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Adele Wiseman fonds Series
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Writing files

The series consists of research material, notes, manuscript and typescript drafts of Wiseman's novels, short stories, poetry, plays, works of non-fiction, book reviews, speeches and scripts, many of which were written for CBC radio. It also includes publicity material, reviews of her work and copies of articles written about her by others. It contains material related to her novels "The Sacrifice" and "Crackpot", to the plays "Testimonial Dinner", "The Lovebound" and "Someday Sam: A Play, Libretto or Puppet Opera for Children of All Ages" as well as other material that documents her writing process.

Business correspondence

The series consists of chronologically arranged files of correspondence that document Wiseman's professional life and includes correspondence with publishers, grant applications and inquiries, letters of inquiry related to employment, material that documents her affiliation with various organizations such as ACTRA, The League of Canadian Poets and The Writers' Union of Canada, correspondence and material related to universities where she served as writer-in-residence, appraisals and recommendations for writers including Susan Musgrave, Joy Kogawa, Ruth Johnson and others and correspondence related to travel and to her tenure as an instructer at the Banff Centre.

Subject files

Series consists of a series of files containing information that relates to Wiseman's interests, particularly around social causes such as animal rights, nuclear disarmament, race relations and the environment as well as notebooks, maps, postcards, airline tickets, memorabilia and other material related to Wiseman's travels to China.

Wiseman family files

The series consists of correspondence and other material that documents Wiseman's relationship to her family and, as such, contains copies of letters received by Wiseman as well as copies of letters sent by her to various members of her family including her husband, Dmitry Stone, her parents, Chaika and Pesach Waisman and her daughter Tamara Stone. It also contains medical records, marriage licenses, divorce papers, wills of various members of the family, photographs, memorabilia as well as collected correspondence exchanged between members of the Wiseman family but not necessarily about the author herself.

General correspondence

The series consists of personal and professional correspondence including manuscript and typescript copies of letters received by Wiseman and, in many cases, copies of letters written by Wiseman herself. It includes correspondence with friends, readers and fellow writers including Margaret Laurence, bill bissett, Don Coles, Marian Engel, Timothy Findley, Frances Itani, Jay McPherson, Mordecai Richler, Malcolm Ross, Jane Rule, Phyllis Grosskurth, Steven Heighton, Gwendolyn McEwen, Don McKay, Tillie Olsen, P.K. Page, Carol Shield and Christopher Wiseman among others.

Financial records

Series consists of material that documents Wiseman's finances and, as such, includes income tax returns including statements of all annual expenditures as well as documents related to her banking, records related to the sale of her family's home and other records related to her parents' finances. It also includes contracts and agreements reached between Wiseman and the Canadian Broadcasting Company and various publishers and material related to the finances of various members of her family.

Academic and teaching files

The series consists of material that documents Wiseman's career as an academic, both as a student and as a professor. It includes lecture notes, essays, examinations, assignments and other material related to her years as a student at the University of Manitoba and student submissions, publications, catalogues, minutes, notes, brochures, resumes and other material related to her years as a teacher at the University of Windsor. It also conatins materil related to her years as a writing instructor at the Banff Centre and, as such, contains correspondence with colleagus including Don Coles, Mavis Gallant, Don McKay, P.K. Page, Jay Ruzesky, Miriam Waddington, Rudy Wiebe, Chris Wiseman and Rachel Wyatt among others.

Audio-visual records

The series consists of audio-visual records documenting various elements of Wiseman's career as a writer and public figure. It includes recordings of Wiseman reading her own poetry as well as interviews with her. It also contains recordings of poetry readings by poets including Lillian Allen, bill bissett, Robert Priest, Susan Musgrave, b.p. Nichol and Earle Birney among others.

Works by others

Series consists of manuscripts, typescripts, and printed materials written by or about other writers. Much of the typescript material was given to Wiseman while she was an instructor at the Banff School of the Arts. It includes clean copies of work by Caroline Adderson, Carol Bolt, Marian Engel, Sylvia Fraser, Gary Geddes, Anne Michaels, Michael Redhill, Anne Carson and others. It also contains copies of articles or reviews written by or about other authors that were collected by Wiseman.

Journals, notebooks and address books

The series consists of journals kept by the author as well as loose material found in journals such as correspondence, notes, fragments of stories and other items. It contains notebooks, bound or unbound, in which Wiseman kept ideas for stories and works as well as drafts of her work, drawings and other thoughts from her daily life. It also includes address books kept by Wiseman over several years.

Loons files

The series consists of clippings, correspondence, minutes and other material regarding Wiseman's participation in the artist's group Loons. Formed in November 1982, Loons was an initial group of nineteen poets, novelists, composers, painters and sculptors who met informally for a period of about three years to discuss how their respective arts could act as an influence on each other. In addition to Wiseman, it counted Murray Adaskin, Elizabeth Smart, Phyllis Webb, Earle Birney, Timothy Findley, Vera Frenkel, George Johnston, Gwendolyn McEwen, Anne Michaels, P.K. Page and others among its memberhship.