Fonds RC0274 - Marquee Magazine fonds

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Marquee Magazine fonds

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  • 1969-2008 (Creation)

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45.6 m of textual records and other material.
50,635 photographs;
47,434 slides;
844 audio recordings;
102 negatives;
363 CD-ROMs;
172 posters;
1 DVD;
1 video cassette.

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Marquee Communications (sometimes known as Marquee Media Inc. and Marquee Productions) was founded by David Haslam in 1976. The aim of Marquee Communications was to provide complete and up to date information on new feature films (Canadian, American and international), and to comment on the evolving world of film production in an entertaining manner. Due to the overwhelming dominance of Hollywood on this part of the entertainment industry, Marquee published a large proportion of American content. However, Haslam made a concerted effort to publicize and examine Canadian production as well.

Haslam’s flagship publication, Marquee magazine, was active between April/May 1976 and Spring 2004. It typically ran for 30-40 pages and was heavily illustrated. Originally published 4 times a year, it went to 6, then 8, then 10 and finally became a monthly. It was made available primarily in motion picture theatres across Canada, and as a newspaper insert to national and campus newspapers. Its circulation went from 135,000 in its first year to 700,000 at its peak. In 1991 Marquee moved into the field of merchandising and promotions, handling the licensing for many internationally prominent corporations in the Canadian territory. In 2004 Marquee ceased operations. David Haslam passed away in 2011.

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The first accrual was acquired in 2010 and 2011; the second accrual (2012-037) was acquired in 2012, both from Alexandra Lenhoff.


The first accrual has been arranged into five series. Series 1, case files, includes an addendum;
Series 2, press kits; Series 3, photographs, slides, negatives; Series 4, posters and other printed materials; Series 5, Marquee Magazine issues. Note: A sixth series, Star Wars was described separately and will be added here later.

The second accrual consists mainly of audio recordings, but there is a small selection of photographs and related textual material. This accrual has been arranged into the following series: Series 1 - textual; Series 2 – Photographs; Series 3 – The Movies magazine; Series 4 – Audio recordings.

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First accrual: Online Finding Aid
First accrual, Series 1 (.pdf format): Online Finding Aid
Second accrual: Online Finding Aid

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The copy of <i>Marquee Guide to Movies on Video</i> by Ron Base has been added to the Research Collections monograph collection and is accessible through the <a href="">library catalogue</a>.

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