Call Number: Tc 135 (A.08-09, A.09-60)
Title: Catherine Thexton fonds.
Extent: 2 m of audio recordings. -- 0.13 m of textual records.
Biographical sketch: Catherine Thexton was born in Balmoral, Manitoba in 1921. She and her husband, George, farmed in the area for over 45 years. She graduated from Provincial Normal School in 1939 and taught school for twenty years. In 1944-1945, she studied conservation in Ontario. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Manitoba in 1966. She obtained a Bachelor of Education degree in 1973 and a Masters of Education degree in 1978. In 1977-1978, she taught the first full course in ecology in a secondary school at St. John's High School.
A lifelong devotee of nature, Thexton has been recording bird calls and songs since the mid-1970s. She has produced eight commercial recordings. They include In Praise of Spring in album format in 1981, Meadowlark Music & Other Nature Sounds in album format in 1983, Let Nature Sing in album format in 1987, Songs & Sounds in audio cassette in 1989, Dusk to Dawn Nature Sounds in audio cassette in 1992, Just Birds in CD and audio cassette in 1995, Sounds from Fields & Woods in CD and audio cassette in 1997, and Bird Song with Ambient Sound in CD in 2003.
Custodial history: The fonds was donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Catherine Thexton in 2008 and 2009.
Scope and content: The fonds is divided into seven series. They include biographical information, lists of bird calls, bird calls on audio tapes and CDs, commercially produced CDs, vinyl discs, and CDs produced by other people. In total, the tape collection consists of 134 microcassettes, 62 data tapes, 20 audio reels, 4 vinyl discs, 206 CDs, and 7 audio-cassettes.
Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this material.
Accruals: No further accruals are expected.
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