Sheila Rabinovitch fonds
Call Number: Tc 74, Tc 74A (A.87-24)

Title: Sheila Rabinovitch fonds.

Dates: 1970-1981.

Extent: 302 audio recordings: 118 audio cassettes, 184 audio reels.

Biographical sketch: Sheila Rabinovitch attended the University of Manitoba. She has always been deeply interested in artists and art history in Winnipeg and has been an active supporter of the Winnipeg Art Gallery for much of her life. She has taught painting and other art forms in Winnipeg public schools and was art consultant to the Toronto Dominion Bank for a period of time. Rabinovitch has also had a life-long interest in writing and broadcasting, working for a period of time with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The Media Club of Canada awarded her first prize for her free-lance documentary titled "Cora Hind - Woman of the West", which was produced and narrated for CBC Radio. Many of her other interviews have also been turned into award-winning broadcast programs including "Ralph Connor - The Man from Glengarry", which was nominated for the Actra Award for documentary excellence. During her career, she has produced a great many documentary profiles of Manitoba personalities of local and national interest, which constitutes the bulk of the fonds. Rabinovitch is married and she and her husband have a son and two daughters.

Custodial history: The fonds was donated by Sheila Rabinovitch to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections in 1987. The interviews were originally recorded on 5", 7", and 10" reel-to-reel tapes. On arrival at the Archives, most interviews were duplicated onto cassette tapes for preservation purposes and to facilitate use. The original reel-to-reel tapes are found under call number TC 74A, while the cassettes are found under TC 74.

Scope and content: The fonds consists of a collection of approximately 90 hours of 70 taped interviews conducted by Sheila Rabinovitch from 1970 to 1981.  The broadcasts range from partial programs to complete and final ones as aired on CBC Radio.  Broadcast topics included such prominent historic Winnipeg personalities as Ralph Connor (a pseudonym for Reverend Charles William Gordon), Judge Lewis St. George Stubbs, and lawyer John MacAulay. Other topics include art and the Establishment, the double standard of women and aging, Manitoba small town newspapers, bridge as an obsession, the ethnic recording industry in Canada, women in Judiasm, Virginia Satir and her views on family therapy, mandatory retirement, Hans Selye, ethnic groups in Manitoba, and fashion trends.

Restrictions: Tapes cannot be rebroadcast without permission of the donor.

Accruals: Further accruals are not expected.

Finding aid: A printed finding aid is available in the Archives reading room and an on-line finding aid is available at the link below:

TC 74, TC 74A (A.87-24).