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“Aldershot” : correspondence re: publication

File includes printed e-mail, notes, incoming correspondence and copies of Powe’s outgoing correspondence. Much of the e-mail is exchanged between Powe, his agent Bev Slopen, and NeWest Press manager Ruth Linka.

“Aldershot” research materials

File consists of Powe’s handwritten research notes, newspaper clippings, and photocopies from texts pertaining to the Canadian Forces, military law and discipline, organization, conscription, and Kiska.

“Expresso ‘67” : Peter Martin Associates

File pertains to “Expresso ‘67”, an illustrated book written by Powe with illustrations by Jeff Chapleau, published by Peter Martin Associates. Records are a newspaper clipping, a royalty report, correspondence exchanged between Peter Martin and Jeff Chapleau, and a receipt from M.G. Hurtig Booksellers Ltd.

“Killing Ground” : e-mail

File consists of printed e-mail exchanged between Powe and a fan of his book “Killing Ground: the Canadian Civil War”.

“Man and his Work”

File consists of two versions of a published series of articles by Powe and Fraser Isbester entitled “Man and his Work: a look at industrial relations”, published by the Canadian Department of Labour in co-operation with Canadian High News.

“The Aberhart Summer” : film rights and production

File mainly pertains to negotiations with Great North Productions for the film rights to “The Aberhart Summer”. Records include correspondence, notes, memoranda, photographs of Powe with a production crew, and an option agreement between Powe and Great North Productions.

“The Aberhart Summer” : reprints (NeWest Press)

File pertains to the reprinting of Powe’s book “The Aberhart Summer” by NeWest Press in 2000 and the promotion of the reprint. Records include printed e-mail, correspondence, royalty statements, itineraries, an invitation list, an author statement, a memorandum of agreement, a NeWest Press spring 2000 catalogue, and reviews of the original published book.

“The Aberhart Summer” : stage productions

File pertains to productions of the play based on this book by Powe at Theatre Erindale (University of Toronto at Mississauga) and the Living Arts Centre in Mississauga in 2002 and 2003. Records in the file include printed e-mail and correspondence, photographs, programs, a pamphlet, a poster, a notice, newspaper clippings, and royalty statements. Also included in the file is printed e-mail, correspondence and an itinerary pertaining to the launch and promotion of Powe’s book “Aldershot 1945”.

“The Aberhart Summer” : stage rights and productions

File pertains to stage productions of “The Aberhart Summer”, written by Conni Massing, based on Powe’s novel. Records include contracts for amateur performance rights, correspondence, memoranda, royalty statements, programs, a box office statement, an agreement between Powe and Massing regarding the stage rights, contact lists, and reviews.

“The Ice Eaters”

File consists of correspondence, a reprint proposal, and royalty statements pertaining to Powe’s novel “The Ice Eaters”. Also included is the April/May 1985 issue of “The Idler”, which features an excerpt from “The Ice Eaters”.

“The Ice Eaters” : invitation lists

File consists of contact lists and correspondence pertaining to the book launch for “The Ice Eaters” held at the University of Toronto Bookroom in October 1987.

Accession 1995-028

Accession consists of Bruce Allen Powe's diaries, personal correspondence and correspondence, writings, and other files relating to provincial Liberal politics (1960-1965), journals, his M.A. thesis and research files. There are manuscript drafts for his works "The Ice Eaters," "Expresso 67," "The Mounties Always Gets His," "Killing Ground," "The Last Days of the American Empire", "The Aberhart Summer", and other writings along with related correspondence. Also included are manuscripts for reviews, essays, articles, and press clippings of reviews on his published works. In addition, there is some personal correspondence and World War II papers and military service memorabilia.

Accession 2017-041

  • 2017-041
  • Accession
  • [188-?]-2016, predominant 1990-2006
  • Part of Bruce Powe fonds

Accession consists of records documenting Powe's writing career in the 1990s and 2000s, particularly the writing, editing, publication and promotion of his novel "Aldershot 1945" and the reprint and stage productions of "The Aberhart Summer", as well as records pertaining to his freelance work for Powe Communications and his personal life and family. Records in this accession include manuscripts and other draft writing, photographs of Powe and his family, research files, notebooks and day planners, memorabilia (including newspaper and magazine clippings), printed e-mail and correspondence, posters, drawings, scrapbooks and videocassettes.

Agent : Bev Slopen

File consists of correspondence, notes and an agreement pertaining to Powe and his literary agent, Beverley Slopen. Included in the file is a Writers’ Union of Canada brochure entitled “Writer & literary agent: guidelines for the writer-literary agent relationship”.

Archives : York University : donation of personal papers

File pertains to Powe’s donation of his personal papers to the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections at York University and Powe’s financial support for the Kent Haworth Archival Research Fellowship. Records include correspondence, printed e-mail, an inventory, background information and notes by Powe, and a transfer of ownership agreement. Also included is correspondence pertaining to Powe’s donation of photographs to the Provincial Archives of Alberta.

Audio recording of Bruce Allen Powe

Item is an home audio recording by Powe entitled “When I Grow Too Old to Dream”. The recording on the other side of the item is entitled “The Water When the Moonbeams Kiss” by Mrs. B. Potvin.

B.A.P. : parents

File consists of assorted photographs of Powe’s parents, Lillian and Wilbur.

Birthday photo album

Item is a photo album created by Powe’s family to commemorate his 80th birthday in 2005. It consists of stickers and photographs of Powe, wife Alys, children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Book covers

File consists of several covers of books written by Powe, which were mounted and framed. Included are covers for “The Last Days of the American Empire” (two different versions), “The Ice Eaters”, “The Aberhart Summer” (1983 printing), and “Killing Ground: the Canadian civil war” (1968 cover).

Bruce Powe fonds

  • F0104
  • Fonds
  • [188-?]-2016

Fonds consists of records documenting Bruce Allen Powe's work as a writer of fiction, reviews and articles, his work as Executive Director for the Ontario Liberal Association, and his public relations career and freelance work for Powe Communications. Records include journals, day planners, notebooks, correspondence and e-mail, research files, scrapbooks, manuscripts and other draft writing, and career-related memorabilia. Also included in the fonds are family photographs and personal memorabilia; Powe's M.A. diploma, thesis and related research files; files, memorabilia and photographs pertaining to his World War II military service; and photographs, memorabilia and other records pertaining to Powe's trip to Ghana in March 1957 as associate private secretary to the Canadian Minister of Mines and Technical Surveys.

Powe, Bruce, 1925-

Burma article : Edmonton Journal : August 2005

File pertains to a 13 Aug. 2005 article written by Powe for the Edmonton Journal about a lost WWII fighter pilot, Jack Manning, from Edmonton. Records include two photographs (one of Manning in his jumpsuit and one with fellow RCAF pilots in 1942) and copies of those photographs, printed e-mail, copies of Powe’s outgoing correspondence, newspaper clippings, invoices, notes, article drafts,

B.W. Powe memorabilia

File consists of correspondence, copies of book reviews, articles, course calendars, notices, and a PhD reading list pertaining to Powe' son, B.W. Powe, and his academic and literary career.

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