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Louis Zukofsky fonds

  • MsA-29
  • Fonds
  • 1936,1938.

The fonds consists of letters from Zukofsky to the poet Cid Corman. The fonds also contains four letters to the poet Walter Lowenfels.

Zukofsky, Louis

Cid Corman fonds

  • MsA-2
  • Fonds
  • 1948-1982

The fonds consists of correspondence from Cid Corman to Gael Turnbull; rejections from Poetry, Tiger's Eye, and Howard Griffin; and correspondence with Robert Singer.

Corman, Cid

Gael Turnbull fonds

  • MsE-1
  • Fonds
  • [196-]1990

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

Turnbull, Gael

Ruth Emerson Wortis fonds

  • MSC-185
  • Fonds
  • 1957 - 2018

Ruth Emerson Wortis was a pioneer of modern dance, as well as a prolific choreographer, performer and dance educator. She was one of the founding members of the Judson Dance Group, which itself is credited for the rise of the Postmodern dance movement. This fonds follows the development of Ruth’s career through an extensive collection of performance programs, photographs, music scores, publications and reviews, choreographic materials such as dance and movement scores, and both personal and professional notes. Also seen is the effect of Ruth’s academic and teaching career on her dancing style as, over the years, she shifts slightly from the avant-garde for performance sake towards breaking down gender stereotypes in dance education by encouraging dance for movement’s sake to children and community groups.
This fonds contains seven identifiable distinct series. Series 1: Dance, movement and music scores (1957-2002); Series 2: Photographs (1957-1991); Series 3: Flyers and programs (1959-2002); Series 4: Published reviews and articles (1959-2001); Series 5: Writings and correspondence (1978-2001); Series 6: Ruth Emerson Wortis biographical information (2015-2017); and Series 7: Ruth Emerson Wortis performances and interviews (1989-1998).

Emerson Wortis, Ruth

Union of Socialist Geographers collection

  • MsC-188
  • Collection
  • 1972-1977

In September of 1974, 12 members of the SFU Geography Department voted to form a Vancouver chapter of the Union of Socialist Geographers (USG). For the first few years this chapter, comprised of both faculty and graduate students, was responsible for collecting, editing and publishing content for issues of the USG newsletter. Eventually, volumes comprised of multiple issues of newsletters were produced and the first few of these were also published from SFU. By 1978, however, support from the Geography department at the University was waning. M. E. Eliot Hurst, a key founding member of the USG, was replaced as Chair of the Department of Geography and graduate students were leaving, so the Minnesota chapter stepped in to become the principle organizing and publishing collective for volumes 5 and 6.
Superseded by a splinter group, the USG fizzled out of existence around 1981. In the years since, several original members of the Union have worked to collect and digitize original published content, though it remains incomplete. SFU Special Collections and Rare Books holds 17 issues of the USG newsletter, representing volumes 1-4 in their entirety and portions of volumes 5 & 6. A few more issues can be found at the website for the Antipode foundation (https://antipodefoundation.org/2017/06/28/usg-newsletter-archive/).
This collection is comprised of miscellaneous contextual records that serve to illustrate some of the atmosphere and attitudes towards socialist geography that existed at SFU in the 1970’s. There are source project reports that clearly inspired SFU students to develop their own geography project in Vancouver; notes and memos from within the SFU Department of Geography discussing the relative merits of a socialist geography course or agenda; a compilation of collaborative papers generated by USG members for presentation at a conference; and minutes from meetings of the Vancouver chapter of the Union of Socialist Geographers.

Doukhobor collection

  • MsC-121
  • Fonds
  • 1856-2019

Collection comprises photographs, manuscripts, correspondence, ephemera, books and periodical material resulting from and pertaining to the settlement and subsequent history of Doukhobors in Western Canada. Books and periodical items have been catalogued in the SFU Library Catalogue. Digitized images and accompanying descriptions of a portion of the collection are available on the Doukhobor Collection, 1898-1930 website.

Kootenay School of Writing fonds

  • MsC-68
  • Fonds
  • 1984-2006

Fonds consists of the administrative records of the School, copies of communications and promotional materials, and audio recordings of talks and readings. Records in the fonds include correspondence, grant applications, collective meeting minutes, budgets and annual financial reports. Communications and promotional materials include press releases, brochures, and posters.

Fonds is divided into seven series: Society administration (1984-2003); Office administration (1984-2003); Financial records (1984-2006); Programming (1984-2002); Publicity (1984-1998); Professional associations and external organizations (1985-1995); and Audio recordings (1985-2006).

Kootenay School of Writing

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.

Robert Bonner fonds

  • MsC-233
  • Fonds
  • [195?]-[196?]

Fonds consists of records relating to Bonner's time as Attorney General of the Province of British Columbia in the B.C. Social Credit Government of W.A.C. Bennett. They include newsclippings, budgets, books, papers, and speeches.

This material has not been processed.

Bonner, Robert

Keith Harrison fonds

  • MsC-235
  • Fonds
  • 1980-2006

Fonds consists of the literary papers of author Keith Harrison. Records include research materials, correspondence, manuscripts, reviews, working notes, and contracts.

Harrison, Keith

Marilyn Kansky fonds

  • MsC-236
  • Fonds
  • [198?]-[200?]

Fonds consists of legal materials related to the environment, some of which formed the basis of reports Kansky researched for the West Coast Environmental Law Association.

Kansky, Marilyn

Mayworks fonds

  • MsC-200
  • Fonds
  • 1987-2004

Fonds consists of records documenting the organization and promotion of Vancouver's Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts. These include programs, posters, minutes, payroll and other financial records, agendas, licenses, contracts, tickets, fundraising letters, mailings, grants, and photographs used by Mayworks festival organizers from 1988-1996. Fonds also includes a thesis about Mayworks written by Aurian Haller in 2004.

Vancouver Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts

Mother Tongue Publishing fonds

  • MsC-239
  • Fonds
  • 1994-2012

Fonds consists of broadsides, chapbooks and business records generated by Mother Tongue's publishing activities.

Mother Tongue Publishing

Sandy Shreve fonds

  • MsC-201
  • Fonds
  • 1984-2012

Fonds consists of records relating to Sandy Shreve's work as a poet, editor, and founder of BC's Poetry in Transit program. Records include correspondence, poetry manuscripts, and book files.

Shreve, Sandy

Adeena Karasick fonds

  • MsC-162
  • Fonds
  • [197-]-2019

Fonds consists of the literary papers, video recordings, slides, posters, promotional material and digital records of Adeena Karasick. Records document her work as a poet and performer, blurring lines between academic discourse and popular culture in the fields of contemporary poetry, poetics and cultural and semiotic theory.

Karasick, Adeena

Frank Davey fonds

  • MsC-3
  • Fonds
  • 1950-2004

Fonds consists of holograph drafts and typescript drafts of poems and criticisms, press proofs, notebooks (including Davey's childhood writing in elementary and secondary school), university essays, book reviews, records relating to a brief to the Applebaum-Hebert Commission (1983), drafts relating to various critical works, university course outlines and conference material, research material, "dream journals", records relating to the journal "Open Letter" and to Coach House Press, and correspondence. Correspondents include George Bowering, Lionel Kearns, Louis Dudek, Dennis Lee, Dave Godfrey, Fred Wah, and Talonbooks. Fonds includes records of "Open Letter", a literary journal edited by Davey; archives of the writers agency, Linda McCartney, Writers Agent (1971-1976); also email correspondence relating to ACCUTE (Canadian Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English) ca. 1993-1999.

Davey, Frank

Laura Baird fonds

  • MsC-212
  • Fonds
  • 1976-1978

Fonds consists of photographic material related to Laura Baird's artistic projects, spanning 1976 to 1978. The artistic projects include: Letters/Lilies; Letters/Leaves; Terza Rima (after Jack Spicer); A Laconic Correspondence; Semaphore; Semaphore 2; and others. The fonds also contains a copy of the Capilano Review No. 10, Fall 1976

Baird, Laura

Lisa Robertson fonds

  • MsC-38
  • Fonds
  • 1987-

The collection consists of items related to Robertson's writing, editing, and teaching activities, and includes correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, notebooks, teaching materials, clippings, video and audio tapes, ephemera, and a range of publications, some of which Robertson worked on as an editor, and others to which she contributed her own work. The collection also includes manuscripts produced by several of Robertson's friends and colleagues and original artwork used for covers and interior graphics of various publications.

Robertson, Lisa

Michael McClure fonds

  • MsA-5
  • Fonds
  • 1955-1998

The fonds consists of manuscripts and typescripts, clippings and reviews, notebooks, correspondence with friends and associates, galley and proofs, broadsides and cards by McClure, anthologies and magazines containing items by and about McClure, conference material, tape recordings, photographs, film and ephemera. Film is the only remaining print of Andy Warhol's unauthorized version of "The Beard" (1966). Correspondents include Richard Brautigan, Robert Creeley, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Bruce Conner, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder and Philip Whalen.

McClure, Michael

bp Nichol fonds

  • MsC-12
  • Fonds
  • 1960-1987

The fonds consists of correspondence, poems (including concrete, experimental and sound poem drafts), manuscripts (including drafts), notebooks, and journals of bp Nichol. Fonds includes records (1964-1987) of Nichol's presses, Ganglia and grOnk, consisting of manuscript files, correspondence files, mockups, business and reference files, computer discs, the authors poetry and comic book collections, photographs, television scripts, etc. Correspondents and contributors include Bill Bissett, Gerry Gilbert, Margaret Avison, Earle Birney, David Harris, David Phillips, David McFadden and others.

Nichol, bp (Barrie Phillip)

Women's Bookstore collection

  • F-111
  • Collection
  • 1937 - 2018, predominant 1937-1997

The Women's Bookstore collection consists of materials relating to the operation of several Vancouver women's organizations and reflects the issues that dominated the women's movement throughout the 1970s. Consistent with the community based nature of women's movements during this period, the scope and content of the collection reflects the diversity common to a phenomenon rather than the administrative and subject coherence found in records generated by a single organization. As such, the collection as whole gains its coherence due primarily to the interdependence rather than independence of the individual items to one another. This also applies to the records generated by autonomous organizations in the collection. While the different organizations should be regarded as distinct, a good deal of the records concern the communication between various organizations and women's groups across the country or identify issues of concern to a broad range of organizations. Thus, the collection as whole should be regarded as a record of a dynamic process in which a common ideology served to unify the aims of distinctive organizations, persons, and subjects.

The collection is comprised of the records of the Women's Bookstore, Women's Caucus, A Woman's Place, Transition House, the British Columbia Federation of Women and the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. Includes constitutions, minutes, reports, correspondence, position papers, and sound recordings. Also includes newsletters from women's centres across British Columbia and Canada, subject files, and an assortment of feminist publications.

The Pedestal newspaper collection

  • F-272
  • Collection
  • 1969-1975

Collection consists of digital copies of a complete run of The Pedestal, a feminist periodical published by the Vancouver Women's Caucus and edited by the Pedestal collective. The periodical referred to itself as a women's liberation newspaper and later as a lesbian-feminist newspaper; it published non-fiction, personal stories, poetry, reviews, letters to the editor, news of the women's movement, informational resources, a dream page and a calendar of events. It was distributed to individual subscribers, women's groups and sold by members at demonstrations and political events, and was available at bookstores and other locations around Vancouver. The Pedestal engaged in debates with members and readers over homosexuality, socialism and relationships with men, and addressed political issues such as abortion, childcare, education, anti-imperialism and patriarchy.

Contributors include Liz Briemberg, Colette Connor, Deb Dubelko, Susan Dubrofsky, Pat Feindel, Barb Finlayson, Eileen Hausfather, Pat Hoffer, Nym Hughes, Beth Jankola, Sylvia Lindstrom, Judi Morton, Jean Rands, Anne Roberts, Diane Schrenk, Sharon Stevenson, Marcy Toms and Dodie Weppler.

Volume VI, Numbers 3 and 4 were published under the title Women Can.

Bill Richards fonds

  • F-250
  • Fonds
  • 1971 - 2007

Fonds consists of records relating primarily to the academic and professional life of Bill Richards, and in part to his personal life. Activities, topics, and events documented include Richards’ course development and instruction; academic conference participation and presentations; research projects and partnerships; writing and publications; computer software development, implementation, communications, and analyses; grant writing and applications; employment; and his death and memorial. Records include correspondence, notes, course syllabi, program manuals and data sets, publications and reports, grant applications, conference programs and proceedings, software programs, and sound and moving image recordings.

Fonds is arranged into 7 series:

  1. Personal records
  2. Teaching records
  3. Correspondence
  4. Research
  5. Presentations and writing
  6. Grants
  7. Conferences and professional affiliations

Richards, Bill

Iris Garland fonds

  • F-197
  • Fonds
  • [194-?] - 2003

Fonds consists of records relating to the academic and professional life of Iris Garland, and in part to her personal life. Activities, topics, and events documented include Garland’s establishment of SFU’s dance program; course development and instruction, including early telelearning education; independent and university choreography work; university and dance community service; presentations and writing; education and employment; and some of her early life. Records include notes, course syllabi, copies of clippings and reviews, performance programmes, reports, proposals, publications, correspondence, photographic materials, and sound and moving image recordings.

Fonds is arranged into 10 series:

  1. Personal records
  2. Teaching records
  3. SFU dance program history and development
  4. SFU dance workshops and productions
  5. Choreography records
  6. Correspondence
  7. Writing
  8. Conference and professional affiliation records
  9. Grant files
  10. Special media

Garland, Iris

SFU history collection (Lolita Wilson collector)

  • F-186
  • Collection
  • 1965 - 1993

The collection consists of a draft commentary regarding SFU history, several pieces of corresondence relating to Lolita Wilson's career at SFU, a 1973 oral history interview of Wilson by Liisa Fagerlund (University Archivist at the time), and a copy of the first admissions packet to SFU from the University's opening in 1965. Collection also includes a five-minute cassette, "Sounds of SFU," recorded by arts student Robert Mcaninch in 1970.

Wilson, Lolita

Press Gang Publishers fonds

  • F-184
  • Fonds
  • [ca 1913] - 2002, predominant 1975 - 2000

The fonds consists of records relating to the editorial, business and community activities of Press Gang Publishers. Activities and events documented include the evolution of Press Gang's organizational structure, and the separation of the printing and publishing operations; administration; collective, staff, Board of Directors and committee meetings; financial management, and grant applications; the management of royalties and rights; editorial work including manuscript receipt and evaluation; the physical production of Press Gang books; the promotion and marketing or Press Gang titles; and liaison with other feminist and publishing organizations.

Record types includes correspondence and reports; meeting agendas, minutes and supporting papers; photographs; grant applications and financial statements; contracts and agreements; manuscripts; book reviews and promotional material; photographs; and published books.

Press Gang Publishers

Recycling collection (Vivien Leong collector)

  • F-183
  • Collection
  • 1988 - 1991

Collection consists of records relating to Vivien Leong's activities as a member of the Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group (SFPIRG) Recycling Group and a member of the Communications Student Union. Collection includes agendas, minutes, correspondence, publications, posters, anti-calendars, and other documents.

Leong, Vivien

Sterling Prize collection

  • F-175
  • Collection
  • 1993 - 2003

The Archives established the Sterling Prize Collection in 2000 at the suggestion of Professor Ted Sterling, who, with his wife Nora, established the Sterling Prize for Controversy in 1993. According to the terms of reference for the prize, it may be given for work in any field including—but not limited to—fine arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and education. The primary aim of the prize is to encourage daring, creative, controversial, unconventional, and non-traditional work at SFU that also meets high standards and is morally and ethically sound. An ancillary aim is to encourage the study, at SFU, of the role of the controversial. The prize is normally awarded to a member of the SFU community—students, faculty, staff, or alumni. The winner is selected by the Sterling Prize Committee, composed of faculty. student and staff representatives.

Dr. Sterling, Professor Emeritus at SFU, was the founder of the University’s computing science program in 1973, and is an expert in computational epidemiology and the social implications of computing. He was awarded an honorary degree by SFU in 2001.

For further information on Ted and Nora Sterling and the Sterling Prize, see the file "Background Information."

In 2000, the archivist asked each previous Sterling Prize winner to give the Archives a copy of his or her Sterling Prize lecture. Some winners were able to supply a prepared text; other winners spoke from notes and supplied these. The archivist added more information to the files including announcements, press releases, articles from Simon Fraser News, print-outs from the Sterling Prize website, (http://www.sfu.ca/sterlingprize/) and other documents. SFU Media and Public Relations gave the Archives a cassette copy of Russel Ogden’s lecture for 1995. Please note that there was no prize winner for 1996.

For a list of speakers included in the collection, see Access Points.

Archives and Records Management Department

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