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Richard Emerson fonds

  • Mss 6
  • Fonds
  • 1950-1954

The fonds consists of correspondence written by Robert Creeley and typescripts of poems, stories and essays of Creeley sent with letters to Emerson. The correspondence is concerned with a magazine Creeley intended to establish, Creeley's poems published in "Golden Goose", the publication of "Le Fou", and other matters.

Emerson, Richard Wirtz

Lewis Warsh fonds

  • Mss 43
  • Fonds
  • 1965-1973

The fonds consists of correspondence (with manuscript and typescript enclosures) from Anne Waldman to Lewis Marsh, much of it pertaining to the relationship between the two poets, as well as to relationships with other poets. Their involvement in the Naropa Institute is also described. Most of the letters from 1969 to 1973 concern the publishing of Angel Hair Books and contain much information about the New York poetry world centred at the Poetry Project.

Warsh, Lewis

Joanne Kyger fonds

  • Mss 29
  • Fonds
  • 1959-1960

The fonds consists of letters to Joanne Kyger from the poet, Gary Snyder, several with enclosed poems. The letters document in detail the life and thoughts of Snyder when he was living in Kyoto, Japan. Fonds includes carbon copies of letters Kyger wrote in reply.

Kyger, Joanne

Rick Patton fonds

  • Msc-228
  • Fonds
  • [196?]-[199?]

Fonds consists of records created by Rick Patton; they reflect his life and work as a filmmaker and freelance sound engineer in Vancouver, B.C.

Patton, Rick

J.H. Prynne fonds

  • MsE 5
  • Fonds
  • [197-?]

The fonds consists of twenty-three sheets of holograph poems and seventy-five sheets of printed poems.

Prynne, J.H.

Resuscitator fonds

  • MsE 4
  • Fonds
  • 1963-1966

The fonds consists of manuscripts by contributors to nos. 1-7 of the Resuscitator magazine, with accompanying correspondence. Includes 320 items (approx.) holographs, typescripts, photographs, linoblock, etc.

Resuscitator

Andrew Crozier fonds

  • MsE 3
  • Fonds
  • 1973-1974

The fonds consists of manuscripts, including typescripts, proofs, galleys, and page proofs corrected by the author, and correspondence from Robin Blaser to Ferry Press pertaining to publication of Blaser's translation of "Les Chimeres".

Crozier, Andrew

Gilbert Cannan fonds

  • MsE 2
  • Fonds
  • 1923

The fonds consists of one bound copy of six plays in manuscript. The volume is entitled Mr. Seckers Manuscript, Secker being the prominent British publisher, Martin Secker. According to Seckers handwritten note at the front of the volume, these plays formed part of a volume he published in 1923.

Cannan, Gilbert

Gael Turnbull fonds

  • MsE 1
  • Fonds
  • 1961, 1979-1990

The fonds consists of correspondence (letters to the poet Cid Corman), manuscripts and other material.

Turnbull, Gael

Hinda Avery fonds

  • MsC-230
  • Fonds
  • [1980]

Fonds consists of records documenting Hinda Avery's career as an artist and art teacher in Vancouver, B.C. Includes teaching notes, slides, and notebooks.

Avery, Hinda

Toby Brooks - Pat Lowther research collection

  • MsC-210
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1959-2006]

Toby Brooks is an American-born social advocate and activist living in Canada with her husband David. Toby worked at a home for battered women in Ontario in the 1970’s and 1980’s. While furthering her education she came across the story of Vancouver poet Pat Lowther, murdered at just 40 years of age by her husband in 1975 when just on the brink of professional recognition. Pat Lowther’s untimely death resonated with Brooks, who spent the better part of the next two decades researching and interviewing Lowther’s friends, family, and colleagues. The end result was a biography entitled “Pat Lowther’s Continent: her life and work” published by gynergy books in 2000. Toby also organized a series of tributes dedicated to Pat Lowther. The first was held in 1995 at Emmanuel College in Toronto, with others following at various locations on what would have been her milestone birthdays.

This collection consists of textual records compiled primarily by Toby Brooks, but also some research material from her collaborator Dona Sturmanis. The records are mainly correspondence, interview transcripts and photocopies of poems. There are also copies of research records obtained from other archives or organizations.

There are 3 series contained within this collection: Research and writing ([ca. 1959-2006]); Toby Brooks-Dona Sturmanis collaboration ([before 2000]); and Pat Lowther tributes and readings ([ca. 1985-2006])

Brooks, Toby

Fumiko Kiyooka fonds

  • MsC-194
  • Fonds
  • [200?]-2012

Fonds consists of research and moving image records generated and used in the production of the documentary REED: the life and works of Roy Kiyooka, produced and directed by Fumiko Kiyooka.

Kiyooka, Fumiko

Nunaga Publishing fonds

  • MsC-189
  • Fonds
  • 1970-2006

Fonds consists of records documenting the business activities of Nunaga Publishing and its president, Rick Antonson. Fonds is divided into the following sub-series: Corporate records (1973-1988); Book and magazine project files (1970-1980); Sales and distribution records (1974-1983); Correspondence (1973-1984); Submissions and proposals (1974-1979); Government and book information files (1974-1980); Publicity and related records (1973-[1994]); and Douglas & McIntyre files (1977-2006).

Nunaga Publishing Company Ltd.

Duthie Books fonds

  • MsC-184
  • Fonds
  • [after 1957]-1999, predominant 1990-1999

Fonds consists of materials generated from Duthie Books Ltd.'s business activities selling and marketing books in Vancouver, BC. Fonds has been arranged into the following fourteen series: Administrative records (1971-1999); Renovation files and architectural plans (1993-1998); Business proposals (1992-1998); Strategic planning and restructuring files (1998-1999); Duthie Books 40th anniversary project files (1966-1997); Press clippings (1984-1999); Sales and marketing files (1993-1999); Publication files (1986-1999); Readers & Writers (Knowledge Network) program video recordings (1995-1996); Virtual bookstore venture records (1993-1994); Mail orders (1990-1992); Bookmarks ([1957?]-1999); Artworks and awards (1970, [199-]) and Ephemera ([199-]).

Duthie Books Ltd.

Doris French Shackleton fonds

  • MsC-174
  • Fonds
  • 1931–2001

Fonds consists of correspondence, research, notes, written works, newspaper clippings and other records accumulated by Shackleton over her lifetime. These include records relating to her career as a writer, editor and journalist, her political activities, her education, research, travels abroad and those records relating to her professional and personal relationships within organizations and with acquaintances, friends and family members. Records have been arranged into the following seven series: Writing records ([194-]-2001); Research and reference files ([196-]-1985); Education and employment records (1931-[ca. 1992]); Political records (1944-1979); Professional organization records (1983-2001); Personal subject files ([19--]-2001); and Travel souvenirs, notes, and ephemera ([196-?]-1995).

Shackleton, Doris French

John Koerner fonds

  • MsC-173
  • Fonds
  • 1959-2011

Fonds consists of photographs, diaries and journals documenting Koerner's artworks and travels to Japan, and one drawing.

Koerner, John

Al Neil fonds

  • MsC-128
  • Fonds
  • 1907–2010

Fonds consists of records generated from Al Neil's work as a musician, artist and writer, as well as his personal and family records. These include family photographs, records from Neil's military service, correspondence, documentation of performances, art exhibitions and collages, clippings of interviews and reviews, original manuscripts and drafts, published writings, grant applications, posters, and material related to his and Carole Itter's cabin at Dollarton, North Vancouver, BC.

Fonds has been arranged into the following eight series: Correspondence (1959–2010); Writings (1968–1996); Professional records (1936-2009); Reviews and clippings (1958–2009); Personal records (1940–1994); Photographs ([185-]–[200-]); Videos (1978–2005), and Sound recordings (1976–1987).

Neil, Al

Derek Beaulieu fonds

  • MsC-125
  • Fonds
  • 1987-2015

Fonds consists of records created or accumulated by Derek Beaulieu through his personal and professional activities, primarily from the 1990s to 2015. Records document his work as publisher of housepress and No press, and his work as a writer, editor, art and literature student and creative writing instructor.

Fonds is arranged into the following eight series: housepress (1997–2007); No press (2005–2015); Writings (1991–2015); Correspondence (1994–2015); Artworks (1996–[before 2013]); Notebooks, sketchbooks and daytimers (1987–2015); Promotional records ([199-]–[2015]) and Personal records (1994–2007).

Beaulieu, D.A. (Derek Alexander)

New Star Books fonds

  • MsC-100
  • Fonds
  • 1971

Covering the time period of 1971 to 2007, the collection is comprised of records created or received by various staff of New Star Books in their business activities. These activities consisted of: soliciting authors for material or responding to author requests for representation, corresponding with authors throughout the editorial process, designing or contracting layouts for books and communicating instructions to vendors, arranging for printing of materials, promoting book tours and maintaining vendor accounts with various independent bookstores and organizations throughout the world. They also monitored book reviews in publications of the popular press and professional organizations, arranged for marketing of products, coordinated payments or receipt of payments, and periodically issued royalty checks. New Star was often reliant on external funding for the publication of some works, especially in instances where translation services were required to reach certain markets, so applications for grants or donations comprise a portion of each series.
The collection reflects some of the major cultural and political issues affecting Canada, and particularly British Columbia and Vancouver, in the late-1970’s and early-1980’s. These topics ranged from criticisms of British Columbia’s Social Credit administration, to works on the Nicaraguan and Cuban revolutions, feminism, gay rights, communism, and the immigrant experiences of Chinese Canadians and Eastern Europeans The collection also offers insight into some of the shifting trend of public interest away from such leftist publications and the choices New Star editors then had to make in choosing marketable content over progressive or provocative literature.
Record types include correspondence, invoices, purchase orders, balance sheets, newspaper clippings, book reviews, financial statements, grant applications, legal transactions or communications, sales figures, book tour schedules, typesetting instructions, style sheets, draft layouts, photographs, and one draft manuscript.
The collection is arranged into the following ten series: Accounts correspondence and invoices (1973–1994); Author correspondence (1977-1997); Book reviews and related records (1976–1999); Business operational files and related records (1971–1999); Editorial correspondence and related records (1973-2001); Sales figures records (1974-1990); Payroll and taxes records (1972-1990); Royalties records and related correspondence (1979-2005); Draft manuscript files [before 1974?]; Invoices, sales registers and related records (1972-2007).

New Star Books

George Stanley fonds

  • MsC 99
  • Fonds
  • 1957-2011

Fonds illustrates George Stanley’s work as a poet in San Francisco, New York, Vancouver, and Terrace, spanning from the late 1950s to the present. Fonds also documents Stanley’s interactions with the broader literary scenes, including publishers and other writers. Fonds is divided into seven series: Correspondence (1967-2007), George Stanley poems and other writings (1957-2011), Works of other writers ([ca.1957]-2011), Literary events and publication (1972-2011), Personal documents (1972-1990), Photographs of George Stanley and associates (1964-1983).

Records in the fonds include: correspondence, loose leaf and bound typescripts, manuscripts, notebooks, chapbooks, sound recordings, personal journals, published materials, financial records, and photographs.

Stanley, George Anthony

Larissa Lai fonds

  • MsC 96
  • Fonds
  • 1976-2006

The fonds consists mainly of textual materials, including notes and drafts of Lai’s works, numerous calendars and datebooks, school materials, and material related to her activism and arts involvement. There are also a large number of photocopied reference materials on such subjects as the arts, gay and lesbian issues, racism and feminism, and Chinese culture. There are a small number of photographs and negatives, and a wide variety of audio-visual media such as cassette tapes, Hi8 cassettes, broadcast video cassettes, and various computer media.

Lai, Larissa

Kevin Roberts fonds

  • MsC 95
  • Fonds
  • [198?]-[200?]

Fonds consists of records accumulated by Kevin Roberts during his work as a writer and a teacher. They include teaching notes, manuscripts, drafts, and correspondence.

Roberts, Kevin

Bill Gaston fonds

  • MsC 94
  • Fonds
  • 1981-2008

The fonds consists mainly of items related to Gaston's writing activities dating from 1981. It includes hand-written and word-processed correspondence between Gaston and friends, editors, publishers, and other writers; galley copies, published copies, manuscripts and drafts of unpublished and published books, articles, short stories, plays, radio plays, reviews, and poems; clippings and photocopies of reviews of Gaston's work; pen and ink drawings by Gaston; author photographs, contact sheets, and negatives; miscellaneous notes by Gaston on his work, thoughts, and readings; notes and memos related to Gaston's work as a teacher; an address book; a VHS video tape; promotional materials for Gaston's books and public appearances at readings and festivals; and ephemera such as tourism brochures.

The materials were received from the creator in two accessions. The first accession consisted of 12 boxes containing records of Gaston's work and writing from 1981 to 2005, including materials relating to all his published works up to Sointula (2004). The second consisted of five boxes containing materials relating mostly to the period from 2006 to 2008, covering the creation and publication of Midnight Hockey (2006), Gargoyles (2006), and The Order of Good Cheer (2008). The creator had arranged the materials in the fonds generally by individual work, and this arrangement has been maintained. Original file titles, where available, have also been retained. The fonds has been divided into 8 series: Series 1. Correspondence; Series 2. Writing; Series 3. Promotion, reviews, awards and honours; Series 4. Biographical information and photos; Series 5. Professional activities and teaching; Series 6. Screenplay adaptation of Sointula; Series 7. Ephemera; Series 8. Books

Gaston, Bill

Billy Little fonds

  • MsC 93
  • Fonds
  • 1971-1993

Fonds consists of correspondence, photographs and ephemera as well as published and unpublished manuscripts from several authors: Victoria Walker, Stephen Stepanchev, Lionel Kearns, George Stanley, Robert Creeley, Ed Dorn, Joan Kyger, Bill Corbett, Duncan McNaughton, Robin Blaser and Michael Davidson.

Little, Billy

Darren Wershler-Henry fonds

  • MsC 92
  • Fonds
  • 1988-2010

Fonds consists of correspondence, manuscripts, original art, music, ephemera, books, zines, layouts, grant applications and reports, financial records, academic and teaching papers, T-shirts, notebooks and Wershler-Henry's MA and PhD theses. Records are in digital and analogue formats.

Wershler-Henry, Darren S. (Darren Sean)

Jamie Reid fonds

  • MsC 91
  • Fonds
  • [196?]-2005

Fonds includes correspondence, manuscripts, drafts, notebooks, posters, published material, and computer discs.

Reid, Jamie

William Hoffer fonds

  • MsC 90
  • Fonds
  • 1893, 1967-1993, predominant 1980-1993

Fonds consists of records reflecting Hoffer`s bookselling and publishing activities during the 1980s. Records include correspondence, fiscal files, client files, journals, book catalogues, galleys, proofsheets, critical pieces, articles, and review. The fonds is composed of the following series: Series 1. Correspondence, Series 2. Publication files, Series 3. Business files, Series 4, Miscellaneous.

Hoffer, William

Open Letter fonds

  • MsC 9
  • Fonds
  • 1966-1976

The fonds consists of manuscripts and typescripts, galley and paste-ups, correspondence to editors (in particular, Frank Davey), unpublished and rejected manuscripts and printed copies of issues of "Open Letter". Correspondence and manuscripts include contributions from George Bowering, bp Nichol, Daphne Marlatt, Margaret Atwood, Gerry Gilbert, Dave McFadden, Fred Wah, Warren Tallman, Victor Coleman and others.

Open Letter

Jim McIntosh fonds

  • MsC 89
  • Fonds
  • 1979-1982, 1986-[ca. 1994], 1998

Fonds consists of records related to Mclntosh's publication and bookselling activities at Colophon Books. Records reflect the planning and preparatory stages of publications, book advertisement, and sales. Records include several Colophon Books chap books and broadsides, printed and illustrated by Jim Rimmer of Pie Tree Press, BC. Records are arranged into two series: Subject files and Publication files.

McIntosh, Jim

Paul St. Pierre fonds

  • MsC 88
  • Fonds
  • 1940-

The collection consists of items related to St. Pierre's writing activities and to his work as a politician and police commissioner. Included are published books; magazines and newspapers in which St. Pierre has published his work; correspondence; drafts and manuscripts of books, radio and stage plays, television series episodes, and speeches; film scripts; newspaper columns; essays; reviews and articles about St. Pierre and his writing; and photographs.

St. Pierre, Paul H.

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