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Simon Fraser University Special Collections and Rare Books Robin Blaser fonds Series
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Artistic material

Series consists of material relating to artistic works completed by those other than Blaser. Records include reproductions and prints, gallery posters, sheet music, brochures, book launch invitation, and a piece of a collage presumably created by Jack Spicer.

Promotional material

Series consists of promotional materials for art exhibits, poetry readings, and music and play performances held by those other than Blaser, as well as press catalogs and announcements promoting book releases.

Conference material

Series consists of material related to poetry conferences attended by Blaser. Records include essays, poems, correspondence, pamphlets, and newspaper clippings. Series is divided into the following two sub-series: Recovery of the Public World, 70th birthday conference; and General conferences.

Research articles

Series consists of photocopied scholarly articles used by Blaser for personal and academic research.

Ephemera

Series consists of various types of textual ephemera, including newspaper clippings, event programs and ticket stubs, curriculum vitae of other colleagues, as well as other personal mementos and textual material.

Works by other authors

Series consists of written works by other authors including drafts, articles, poems, and book manuscripts. In addition to these the series also includes collected published works by other authors including books, chapbooks, broadsides, journals, and other types of published materials. The series is divided into two sub-series: Collected publications; and General works.

Family records and other genealogical materials

Series consists of family history records related to Blaser’s lineage, such as family pedigree charts, vital records of other family members, books on Blaser’s paternal lineage as well as areas where his relatives first settled in the United States, obituaries, cemetery deeds, guardianship records, and graduation programs. The series also includes poems and stories written by Blaser’s mother and records related to the trucking business Blaser’s father started.

Photographs

Series consists of black and white and color print photographs, color photograph slides, and photograph negatives of Blaser and his family, friends, and colleagues. The series also includes print photographs and photograph negatives that belonged to James Felts, a former partner of Blaser’s. The series is divided into seven sub-series: Family print photographs; Blaser family friends print photographs; Friends of Robin Blaser print photographs; Photographs of Robin Blaser; General print photographs; Color slides; and Photograph negatives.

Honors and awards records

Series consists of records related to Blaser’s appointment to the Order of Canada and winning the Griffin Award for Excellence in Poetry. Items include correspondence, agendas and schedules, event programs, posters, photographs and negatives, and a video recording of the Order of Canada ceremony that Blaser participated in.

Personal records and other biographical material

Series includes personal and biographical material, including Blaser’s birth certificate, records related to his honorary Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University, Blaser’s high school diploma, records related to his health towards the end of his life, records from his employment at San Francisco State University, handwritten personal notes and book lists, a handwritten will, Blaser’s curriculum vitae, and yearbooks from his high school and college years.

Business and financial records

Series consists of records related to Blaser’s finances, including contracts, royalties and speaking honorariums, personal budgets, bank and personal loan information, pension records, tax records, mutual funds and stocks held by Blaser, and life insurance policies purchased by Blaser.

Teaching and academic related records

Series consists of records related to Blaser’s lectures and talks, his involvement with the Naropa Summer Writing Series, reading and research notes, student papers, and faculty meeting agendas and memos from his employment with Simon Fraser University.

Travel records

Series consists of textual records and photographs relating to locations to which Blaser traveled. Records include travel schedules, receipts, handwritten notes, boarding passes, event programs, ticket stubs, and brochures.

Poetry readings and other performance records

Series consists of textual, visual, and audio materials related to poetry readings and performances of materials written by Blaser as well as other individuals. The series is divided into the following five sub-series: Readings and performances by Blaser records; Promotional materials for readings and performances by Blaser; Audio and video recordings of readings and performances by Blaser; Audio and video recordings of readings and performances of others; and The Last Supper (opera) related records.

Written works by Blaser

Series consists of written works by Blaser. Material includes drafts, unpublished and published poetry, essays, opera librettos, music lyrics, book manuscripts, journals and notes, speeches, grant applications, and promotional comments. The series is divided into the following six sub-series: Poems; Essays; Book manuscripts; The Last Supper opera libretto draft, revisions and final text; Published works; and General works.

Correspondence of others

Series consists of correspondence of individuals other than Blaser, including poet Jack Spicer, artist Jess Collins, writer Stan Persky, Blaser’s partner David Farwell, Blaser’s mother Ina Blaser, Blaser’s maternal grandmother Sophia Auer, and other friends and family. Includes handwritten and typed correspondence as well as email correspondence. Series is divided into the following seven sub-series: Correspondence of Jack Spicer (1959-1962); Correspondence of Jess Collins ([196-?]-1967); Correspondence of Stan Persky (1963-1967); Correspondence of David Farwell (2006-2009); Correspondence of Ina Blaser (1919-1978); Correspondence of Sophia Auer (1916-1941); and General correspondence of others (1956, 1975).

Correspondence of Robin Blaser

Series consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence with family, friends, and colleagues. Material includes handwritten and typed correspondence as well as facsimile and email correspondence of both a personal and professional nature. Additional material includes enclosed contracts, poetry, and other textual records. The series is divided into five sub-series: Incoming correspondence; Outgoing correspondence; Alphabetical correspondence; Chronological correspondence; and General correspondence.