Ian Ross:

An Inventory of his papers at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Jennifer Rutkair
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
331 Elizabeth Dafoe LibraryWinnipeg, ManitobaR3T 2N2
(August 2007)

Finding aid encoded by Jennifer Rutkair (August 2007)
Finding aid written in English.



Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
331 Elizabeth Dafoe LibraryWinnipeg, ManitobaR3T 2N2

Creator:
Ian Ross

Title:
Ian Ross fonds

Dates:
[1994-2003]

Quantity:
0.62 m of textual records.-- 52 photographs, 5 contact sheets, 1 slide & 2 cassette tapes.

Identification:
MSS 250, PC 215, TC 123, MC 19 (A.04-108)

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Biography of Ian Ross

Ian Ross was born in McCreary, Manitoba in 1968 and currently resides in Winnipeg. Ross attended the University of Manitoba where he studied film and theatre and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1992. Ross's directing experience includes short films and plays for student productions as well as for the Winnipeg Fringe Festival and the Red Roots Theatre. His writing and performing have been described as provocative and enthralling offering a distinct and accurate perspective on the experiences of Aboriginal people. In 1996 Ross received the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer and in 1997 Ross's play fareWel won the Governor General's Award for English Drama and was published by Scirocco Drama Publishing the same year. Ross's plays include fareWel , The Gap , Heart of a Distant Tribe , Baloney! , Bic Off! , Bereav'd of Light , and An Illustrated History of the Anishnabe . Ross's plays have been produced by the Manitoba Association of Playwrights-Short Shots, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Manitoba Theatre for Young People, the Black Hole Theatre, the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Ross has also conducted numerous workshops and classes with various Winnipeg schools on playwriting. Beginning in 1997, Ross wrote and performed "Joe from Winnipeg" on CBC Radio and Television. The popular "Joe from Winnipeg" episodes were subsequently published in two books, The Book of Joe and Joe from Winnipeg .

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The fonds is separated into twelve series. They are: biographical material, correspondence, Ross's research, notes and grant applications, "Joe from Winnipeg," screenplays, scripts and articles, contracts and agreements, reviews, playbills and posters, miscellaneous screenplays given to Ross,a photograph collection (PC 215), audio recordings (TC 123), and a pencil drawing by Leonard Bighetty (MC 19). The photograph collection includes 52 photographs, 5 contact sheets and 1 slide. The audio recordings include 2 cassette tapes - one of "Joe from Winnipeg" episodes and the other an interview with CBC Radio host Terry MacLeod.

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Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on access.

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Restrictions on Use

Some personal files and confidential book royalties statements are restricted. These files are designated confidential.

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Custodial History

The collection was donated by Ian Ross in 2004.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

BIOGRAPHICAL MATERIAL [ 1991-2001 ]

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11 Ross - Curriculum Vitae [1991-2001]

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CORRESPONDENCE 1997-2003
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12 Fan Mail 1998-2003
3 Cards and postcards from friends and family 1998-2002
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14 Personal correspondence between Ross and wife Debra Mosher 1997-2002

Confidential

5 Correspondence from children and students [1997-2002]
6 Invitations 1997-2002
7 Correspondence Re: Invitation from Governor General of Canada to reception at Rideau Hall 2001
8 Correspondence with University of Manitoba Libraries Re: Friends of the Libraries 1999
9 Letters Re: Grant award from Premier of Manitoba Gary Doer and Minister of Education and Training Drew Caldwell 2000
10 Letter from Minister of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, Ron Lemieux Re: Performance of fareWel in Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2001
BoxFolder
111 Royalty Statements for book sales of fareWel , The Book of Joe , and Joe from Winnipeg 1999-2000

Confidential

12 Correspondence with Manitoba Arts Council Re: Playwrights Commission and Development Grant Received 2000-2001
13 Correspondence Re: Submission to Special Projects - Emerging Aboriginal Writing Initiative 1999
14 Correspondence Re: Nomination for 1997 Governor General's Literary Award for Drama for fareWel 1997
15 Correspondence Re: fareWel 1998-2000
16 Correspondence Re: Remote 1999
17 Correspondence Re: Transcanada 1998
18 Correspondence Re: Bereav'd of Light 2002
19 Letter of recommendation/support Re: National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Ross 1998
20 Correspondence Re: The Canadian Play Station - Canadian Playwriting Festival, London, England 2000
21 Correspondence - Aboriginal Artists Working Group 2003
22 Correspondence with the Canada Council For the Arts Re: Ross as Outside Reader of Manuscripts 1998

Confidential

23 Correspondence - Miscellaneous 1997-2001

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ROSS'S NOTES, RESEARCH AND GRANT APPLICATIONS 1997-2003
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124 Notes for Student Council Keynote Address [1997-2002]
25 Ross's Notes [1997-2001]
26 Research for Baloney! [1997-1998]
27Baloney! Study Guide, Questionnaires and Responses [1998]
28The Gap Notes 2000
29 Research - Product Advertising [1998-2003]
30 Program Notes and Ideas for CBC Radio Drama Glue 2000-2001
31 Notes for Remote 1999
32 Grand Rapids Hydro Project Notes & Q&A 2002
33 Application for Manitoba Arts Council Film Script Development Grant for The Lesson 1999
34 Application to Manitoba Arts Council for Grant 1997
35 Manitoba Metis Federation Video - Script Notes 2002

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JOE FROM WINNIPEG 1998-2003
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21 "Joe from Winnipeg" [1998-2003]
2 "Joe from Winnipeg" [1998-2003]
3 "Joe from Winnipeg" Radio and Television Ads 1998-2001
4 The Last "Joe from Winnipeg" CBC Show [2002]

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SCREENPLAYS, SCRIPTS AND ARTICLES 1991-2003
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25 Grand Rapids Community Association Video Draft Scripts 2002
6The Edge of the Rain Draft 1991
7Nearby Draft 1994
8Heart of a Distant Tribe Draft 1996
9Not in my Backyard Draft [1997-2002]
10TransCanada CBC Proposal and Draft Episodes [1998-2002]
11fareWel Draft [1996-1998]
12More Yesterdays Than Tomorrows Draft 1997
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31Baloney! Draft [1997-1999]
2Baloney! Rehearsal Draft 1997
3Baloney! Production Draft 1998
4The Lesson Draft 1998
5Remote Draft 1999
6The Illustrated History of the Anishnabe Workshop Drafts 2001
7An Illustrated History of the Anishnabe Production Sheets, Rehearsal Notes, and Line Changes 2001
8 Bereav'd of Light Working Draft [2001-2003]
9 Bereav'd of Light Draft 2002
10Bereav'd of Light Publication Draft 2002
11 Draft and published article "Time To Forgive" appearing in Time magazine 1999
12 Draft of Ross's address at the Stratford Festival's 50th Anniversary Celebration 2002
13 Draft Script for Manitoba Metis Federation Video 2002
14 Sample Screenplay Format [1994-2003]
15 Drafts Miscellaneous 1996-2002

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CONTRACTS & AGREEMENTS 1998-2003
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41 Contracts & Agreements 1998-2000
2 Contracts & Agreements 2001-2003

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REVIEWS 1996-2002
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43 Reviews & Articles about Ross 1997-2002
4 Reviews & Articles Re: Awards 1997-1999
5 Reviews - fareWel 1996-2001
6 Reviews - Baloney! 1998
7 Reviews - Short Shots: The Birthday Party 1998
8 Reviews - Joe from Winnipeg 1998-1999
9 Reviews - Joe and Friends 2001
10 Reviews - The Gap 2001
11 Reviews - The Illustrated History of the Anishnabe 2001
12 Show Reports, Q&A - The Illustrated History of the Anishnabe 2000-2001
13 Questionnaire & Responses to Workshop Presentation of The Illustrated History of the Anishnabe 2000-2001

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PLAYBILLS & POSTERS 1996-2002
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414 Playbills & Posters [1996-2002]

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MISCELLANEOUS SCREENPLAYS GIVEN TO ROSS 1991-2003
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51 Screenplays given to Ross 1991-2003
2 Screenplays given to Ross 1991-2003
3 Screenplays given to Ross 1998-2003

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PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION (PC 215) 1996-2002
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11 Various photographs of Ross with family and friends [ [1996-2002] ]
  • 1. Photograph of Ian Ross and Brandon fan Ian Scott, n.d.
  • 2. Photograph of Ian Ross at a CBC Radio One 990 AM event with radio host Terry MacLeod, 2000.
  • 3. Black & white photograph of Ian Ross and friends, n.d.
  • 4. Black & white photograph of Ian Ross and unidentified friend, n.d.
  • 5. Photograph of Ian ross at a reading, 2001.
  • 6. Photograph of Ian Ross and wife Debra Mosher, Christmas, 1999.
  • 7. Photograph of Ian Ross and wife Debra Mosher, Christmas, 1999.
  • 8. Photograph of exterior facade of the Caribou Hotel in Whitehorse, Yukon, 1999
  • 9. Photograph of Ian Ross speaking before a Yukon audience, 1999.
  • 10. Photograph of the Yukon River, Whitehorse, 1999.
  • 11. unidentified, 1999.
  • 12. Photograph taken on the way to Skagway, Alaska, 1999.
  • 13. Photograph of Ian Ross & unidentified woman, 1999.
  • 14. Photograph of Ian Ross & unidentified woman, 1999.
  • 15. Photograph of Ian Ross's wife Debra Mosher, n.d.
  • 16. unidentified, n.d.
  • 17. unidentified, n.d.
  • 18. Photograph of Ian Ross, n.d.
  • 19. unidentified, n.d.
  • 20. unidentifed children, n.d.
  • 21. unidentified children, n.d.
  • 22. unidentified children, n.d.
  • 23. unidentified children, n.d.
  • 24. Photograph of Ian Ross with unidentified child, n.d.
  • 25. Photograph of unidentified children, n.d.
  • 26. unidentified children, n.d.
  • 27. unidentified man, n.d.
  • 28. Photograph of Debra Mosher, n.d.
  • 29. Photograph of Ian Ross, n.d.
  • 30. Photograph of Ian Ross and unidentified man, n.d.
  • 31. Photograph of Ian Ross, n.d.
  • 32. unidentified, n.d.
  • 33. unidentified, n.d.
  • 34. Photograph of Ian Ross, n.d.
  • 35. unidentified, n.d.
  • 36. Photograph of Ian Ross, n.d.
  • 37. Photograph of Ian Ross, 1999.
  • 38. Photograph of Ian Ross (far right) and Debra Mosher with another unidentified couple, n.d.
  • 39. Photograph of Ian Ross with unidentified person, n.d.
  • 40. Photograph of Debra Mosher and unidentified man, n.d.
  • 41. Photograph of Ian Ross (centre), Debra Mosher, and unidentified man, n.d.
  • 42. Photograph of Ian Ross (centre) with two unidentified people, n.d.
  • 43. Photographs of props used in the production of "The History of Grandview," 2000.
  • 44. Photograph of the cast of "The History of Grandview," 2000.
  • 45. unidentified, n.d.
  • 46. unidentified, n.d.
  • 47. unidentified, n.d.
  • 48. unidentified, n.d
  • 49. Ian Ross and unidentified man at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, n.d.
  • 50. Photograph of Ian Ross, n.d.
  • 51. Photograph of Ian Ross, n.d.
  • 52. Slide - unidentified, 1996.
2 Ross's Wedding Photographs 1999
  • 53. Ian Ross and Debra Mosher on their wedding day, 1999.
  • 54. Contact sheet - two images of Ian Ross and Debra Mosher on their wedding day, 1999.
  • 55. Contact sheet - six images of Ian Ross and Debra Mosher on their wedding day, 1999.
  • 56. Contact sheet - four images of Ian Ross and Debra Mosher on their wedding day, 1999.
  • 57. Contact sheet - one image, unidentified, n.d.
  • 58. Contact sheet - four images of Ian Ross and Debra Mosher on their wedding day, 1999.

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AUDIO RECORDINGS (TC 123) [1998-2000]
BoxFolder
11 "Joe from Winnipeg" CBC episodes [1998]
2 Interview with CBC Radio Host Terry MacLeod [2000]

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PENCIL DRAWING (MC 19) 1994
Pencil Drawing "Seasons of My Spirit" by Leonard Bighetty 1994

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