Fonds 1233 - Ralph Novek Collection

Title and statement of responsibility area

Title proper

Ralph Novek Collection

General material designation

  • Textual record
  • Graphic material

Parallel title

Other title information

Title statements of responsibility

Title notes

Level of description

Fonds

Reference code

CA JPL-A 1233

Edition area

Edition statement

Edition statement of responsibility

Class of material specific details area

Statement of scale (cartographic)

Statement of projection (cartographic)

Statement of coordinates (cartographic)

Statement of scale (architectural)

Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)

Dates of creation area

Date(s)

Physical description area

Physical description

0.05m of textual records ; 9 photographs : b&w, col.

Publisher's series area

Title proper of publisher's series

Parallel titles of publisher's series

Other title information of publisher's series

Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series

Numbering within publisher's series

Note on publisher's series

Archival description area

Name of creator

(1917-1989)

Biographical history

Ralph Novek was born to Jewish immigrant parents in Montreal on April 10, 1917. His father, Joseph Novek, left Poland in 1905 after being warned by the Russian officers that used Joseph’s father’s tailor shop that Joseph and his brother, Israel, were to be arrested because of their socialist Bundist activity. Joseph traveled first to England and arrived in Montreal in 1906. Joseph married his cousin Helen Finestone in 1916.
Ralph Novek married Shulamith Litman in 1939. The couple supported themselves through Shulamith’s dress designing and Ralph’s writing jobs. In 1945, Ralph Novek founded the Burns Advertising Company with Arthur Burns, running the business until his retirement. In addition to advertising, Ralph Novek also wrote radio plays for the CBC and contributed articles on theatre and progressive themes to various journals.
Ralph Novek also translated into English, Benjamin Sack’s History of the Jews in Canada. Novek was related to Sack through his marriage.

Custodial history

Scope and content

Collection consists of photocopied typescripts of Novek’s radio plays (originals destroyed) and copies of Progressive Theatre, Northern Review, and Today. Collection also contains biographical information on the Litman, Sack, and Novek families.

Notes area

Physical condition

Immediate source of acquisition

Arrangement

Language of material

  • English
  • Hebrew

Script of material

  • Hebrew
  • Latin

Location of originals

Availability of other formats

Restrictions on access

Access may be restricted for file 3.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Finding aids

Associated materials

Related materials

Accruals

Alternative identifier(s)

Standard number area

Standard number

Access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Control area

Description record identifier

Institution identifier

Rules or conventions

Status

Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

This description was created by Archival Practicum Student Suzanne Ngsee on February 13th, 2024.

Language of description

Script of description

Sources

Accession area

Related people and organizations

Related places

Related genres

Physical storage

  • Shelf: 7-4C, Ctn. 003