Call Number: Mss 80, Tc 60
Title: Oscar Brand fonds.
Extent: 1.2 m of textual records and other material.
Biographical sketch: Oscar Brand was born in
Winnipeg, the son of a Portage La Prairie pioneer. He spent his
childhood alternately in Winnipeg, Minneapolis, Chicago, and New
York. On completion of his service with the United States army in
1945, he took a position with a New York radio station where he
began his professional singing career. His programs, Folksong Festival
and The World of Folk Music became award-winning shows. Brand went
on to become the music director of NBC-TV's weekly children's programme.
He lectured weekly at New York University and occupied the rest
of his time recording, writing, and composing. He has worked on
several radio shows and films in Washington, New York, and Toronto.
Custodial history: The fonds was donated to University
of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Oscar Brand in
several instalments between 1983 and 1991.
Scope and content: The collection contains playscripts
with music arrangements, tapes, news clippings, musical scores and
recordings of Oscar Brand's work. The tapes include: recordings
of Gold Rush commissioned from Agnes De Mille by John Houseman,
interviews with some of America's leading popular song personalities,
a television production of the Kennedy Center Bicentennial Show,
and one of the episodes of Brand's NBC-TV series, The Spirit
of '76. The playscripts include The Education of Hyman Kaplan
(a complete rewrite of the Broadway show) and Thunder Bay,
a musical production by Lucille Lortel at The White Barn in Connecticut.
Included also are the full musical scores of the Broadway musical
A Joyful Noise. Recordings include My Christmas is Best,
America Dreamer, Sing Along, and One Hundred
Proof Drinking Songs. The collection also contains publicity
clippings, announcements of programs, brochures, and playbills.
Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this
Accruals: Additional accruals to this fonds may
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:
80, TC 60.