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[Incoming and outgoing correspondence]

File consists of Trower’s correspondence relating to both personal and professional activities. Correspondence is primarily incoming, with one outgoing letter to his nephew Bob, who helped with Trower’s website. Correspondents include Cath Morris, Alan Twigg, Louis Contant, Daniel Francis, Mona Fertig, and George Payerle.

Poetry – draft poems

Series consists of draft versions of published and unpublished poems by Trower, as well as drafts of poems written in collaboration with other poets.

Poetry – unpublished book records

Series consists of material relating to unpublished collections of Peter Trower’s poetry. Includes an edited manuscript for a proposed book entitled "The Gathering: Poems New and Revised," initial and final selections of poems for a proposed book entitled "Through the Apricot Air: Selected poems 1969-2002," poems drafts and selections of a proposed book entitled "Smeltertown and Other Poems" (or, alternately, "Smeltertown and Points South"), and an aborted logging poetry anthology to be co-edited with David Day.

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.

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.

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.

Ragged horizons records

Sub-series consists of records relating to the development and promotion of Trower's 1978 book "Ragged Horizons." Includes the final selection of poems, as well as correspondence, corrections, a draft of Al Purdy’s introduction, and promotional material.

Moving through the mystery records

Sub-series consists of a draft manuscript by Trower titled "Tapdance on Quicksand," which evolved into "Moving Through the Mystery," published in 1969.

Haunted hills and hanging valleys records

Sub-series consists of material relating to the development of Trower's 2004 book "Haunted Hills and Hanging Valleys."Includes several draft manuscripts, including the first selection of poems and the final draft, as well as correspondence between Trower and Harbour Publishing.

There are many ways records

Sub-series consists of records relating to Trower’s 2002 book "There Are Many Ways," which features the artwork of Jack Wise alongside Trower's poetry. Records includes early manuscripts from the 1960’s and 1970’s that were later used as a basis for the book, the original cover and early page proofs, as well as final and galley proofs.

Poems for a dark Sunday records

Sub-series consists of copies of Peter Trower’s first collection of poetry, "Poems for a Dark Sunday" published in 1964 as a mimeo. Includes a copy with comments made by Trower at a later date, a copy with comments by Ted Poole, and a revised version created in 1969.

Poetry – published book records

Series consists of material relating to the developments, publication and promotion of Peter Trower’s published books of poetry. Includes edited and unedited manuscripts, outlines, correspondence, editorial comments, introductions by other authors, galley proofs, illustrations and photographs, and promotional material.

Series has been arranged into nine sub-series according to book: Poems for a dark Sunday records (1964-1969), Ragged horizons records (1976-1977), Bush poems records ([ca. 1978]), Unmarked doorways records (1989), Hitting the bricks records (1997), Chainsaws in the cathedral records (1998), A ship called Destiny records ([ca. 1999]-2000), There are many ways records (1961-2002), and Haunted hills and hanging valleys records (2002-2004).

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.

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.

General records

Sub-series consists of records relating to articles and short stories written by Trower, both published and unpublished. Record types include drafts, outlines, notes, proposals, project lists, notes, and research and reference material. Includes articles and short stories published in the periodicals B.C. Studies, Coast News, En Route, Equity, Lifestyle, Peninsula Voice, Vancouver Magazine, Western Living, and Whistle Punk.

Prose – articles, short stories and related records

Series consists of published and unpublished articles and short stories written by Peter Trower. Records include manuscripts and article clippings, including many articles published during Trower’s time as a journalist with the Coast News.

Series has been arranged into the following three sub-series: General records (1953-2002), Chronological files (1960-1999) and Coast News articles, reviews and poems (1993).

General records

Sub-series consists of records relating to various book projects of Trower’s which have not been published. Projects include “Busted for Pot,” “Kisses in the Whiskey,” “Vancouver Centennial Anthology,” “Wild West Coast Woods,” and "Echos from another life." Record types include manuscripts, proposals, and chapter outlines.

Gangsterquest records

Sub-series consists of records relating to Peter Trower and Yvonne Klan’s unpublished book project "Gangsterquest: The Search for the King of Safecrackers." An account of the life of Herbert Emerson Wilson (aka Herb Wilson), the project was originally titled "Holy Herb." Records include notes, research records, chapter and screenplay outlines, and edited and unedited draft manuscripts.

The counting house records

Sub-series consists of a manuscript for "The Counting House," an unpublished book based on Trower’s experiences at Oakalla Prison in the 1960s.

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.

Prose – unpublished book records

Series consists of records relating to unpublished books of prose either authored or proposed by Peter Trower, including "Bastions and Beaver Pelts," "The Counting House," "Gangsterquest," “Busted for Pot,” “Kisses in the Whiskey,” “Vancouver Centennial Anthology” and “Wild West Coast Woods.” Records include manuscripts, proposals, chapter outlines, and screenplay outlines.

Series has been arranged into the following four sub-series, according to project: Bastions and beaver pelts records ([198-]-1992), The counting house records (1991), Gangsterquest records (1982-2005), and General records (1969-[ca. 1983]).

The Judas hills records

Sub-series consists of records relating to Peter Trower's 2000 novel "The Judas Hills." Records include notes, outline and manuscripts from various stages of the novel's development (including first and final drafts), editorial comments by John Moore, Trower's storyboard sketches, and Trower's comments on the novel's cover design.

Dead man’s ticket records

Sub-series consists records relating to Peter Trower's 1996 novel "Dead Man's Ticket." Records include manuscripts, editorial comments by John Moore, and publicity records.

Grogan’s cafe records

Sub-series consists of records relating to Peter Trower's 1993 novel "Grogan’s Cafe." Records include an initial outline for the book, editorial feedback, an edited manuscript, and promotional material.

Prose – published book records

Series consists of material relating to the development of Peter Trower’s published novels and other prose collections, "Grogan's Cafe" (1993), "Dead Man’s Ticket" (1996), "The Judas Hills" (1996), and "Hellhound on his Trail & Other Stories" (2008). Record types include outlines, draft manuscripts, editorial comments, and promotional material.

The series has been arranged into the following four sub-series according to novel: Grogans’ Cafe records (1989), Dead man’s ticket records (1995), The Judas hills records ([197-?]-2000), and Hellhound on his trail & other stories records (2008).

Notebooks

Series consists of notebooks containing drafts and outlines of and notes for poems, articles, and short stories by Trower.

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