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Abraham I. Fratkin collection
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[ca. 1928]-1946 (Creation)
- Fratkin, Abraham I.
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3p. of textual records
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Name of creator
Abraham I. Fratkin was born in 1889 in Russia. In 1903 he moved to China and joined an orchestra as a flautist. He stayed there for four years and then returned to Russia where he joined an orchestra in Kiev. In 1912 he immigrated to Canada to avoid military service and settled in Winnipeg, Manitoba, bringing the rest of his family over after. Fratkin became the musical director of the Allan theatres, and opened a theatre in Edmonton, Alberta in 1918. He became involved in the Jewish community in Edmonton as a member of the Hebrew Free Loan Society and other organizations, and he also formed his own orchestra at the Capitol Theatre called the Capitoliens. He opened a music store in 1928 called Art Music Limited, but the store closed during the depression. In 1943 he became the first conductor of the newly established Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. He began teaching music in Edmonton and ca. 1951 moved to Vancouver, British Columbia where he opened a business.
Scope and content
Collection consists of photocopied photographs depicting Abraham I. Fratkin with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and his own orchestra, A. Fratkin and his Famous Capitoliens. Collection also includes a letter written by Abraham I. Fratkin and a synopsis of an oral history held at the Provincial Archives of Alberta. Materials date from [ca. 1928]-1946.
Immediate source of acquisition
The material was collected by JAHSENA in 2002.
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- The letter is in Yiddish.
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There are no restrictions on access. Subject to The Copyright Act.
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No inventory/file list available.
Other records pertaining to Abraham I. Fratkin can be found at the Provincial Archives of Alberta in accessions PR1971.0294 and PR1975.105. An oral history by Fratkin is also available in PR1975.105.
Further accruals are expected but not scheduled.
Information for the biographical sketch was taken from the synopsis for the oral history by Abraham I. Fratkin held at the Provincial Archives of Alberta.<br><br>Record No. FRA.02.1<br><br>
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- Fratkin, Abraham I. (Subject)