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Robert Bringhurst fonds
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Zapfest-San Francisco

File consists of correspondence, a lecture entitled "Zapfest lecture: Breathing through hands," notes, an event poster, an and invitation to a reception, all related to the event, "Zapfest-Calligraphic type design in the digital age: An exhibition in honour of the contributions of Hermann and Gudrun Zapf," held at the San Francisco Public Library in September and October of 2001.


File consists of correspondence, presentation notes, an airplan boarding pass, a business card, and a conference program related to the conference "TEXTure-Reading/Writing/Sensing: Teaching word relationships in the context of new technologies."

Cjee Whitehorse

File consists of annotated page proofs for the essay "The tree of meaning and the work of linguistics" from issue 7 of the Canadian Journal of Environmental Education.

Readings 2000-2002

File consists of correspondence from various organizations inviting Bringhurst to deliver talks or readings.

Siverly review of knife and nine visits

File consists of a reproduction of a review essay by Bill Silverly in the fall 2002 issue of the journal “Wicazo Sa Review,” reviewing “A Story as Sharp as Knife” and “Nine Visits to the Mythworld.”

Ursa major Regina 2002

File consists of materials related to the work “Ursa Major”: a script, notes, correspondence, and promotional materials advertising dance performances.

John Dreyfus

File consists of materials related to John Dreyfus: 2 copies of a text about Dreyfus, a brochure for a series of lectures at Simon Fraser University in 1985, and a printout of an electronic article in newspaper The Independent.


File consists of materials related to a trip to Idaho to lecture at the University of Idaho on March 12, 2003: draft of the lecture text, entitled “Reading and Writing in Four Dimensions,” notes, and correspondence.

Lee-Un (2002/3)

File consists of materials related to the book “Un” by Dennis Lee, for which Bringhurst designed the book jacket: draft pages, page proofs, notes, correspondence, and book jacket mockups, including many photocopies.

Moosejaw-July 2003

File consists of materials related to the Saskatchewan Festival of Words: participant forms, event program, car rental receipt, and correspondence.


File consists of materials related to a lecture given at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 4, 2003: lecture text, entitled “The Life of Letterforms,” and correspondence.

Taylor prize 2002-2003

File consists of materials related to Bringhurst’s role as trustee for the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction: a draft report, draft meeting minutes, correspondence, and a reproduction of Bringhurst’s review of Maria Tippett’s book “Bill Reid: The Making of an Indian,” published in the November 8 2003 issue of the National Post.

Tippett review

File consists of materials related to Bringhurst’s review of Maria Tippett’s book “Bill Reid: The Making of an Indian,” published in the November 8 2003 issue of the National Post: 2 copies of the newspaper article, a photocopy of the article, and the review text.

AAUP [Association of American University Presses]-2004

File consists of correspondence, conference program, registration list, and recordings list related to the conference of the Association of American University Presses, where Bringhurst gave a talk entitled "The rhythm of the page: Typography for scholarly materials."

Berlin 2004

File consists of correspondence, travel itinerary, hotel booking, program schedule and postcard from the Typo conference in Berlin, 13-15 May, 2003.

Reid lecture UBC [University of British Columbia]

File consists of records related to a lecture presented at University of British Colombia's First Nations House of Learning entitled, "Finding home: The legacy of Bill Reid": the lecture text, notes, 3 newspaper articles, and promotional material.

Religious studies roundtable

File consists of materials related to a printed roundtable discussion entitled "Consider Translation," published in volume 30, issue 2/3 of the journal "Religious Studies Review": the final publication, an annotated draft, notes, and correspondence.

Toronto RGD [registered graphic designers] Oct. 2004

File consists of speaking notes, correspondence with event organizers, and event programs related to Bringhurst's talk at "DesignerThinkers 2004," the conference for the Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario, in Toronto, Ontario.

Whistler 2004

File consists of page proofs and an event poster related to the event "Story-Telling in Native and Nonnative Culture," in Whistler on February 8, 2004. Also contains a printed copy of an electronic newspaper article from the publication "Pique Newsmagazine" entitled "Different ways of knowing: First Nations cultural centres take different approaches to preserving heritage."

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