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E. Pauline Johnson Collection

  • MsC-175
  • Collection

The collection consists of photographic images and printed materials relating to the life and death of E. Pauline Johnson. Some of the material is associated with her sister, Evelyn Johnson, but the provenance and nature of compilation is largely unknown.

Johnson, E. Pauline

Peter Trower fonds

  • MsC 36
  • Fonds
  • 1929-2014

Fonds consists of records related to the life and creative work of Peter Trower in his activities as a poet, prose writer, cartoonist, and musician. Fonds also includes records pertaining to Trower's collaborative projects with Yvonne Klan, as well as works by other authors and artists that were accumulated by Trower. Records include poetry and prose manuscripts, drafts and outlines, movie scripts, journals, notebooks, correspondence, business records, photographs, articles, cartoons and other drawings, awards, certificates, and sound and video recordings.

The fonds has been arranged into the following twenty-three series: Correspondence (1934-2006); Journals and calendars (1961-2005); Notebooks ([ca. 1953]-2003); Prose - published books ([197-?]-2000); Prose - unpublished books (1969-2005); Prose - articles, short stories and related material (1953-2002); Poetry - published books (1964-2004); Poetry - unpublished books ([198-?]-2003); Poetry - draft poems (1958-2005); Poetry - published poems ([ca. 1972]-1997); Film scripts and related material (1993-2005); Musical performances, sound recordings and related material (1981-2004); Business and financial records (1964-2005); Articles, reviews and interviews regarding Trower (1965-2005); Readings, festivals and events records (1974-2005); Awards and honours records (1979-2005); Photographs (1929-2005); Cartoons and other artwork (1949-1998); Website records (1999-2002); Yvonne Klan records ([199-?]- 2005); Reviews and articles regarding other writers and artists (1982-2006); Works by other authors (1950-2003); and Personal records ([ca. 2000]).

Trower, Peter

Fred Wah fonds

  • MSC-17
  • Fonds
  • 1927, 1959-2013

Fonds consists of correspondence, written works and published materials by Wah and other writers, photographs, and other records accumulated by Wah during his lifetime, arising from both personal and professional activities. Records include poems, essays and reviews; journals and notebooks; book manuscripts; teaching materials; travel records; administrative records; and promotional material for conferences, workshops and other events.

The records in this fonds have been arranged into the following eight series: Correspondence (1960-2013); Writings and related records (1961-2012); Research records, works of others, and works about Wah ([196-]-2012); Academic work and instruction records (1927, [196-]-2005); Events and travel records (1965- 2013); Professional service and activities records ([ca. 1961]-2013); Residency records (1981-2007); and Personal records ([196-?]-[199-?]).

Wah, Fred

June Skinner (Rohan O'Grady) fonds

  • MSC 80
  • Fonds
  • 1936-1998

Fonds consists of records relating to the writing and publication of novels written by June Skinner under the pen names of Rohan O'Grady, and A. Carleon. These include original manuscripts, notes on works in progress, memorabilia, promotional material, rejection letters, grant applications, photographs, scrapbooks, and correspondence.

The fonds has been arranged into the following series: Manuscripts (1936-[1992?]); Contracts (1960-1998); Correspondence ([1949?]-2000); Research (1965-[197-?]); Promotional material and reviews (1961-1974); Personal (1947-[196-?]); and Finance (1941-1992).

Skinner, June Margaret

Martin Bartlett fonds

  • MsC 24
  • Fonds
  • 1940-1993

This fonds contains writings, notebooks, scores, computer software, photographic materials, audio and video recordings, two synthesizers, a computer and other material relating to the life experiences and creative output of Martin Bartlett. Most of the material dates from Bartlett’s active work life from 1965-1993, although there is some information from his early life, 1940-1965. The contents of the fonds have been divided into 11 distinct series representing different aspects of his life. One series (9: Compositions) has been divided into three sub-series determined by the type of material (scores, computer programs, and recordings).
The series contained in this fonds are as follows: Series 1: Correspondence; Series 2: Personal Papers; Series 3: Notebooks; Series 4: Teaching; Series 5: Gamelan; Series 6: Research Materials; Series 7: Writings; Series 8: Computer Programming; Series 9: Compositions including subseries 9:1: Scores, 9:2: Computer Programs, and 9:3: Recordings; Series 10: Photographs and ; Series 11: Objects.

Bartlett, Martin

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

Eden Robinson fonds

  • MsC 104
  • Fonds
  • 1991-2018

The fonds consists of records primarily reflecting Robinson’s career as a writer, spanning approximately from 1991 to 2018. These include drafts of several of her novels including "Monkey Beach", "Traplines", "Blood Sports", "Son of a Trickster" and "Trickster Drift", correspondence with editors and other miscellaneous records. The fonds is arranged into seven series: Correspondence (1993-2005); Awards, events and reviews (1991-2007); Records relating to "Traplines" ([1997]); Records relating to "Blood Sports" (2004-2005); Records relating to "Monkey Beach" ([ca. 2000?]); Records relating to "Son of a Trickster" (2016-2017); and Records relating to "Trickster Drift" (2014-2018).

Robinson, Eden

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

Ruth Emerson Wortis fonds

  • MSC-185
  • Fonds
  • 1957 - 2017

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

John Koerner fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1959-2011

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

Koerner, John

Kuldip Gill fonds

  • MsC 132
  • Fonds
  • [199?]-2009

Fonds consists of Gill's personal and professional correspondence, photographs, university notes and assignments, theses, drafts of poems and other writing, published works, and work records.

Gill, Kuldip

Women and Words Society fonds

  • MsC 23
  • Fonds
  • 1982-1998

The fonds includes records of the administration and activities of the Women and Words Society, including minutes, correspondence, financial and payroll records, submissions, fundraising records, documentation of events and its mentorship program.

Women and Words Society

Louis Zukofsky fonds

  • MsA 29
  • Fonds
  • 1936,1938.

The fonds consists of four letters from Zukofsky to the poet Walter Lowenfels.

Zukofsky, Louis

Greenboathouse books fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1999-2008

Fonds consists of broadsheets, chapbooks, financial records and correspondence relating to the publishing activities of Greenboathouse Books from 1999-2008.

Greenboathouse Books

B.C. Poets & Print fonds

  • MsC 19
  • Fonds
  • 1987

The fonds consists of 16 audio cassette recordings, along with textual transcriptions of tapes.

B.C. Poets & Print

Rose Malerby fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1961-[198?]

Fonds consists of 22 sketchbooks (featuring watercolours, pen and ink drawings, pastel and charcoal sketches, travel diary entries) measuring approximately 8 x 10" to 10.5 x 14". These sketchbooks document Rose Malerby's travels to Prince Rupert via ferry and from there to the Yukon with friends in a Volkswagon bus. Malerby captured landscapes, townscapes, harbour scenes, flora, people, architecture and artifacts, and noted weather conditions, gas costs, where they stopped to eat and places they stayed along the way.

Malerby, Rose

Smaro Kamboureli fonds

  • MsC 39
  • Fonds
  • [198?]-2003

Fonds consists of records relating to Kamboureli's work as a researcher and writer of criticism of Canadian literature. Records include author files, manuscripts, diaries, correspondence with authors such as Robert Kroetsch, Nana Issaia, Daphne Marlatt, Frank Davey, Fred Wah, and Lola Lemire Tostevin.

Kamboureli, Smaro

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

Promotional records

Series consists of posters, flyers, handbills, ephemera, promotional objects, t-shirts and bags, and other material publicizing art and literary readings, conferences or other projects Beaulieu was part of or contributed to. The series also includes newspaper clippings of reviews, articles written by Beaulieu and articles featuring Beaulieu and his work.

Artworks

Series consists of print works on paper, photographic documentation, paintings, drawings and linocuts used in the preparation of artworks and chapbooks. Series is divided into the following four sub-series: Works on paper (1996–2005), Linocuts [before 2009], Photographs documenting artworks (1991–[before 2009]), and Artworks by others (2002–[before 2013]).

Handmade books

Sub-series consists of unique handmade books made by Derek Beaulieu. One book contains seven photographs glued to its pages.

Writings by others

Sub-series consists of correspondence and unpublished manuscripts from writers such as Helen Hajnoczky, Eric Zboya, Pete Spence, Jordan Scott and Mark Laliberte. Series also includes a publication edited by Christian Bök and produced in an edition of forty copies for Beaulieu’s fortieth birthday.

Writings by students

Sub-series contains works written and/or produced by students of Derek Beaulieu, from institutions such as Alberta College of Art & Design, Henry Wise Wood Senior High School and the Writers Guild of Alberta. These publications reflect Beaulieu’s teaching and his approach to independent publishing.

Academic research and writings

Sub-series contains research and project files for Derek Beaulieu’s MA thesis on the TISH poets, and annotated drafts of his PhD dissertation on concrete poetry and conceptual writing.

Article files

Sub-series contains drafts and accompanying correspondence about articles, talks and essays written by Beaulieu.

Poetry and book files

Sub-series consists of poetry and book files for titles written or edited by Beaulieu, including "With Wax," "How to Write," and "Rush: What Fuckan Theory."

No press

Series consists of the chapbooks and editorial records generated from the publishing activity of No press since its founding. Series contains the following sub-series: No press publications (2005–2015); Editorial files (2005–2014).

No press

Objects

Sub-series consists of the housepress sign, as well as linocuts, stamps and a seal used in the production of housepress chapbooks.

Electronic file backups

Sub-series consists of electronic backups of housepress’s administrative and manuscript files.

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