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Polestar Press fonds

  • MsC-78
  • Fonds
  • 1984-1995

Fonds consists of manuscripts, page proofs, editorial and general correspondence, contracts, promotional and biographical materials. Included in the fonds are archival materials for Vi Plotnikoff's Head Cook at Wedding and Funerals (1994), first collection of Doukhobor short stories published and the first widely published literary writings by a Doukhobor woman, and George Elliott Clarke's poem-novel Whylah Falls (1990), later adapted for the stage and film, along with materials related to the publication of other works in Polestar's catalogue.

Polestar Press

Talonbooks fonds

  • MsC-8
  • Fonds
  • 1963-2003

The fonds consists of production records, correspondence, manuscripts and typescripts, proofs and galleys, promotional material, reference files, and business records, including financial statements, transaction records, royalty statements, and inventory records. Fonds includes records of the little magazine "Talon". Correspondence and manuscripts include contributions from Margaret Avison, Margaret Atwood, Victor Coleman, Bill Bissett, George Bowering, Jim Brown, Frank Davey, Gary Geddes, Barry McKinnon, bp Nichol, Michael Ondaatje, David Phillips, James Reaney, David Robinson, George Ryga, Audrey Thomas, Phyllis Webb, Michel Tremblay, Fred Wah, David French, Robin Blaser, David Arnason, Brian Fawcett and many others.

Talonbooks

Gerry Gilbert fonds

  • MsC-14
  • Fonds
  • 1952-1992

The fonds consists of correspondence (inward and outward), daily calendars, manuscripts and working papers, Canada Council applications and correspondence, personal papers (including diaries of travels, tax records, notebooks, and copies of Gilbert's writings in his high school newspaper), and reference files and material. The fonds includes records (manuscripts, correspondence, etc.) of Gilbert's literary journal, "B.C. Monthly", and records including photographs) of the New Era Social Club, an artists' studio/living space in Vancouver; and audiotapes of radiofreerainforest shows.

Gilbert, Gerry

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.

Carolyn Zonailo fonds

  • MsC-79
  • Fonds
  • 1955-2005

The fonds contains manuscripts, correspondence, journals, documents related to provincial and national writers organizations and documents related to the founding and running of Caitlin Press, The Poem Factory/Usine de Poeme, and Coracle Press including correspondence, manuscripts, promotional materials, and business records. Also includes papers related to Zonailo's academic work at various universities, as well as personal memorabilia, phonograph recordings and audio-cassettes of Zonailo's poetry set to music, video-cassettes, musical scores, literary periodicals, books by other authors (mostly inscribed to Zonailo), poetry broadsides, chapbooks, and ephemera. Records related to Zonailo's work as a member or the planning committee of the C.G. Jung Society of Montreal and editor of its newsletter are also included as well as correspondence, periodicals, graphic materials, and other records related to astrology.

Zonailo, Carolyn

Alan Twigg/BC BookWorld fonds

  • MsC-63
  • Fonds
  • 1975-2008

The fonds consist of materials that relate to Twigg’s work as a writer, publisher and cofounder of the B.C. Book Prizes in the years 1975 to 2008. The fonds is arranged in 14 series: Correspondence; Political Campaign and Poetry of Bud Osborn; Vancouver Theatre; Television Interviews; Twigg’s Book Research; George Woodcock’s Translation of Proust; Audio Cassette Interviews; Transcripts of Interviews; Authors’ Photographs and Negatives; Special Items; B.C. Book Prizes; Miscellaneous; Prairie BookWorld Founding Records; and Twigg’s Newspaper and Magazine Articles.

Materials include incoming and outgoing correspondence, taped television interviews, transcripts of television interviews, drafts of Twigg’s literary works, an unpublished manuscript of George Woodcock’s translation of Proust, audio cassette interviews, transcripts of interviews, photographs, banners, awards, legal documents, financial records, notes and newspaper and magazine clippings of Twigg’s published articles.

Twigg, Alan

James Delgado fonds

  • MsC-123
  • Fonds
  • 1964-2013

The fonds consists of records created or accumulated by James Delgado since 1964 through his personal and professional activities. These activities include his work with the National Park Service, the Vancouver Maritime Museum, and the Institute for Nautical Archaeology, his archaeological projects and expeditions, his exploration of shipwreck sites, his work on the television show “The Sea Hunters,” as well as his lecturing and writing. Records include correspondence, publications, notes, manuscripts, research records, photographs, video recordings, and audio recordings.

The fonds has been arranged into the following twelve series: Correspondence (1973-2012), Personal records (1964-2013), Project records (1967-2010), Expedition records (1995-2009), Sea Hunters records (1999-2006), Writing records ([197-]-2011), Newspaper clippings (1972-2008), Lectures and education records (1978-2008), Audio recordings (1977-[199-?]), Images (1969-[before 2010]), Video recordings (1970-[before 2010]), and Electronic records ([before 2010]).

Delgado, James

Moving Pictures fonds

  • Fonds
  • 2004-2012

Fonds consists of records relating to the administration and organization of the Moving Pictures film festival. Records include board of directors manuals, financial records, correspondence, and minutes.

Moving Pictures: Canadian Films on Tour

Daphne Marlatt Fonds

  • MsC-142
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1958]-2014

Fonds consists of records created or accumulated by Daphne Marlatt through her personal and professional activities, predominantly after the year 1990. Records document her activities as a writer of poetry and prose, an editor, and as a teacher of writing and literature, and include manuscripts, notes, research records, correspondence, photographs, grant applications, reviews, and audio and video recordings of poetry readings.

The fonds has been arranged into the following eleven series: Background research records ([ca. 1965-2000]), Fiction - poetry records (1958-2014), Fiction - drama records (2000-2011), Non-fiction works records (1975-2008), Awards and grants records ([ca. 1965-2012]), Correspondence with publishers ([ca. 1977-2013]), Professional activities records (1983-2013), Teaching records (1973-2010), Electronic records and other media (1974-2012), Personal records (1966-2014), and Personal and professional correspondence (1961-2014).

Marlatt, Daphne

Paste papers

The series documents Lissel as a handmade papermaker and includes drafts of TOPOS and paste paper samples for TOPOS. The series is arranged in chronological order.

Reg Lissel fonds

  • MsC-117
  • Fonds
  • 1994–2013

The fonds consists of samples of handmade papers, paste papers, and drafts of Lissel's paste paper sample book, TOPOS, published in 2006. The fonds is arranged into the following two series: handmade papers and paste papers.

Lissel, Reg

Handmade papers

The series documents Lissel as a handmade paper artist, which includes various handmade papers that he has experimented on. He did experiments on different materials, such as cotton, flax, and linen—most of which are defined on the individual paper. Paper samples include kozo and gampi and other samples. The series is arranged in chronological order.

Book and Periodical Development Council fonds

  • MsC-85
  • Fonds
  • 1975-1998

Fonds consists of records relating to the activities of the Book and Periodical Development Council and its committees and task forces. They include reports, research, Freedom to Read kits, bank statements, minutes, correspondence, newspaper clippings, memos, and newsletters.

Book and Periodical Development Council

Caroline Adderson fonds

  • MsC-40
  • Fonds
  • 1986

The collection consists of materials that relate to Caroline Adderson's work as a writer. Types of materials include: versions of drafts of manuscripts, many with holograph annotations; incoming and outgoing correspondence in the form of handwritten and typewritten letters, and hard copies of email and fax; research relating to her work including collected works by other writers; notes that relate to and inform her literary work; promotional, personal, and research-related photographs; reviews of her work; and a collection of published work in monograph and serial format. These monographs and serials have been catalogued in SFU's Special Collections catalogue. Materials were accessioned in varying states of organization. Much of the material was and remains intermingled, and some had been organized and described by Adderson. Some folders have been written upon by the author, accompanied with explanations of the contents of the corresponding files. In this finding aid, RAD applies consistency to the body of material, but the descriptive contents within the actual folders are not consistent for this reason. All information Adderson has provided about her records has been kept with the appropriate papers.

Adderson, Caroline

Christian Bök fonds

  • MsC-60
  • Fonds
  • [1985?]-2007

The fonds reflects Bök’s participation in the Canadian poetry scene as well as his teaching work. Records include correspondence with numerous other writers, teaching associates, fans, gallery owners, and conference organizers, as well as manuscript drafts, reviews of Bök’s work, ephemera from festivals and exhibitions, other writers’ works, and gifts and souvenirs. The fonds also includes Bök’s work laptop and its contents, which include textual records, photographs, audio, and video files of exhibits, performances, and travel.

Bök, Christian

Arthur Erickson fonds

  • F-299
  • Fonds
  • 1961 - 2019

Fonds consists of moving images and textual records relating to Arthur Erickson, his achievements, and his travels. Moving images include documentaries; exhibitions; TV programs; Architectural Institute of America meetings; and home movies documenting Erickson's travels. Note that a number of the films are duplicates stored on different mediums (e.g. Betacam and U-matic). Textual records include books Eppich House II: The Story of an Arthur Erickson Masterwork by Greg Bellerby and Michelangelo Sabatino (2019), and Francisco Kripacz: Interior Design by Arthur Erickson (2015, published posthumously). Four pamphlets (two copies and two unique) titled "Simon Fraser University tour route" and "A Celebration of the Life and Work of Arthur Charles Erickson" are also included.

The fonds has been arranged by the archivist into four series:

Travel films (series 1)
Audiovisual materials related to Arthur Erickson (series 2)
Published materials related to Arthur Erickson (series 3)
Memorial pamphlets (series 4)

Erickson, Arthur

Lisa Robertson fonds

  • MsC-38
  • Fonds
  • 1983-

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

Miriam Waddington fonds

  • MsC-112
  • Fonds
  • 1957-1991, predominantly 1957-1967

The fonds consists of correspondence written by Waddington to Allan Donaldson. It also includes 1 letter from Allan Donaldson and 1 file of correspondence with John Smallbridge regarding Waddington's participation in a poetry and drama colloquium at Althouse College of Education. The Smallbridge correspondence includes 2 black and white photographs of Waddington.

Waddington, Miriam

Audiovisual materials related to Arthur Erickson

Series consists analogue and digitized motion picture documentaries, exhibitions, TV programs, news reels, interviews, Architectural Institute of America meetings, and aerial footage. The subject of these motion pictures includes Erickson, the Erickson/Massey Architects firm, or specific buildings and designs by Erickson.

Note that a number of the motion pictures include duplicates stored on different mediums (e.g. Betacam and U-matic), so total item numbers do not correspond with total objects.

William Stafford collection

  • MsA-22
  • Collection
  • 1961-1973

Fonds consists of correspondence, handwritten poems, a newspaper clipping and an essay written by William Stafford and mailed to former SFU professor Frederick Candelaria. Photographs of manuscript pages are also included.

Stafford, William

Ken Lester fonds

  • MsC-263
  • Fonds
  • 1979-1997

Fonds consists of posters, handbills, zines, newspapers, comics, original artwork, scripts, promotional material and audiovisual records related to the Vancouver political art and punk scenes in the 1980s and 1990s.

Lester, Ken

Gregory Corso fonds

  • MsA-3
  • Fonds
  • 1964

The fonds consists of incoming correspondence, five manuscript poems and other material.

Corso, Gregory

Sono Nis Press fonds

  • MsC-253
  • Fonds
  • 1976-1993

The majority of the records of Sono Nis Press from 1968 to 1976 are at the National Library of Canada under the J. Michael Yates fonds. Since Sono Nis was taken over by Morriss Printing in 1976, all archival records have been retained. Current records (approximately 1989 to 1993) include editorial files, production files, association files, awards and promotions information, and financial records. The archival records (1976 to approximately 1988) include financial records, editorial files, production files, and correspondence. All art work, design work, and printing plates for every book have been retained in the fonds along with two copies of each book published by Sono Nis Press.

Sono Nis Press

Yvonne Klan fonds

  • MsC-135
  • Fonds
  • [199?]-[200?]

Fonds consists of records reflecting Yvonne Klan's research into the history of the fur trade, the British Columbia opium trade, James Murray Yale, B.C.'s First Nations, and pioneer poets. Records include copies of her published works, travel notes, radio scripts and publishing proposals.

Klan, Yvonne Mearns

Archibald Lampman collection

  • MsC-7
  • Fonds
  • 1859-1965

The collection consists of Lampman's manuscripts, letters by Lampman to Maud Playter Lampman (1885-1898), letters to family members, correspondence with other poets and editors (1882-1897), letters exchanged between Lampman family members and friends (1859-1950) and miscellanea (1887-1965). Correspondents include Bliss Carman and Hamlin Garland. Collection includes photographs of Lampman, the Lampman family, and various Lampman residences.

Lampman, Archibald

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

BC Book Prizes fonds

  • MsC-122
  • Fonds
  • 2006-2009

The fonds consists of promotional materials, most notably full-colour posters, surrounding the shortlisting and adjudication of potential winners and the subsequent selection and celebration of winners of the prestigious prizes. Also included are media clippings and press releases surrounding the event.

BC Book Prizes

Gerald Newman fonds

  • MsC-35
  • Fonds
  • 1960-1985; predominant 1960-1967

Fonds consists of radio play-scripts and production scripts by David Brock, Peter Garvie, John Gray, Peter Haworth, Daryl Hine, Herbert Hosie, Betty Lambert, Robert Lowell, Gerald Newman, Norman Newton, Jean Racine, George Ryga, George Robertson, Frederick Spoerly, Ian Thorne, and George Woodcock and incidental music score manuscripts for two productions. Audio-cassettes are line-source copies of master tapes of drama radio programs and music radio programs produced by Gerald Newman.

Newman, Gerald

Gillian Darling Kovanic fonds

  • MsC-232
  • Fonds
  • 1994-2004

Fonds consists of research material, scripts, notebooks, permissions and source footage used by Kovanic in the production of her documentary films. Suspino: A Cry for Roma was released in 2003 and directed by Kovanic and produced by Tamarin Productions. The film uses interviews, a profile of a refugee family, and historical footage in order to trace the experience of persecuted Romani peoples in Eastern Europe, primarily Romania. Other films in the fonds include Our Tears Run Red, Yellow and Green, Baboon Tales and Dreaming a Nation: The Kurds, from 1994.

Kovanic, Gillian Darling

Paula Gustafson fonds

  • MsC-67
  • Fonds
  • 1978-2003

The fonds consists of records reflecting Gustafson’s career as a successful artist and editor. They include Artichoke business records, correspondence with Hilary Stewart, artwork, financial records and other miscellaneous records. The fonds is arranged into the following seven series: Correspondence; Koerner book records; financial records; Artichoke business records, Crafts book records, miscellaneous records and publications.

Gustafson, Paula

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