Fonds - Rosemary MacAulay

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Rosemary MacAulay

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    • 1986-2008, predominantly 1990-1995 (Creation)
      Rosemary MacAulay

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    14 videocassette tapes (28 hours): colour, sound; VHS.
    6 cm of textual records (1 box).

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    Biographical history

    Rosemary MacAulay, visual artist, was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1935. She was educated at Dalhousie University and the University of King’s College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1956 and a Bachelor of Science in 1958. In 1982 she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD), all in Halifax. Subsequently, she worked as an instructor in the Continuing Education Department at NSCAD 1986-1993 and at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia 1990. She served on the executive of Canadian Artists’ Representation / Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC) Maritimes 1985-1990, co-chaired the NS Printmakers Association in 1990 and the NS Women Artists’ Network 1990-1992. She is a member of Visual Arts NS and facilitator for Tantramar Seniors’ College in 2012. She mounted solo exhibitions of her work from 1997 to 2017, and participated in group exhibitions/visual screenings from 1975 to 2011.

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    Consists of video recordings and research notes of children’s skipping rhymes and other game rhymes collected and compiled by Rosemary MacAulay from 1990 to 1994. Her methodology was to visit elementary schools across Nova Scotia and talk with and record the children’s rhymes. These field recordings were then used by MacAulay to create her compilation tape on this area of folklore study. School locations captured on film include Amherst, Antigonish, Baddeck, Bridgetown, Dartmouth, Digby, Eastern Passage, Glace Bay, Halifax, Kentville, Liverpool, Lower Sackville, New Germany, New Glasgow, Newport Station, Parrsboro, Petit de Grat, Pictou, Point-de-l’Eglise, Port Hawkesbury, Pugwash, Shelburne, Sherbrooke, Shubenacadie, Sydney, Three Mile Plains, Truro, Wagmatcook, and Yarmouth NS.

    Video recordings also include a tape of children at Gold River NS recorded by Sharon MacDonald (1986) and given to MacAulay for her research.

    MacAulay’s research notes include Rhymes grouped by school (1990-1993), Skipping rhymes (1990?), Field notes of recording sessions (1991-1994), Rhymes from other sources (collected 1992?), Rhymes taken from the video tapes (1994?), Partial bibliography and permission slips (between 1990 and 1994), and MacAulay’s Curriculum vitae (also called resume) (2008?).

    The contents of the fonds were created in response to a Centre for Art Tapes course that aimed to introduce artists to video, audio and computer technology. Ms. MacAulay’s idea came from a Nova Scotia Women Artist’s Network performance piece in 1990 which protested cuts to women’s centres by the federal government.

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    Video recordings acquired by Nova Scotia Archives in 1995 through private donation from Rosemary MacAulay, the creator. The textual material was donated by MacAulay in 2009.


    The fonds has been arranged in two series; (1) a compilation tape containing finished productions emanating from her field tape research and (2) the field recordings themselves. The latter series is arranged into 3 file units: (1) skipping rhyme field tapes (1990 - 1991); (2) expanded rhyme collecting field tapes (1991) and (3) geographic/ethnic rhyme collecting field tapes (1992 - 1994).

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    • English

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      Location of originals

      The original 8mm videotapes are held by the donor.

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      Restrictions on access

      No reproduction of the Compilation tape (Vb 420) as per donor's request.

      Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

      See Nova Scotia Archives’ Services page for information on copying, reproduction, and use of materials.

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      For film title details see the Sound and Moving Image database and search for "Rosemary MacAulay".

      Shots list available. Reference Number Mf421.

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      Vb 407-Vb 420


      Mf 421



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