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Simon Fraser University Special Collections and Rare Books Series
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Series consists of correspondence addressed to Blair Henshaw; some envelopes have AIDS-themed stamps, cinderellas (not issued for postal services by a postal jurisdiction) or slogans.

AIDS on Stamps project files

Series consists of records generated from the lobbying activities of AIDS on Stamps, a non-profit AIDS awareness initiative organized by Blair Henshaw. AIDS on Stamps lobbied Canada Post and the federal government to produce an AIDS awareness stamp for circulation in Canada and abroad. Series includes correspondence, newsletters, newspaper clippings, certificates of recognition, commemorative records, proofs of stamps in development, photographs, research and international listings of stamps. Includes records from the 11th International Conference on AIDS, held in Vancouver in 1996, and an obituary for Blair Henshaw.

Exhibition records

Series consists of exhibit panels with stamps, postcards and didactic information written by Henshaw, exhibit planning records, and awards received for exhibitions created and displayed at various locations across North America, including the Vancouver Public Library and conferences Henshaw attended as a member of the BC Philatelic Society.

Stamps and related records

Series consists of AIDS-themed single stamps, mint blocks, mint full sheets, slogan cancels, first day covers, comic books and related records collected by Blair Henshaw. Henshaw’s collection represents philatelic materials issued by 84 different jurisdictions.

Pat Lowther tributes and readings

This series consists of records relating to a series of tribute readings organized by Toby Brooks in honor of Pat Lowther, typically held at various bookstores on her milestone birthdays. The record types included are: correspondence, posters, promotional material, and business records relating to donations to support speaking and housing fees for various invited guests.

Research and writing

This series consists of textual records related to research into Pat Lowther's life and writing career, the circumstances of her death and the subsequent trial of her husband for the crime, and also interviews with Lowther's friends and family. Most of the research was originated by either Toby Brooks or Dona Sturmanis, but some consists of photocopies obtained from other archival institutions. The information collected in this series culminated in the book "Pat Lowther's Continent".

The record types included in this series are: notes, correspondence, newspaper articles and reviews.

Administrative records

Series consists of newspaper clippings, art consignment information, art fundraising records, copyright reproduction information, day timers, travel records, grant applications, postcards, greeting cards, correspondence (typed and handwritten) from poets, writers and art organizations, a magazine article about The Georgia Straight, memorial pamphlets, website design plans and notes, BC Photography and Media Arts Society records (meeting agendas, committee and financial reports, planning records, staff lists and correspondence) and records (reports, constitution, correspondence, minutes, and exhibition requirements) pertaining to the Coast Art Trust. Series also includes official government correspondence, a petition letter on behalf of Barry McKinnon and newsletter articles on Pierre Coupey while he was an instructor at Capilano College/University.


Series consists of artwork lists, reviews, art commission records, research, newspaper clippings, UBC panel discussion itinerary and letter, correspondence to and from art galleries, correspondence pertaining to government run art programs; design sketches, sketchbooks and journals; artworks on paper, newspaper clippings and art related print ephemera.

Exhibition records

Series consists of gallery correspondence, exhibition invitations and catalogues, artist catalogues, postcards, newspaper clippings, exhibition floor plans, handwritten notes, ephemera, magazine articles, mock-ups, drafts and proofs for layout and design work for invitations and catalogues, invitation lists, photocopies of guest books, mailing lists, an interview transcription of Coupey with a curator, exhibition planning records, cue card notes, research information, business cards, itinerary and travel records, gallery guides, comment books, corporate sponsorship records, to do lists, promotional drafts, newsletters, drafts for essays, budgets and receipts, a student essay, grant program information, printmaking information, laser copies and transparencies, installation photographs, quotes, memoranda, lists of artworks, press release and announcements and an exhibition attendance report.

Capilano College (University)

Series consists of records generated from Coupey’s work as an Instructor of English Literature, Canadian Literature, Composition and Creative Writing at Capilano College. Records include and are not limited to the following: correspondence, departmental records, VHS teaching materials, Art Advisory Committee records, greeting cards, ephemera, newspaper clippings, dispute information regarding Capilano University’s cuts to the Fine Arts program, contact information for the Capilano College Art Institute, memos regarding reading engagements, memoranda, applications, project proposals, list of expenses, Coupey’s CVs and correspondence for Paid Educational Leaves. Also included are correspondence, maps, memoranda, travel plans, Aichi Gakusen College information, photographs, travel and tourist guides, handwritten research notes, and itinerary for Coupey’s visit to Japan.

In 2003 just prior to Coupey's retirement, Coupey received a one month faculty exchange at Capilano College's sister school Aichi Gakusen College, Okazaki, Japan in the Aichi Prefecture. Aichi Gakusen, like Capilano College, is a coed liberal arts college situated in Aichi, Japan. One of the College's goals is to offer a faculty exchange to Capilano instructors to pursue their professional development projects as they relate to Japan. As part of the Faculty exchange, Capilano College faculty are to provide lectures, have office hours available to students and assist with orientation of Aichi Gakusen students, who may eventually attend Capilano College. While at Aichi, Coupey researched calligraphy from the Kamakura period, 14th to 16th C. During his stay, Coupey was fortunate to attend three major exhibitions of Kamakura period work in Kyoto, which provided in-depth research for his Faculty Exchange.

Poetry and creative writing

Series consists of drafts, sample pages, unpublished and published literary works by Pierre Coupey and other writers/poets, advertisements, ephemera, an early Pierre Coupey CV, reading engagement information, publication outline and forms for the West Coast Poetry and Poetics Anthology project, invitations, newspaper clippings, postcards, type written, email and hand written correspondence and an audio cassette.

This series is divided into 5 sub-series: 1: Poetry ([ca. 1957-2012]); 2: Poetry publications - general (1960-1979); 3: Poetry publications - "West Coast Poetry & Poetics Anthology" ( 1970-1980); 4: Literary works by other authors (1960-2012); 5: Research for literary works ([198-?-2011])

Independent press

Series consists of correspondence, drafts and copies of the free press papers, newspaper articles and protest information.

Publication - "The Capilano Review" (TCR)

The Capilano Review (TCR) was founded in 1971 by Pierre Coupey at Capilano College in North Vancouver. Its first issue appeared in 1972. The series consists of records generated from the publishing activities of The Capilano Review when Coupey was the founding editor from 1971-1976; editor 1989-1991; assistant editor 1987-1989, 2002, to committee member and now as a Board member. TCR provides a forum for experimental contemporary writings and poetry from notable writers and poets along with publishing artworks by artists from Canada, the US and other countries. Along with publishing the magazine, TCR also conducts interviews and hosts workshops, talks and panel discussions. In 2015, TCR parted from Capilano University to become an independent literary, art and poetry magazine. Records include, but are not limited to the following: correspondence, artwork submissions, research articles, Curricula Vitae (CVs) and biographies, interview transcriptions, marked proofs, newspaper articles, hand written notes, postcards and greeting cards, administrative records (agendas, minutes, memos and letters) for the Koerner Foundation Lecture Series, submissions from writers such as Sharon Thesen, Michael Ondaatje, Bill Schermbrucker, George Bowering, Phyllis Webb, Duncan McNaughton, and Jack Spicer, and correspondence from writers/poets such as Robin Blaser, Brian Fawcett, bp Nichol, Fielding Dawson, Audrey Thomas, Susan Musgrave, Rick Jones, Brian Fisher, Stan Persky and Guy Montpetit. The Series also includes a copy of and is not limited to the following: the Capilano Courier, February 14, 1979, which ran a parody of The Capilano Review; Boreal: poesia Espanola en el Canada, Marzo 1975 nos. 4-5; Cancion En El Viento poesias by Manuel Betanzos Santos, 1974; a manuscript of San Francisco Gone by George Stanley, 1989; poetic works such as “The White Antibes, The Canaries” “The Black Bull,” “Morning,” “Bet On It,” and “To Melville” by Duncan McNaughton; Stan Dragland’s “Creatures of Ecstasy,” 1986 and non-fiction work “Coach House Poetry,” ND and Michael de Courcy’s “Grocery List,” ND.


This series consists of photographs created and received by the Woodsworth/MacInnis families. They are primarily posed studio portrait images, although photographs from later years tend to be photographs related to Grace MacInnis's political career.

Notes, transcriptions and other textual records

This series consists primarily of notes and transcripts of correspondence that were used by Grace MacInnis in her research and writing of a biography of her father. Some of J.S. Woodsworth's and Angus MacInnis's original writings are also included, including a manuscript written by J.S. regarding a trip to Russia in 1932, and a collection of Angus MacInnis's diaries.


This series consists of letters, notes and postcards created and received by various members of the Woodsworth/MacInnis families, primarily Grace MacInnis. Key events mentioned in this correspondence include the Woodsworth family's years in Gibson's Landing, B.C., the period of time between the arrest and release from jail of J.S. Woodsworth in the Winnipeg General Strike of 1919, Lucy Woodworth's participation in the Women's International League conference of 1924, an extended European tour that J.S. and Lucy took in 1932, and the general course of Grace and Angus MacInnis's political careers from the 1930's through the 1960's.

Moving images and audiovisual material

This series contains the various videotapes (and some cassettes and other multimedia formats) scattered throughout the collection. Some are professional copies, most are home recordings of various shows, most of which it is presumed LaPierre played a part or had an interest in.


This series consists of photographs, slides and negatives of LaPierre’s personal and professional activities over more than 60 years. There is no order at all to any of the groups of images, they are primarily labelled according to the original bankers box they were received in.

Records related to public speaking engagements

Due to the success of his broadcasting and writing careers, as well as his involvement with charitable organizations and service as a Senator, LaPierre was often called upon to speak at or chair events. This series, primarily correspondence, is comprised of records related to these engagements.

Records related to work with charities and organizations

Laurier LaPierre invested significant time contributing to various charities and organizations throughout his life. This series is comprised of records, primarily correspondence and reports, relating to is work with these entities. Some of these activities took place during his service as Senator, so related records can be found in Series 4: Records related to term in Senate and Series 6: Records related to public speaking engagements.

Records related to term in Senate

This series contains any records related to Laurier LaPierre’s term in the Canadian Senate (2001-2004). These records are primarily comprised of correspondence, official documents, reports and copies or drafts of speeches. Related records can be found in Series 5: Records related to work with charities and organizations and Series 6: Records related to public speaking engagements

Records related to writing career

This series contains any records related to LaPierre’s writing activities, primarily research for books and drafts of various projects. Included are versions of his published works as well as several unfinished manuscripts in various stages of completion.

General correspondence and personal records

This series is comprised of some of Laurier LaPierre’s personal records, including legal and medical records, newspaper articles and both personal and general correspondence. It contains primarily textual records, but also photographs and some ephemera. Included also are programs, cards and ephemera from LaPierre’s funeral.

Works by Duncan McNaughton and others

This series consists of material found throughout the fonds of which Colin Stuart was not the creator. Primarily these were generated by Colin's good friend, Duncan McNaughton, but other authors are represented as well. The final file in the series contains transcriptions of some of Colin's work, compiled by his sister on the 1-year anniversary of his passing.

Education and administrative

This series consists of documents found throughout the fonds that relate to Colin's life outside of his poetry - either academic, employment, personal, medical or legal.

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