IslandVoices Audio and Visual Archive

Benevolent Irish Society Audio Collection
Benevolent Irish Society Audio Collection
This collection covers two series of audio recordings created by the Benevolent Irish Society (BIS) of Charlottetown, PEI. The first series is comprised of field recordings of oral history interviews conducted by BIS student researchers in 1982 and 1983 with elderly Irish residents of PEI. The second series contains recordings of lectures delivered at the BIS Hall (now the Irish Cultural Centre) in Charlottetown during the years 1987 - 2011 on various aspects of Irish heritage and culture both in PEI and in Ireland. Project Background These recordings were digitized and provided with metadata records at the UPEI Robertson Library during the Spring and early Summer of 2018. Financial support for this project, facilitated by the Benevolent Irish Society, was generously provided through the Government of Ireland's Emigrant Support Programme. Special acknowledgment is also due to Mr. George O'Connor, Past-President of the Benevolent Irish Society, whose patient-but-persistent advocacy helped bring this project to fruition. Go raibh maith agat!
Prince Edward Island Sound and Moving Image Archive
Prince Edward Island Sound and Moving Image Archive
The need for a sound and moving image archive in Prince Edward Island was first articulated in a 1988 report commissioned by the Institute of Island Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island. Now, fifteen years later, the Prince Edward Island Sound and Moving Image Archive is taking shape in the form of a special collection at UPEI’s Robertson Library. The collections held by the PEI Sound and Moving Image Archive consist of reel-to-reel tapes, audio cassette tapes, and videocassettes, as well as digital copies of original recordings from 78 rpm vinyl records and 8-track cassettes. Some of the collections also include additional materials such as photographs and textual records. The PEI Sound and Moving Image Archive is housed in the Special Collections area of the University of Prince Edward Island’s Robertson Library. Available Archival Descriptions and Digitized Samples In March 2005, Special Collections received funding from the AV Preservation Trust to create archival descriptions for several significant collections held by the PEI Sound and Moving Image Archive. Over a period of three months (July - September 2005), five collections were arranged and described according to Rules for Archival Description (RAD) and samples from each collection were identified and digitized. Those descriptions and digitized samples have now been made available on this web site. It is hoped the success of the PEI Sound and Moving Image Archive Pilot Project will lead to further acquisitions and funding which would allow Special Collections to continue to preserve and maintain the Island’s sound and moving image history.
Reg "Dutch" Thompson Oral History Collection
Reg "Dutch" Thompson Oral History Collection
Mr. Thompson currently has approximately 700 hours of field recordings stored on audio-cassette in his home, along with an additional 100 hours recorded on video. This is surely one of the richest single troves of oral history in Eastern Canada – a treasure of both provincial and regional significance – and Mr. Thompson has partnered with the UPEI Library to digitize this collection and make elements of it available on-line.