David Rabinovitch:

An Inventory of His Papers at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Andrea Martin and Tyyne Petrowski
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
330 Elizabeth Dafoe Library
(June 2014)

Finding aid encoded by Andrea Martin (June 2014)
Finding aid written in English.



Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
330 Elizabeth Dafoe Library

Creator:
David Rabinovitch

Title:
David Rabinovitch fonds

Dates:
1969-2006; Predominant 1970-1979

Quantity:
0.5 m of textual records, 20 16 mm audio reels, 9 U-matic tapes, 3 film reels, 27 VHS tapes, 1 Beta tape

Identification:
MSS 421 (A13-110)

English

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Biography of David Rabinovitch

David Rabinovitch is an award winning producer, screenwriter, and director of television, radio, and film documentaries. Born in Morden, Manitoba in 1951, he began his career at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1967. He moved to Toronto, Ontario to work at CBC headquarters, where he wrote produced and narrated programs for the CBC Radio Network series "Between Ourselves," "Ideas," "Five Nights," "Matinee," "Concern," "Auction Set," and "Alarm Clock". He wrote, directed, and produced the CBC television series "Take 30," "Adrienne at Large," and "Hard Times." In 1977 David Rabinovitch moved to Los Angeles where he produced the Emmy-winning magazine series Here & Now for CBS He then served for two years as Senior Producer of the documentary unit at KRON (NBC) in San Francisco, California. Since then, his work has been featured on major networks including CBS, NBC, PBS, Fox, A&E, and The Learning Channel. Rabinovitch was Vice-President of Production at KCTS (PBS) in Seattle from 2000-2003.

Since developing his own production company, Fleetwood Films, Rabinovitch has produced several award-winning historical dramas including, "Secret Files of the Inquisition," "The Sultan's Women," and "The Perilous Flight". Rabinovitch is a winner of the EMMY, Peabody, and Canada's Gemini Award for Best Director.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

This accession consists of research materials, transcripts, correspondence, photographs, and notes regarding documentaries and other projects David Rabinovitch produced, mainly for the CBC. Additionally, this accession contains audio and moving image material corresponding to a number of projects that David Rabinovitch wrote, directed, and/or produced.

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged into five series:

  • 1) Documentation and Research Material
  • 2) Certificates
  • 3) Audio
  • 4) Moving Image
  • 5) Newspapers

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Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on this material.

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Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply.

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Related Materials

Sheila Rabinovitch fonds (MSS 416, TC 74, TC 74A (A87-24, A13-109))

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Custodial History

This collection was donated to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by David Rabinovitch in 2013.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Documentation [ 1969-2006, 1970-1977 predominant ]

This series consists of research materials, transcripts, correspondence, photographs, and notes regarding documentaries and other projects Rabinovitch produced, mainly for the CBC.

Rabinovitch arranged his research materials and notes (which now make up the documentation series) alphabetically by topic. Archives staff have retained his organization system within this series. All folders have retained the name Rabinovitch assigned to them, in most cases staff added descriptive information to the file titles.

BoxFolder
11 The American Dream - Take 30 "America" 1970-1974
2 Black's Harbour - Research for Story 1977
3 Caribbean - "A Study of Canada-Commonwealth Caribbean Economic Relations" by Eugene James [unpublished]
4 Caughnawaga - Research and Transcripts 1969-1973
5 Correspondence - CBC 1971-1972
6 Clare Booth Luce - Research and Transcript of Interview 1973-1975
7 Economics - Production Notes for Take 30 show on the stock market 1973-1974
8 Emile de Antonio - Research, Transcripts for Take 30, and correspondence 1971-1974
9 Energy - Article on the Rockefellers from "Ann Arbor Sun" 1974
10 Flavourists - Research - magazines and notes 1972-1976
11 Fredericton Real Estate fraud - research 1974-1976
12 Ganyenga (Documentary) - Research and notes 1974-1975
13 Garment Industry - Research and Notes for Take 30 program 1970-1974
BoxFolder
21 Hard Times - Photographs (reference) 1975

Copies of photographs taken between 1912 and 1960 (predominant 1930s) from various archives in Canada

2 Hard Times - Correspondence and Research 1974-1977
3 Hard Times - Correspondence and Research 1975
4 Hard Times - Public Relations and Press 1975
5 Hard Times - Press 1975
6 Hard Times - Transcripts of Interviews for CBC Series 1974
7 Hard Times - Correspondence from Viewers 1975
BoxFolder
31 I.F. Stone - Research and Transcripts for Interview 1974
2 Indians - Research for Documentary 1973-1975
3 Indians - Akwesasne notes and publications 1974
4 Kenneth Forbes - Research, notes, correspondence 1973
5 Lens on History: The Life and Times of Horace Bristol - Proposal for Documentary 1991
6 Manitoba - News articles about Manitoba 1972-1976
7 Memoranda - Internal Memos CBC 1973-1974
8 Miscellaneous - Letters, Magazines, News Articles 1971-1976
9 Miscellaneous - News Articles 1970-1976
10 Mormons in Utah - news articles [1974?]
11 Music - Photographs, memos, news article re: music specials 1976
12 New Years - Transcripts form January 1, 1973 program that looked back 20 years. Also contains news articles 1972-1973
13 Nova Scotia - Research Materials, letters, production nots for program "Adrienne at Large" & Transcript of program 1970-1974
14 Nutrimetics/Con-Stan Industries - Research, letters, notes regarding a story that aired on CBC marketplace 1976-1977
15 Poets/Poetry - News Articles 1975
16 Politics of Poison - Article and Production Materials for the documentary 1975
BoxFolder
41 Press & Promotional Material 1999-2002
2 Pulps - Newspaper Articles and Magazine 1975-1976
3 Rabinovitch Various - The Ultimate Weapon by David Rabinovitch, 2 news articles about David Rabinovitch 2000-2006
4 Rabinovitch Various - News Articles (some on David Rabinovitch); transcript of "Take 30 - Garrison project"; copy of "Someday Soon, Before Tomorrow" 1975-1984
5 Rev. Jesse Jackson - Transcript of "Adrienne at Large" program
6 Richard Goodwin - Research material, transcript of "Adrienne at Large" program 1974
7 Sir Charles Wright - News articles and obituary, Letter to David Rabinovitch 1973-1974
8 Slotin - Interview notes, Research materials, Film treatment 1976
9 Speech 1973 - News articles and research notes 1970-1973
10 Sterling Campbell - News articles and research notes 1973
11 Tapes in Archives - Information re: taped material 1974-1976

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Certificates 1984
BoxFolder
412 Certificate of Merit from the American Bar Association 1984

Removed from plaque for storage purposes

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Audio [1972?] - 1976
BoxFolder
51 Take 30 - I.F. Stone Interview; Washington, DC. 1975

David Rabinovitch for CBC

16 mm audio reel, recorded at 3 3/4

2 Take 30 - Point of Order (Reel 1)

16mm audio reel, recorded at 3 3/4

3 Take 30 - Point of Order (Reel 2) by Emile de Antonio

16mm audio reel, recorded at 3 3/4

4 Take 30 - Millhouse (Reel 1)

16mm audio reel, runs at 3 3/4

5 Take 30 - Millhouse: A White Comedy (Reel 2). Film by Emile de Antonio

16 mm audio reel, recorded at 3 3/4

6 Take 30 - In the Year of the Pig (Reel 1) by Emile de Antonio

16 mm audio reel, recorded at 3 3/4

7 Take 30 - In the Year of the Pig (Reel 2)

16 mm audio reel, recorded at 3 3/4

8 HPC Roll #2, CBC Clare Booth Luce, Kahala Beach - Heads Out 9/11/1974

16 mm audio reel, 7 ½ ips

No sound on last 2/3rds of tape

9 HPC Roll # 3, CBC Clare Booth Luce, Home of Mrs Luce - Tails Out, Adrienne at Large "America" 9/11/1974

16 mm audio reel, 7 ½ ips

10 HPC Roll #4, CBC Clare Booth Luce - Tails Out, Adrienne at Large "America" 9/11/1974

16 mm audio reel, 7 ½ ips

11 HPC Roll #5, CBC Clare Booth Luce - Tails Out 9/11/1974

16 mm audio reel, 7 ½ ips

12 HPC Roll #6, CBC Clare Booth Luce - Tails Out, Adrienne at Large "America" 9/11/1974

16 mm audio reel, 7 ½ ips

13 HPC Roll #7, CBC Clare Booth Luce - Tails Out, Adrienne at Large "America" 9/11/1974

16 mm audio reel, 7 ½ ips

14 HPC Roll #8, CBC Clare Booth Luce - Tails Out, Interview at Kahala Beach, Hawaii 9/11/1974; 1975

16 mm audio reel, 7 ½ ips

David Rabinovitch for CBC

15 HPC Roll #9, CBC Clare Booth Luce - Tails Out 9/11/1974

16 mm audio reel, 7 ½ ips

16 HPC Roll #10, CBC Clare Booth Luce - Tails Out 9/11/1974

16 mm audio reel, 7 ½ ips

17 Lorne Wallace - Morden Work Tape

16 mm audio reel, 1:28

18 Debtor - Pengilly

16 mm audio reel

19 Near Lead Go Go Chant, Game Crowd Sound, beach, booing, 15:41 penalty - Brother Can You Spare A Dime, 1 The Village Stompers, 2 Rudy Vallee Orchestra; 1 to 4 June 29, 1976

16 mm audio reel

20 Rule and Revolution: Debt - Master Tape [1972?]

CBC Radio, David Rabinovitch writer/producer

16 mm audio reel

21 Notes/Possible Script removed from Box 5, Item 20

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Moving Image 1975-[2006?]
BoxFolder
61 Hard Times: The Dust Bowl - Runs 27:50 August 1975

U-matic

2 Hard Times: Riding the Rails May 30, 1975

U-matic

3 Marketplace Tape #3761 February 6, 1977

U-matic

4 Marketplace Tape #3831 February 10, 1977

U-matic

5 Documentary: Politics of Poison 1979

U-matic

6 Space Walk March 17, 1976

U-matic

7 Take 30: Garrison Project

U-matic

8 Take 30: McClelland Profile May 3, 1976

U-matic

9 Take 30: "Little Michael" - Michael Lord September 24, [1975?]

U-matic

10 53 Newscast; DSS/Script; 1/1/13

2 Film Reels in case along with a time sheet (Labeled Item 10a and Item 10b)

11 Lisa Disco Rabs

Film Reel

BoxFolder
71 Take 30: Garrison [Diversion] Project 1976

VHS; 27m10s

2 A Chinese Affair (Frontline) 1983

Beta

3 Future Wave: Japan Design 1986

VHS, 28m52s

4 KQED “Express” and “Fasten Your Seatbelts” 1986

VHS, 29m10s

5 Valley of Lost Souls: complete [1986?]

VHS, 58m20s

6 Vibrations: The Making of Vibes 1988

VHS, 8m23s

7 Cybersex Cop: Investigative Reports 1989

Item Labeled as "Pornography on Internet"

VHS

8 Hollywood Babylon 3 [198-?]

Segment directed by David Rabinovitch (credits only, no segment)

VHS, 2m50s

9 “Politics of Poison” and “Shanghai Shadows” [198-?]

VHS, 1h43m40s

10 Mini Dragon: Singapore 1990

VHS, 57m

11 Mini Dragon: Korea 1990

VHS, 56m40s

12 Future Wave: Japan Design 1990

VHS, 57m30s

13 Dateline segment "Aaron's Diary" 1995

VHS, 59m30s

14 Vital Signs: “Military Intelligence”and “Hands of God” 1997

VHS, 21m

15 Stolen Identity 1999

VHS, 44m10s

16 The Plot to Kill Lincoln: America's First Assassination Conspiracy 1999

Professionally mass-produced copy of film

VHS

17 Untitled 1: Copy of “The Plot to Kill Lincoln" 1999

VHS, 52m25s

18 "View Before September 21" - Video with Premier Gary Filmon and Progressive Conservative candidate for River Heights Mike Radcliffe [199-?]

VHS, 11m30s

19 Faith and Fear: The Children of Krishna - Preview copy 2001

VHS

20 Stranded Yanks: A Diary between Friends 2002

Professionally mass-produced copy of film

VHS, 56m

21 Ken Leishman: The Flying Bandit April 1, 2005

VHS, 46m40s

22 Ken Leishman: The Flying Bandit 2005

VHS, 46m12s

23 “Lens on History” – Documentary about Horace Bristol [2006?]

VHS

24 Living with Risk - video about reducing the risk of stroke

VHS, 25m50s

25 2 cuts “Clothing” - 2 Venture segments, How 70s clothes are making a comeback

VHS, 9m

26 Bristol Dub

Note on tape: "3 Indian stories follow Bristol item on this cassette"

VHS, 17m50s

27 Extreme Ski + Barry Bonds

Video about extreme skiing. Profile of Barry Bonds

VHS, 20m

28 Untitled 3

Part of a movie starring Kirk Douglas

VHS

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Newspapers 1896, 1946
BoxFolder
11 Newspapers 1896; 1946
  • 1) The Neepawa Press - May 28, 1896
  • 2) The Western Jewish News - August 29, 1946

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