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Simon Fraser University Special Collections and Rare Books Robin Blaser fonds Sub-series
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General correspondence

Sub-series consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence between Blaser and family, friends, colleagues, and unidentified correspondents. Records include handwritten and typed correspondence, as well as facsimile and email correspondence. Additional material includes newspaper clippings, notes, receipts, and other textual material sent to Blaser.

Alphabetical correspondence

Sub-series consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence between Blaser and family, friends, and colleagues. Material includes handwritten and typed correspondence, as well as facsimile correspondence. Additional material includes sketches, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, and other textual material sent to Blaser.

Chronological correspondence

Sub-series consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence between Blaser and family, friends, and colleagues. Material includes handwritten and typed correspondence, as well as facsimile correspondence. Additional material includes newspaper clippings, poems, personal papers, and other textual material sent to Blaser.

General conferences

Sub-series consists of records related to Blaser’s attendance at various poetry conferences. Records include correspondence, conference programs, maps, flight records, notes, and other textual material.

Recovery of the Public World, 70th birthday conference

Sub-series consists of textual material and audio cassette related to the conference, Recovery in the Public World, held in Vancouver, B.C. in honor of Blaser’s literary accomplishments on his 70th birthday. Records include correspondence, essays, poems, and announcements for the conference.

Collected publications

Sub-series consists of published books, chapbooks, broadsides, journals, and other published materials owned by Blaser. Many of the materials in this series were written by close friends and colleagues of Blaser and have inscriptions and signatures by the author.

General works

Sub-series consists of articles, poems, manuscripts, and other works written by other authors. Some works are unpublished versions and drafts sent to Blaser and include both handwritten and typescript materials.

Photograph negatives

Sub-series consists of photograph negatives of images of Blaser, Blaser’s family, friends, and colleagues. Photograph negatives belonging to James Felts are included in the series.

Color slides

Sub-series consists of slides of Blaser and friends as well as interior and exterior images of Blaser’s house on Trafalgar Street in Vancouver, B.C. Also includes slides that were utilized by Blaser in his teachings.

General print photographs

Sub-series consists of print photographs of miscellaneous people and places as well as objects such as statutes, paintings, and collages.

Friends of Robin Blaser print photographs

Sub-series consists of photographs of Blaser and his friends and colleagues. Photographs include other notable writers and artists such as Robert Duncan, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Creeley, Jack Spicer, Jess Collins, as well as other notable American and Canadian poets and authors. The sub-series also includes print photographs that belonged to James Felts, a former partner of Blaser’s.

Blaser family friends print photographs

Sub-series consists of photographs of friends of Blaser’s immediate family, including Sister Mary Seraphina, who was Blaser’s mother’s teacher and lifelong friend, and boyhood friends of Blaser’s.

The Last Supper (opera) related records

Sub-series consists of textual material and photographs related to the opera, The Last Supper, performed with music composed by Harrison Birtwistle and libretto by Blaser.

Readings and performances by Blaser records

Sub-series consists of textual materials related to readings and other performances of Blaser’s written works. Included is a transcript of an interview with Blaser, handwritten notes from Blaser’s reading copy of The Holy Forest, copies of poems read at events, programs, correspondence with organisers, receipts, and schedules.

General works

Sub-series consists of journals and notebooks, speeches, statements, short stories, a translation, and grant applications completed by Blaser.

Published materials

Sub-series consists of published materials written by Blaser. Material includes The Holy Forest, chapbooks and broadsides, music lyrics, and individual poems.

The Last Supper opera libretto draft, revisions and final text

Sub-series consists of the draft, revisions and final text of The Last Supper, an opera libretto written by Blaser. Material includes handwritten edits and notes on the text, which include facsimiles sent with revisions from Harrison Birtwistle, who wrote the score for The Last Supper, and representatives at Allied Artists.

Book manuscripts

Sub-series consists of manuscripts for unpublished and published books written by Blaser.

Essays

Sub-series consists of handwritten, typed, and photocopied essays written by Blaser.

Poems

Sub-series consists of handwritten, typed, and photocopied poems written by Blaser.

General correspondence of others

Sub-series consists of correspondence of Blaser’s nephew Mark Samac to his mother, Hope Blaser Samac and correspondence of Jonathan Williams.

Correspondence of Ina McCready Blaser

Sub-series consists of correspondence of Blaser’s mother, Ina (née McCready) Blaser, including handwritten correspondence from family and friends in addition to sympathy cards from her husband, Robert Blaser’s, death.

Correspondence of Jess Collins

Sub-series consists of correspondence of artist Jess Collins who was a close friend of Blaser. Records include handwritten and typed correspondence from Jess to a friend and to a publication.

Correspondence of Stan Persky

Sub-series consists of correspondence of writer Stan Persky, who was a close friend of Blaser. Records include handwritten and typed correspondence.

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