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Canadian Speakers' and Writers' Service Ltd. fonds
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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.

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.

McLuhan, Eric

File consists of correspondence related to Eric McLuhan and the estate of Marshall McLuhan as clients of CSWS Ltd. Topics include: the publication of the book by W. Terrence Gordon, Everyman's McLuhan; rights management and permission requests of the work of Marshall McLuhan; Toronto International McLuhan Festival of the Future; royalty statements.

McLuhan, Marshall

File consists of records related to Marshall McLuhan and his estate as clients of CSWS Ltd. Includes: correspondence, primarily about rights and reproductions of his work; royalty statements; proposal: "The McLuhan Initiative" - a project to create a resurgence of interest in the thoughts of Marshall McLuhan [17 Nov. 1986]; proposal by George Sanderson and Frank Macdonald for a book on the writings of Marshall McLuhan [25 Oct. 1986]; draft agreement with Gingko Press Inc. for the reprint of McLuhan's book, "Understanding Media"; galley proofs for the book by Mark Federman and Derrick De Kerckhove, "McLuhan for Managers: New Tools for New Thinking" (Toronto: Viking Canada, 2003.); clipping about the 2004 Toronto International McLuhan Festival of the Future.

McLuhan, Marshall

File consists of records related to Marshall McLuhan and his estate as clients of CSWS Ltd. Includes: correspondence, primarily about rights and reproductions of his work; royalty statements; correspondence about the postponement [due to the SARS outbreak] of the 2003 Toronto International McLuhan Festival of the Future; reports from 1981 and 1982 on the 'McLuhan papers': description of the records and preliminary inventories.

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".

McLuhan matters

File consists of correspondence related to Marshall McLuhan and his estate as clients of CSWS Ltd., primarily about rights and requests to re-publish the work of Marshall McLuhan and reproductions of correspondence related to the "Letters of Marshall McLuhan" book. Also included is correspondence from Dec. 1985 from CSWS Ltd. to Corinne McLuhan about work performed by the agency and outstanding balance of fees.

Mang, Ian

File consists of correspondence with attorney Ian Mang about the McLuhan family and rights to the estate of Marshall McLuhan; correspondence about the dispute over Janine Marchessault's book.

McLuhan, Eric

File consists of correspondence between CSWS Ltd. and Eric McLuhan about public appearances, writing projects, and rights and requests to re-publish the work of Marshall McLuhan.

Cohen, Mo-Film board "Wake + ABC and more

File consists of correspondence related to Mo Cohen, owner of Gingko Press. Topics include: W. Terrence Gordon and his editing of "The Classical Trivium: The Place of Thomas Nashe in the Learning of his Time"; documentary film "McLuhan's Wake" by the National Film Board of Canada and possible tie-ins with Gingko Press.

Wilson, York

File consists of correspondence from CSWS Ltd. to Lela Wilson (daughter of York Wilson) and chapter summaries (chapters 1-15) for the book, "York Wilson: His Life and Work, 1907-1984" by Lela Wilson and Sandra Dyck (Ottawa : Carleton University Press, 1997).

Veltman, Kim

File consists of records related to McLuhan scholar and CSWS Ltd. client Kim Veltman. Includes a proposal for a "McLuhan Centre" and correspondence about his book manuscript, "Sources of Perspective".

Veltman, Kim

File consists of records related to McLuhan scholar and CSWS Ltd. client Kim Veltman. Includes correspondence with Veltman and a copy of the 1993 Report of the Review Committee of the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto.

Sanderson, George

File consists of records related to George Sanderson and his publishing endeavours about Marshall McLuhan; his book (with Frank MacDonald), "Marshall McLuhan: The Man and his Message"; and the Herbert Marshall McLuhan Foundation.

Veltman, Kim

File consists of records related to McLuhan scholar and CSWS Ltd. client Kim Veltman. File consists primarily of records related to the development of a television series on Leonardo da Vinci.

Sanderson, George

File consists of the 1989 and 1990 catalogue for the publisher Fulcrum, featuring Sanderson's book (with Frank MacDonald), "Marshall McLuhan: The Man and his Message"; correspondence from Sanderson to CSWS Ltd. about a possible new project about John Harrison.

Sanderson, George

File consists of records related to George Sanderson and his book (with Frank MacDonald), "Marshall McLuhan: The Man and his Message". File includes correspondence with publisher Fulcrum and royalty statements.

McLuhan, Marshall

File consists of records related to Marshall McLuhan and his estate as clients of CSWS Ltd. Includes: letter from Mary McLuhan to Matie Molinaro; correspondence from Barrington Nevitt about his upcoming manuscript "The Communication Ecology"; correspondence from McGraw-Hill about requests for permission to cite from "Understanding Media"; reproductions of clippings about the acquisition of the McLuhan papers by the Public Archives of Canada in 1984.

McLuhan, Marshall

File consists of: correspondence from publisher about the book, "City As Classroom"; typescript of "The Hidden Information Environment," address to American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business, Toronto, 15 April 1977; typescript of "Printing and Social Change," Chapter IV of Printing Progress: A Mid-Century Report (International Association of Printing House Craftsmen Inc., 1959)

McLuhan, Marshall

File consist of correspondence and descriptive reports related to the sale of the McLuhan papers. Includes description of the McLuhan papers by Matie Molinaro; correspondence with the University of Toronto, Public Archives of Canada, and Harvard University; partial inventory of the boxes and handwritten notes by Matie Molinaro.

McLuhan, Marshall

File consists a solicitation for donations for the Marshall McLuhan Studies Room at the Faculty of Information Studies at the University of Toronot; clipping of an newspaper advertisment for the book Letters of Marshall McLuhan; letter from the attorneys of the Colbert Agency Inc. and Philip Marchand about dispute over his biography of Marshall McLuhan.

McLuhan: Assorted material

File consists of records related to Marshall McLuhan and his estate as clients of CSWS Ltd. Includes: promotional material from Environmental Communications along with proposal and correspondence for a television series; Mary McLuhan's proposal for the Marshall McLuhan Center for Communications located in California; reproduction of the article "Roy Campbell and Wyndham Lewis" by D. S. J. Parsons, Papers on Language & Literature, vol. 7, no. 4; two essays by Derrick de Kerckhove: "McLuhan on Chesterton" and "The Electronic Aura".

McLuhan, Marshall

File consists of records related to Marshall McLuhan and his estate as clients of CSWS Ltd. Includes: reproduction of an article by Derrick de Kerckhove, "McLuhan vs. Orwell in 1984"; programme for "Life, Death and Psychical Research: An International Symposium" held in Montreal, 4-6 March 1977, where Marshall McLuhan gave a keynote address; programme for the First Global Conference on the Future held in Toronto, 20-24 July 1980; request to reprint a chapter from the book "D'Oeil

McLuhan, Marshall

File consists of correspondence with publishers and about rights and requests to re-publish the work of Marshall McLuhan; correspondence about the book, The Global Village (working title "The Resonating Interval") by Marshall McLuhan and Bruce Powers.

McLuhan, Eric

File consists of correspondence related to lectures and public speaking appearances by Eric McLuhan, including the 1993 Welser Kultur Vermerke conference in Germany and the 1994 Annual Conference of the Australasian Teleconferecing Association, including draft of his talk "Teleconfering as Global Theatre: An Inventory of Side Effects".

Gordon, Terry

File consists of records related to McLuhan scholar W. Terrence Gordon. Includes: outline/description and list of quotations to be used for the book Marshall McLuhan for Beginners; correspondence with publishers about Gordon's biography of Marshall McLuhan, Marshall McLuhan: Escape into Understanding.

McLuhan: Doubleday

File consists of correspondence between CSWS Ltd. and book publishers Doubleday Canada and Doubleday & Company about a book contract with Marshall McLuhan for a "20th century Baedecker" book. File also includes correspondence from Gerald Emanuel Stearn.

McLuhan matters

File consists of records related to Marshall McLuhan and his estate as clients of CSWS Ltd. Includes: copies of reviews of Letters of Marshall McLuhan; royalty statements; correspondence about a public apperance by Marshall McLuhan at a conference organized by the United States Automated Data and Telecommunications Service.

Understanding Performance

File consists to Marshall McLuhan as a client of CSWS Ltd. Includes: copyright registration, correspondence and outline for a television program titled, "Up Against A Wall?"; correspondence, contract and clippings for a promotional article by Marshall McLuhan titled, "Understanding 'Performance'", about the 1970 film "Performance"; contract with Encyclopaedia Universalis (France) for an entry by Marshall McLuhan titled, "La television et la radio (nouvelle culture)."

McLuhan, Marshall

File consists of records related to Marshall McLuhan and his estate as clients of CSWS Ltd. Includes: requests for Marshall McLuhan as a public speaker and correspondence about public speaking appearances; galleys for the installments of "Take Today: The Executive as Dropout" in the magazine Modern Office Procedures.

McLuhan, Marshall

File consists of records related to Marshall McLuhan and his estate as clients of CSWS Ltd. Includes: article manuscript by Robert D. McIlwraith, "McLuhan and the Psychology of Television: Understanding the Medium 25 Years After Understanding Media; 1989 catalogue for German publisher Europa Verlag.

McLuhan, Marshall

File consists of records related to Marshall McLuhan and his estate as clients of CSWS Ltd. Includes: correspondence with publishers and about rights and requests to re-publish the work of Marshall McLuhan; copies of correspondence and reports by Marshall McLuhan as Director of the Centre for Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto; two headshot photographs of Maurice McLuhan; Marshall McLuhan tribute issue of The Canadian Forum , vol. LXI, no. 709 (May 1981).

McLuhan, Marshall

File consists of records related to Marshall McLuhan and his estate as clients of CSWS Ltd. Includes: correspondence with publishers and about rights and requests to re-publish the work of Marshall McLuhan; copy of a letter from March 1988 from Eric McLuhan to Bruce Powers, with attached note from Bruce Powers to Matie Molinaro, about the manuscripts for Laws of Media and The Resonating Interval.

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