Fonds RC0870 - Mose Scarlett fonds

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Mose Scarlett fonds

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  • 1965-2019 (Creation)
    Scarlett, Mose

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1.39 m of textual records
Approx. 263 photographs (approx. 162 digital)
5 colour negatives
6 floppy disks
22 DVDs
38 CDs
18 audio cassettes
3 mini data cartridges

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Moseley Stephen Scarlett was a Toronto-based musician who specialized in jazz, blues, ragtime, and swing music from the early 20th century. Scarlett was a known entity in the industry, and frequently collaborated and recorded with musicians such as Jackie Washington, Ken Whiteley, Bruce Cockburn, Marg Stowe, and others.

Scarlett was born in Peterborough, Ontario to an electrical engineer and schoolteacher. At the age of 10 his family moved to Ohio, with Scarlett returning to Canada at the age of 18. Scarlett would marry Anne Tener, with whom he had two daughters, Jessica and Gaelyn. Scarlett and Tener eventually divorced, and Scarlett found a long-time partner in Tina Cohen.

Scarlett routinely played at music events across Canada, and the world. He undertook several tours of the United Kingdom, Australia, and Germany, and frequented music festivals such as Summerfolk and Northern Lights. Scarlett died in Toronto on 30 May 2019 of leukemia.

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Fonds consists primarily of materials documenting Scarlett’s music career, which spanned five decades. This includes contracts, travel plans for tours, performance programmes, promotional materials, photographs, recordings, sheet music, and other materials. There is also a small amount of personal materials, including correspondence, chiefly with singer-songwriter and painter Mendelson Joe, letters to the Canadian government, drafts of op-eds, and other materials.

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Materials were donated by Jessica Scarlett in 2021.


Collection is arranged in five series:

Series 1: Personal Materials. 
Series 2: Promotional Materials. 
Series 3: Contracts and Performance Materials. 
Series 4: Audio-Visual Materials, Digital Photographs, and Ephemera. 
Series 5: Oversized Posters and Newspapers.

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K. Pugh, 1st accrual, 2023.

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