Mariposa : celebrating Canadian folk music : About the project


Mariposa Folk Festival : near Brampton : Caledon East

Why do some pictures have scratches and dust marks?

Why are the sound recordings not more cleaned up?

As archivists and researchers, the project team decided early in the process that no effort would be made to alter the appearence of documents.

For photographs, the digitization assistant adjusted basic colour settings but did not use software to remove dust motes, scratches or annotations made on a photographic print.

For sound recordings, the digitzation assistants made full digital transfers of the original audio reel.  When making access copies for concerts and workshops, some adjustments were made to improve audibility to balance the settings of two seperate recordings of the same event.  Audio drop-outs, breaks in recording, feedback, and background conversation were kept in in an effort to maintain the historical authenticity of the recording inasmuch as possible.

Mariposa Folk Festival [not used]

Where is Artist X? Why isn't Group Y in the exhibit?  Where is the recording of Concert Z?

Serendipity plays an important role in the creation, preservation and accessibility of archival records. So does copyright in the case of creative works.  

There are systematic audio recordings of the festival from 1973 through to the present, on 1/4" audio reel, audio cassette, compact disk, DVDs and digital files. The project team made strategic selections of what audio reels to digitize based on three factors:

a) that the recording was representative of some element of the festival;

b) that the recording included performances by artists who were Canadian, based in Canada, or whose career was relevant to the Canadian experience;

c) that the recording contained performances by artists who we judged would be supportive of the project and who could be contacted with relative ease;

d) that the recording was of reasonable quality and would be of interest to musicologists, researchers and the public at large.

Some major Canadian performers were not represented in the archival recordings. Some recordings could not be displayed online due to a lack of sufficient documentation regarding the participants. Other recordings, even though they have been digitized, can not be streamed online in their entirety because some participants could not be located or because other participants did not wish for their historical performances to be available on the internet.


Mariposa Folk Festival : Innis Lake

Can I use these images/sound recordings/programs in a project/powerpoint/conference paper?


For further information about reusing the contents of this exhibit in a presentation, academic assignment or conference paper, please contact the archives staff at

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I noticed an error in your description or identification.  How can I get that corrected?


We welcome feeback, comments and corrections from the community. 

You can submit suggestions and comments using IntenseDebate or send us an email at

Mariposa Festival at Maple Leaf Stadium

I have material from Mariposa I'd like to donate.  How do I do that?

The archives can be contacted regarding potential donations of archival material by:

Telephone : 416-736-5542

Email :

Mailing address : Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, York University Libraries, 305 Scott Library, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3

Mariposa Festival 1978

How do I get access to more resources?

With some exceptions, most of the Mariposa holdings are available for research. Access to some materials may be restricted for a period of time in order to protect the privacy rights of individuals or because donors have imposed access restrictions on their own material. Any restrictions will be noted in the finding aid to the collection. 

Because of the unique nature of the materials preserved in the Mariposa Folk Festival fonds, materials can be consulted only in the Reading Room of the archives. Some archival holdings are stored off-site and requests for these materials must be made in advance.  Also, due to the technical requirements of many of the recorded formats, there may be delays in migrating requested items to a stable digital format for researcher use.

Mariposa Folk Festival

I would like to publish an item I found on your website.  How do I do that?

The majority of the items in this exhibit are protected by copyright, and often there are multiple rights holders who must be contacted in order to publish an item in a different forum.


Copyright for photographs from the Toronto Telegram Photograph Collection belongs to York University.  The archives charges a fee for non-exclusive, one-time permission to publish a particular image. For more information please email

Copyright for photographs commissioned by the Mariposa Folk Foundation, and found within the Mariposa Folk Foundation fonds, lies with the foundation.  Individuals and groups wishing to publish an item from the archives will have to apply to the foundation.

There are also photographs that are part of the Mariposa Folk Foundation fonds which are protected under copyright law with copyright belonging to the photographer.  Individuals and groups wishing to publish such items will have to apply to the photographer.  


Sound recordings

All the sound recordings digitized as part of the Mariposa Digitization Project were live recordings of festival performances.  Although the recordings themselves belong to the Mariposa Folk Foundation, performance and moral rights lie with all the performers who were recorded. While the Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections can provide access to these recordings for research and personal-use purposes only, we cannot host all the recordings online.  Those recordings which have been uploaded as part of this exhibit, have been because archival staff contacted as many identifiable performers as possible and received permission to host the recordings from said performers.  

In the vast majority of cases, artists gave their consent on the proviso that the recordings would only ever be used for academic and research-purposes only. As a result, any desire to reproduce, distribute or publish the available sound recordings would be a violation of existing copyright and the wishes of the performers.

For more information, please contact the archives at

Textual material and posters

The festival programs, posters and pamphlets were commissioned and generated under the auspices of the festival staff and volunteers.  However, some festival programs may contain trademarks, advertisments and logos from other companies and sponsors. Such institutions, corporations or organizations would have to be contacted should an indiviual or group wish to reproduce said element in another form or publication.

The Mariposa Folk Foundation would need to be contacted for permission to reproduce any historical festival program, poster or pamphlet.

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