archival Materials

ONTARIO PUPPETRY ASSOCIATION COLLECTION — textual, graphic, film and sound records — 1929-1996 — *5,25m.

The Ontario Puppetry Association stemmed from the reunion in October 1956, of four provincial organizations: the Eastern Ontario Guild of Puppetry, the Toronto Guild of Puppetry, the South Western Ontario Guild of Puppetry and the “Community Programmes Branch”, a governmental department represented by George Merten. Once united, these four groups amounted to the highest membership ever in a puppetry group’s history, across North America. Among founding members were: Kenneth B. and Dorothy McKay, Arthur and Fern Stimson, Carol Hicks (Toombs), George Merten, Rodger Greig, Tom and Elsie Harrison, Ed Kendall, John and Linda Keogh.

The Association carried its roles of educating and sharing its various resources with members and the general public, by puppet and slide collections loans, publication of a regular newsletter (OPAL), and the successful planning of events such as festivals, workshops and conferences. This mission was greatly emphasized in 1980, year of the opening of the OPA Puppet Centre in North York, suburban Toronto; the Centre served as a Museum, housing the growing artifacts collections, scheduled exhibitions, activities, and an impressive documentation collection relating to the OPA. The Centre’s venture lasted until 1993, year of it’s closure. The OPA continues however to foster to puppetry arts and their progress, in Canada and elsewhere.

Apart from administrative documents, ranging from 1954 to 1992, the documents collection consists of several thematic file series: Canadian Puppeteers and Puppetry, International Puppeteers and Puppetry, Varied Puppetry Subjects of Interest, International Puppetry Associations, Canadian Puppetry Festivals and International Puppetry Festivals, Exhibitions held at the Puppet Centre (OPA). Among these series, some material created or accumulated prior to 1954 (prior to OPA’s existence) is to be found. These documents originate essentially from Rosalynde Osborne Stearn’s collection, donated to OPA during its administrative existence; this collection is linked to R.O. Stearn’s material held in the custody of McGill University Library, Rare Books Department. Rosalynde Stearn actively promoted puppetry arts in Canada in the first part of this century, namely producing one film “The Clouds”, in 1938 (in collection), and collaborating to numerous foreign reference publications (encyclopaedias, periodicals, etc.) on the subject of Canadian puppetry. She contributed to OPA’s development in various ways right from its’ early start.

A portion of the collection is unprocessed, and will be available for consultation in 1997 (see end note). The portion described above is accessible by appointment, by contacting Client Services at the Information Management Services Division, CMC. Automated cataloguing of the administrative and thematic file series will be completed during the year 1996.

*Unprocessed portion of the collection: exhibition posters (OPA and international), thematic calendars, slides; linear extent of these groups presently not established.

JOHN E. CONWAY COLLECTION – textual, graphic, film and sound records – 1920-1988 – 0,22m.

Ontario puppeteer John E.Conway was a pioneer in Canadian television, from its’ very start. As the main character – Uncle Chichimus – featured in CBC public television’s first programme ever aired in September 1952 (in fact «Uncle Chichimus» was preceded only by the first televised news bulletin): «Uncle Chichimus and Hollyhock» (combined with the national weather bulletin, with Percy Saltzman), he became a landmark of Canadian public television.

He first practised as a career puppeteer while joining the Heddle Troupe of Marionettes during the 1930’s, his teenager years. In 1939, he took leave from high school to tour the United States with the re-named troupe: «Royal Canadian Puppet Ballet», until the outbreak of war. This interrupted the troupe’s activity, following this it was never revived – part of the Heddle puppet collection is now housed in CMC as part of the Conway collection. Conway joined the RCAF in 1942, serving in England until 1945. Upon his return to Canada, he completed an M.A. in English, and was offered a lecturing post at University of British Columbia where he stayed from 1948 to 1950; during these years he elaborated his scheme for the soon-to-be-famed «Uncle Chichimus» television show.

Early CBC executives favoured airing a Canadian content television puppet show, mainly because of the resounding success of the American show «Kukla, Fran and Ollie», mounted by professionnal puppeteer Burr Tillstrom and his assistant Fran Allison. John Conway was hired by CBC as a «contract player» sometime before television was effectively inaugurated, on September 8, 1952. Uncle Chichimus and Hollyhock was aired until June 1954. A few years after departing from CBC, Conway produced a series of 26 15-minute films based on the Chichimus cast of characters, called «The Adventures of Chichimus» (this between 1957 and 1961). The series did not succeed with Canadian and American television networks, however it was widely broadcast in other parts of the world (Middle East, Africa, Hong Kong); during this period he also presented live shows, notably in department stores (which often had performing stages back in those days).

From 1961 to 1966, the «Uncle Chichimus Show» was produced by CJOH, a new private television station in Ottawa. Conway retired from the media and entertainment scene in 1966, and reverted to teaching english in various Ottawa high schools, until 1982.

The John Conway document collection is now under the custody of CMC’s archival collection; graphic records include colour slides, colour photographs, and black and white photographs (including 39 8×10’s).

Film and sound records include five audiotape recordings (interviews), a 26-film series produced by John Conway free-lance, between 1957 and 1961 («The Adventures of Chichimus»), 9 miscellaneous films (mostly kinescopes), negatives (b & w) of film titles for the «Adventures», 1 vinyle recording (78 rpm, private production), and 3 half-tone printing blocks for the film catalogue of «Adventures of Chichimus».

Finally, textual records represent 17,5cm in linear extent (approximately 700 pages); materials include correspondence, agreements, promotional material related to various puppet performances and television contracts, lecture notes on puppetry, selected fan correspondence (1954-1966), patent agreements etc. for Conway’s puppet creations, press clippings, press releases and one scrap-book assembled by Suzanne Mess, costume designer for «Uncle Chichimus» (containing press clippings, press reviews and publicity programmes).

The Ontario Puppetry Association Collection (CMC reference no.R95-2) holds another part of the John Conway document collection (textual and graphic records); textual records and some graphic records have been processed as part of series «Canadian Puppeteers and Puppetry» (see John Conway file), some graphic records are still unprocessed.

Further reference to the John Conway document collection, along with the objects collection (costumes, puppets, etc.) is found in Philip Tilney’s «Documentation Report» prepared in 1989 (see Acc.#90-05, Box 533, File 1A). The collection is accessible by appointment, by contacting Client Services at the Information Management Services Division, CMC.