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John Hirsch:

Call Number: MSS 492 (A2004-209)

Title: John Hirsch fonds

Dates: 1949-1973

Extent: 0.13 m of textual records; 4 map folders.

Biographical Sketch: John Hirsch was born in Hungary in 1930.  He came to Canada in 1947 through the War Orphans Project of the Canadian Jewish Congress.  He was adopted by the Shack Family of Winnipeg.  In 1952, he graduated with a BA in English literature from the University of Manitoba.  Hirsch co-founded Theatre 77, which would later become the Manitoba Theatre Centre.  He became one of Canada’s prominent theatre directors.  He died in Toronto on August 1, 1989.

Custodial history: The fonds was extracted from material donated by Sybil Shack in 2004

Scope and content: The fonds consist of correspondence to Hirsch, artwork, tapes, and various textual material relating to his personal life and career.

Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this material.

Accruals: No further accruals are expected.

Box Folder  
1 1 Correspondence to John Hirsch – 1940’s
  2 Correspondence to John Hirsch – 1950’s
  3 Correspondence to John Hirsch – 1960’s
  4 Correspondence to John Hirsch – 1970’s
  5 Correspondence to John Hirsch – 1970’s
  6 Correspondence to John Hirsch – 1970’s
  7 Correspondence to John Hirsch – Dates unknown
  8 Miscellaneous theatre information, 1957-1970
  9 Copy of book The Redeemed Children, by Ben Lapin (1963)
  10 Photocopies of poetry and drawings by John Hirsch, n.d.
  11 Notebook, n.d.
  12 3 tapes, n.d.

Oversized materials


1 print of landscape by E. Welshoff (n.d.)

1 painting of set design “Playboy of the Western World for the Repertory Theatre Lincoln Centre”

10 paintings by John Hirsch (1973)

2 drawings: “Comme nos maîtres!”, “L’Étourdie!” (artist and date unknown)

2 4 photographs of performers rehearsing and costume fitting.
3 2 MTC theatre posters: Dark of the Moon and Arms and the Man

Doctor of Letters diploma from the University of Manitoba (1966)

Order of Canada certificate (1967)