Call Number: Mss 325 (A.09-89)
Title: C. Winston McQuillin fonds.
Dates: c. 1920s.
Extent: 0.06 m of textual records.
Biographical sketch: C. Winston McQuillin was a prominent figure in Winnipeg’s amateur theatre scene in the 1920s. Following a stint of semi-pro baseball in Manitoba and Minnesota, McQuillin turned to acting, directing, and producing. The Little Theatre located on Main Street was host to the majority of his theatre career. On this stage he acted in plays such as The Farmer’s Wife and Mr. Pim Passes By. It is here where McQuillin met his wife Thelma LeCocq while producing The Lampshade. He received critical acclaim for his role as “Oswald” in Ibsen’s Ghosts alongside the Winnipeg Community Players. Amongst his directing credits is the University of Manitoba Menorah Theatre Society’s production of Disraeli. McQuillin’s contributions to Winnipeg theatre aided in the establishment of the Manitoba Theatre Centre. His professional career was spent as an advertising executive with Cockfield Brown where he rose to Vice-President, President, and Chairman. Following his retirement in 1966, further pursuits saw McQuillin build and run a golf course until ill health caused him to retire in the early-1970s. He died in 1976.
Custodial history: The fonds was donated to University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections by Edward Nunes-Vaz and Janet McQuillin Campbell in 2009.
Scope and content: The fonds consists of 28 newsclippings from the Winnipeg Tribune and Manitoba Free Press detailing C. Winston McQuillin's theatre career.
Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this material.
Accruals: Further accruals are not expected.
Finding aid: Finding aid is not currently available.