Sous-fonds MsC-156-6 - Michael Riordon

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Michael Riordon

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  • [between 1990 and 2000] (Creation)
    Riordon, Michael

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282 audio cassettes
0.2 cm of textual records

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Michael Riordon was born in 1944 in Canada. He is an author, playwright, documentary maker, and oral historian who, as of 2015, had published 6 books and more than 60 spoken word/audio documentaries and plays, films and videos. His work has appeared in various publication such as "Toronto Life," "The New Internationalist," and "the Globe and Mail." His books include "The First Stone: homosexuality & the United Church of Canada" (1992), "Out Our Way: Gay and Lesbian Life in the Country " (1996), "Eating Fire: Family Life on the Queer Side" (2001), "An Unauthorized Biography of the World: Oral History on the Front Lines" (2004). His work frequently seeks to recover voices and stories of people who have been excluded from traditional historical and political narratives, including LGBTQ Canadians, First Nations youth, and grassroots activists in Palestine-Israel. As of 2015, he resided in rural eastern Ontario with his partner.

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The records were in the custody of Michael Riordon until their donation to the Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony / Simon Fraser University Library, Special Collections and Rare Books in 2014.

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Records consist primarily of sound recordings of interviews undertaken by Michael Riordon and his partner for his two published books, Out Our Way: Gay and Lesbian Life in the Country (Between the Lines, 1996) and Eating Fire: Family Life on the Queer Side (Between the Lines, 2001). Materials include 282 audio cassettes and a copy of Riordon’s notes on the tapes for Out Our Way. The fonds is arranged into two series.

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The donor’s original order for these records, and numbering system for the audio cassettes, have been maintained.

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  • English

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Audio cassettes were all digitized by the Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony in 2016-2017. These interviews are available online at as they become processed and available.

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Copyright for these recordings is held by the donor. No restrictions were placed on access by the donor, but select interviews are restricted from online access.

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