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Brian Linehan Archive

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Brian Linehan Archive

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Accession #
Special Collections 0051

Archival Series

Object Name
collection record


Date Made
circa 1972-2002

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Brian Linehan Archive


Brian Linehan fonds [textual records, published materials, graphic materials, moving image and sound records, artifacts]; circa 1972 - 1999, plus small volume of material from 2000-2002.

Brian Linehan (1944-2004) was a Canadian television host famous for his long-form interviews of entertainment personalities on his show "City Lights" (1973-1988). Raised in Hamilton, Ontario he worked for Odeon Cinemas and Janus Films before joining Citytv in the 1970s. Since his death, the Brian Linehan Foundation has supported Canadian talent.

Archival records created, compiled and collected by Brian Linehan in the course of his professional career conducting television and radio interviews. The period represented in the fonds begins in 1972 with Linehan’s Paris day book. While the substantive part of the material acquired covers the period 1972 to 1999, there are occasional items from 2000 to 2002 that were found integrated in the files. Linehan’s system of compiling relevant clippings and research materials dates from 1973, when he began interviewing, and continues through to 2002.

ACCESSION 2001-007

2385 files (19 m.) textual records : including 2016 celebrity/personality files; approx. 319 files containing correspondence, ephemera and clippings removed from the books; 8 film scripts; 31 day books; and other

641 published materials : 631 books (many with dedications and inscriptions by author), 10 magazines, and other

973 videotape cassettes : 154 Umatic 3/4 in. cassettes, 489 VHS ½ in. cassettes, 330 Betacam/BetaSP cassettes

350 sound recordings

approx. 10,248 photographs : 8254 b+w prints, 285 colour prints, 1395 35mm slides, plus other negatives, transparencies, contact sheets

1 poster

27 graphic materials : 5 caricature drawings, 1animation cel, 8 awards certificates, 1 print, 12 printed matter and related items including photomechanical reproductions, tearsheets, covers

6 artifacts

ACCESSION 2002-014

7 textual (23 cm.) textual records : clipping files

561 video tapes : 2 VHS ½ in. cassettes, 559 Betacam/BetaSP cassettes

47 photographs

1 graphic materials : copy from printed matter