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Peter Trower fonds
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A ship called Destiny records

Sub-series consists of records relating to Trower's 2000 "A Ship Called Destiny: Poems of Love and Travel," originally titled "Yvonne’s Book." Includes the first selection of poems, an edited manuscript, the author’s introduction, postscript and table of contents, and galley proofs with photographs.

Articles, reviews and interviews regarding Trower

Series consists of journal and newspaper articles and reviews pertaining to Peter Trower, books he has published or contributed to, his musical albums, and his participation in the band Industrial Accident. Also includes relating to awards and honours received by Trower, his activities and projects, and also include articles of a biographical nature. Series also includes sound and video recordings of interviews with Trower recorded between 1976 and 2000.

Artwork by other artists

Sub-series consists of drawings, sketches, collages, and prints by other artists, a number of whom are friends and acquaintances of Peter Trower, including Jack Wise, Bus Griffiths, Godfrey, and Karen Severson. Includes several portraits of Trower.

Awards and honours records

Series consists of correspondence, certificates, and promotional material relating to various awards and honours received by Peter Trower. Includes records relating to Trower’s receipt of a BC 2000 Book Award, the BC Gas Lifetime Achievement Award in 2002 and the Canadian Author’s Association Jack Chalmers Poetry Award in 2005. Series also includes records relating to his third place finish for the BC Book Prizes Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize in 2001 and his nomination for a 2003 ReLit Award in the poetry category.

Ballads and blues: song lyrics and orchestrated poems

File consists of text for Trower’s poems to be performed at the event “Waltz for a rainy bebop evening: an evening of swingin’ bebop vocal jazz,” held on Saturday, March 25, 2004, at the Gumboot Café in Roberts Creek, B.C. The performance featured Peter Trower, Karin Plato, Ron Thompson, Ken Dalgleish, and Jacquie Allan.

Bastions and beaver pelts records

Sub-series consists of a project proposal and a manuscript for "Bastions and Beaver Pelts," an aborted book project Trower worked on with Yvonne Klan.

Bush poems records

Sub-series consists of records relating to the development and promotion of Trower's 1978 book "Bush Poems." Includes promotional material and a draft manuscript of the book containing Bus Griffiths’ illustrations.

Business and financial records

Series consists of records relating to Peter Trower’s business and financial interests. Includes several copies of Trower’s curriculum vitae, contracts and agreements, correspondence, royalty statements, mortgage records, and invoices.

Cartoons and other artwork

Series consists of cartoons, drawings, sketch books, watercolours, illustrations, and prints by Peter Trower and by other artists.

Series has been arranged into the following two sub-series: Cartoons and other artwork by Peter Trower (1949 to 1983) and Artwork by other artists (1969-1998).

Cartoons and other artwork by Peter Trower

Sub-series consists of cartoons, sketch books, drawings and paintings by Peter Trower, including material produced by Trower during his time as a student at the Vancouver School of Art, 1958 to 1959. Includes watercolours, ink, pencil, charcoal and pastel drawings. Cartoons pertain to the logging and aluminum industry, international politics, local politics and issues, the hippie movement, and super-hero spoofs. The subject matter of the drawings and sketches include Peter Trower (self-portraits), family members, friends, models, logging, Trower’s homes in North Vancouver and Gibsons, British Columbia, and in various places in Vancouver, Gibsons, and Port Alice. Series also includes three copies of Jack Wise’s only know cartoon.

Chainsaws in the cathedral records

Sub-series consists of records relating to the development and publication of Trower's 1999 book "Chainsaws in the Cathedral." Records include edited and unedited drafts, the book's original introduction by Al Purdy, and early page proofs.

Chronological files

Sub-series consists of draft manuscripts of published and unpublished prose arranged into files by Trower according to year of creation. Includes drafts of fictional and non-fictional articles and short stories, some of which were published in the Coast News, Vancouver Magazine, Raincoast Chronicles, B.C. Logging, Business Logger, West Coast Logger, and Western Living. Also includes drafts of material subsequently included in Trower’s novels "Grogan’s Cafe," "Dead Man’s Ticket," and "The Judas Hills." Drafts often contain notes written by Trower at a later date in order to provide further information concerning the piece’s evolution and publication, or lack of publication.

Coast news articles, reviews and poems

Sub-series consists of newspaper articles, reviews, and poems, written by Peter Trower and published in the Coast News newspaper. Includes some original articles and some photocopied reproductions. Articles are often accompanied by explanatory comments added by Trower at a later date.

Correspondence

Series consists of Peter Trower’s incoming and outgoing correspondence. Includes correspondence with family, friends, other writers, publishers, fans, media personnel, and granting agencies.

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