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Post-Totem Theatre Involvement

This series documents Baker’s involvement with North American theatre between 1952 and the late 1970s, and includes an extensive collection of slides, photographs and newspaper clippings

The series is further divided into one sub-series on Education, which documents Baker's involvement with drama and summer theatre schools.

Totem Theatre Involvement

The Totem Theatre series documents extensively Baker’s involvement with the Totem Theatre company between 1951 and 1954. The series encompasses not only the administrative and promotional side of Totem Theatre, but also the production and staging side. The series includes administrative and promotional material as well as photographs and an extensive collection of newspaper clippings.

Pre-Totem Theatre Involvement

This series documents Baker’s involvement in Canadian theatre from the late 1940s until 1951, and is comprised of both photographic material and scrapbooks compiled between 1948 and 1951.

Personal Life

The series contains slides, photographs, negatives and home movies relating to Baker's private life in Canada and several trips abroad.

Arngrim Family

This series encompasses material relating to the family of Thor and Norma (MacMillan) Arngrim dating from the 1950s to 1980s. Thor Arngrim co-founded Totem Theatre with Stuart Baker in 1951, and married Nora MacMillan, one of Totem's actresses, in 1954. They had two children, Stefan and Alison, who became involved in acting and music.

Stuart Baker fonds

  • CA UVICARCH AR009
  • Fonds
  • 1948 - 1988

The fonds consists of five series: Personal Life, Pre-Totem Theatre Involvement, Totem Theatre, Post-Totem Theatre Involvement and the Arngrim Family series. These series document Baker’s involvement in the Canadian theatre scene over a period of time spanning approximately thirty years, as well as certain aspects of his personal life. The fonds consists primarily of photographs and slides, both professional and private; they are largely unidentified. Also included are three scrapbooks of drama clippings of Vancouver productions, 1948-1951, theatre posters, programs, memorabilia and several letters.

Personal Life series includes photographs, slides and home movies accumulated by Baker that relate to family, friends and trips abroad.

Pre-Totem Theatre Involvement series documents Baker’s involvement in Canadian theatre from the late 1940s until 1951, and is comprised of photographic material.

Totem Theatre series documents extensively Baker’s involvement with the Totem Theatre company between 1951 and 1954. The series encompasses not only the administrative and promotional side of Totem Theatre, but also the production and staging side. The series includes administrative and promotional material as well as photographs and an extensive collection of newspaper clippings.

Post-Totem Theatre Involvement series documents Baker’s involvement with North American theatre between 1954 and the late 1970s, and includes an extensive collection of slides, photographs and newspaper clippings. The Education sub-series documents Baker’s involvement with drama and summer theatre schools.

Arngrim Family series consists of documents accumulated by Baker that relate to the family of his friend, Thor Arngrim and include photographs, slides and sound recordings. Arngrim married Totem Theatre actress Nora MacMillan in 1954 after the demise of the theatre company, and as such, some materials relating to her later work can also be found within this series.

The fonds has one subseries: the Education sub-series found within the Post-Totem Theatre Involvement series.

Baker, Stuart

Brochures – miscellaneous

  • CA UVICARCH AR009-Post-Totem-Miscellaneous brochures
  • File
  • 196-
  • Part of Stuart Baker fonds

Comprises miscellaneous brochures for various theatrical productions and companies, possibly printed during the 1960s.

Brochures – miscellaneous

  • CA UVICARCH AR009-Post-Totem-Education-Miscellaneous brochures
  • File
  • 1963 - 1966
  • Part of Stuart Baker fonds

Comprises brochures for various theatre and summer schools, including the Vancouver Island Summer School of the Arts, St Paul's College High School Dramatic Society, the Manitoba Theatre School, and the Okanagan Summer School of the Arts.

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