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Canadian Speakers' and Writers' Service Ltd. fonds
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Marshall McLuhan files

This series consists of correspondence, contracts, notes, drafts, clippings, offprints, photographs, and ephemera created and accumulated by CSWS Ltd. as agents of Marshall McLuhan and his estate. CSWS Ltd. began representing Marshall McLuhan around 1970.

The records in this series document the close working relationship and friendship between Matie Molinaro and the McLuhan family (especially her friendship with his spouse Corinne McLuhan) in managing Marshall McLuhan’s legacy, “brand”, and the rights to his work subsequent to his death in December 1980.

Files from accession 1990-018 include: correspondence of Marshall McLuhan, which was utilized in a published correspondence volume, edited by his wife Corinne and Matie Molinaro, “Letters of Marshall McLuhan” (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1987); galleys of McLuhan works ('Laws of the media,'); correspondence and reports of the Centre for Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto; lecture invitations; various television and film proposals, scripts, and related correspondence, as well as material about McLuhan (books, articles, newspaper clippings, etc), and the 'Management game,' which includes a sample deck of cards used in the game as well as orders for the game.

Files from accessions 2010-040 and 2012-066 include: public appearance requests; requests for permission to cite and republish the work of McLuhan; research material and drafts for the book, “Letters of Marshall McLuhan” (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1987); correspondence and reports related to the preparation, negotiations and acquisition of the McLuhan Papers by the Public Archives of Canada in 1984; correspondence with communication scholars and co-authors of works with Marshall McLuhan, including Bruce R. Powers, Barrington Nevitt, and W. Terrence Gordon; reprint agreement in 2001 and related correspondence with Mo Cohen of Gingko Press of Berkeley, California which led to renewed interest in Marshall McLuhan’s work; correspondence related to the planning of the Toronto International McLuhan Festival of the Future in 2004.

Also included are files about several members of the McLuhan family, including Elsie McLuhan (mother), Corinne McLuhan, and children Eric, Michael, Teri, and Mary.

Matie Molinaro files

This series consists of records relating to CSWS Ltd. founder Matie Molinaro. The records in this series provide insight into Molinaro’s early life growing up in New York, her student days at Barnard College, and her work as a war correspondent during the Second World War. Types of records in this series include personal memorabilia, correspondence, writing samples, clippings, and biographical material.

Molinaro, Matie

Printed Material

This series consists of assorted printed material collected by the agency. It includes publishers’ catalogues, clippings about clients and prominent industry figures, pamphlets, periodicals and theatre programmes.

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.

Client files

This series consists of files created and accumulated by CSWS Ltd. about agency clients and prospective clients enquiring about the agency’s services. The types of records found in this series include correspondence, contracts, royalty statements, clippings, manuscripts (and manuscript samples), headshot photographs, curriculum vitae and biographical highlights sheets. The more well-known people represented in this series 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.

Files 2012-066/001(05) to 2012-066/004(10) consists of research notes and drafts related to a research project by Matie Molinaro and Barbara Brescia about the painting Venus Disarming Cupid.

Files related to CSWS Ltd. client Marshall McLuhan and his estate can be found in Series S00667: Marshall McLuhan files.

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.

Parker, H.

File consists of correspondence about the estate of Harley Parker and the payment of royalties to his heirs. Parker was the co-author with Marshall McLuhan of the book, Through the Vanishing Point: Space in Poetry and Painting (Harper & Row, New York, 1968).

McLuhan: Assorted

File consists of a clipping of an article about the book, McLuhan for Managers by Derrick De Kerckhove and Mark Federman; correspondence with Library and Archives Canada about providing a microfilm copy of the Marshall McLuhan collection to the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto; clipping of Corinne McLuhan's obituary in the Globe & Mail.

McLuhan: varia

File consists primarily of correspondence with the McLuhan family about the estate following the death of Corinne McLuhan in April of 2008. Also includes reproductions of clippings about Marshall McLuhan. File also contains a letter from 19 Oct. 1942 from Marshall McLuhan to E. H. Keller.

McLuhan material

File consists of records related to Marshall McLuhan and his estate as clients of CSWS Ltd. Includes publishing agreements, correspondence about permission to cite, and correspondence about a book project with Barbara Rowes.

McLuhan, Marshall

File consists of assorted records related to Marshall McLuhan and his estate as clients of CSWS Ltd. Includes: requests to cite and republish the work of Marshall McLuhan, correspondence about the dispute with Janine Marchessault; correspondence with Mo Cohen about the Book of Probes project; 1971 memorandum of agreement with Editions Hurtubise for the book "From Cliche to Archetype"; 1968 memorandum of agreement with Viking Press for the book "From Cliche to Archetype".

McLuhan material

File consists of assorted records related to Marshall McLuhan and his estate as clients of CSWS Ltd. Includes: correspondence with Bill Marshall; royalty statements; postcard from Corinne McLuhan to Matie Molinaro; requests to cite and republish; correspondence about public appearances by Eric McLuhan.

McLuhan, Marshall

File consists of assorted records related to Marshall McLuhan and his estate as clients of CSWS Ltd. Includes: requests to cite and republish the work of Marshall McLuhan, correspondence about a CD-Rom project with Southam Inc., biographical highlights of Marshall McLuhan.

McLuhan: Old

File consists of assorted records related to Marshall McLuhan and his estate as clients of CSWS Ltd. Includes: correspondence including invitations to speak, requests for permission to cite, on the subject of rights; royalty statements; clippings.

McLuhan, Emily

File consists of correspondence between Emily McLuhan and CSWS Ltd. about the McLuhan Festival of the Future and a new anthology on the work of Marshall McLuhan, "The Legacy of McLuhan", edited by Lance Strate and Edward Wachtel (Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2005).

McLuhan, Eric

File consists of general correspondence with Eric McLuhan; correspondence with University of Toronto Press about electronic rights to "Laws of Media" and "The Gutenberg Galaxy"; correspondence about the dispute with Janine Marchessault.

McLuhan, Corinne

File consists of notes and correspondence with Corinne McLuhan about royalties and royalty statements from publisher McGraw-Hill. File also includes the 1978 agreement between Italian publisher Armando Armando and Marshall McLuhan, Eric McLuhan and Kathryn Hutchon for the book "The City as Classroom".

McLuhan, Eric

File consists of general correspondence about Eric McLuhan and the estate of Marshall McLuhan, primarily about Eric's participation at the Cultural Heritage in the Global Village conference in Vienna in October 1998.

Gordon, Terrence (W.T.)

File consists of correspondence and contracts related to the rights for the book, "Marshall McLuhan: Escape Into Understanding" (Toronto: Stoddart, 1997). After Stoddart went bankrupt, the rights were reverted to W. Terrence Gordon and were later sold to Gingko Press.

Gordon, Terry

File consists of correspondence between CSWS Ltd. and McLuhan scholar W. Terrence Gordon about McLuhan book projects, including a draft extract of his biography of McLuhan, "Marshall McLuhan: Escape Into Understanding". File also includes correspondence and proposal/outline for his book, "Linguistic for Dummies" (later "Linguistic for Idiots").

Gordon, Terrence

File consists of correspondence between CSWS Ltd. and McLuhan scholar W. Terrence Gordon about McLuhan book projects, primarily the editing for publication of McLuhan's doctoral dissertation, "The Classical Trivium: The Place of Thomas Nashe in the Learning of His Time".

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

Wicks, Ben and Sue

File consists of records related to cartoonist and illustrator Ben Wicks and his daughter Susan Wicks, as a clients of CSWS Ltd.: proof for the children's book "I Like to Pretend" (part of the Born to Read Series); story line proposal "Emma McNair and her Magical Chair".

Tooze, Sandra

File consists of records related to author Sandra Tooze as a client of CSWS Ltd.: correspondence and excerpts related to her book "Muddy Waters: A Biography"; book proposal: "Chuck Berry : Rock 'N Roll Rebel".

Somers, Harry

File consists of records related to composer Harry Somers as a client of CSWS Ltd.: promotional material for the 2001 performance of the opera Serinette at St. James Cathedral (Toronto, ON) and the score for the song "I'll Haste Away to Jordan's Stream" - an excerpt from Serinette.

Salverson, George

File consists of records related to writer George Salverson as a client of CSWS Ltd.: Salverson's resume and writing credits; covering letter and contract for production of "The Legend of the Dumbells" by the Tapestry Music Theatre (Toronto, ON).

Salverson, George

File consists of records related to writer George Salverson as a client of CSWS Ltd.: correspondence; draft contract agreements with The Fathers of Confederation Building Trust (Charlottetown, PEI) for the musical "The Legend of the Dumbells"; royalty statements for "The Legend of the Dumbells"; readers' report for the manuscript "Vision in Blood"; clippings.

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