Fonds TC 135 (A2008-009, A2009-060) - Catherine Thexton

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Catherine Thexton

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  • sound recordings

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CA UMASC TC 135 (A2008-009, A2009-060)

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  • 1975-2004 (Creation)
    Thexton, Catherine

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2 m of audio & other material including .25 m of textual records & 134 micro-cassettes, 62 data-tapes, 21 reel-to-reel audio tapes, 4 vinyl discs, 206 CDs, 7 audio-cassettes.

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Catherine Thexton was born in Balmoral, Manitoba in 1921. She and her husband George farmed in the area for over 45 years. She graduated from the Provincial Normal School in 1939 and taught school for twenty years. In 1944 -1945 she studied conservation in Ontario. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Manitoba in 1966. She obtained her Bachelor of Education in 1973 and a Master of Education in 1978. In 1977-1978 she taught the first full course in ecology in a secondary school at St. John's High School.

A lifelong devotee of nature, Thexton recorded bird calls and songs since the mid-1970s. She produced eight commercial recordings. They include: In Praise of Spring (in album format in 1981), Meadowlark Music & Other Nature Sounds (in album format in 1983), Let Nature Sing (in album format in 1987), Songs & Sounds (in audio-cassette in 1989), Dusk to Dawn Nature Sounds (in audio-cassette in 1992), Just Birds (in CD & cassette in 1995), Sounds from Fields & Woods (in CD & cassette in 1997) & Bird Song with Ambient Sound (in CD 2003).

Thexton passed away on February 27, 2019.

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The fonds were donated by Catherine Thexton in 2008 and 2009.

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The fonds are divided into six series. They include:
Biographical information
Lists of bird calls
Bird calls audio tapes & CDs
Commercially produced CDs
Vinyl discs, & audio cassettes
CDs produced by other people

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Finding aid created and encoded by Lewis St. George Stubbs (August 2009). Revised by N. Courrier (October 2019).

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