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Canadian Speakers' and Writers' Service Ltd. fonds
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Business files

This series consists of records created and accumulated by CSWS Ltd. in relation to management of the day-to-day operations and business of the agency. Files include: correspondence (inquiries, invitations); union files (ACTRA, Writers Guild of Canada, Writers Guild of America); template contracts/agreements for writers, actors, and speakers; mailing lists; information about conferences, seminars and book fairs; and subject and clippings files, primarily on the topic of copyright.

Also included are the office’s Diaries and Day Books from 1951-1965, which provide a daily record of incoming and outgoing correspondence, phone calls, and notes about day-to-day business.

CSWS : Writers' Contract

File consists of records related to contracts. Includes a list of clients under contract with CSWS Ltd. [195-], lecturer's contract template, writer's contract template, correspondence to the Public Lending Rights Commission about contract with Oxford University Press for "Letters from Marshall McLuhan".

CSWS Ltd. : Portfolio of clients

File consists of headshot photographs and resumes for clients of CSWS Ltd.: Ronald Chudley, Irene Balser, Richard Bidlake, Peter Boretski, Jeannie Carson, Colin Fox, Neil Freeman, Corinne Langston, Mary Long, Biff McGuire, George R. Robertson, Diane Stapley, Chris Higgins

Canada Council

File consists of a clipping from the Globe and Mail of an article by William French about the Canada Council; information sheet on CSWS Ltd. letterhead outlining the Canada Council: types of grants, deadlines, eligibility.

Canadian Speakers' and Writers' Service Ltd. fonds

  • F0280
  • Fonds
  • [193-]-2012

Fonds consists of records created and accumulated by the Canadian Speakers' and Writers' Service Ltd. over the course of over 50 years as a literary agency and management company for writers, public speakers, and actors.

The bulk of the records consist of client files which includes correspondence to and from clients; correspondence with publishers, media, sponsors of talks, radio and television producers; publicity material relating to clients including resumes, headshot photographs, schedules, travel arrangements; newspaper clippings; reader's reports; royalty statements; and contracts. There are also audio cassettes and video cassettes of interviews and recordings of the work of some CSWS clients. Notable clients include: Earle Birney, Arthur Black, Harry Boyle, Adrienne Clarkson, Sorel Etrog, Don Harron, Lynn Johnston, Paul Kligman, Mavor Moore, Lister Sinclair, Harry Somers, Ben Wicks, and Chris Wiggins.

There are also general correspondence files, business records (including office diaries for the period, 1951-1965), manuscripts (from clients and unsolicited), and print materials (publishers' catalogues, anthologies of plays, newsletters, copies of labour agreements between the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and ACTRA, and clippings). There is a series of records related to CSWS Ltd. founder, Matie Molinaro, documenting her early life in New York and her work as a war correspondent during the Second World War. Also included is a series devoted to records related to Marshall McLuhan and his estate, long-time clients of CSWS Ltd, which includes correspondence, contracts, notes, drafts, clippings, offprints, photographs, and ephemera.

Canadian Speakers' and Writers' Service Ltd.

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