Fonds MsC-195 - Peter Culley fonds

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Peter Culley fonds

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  • Photographic material
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MsC-195

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  • 1960-2015 (Creation)

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3 m of textual records
446 photographs: b&w negatives
222 photographs: col slides
73 photographs: col prints
24 photographs: b&w negs
11 photographs: b&w prints

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(15 August 1958 - 10 April 2015)

Biographical history

Peter Culley was a Canadian poet, art critic, and photographer. He grew up on Royal Canadian Air Force bases in Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Scotland and lived in Nanaimo BC since 1972. He authored numerous books of poetry, including Twenty-one (Oolichan Books, 1980) Fruit Dots (Tsunami Editions, 1985), Natural History (Fissure Books, 1986), The Climax Forest (Leech Books, 1995), and his Hammertown trilogy: Hammertown (New Star Books, 2003), The Age of Briggs and Stratton (New Star Books, 2008), and Parkway (New Star Books, 2013). As an art critic, he wrote extensively on Stan Douglas, Roy Arden, Kelly Wood, and Geoffrey Farmer, among other artists. His art criticism was published in numerous books and magazine. He was also the author of To the Dogs (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2008), an essay on the relationships between people and dogs, illustrated with photographs. Peter Culley was involved with many writing scenes, including the Kootenay School of Writing in Vancouver, the Nanaimo poetry scene and poetry circles throughout North America.

Custodial history

Records were in the custody of Daphne Samuel until 2015 when they were purchased by Special Collections and Rare Books.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of materials related to Culley's writing, curatorial and editorial work, and includes notebooks, manuscripts, reference materials, proofs, correspondence, ephemera, photographs, and negatives. The fonds also includes a diary, manuscripts by others, magazines, and Vancouver International Film Festival programs.
The fonds has been arranged by the archivist into 9 series:
Writing (Series 1)
Works by others (Series 2)
Correspondence (Series 3)
Personal (Series 4)
Editorial and curatorial (Series 5)
Reference material (Series 6)
Ephemera (Series 7)
Photographs (Series 8)
Biographical information (Series 9)

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The received order of the materials has been maintained and the arrangement has been imposed by the archivist. The arrangement of the materials prior arriving at Special Collections was haphazard, the result of periodic accumulations of material in bags and boxes. The materials were stored in various locations throughout the house, including the basement. There was no evidence of any intentional or systematic organization.

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RAD July 2008 edition.

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Draft

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Full

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

April 2022: Finding aid prepared (Alexandra Wieland).

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