Fonds F0266 - bill bissett fonds

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bill bissett fonds

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26.22 m of textual records
2 audio discs
ca. 450 photographs
47 audio cassettes
25 audio reels
1 audio compact disc
0.79 m of graphic material
3 boxes of objects

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bill bissett (1939- ), poet, artist and musician, was born in Halifax and educated at the University of British Columbia where he received his B.A. in 1956. He founded Blewointment Press in 1962 as a medium for young poets and published several of his own volumes under its imprint. bissett is the author of several books of poetry including, Fires in the temple (1966), Nobody owns the earth (1972), Medicine my mouths on fire, (1974), Canada gees [sic] mate for life (1985), and Inkorrect thots [sic] (1992). bissett has held several solo art exhibits in Vancouver, Toronto and London (Ont.). In addition, he has recorded several albums with his band The Luddites including Luddites (1988), Shining spirit (1989), and Luddites dreemin uv th nite [sic] (1991).

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The fonds documents bissett’s activities as a poet, visual artist, musician and editor.

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The original accession (1976-002) was a transfer of materials acquired from bill bissett between 1966-1974 from the Rare Book Room, Scott Library. Subsequent accessions were donated by bissett in 1983, 1986, 1989, 1992, 1996, 1999 and 2002.


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  • English

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No restrictions on access, except accessions 1999-041 and 2002-040, where access is to be determined.

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The fonds comprises the following accessions: 1976-002, 1983-005, 1986-008, 1989-024, 1989-031, 1992-009, 1996-020, 1999-041, 2002-040. Further accruals may be expected.

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2002/03/20 Marie-Josee Levesque:. (Creation)
2002/03/20 Awaiting review by the Data Collection Archivist
2003/04/15 Shannon MacDonald. Added URL for online finding aid. Update wording in access restrictions, accruals.
2004/07/08 Sean Smith. Updated description to include 2002-040 and to reflect changes to overall extents made as a result of reappraisal of fonds.
2005/03/22 Sean Smith. Transformed fonds level decription.
2005/06/16 Sean Smith. Mades corrections to fonds level description.
2014/07/22 Migrated to AtoM.
2020/04/15 J. Grant. Post-migration metadata clean-up.

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  • English


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