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Penelope Doob fonds

  • F0729
  • Fonds
  • 1940-2013, 1970-2000 predominant

Fonds consists of records documenting Doob’s activities as a professor at York University and scholar of medieval studies, dance, and medicine. A small amount of personal memorabilia and ephemera of her early life related to her education are included.

Penelope Reed Doob

Rishma Dunlop fonds

  • F0719
  • Fonds
  • [195-?]-2018, predominant 1997-2014

Fonds consists of records created or accumulated by Rishma Dunlop pertaining to her personal life, her work as a university professor, and her literary career. It includes juvenilia, early academic works, and drafts of published and unpublished works (poems, essays, speeches, a novel, and an unpublished memoir). The fonds also includes the edited drafts of submissions and correspondence related to Dunlop’s five published collections of poetry; notes, research and drafts relating to other poems, published and unpublished; personal and professional correspondence; a personal journal; files regarding literary and teaching activities, including grant applications; drafts pertaining to her work as an editor; photographs; and literary ephemera such as posters, programmes, and flyers. The fonds also includes teaching evaluations filled out by Dunlop’s students at York University, as well as some written work and details of final project submissions by graduate students whose work was supervised by Dunlop.

Dunlop, Rishma, 1956-

Alissa York fonds

  • F0715
  • Fonds
  • 1994-2015

Fonds consists of drafts, manuscripts, notes, research material, edits, and character sketches created by Alissa York as part of her process creating her short story collection, Any Given Power (1999), and her novels: Mercy (2003), Effigy (2007), Fauna (2010), and The Naturalist (2016).

York, Alissa

Yvonne Vera fonds

  • F0697
  • Fonds
  • 1971-2015, predominant 1985-2005

Fonds consists of records pertaining to Yvonne Vera’s activities as a prominent African writer of English fiction and as a student and teacher of English literature while in Canada. Records include finished copies, typescripts and drafts of published and unpublished works; copies of articles written by and about Vera; personal and professional correspondence; personal memorabilia. Fonds includes a selection of books both by and belonging to Vera and a copy of the Vera biography, “Petal Thoughts,” by Ericah Gwetai. The fonds consists of items created and accumulated together by Vera and Jose, as well as mementos brought from Zimbabwe by Vera.

Vera, Yvonne

Lynn Crosbie fonds

  • F0691
  • Fonds
  • [196-]-2016

Fonds consists of records documenting Lynn Crosbie’s work as a writer, journalist and teacher, including manuscripts, draft articles and poems, published copies of her articles and poems, correspondence, videocassettes, audio cassettes, photographs, notebooks, day planners, lecture notes, research materials, course materials and student assignments. Also included in the fonds are personal photographs, correspondence, ephemera, memorabilia, notebooks and sketchbooks.

Crosbie, Lynn, 1963-

Marilyn Silverman fonds

  • F0672
  • Fonds
  • 1936-1979

Fonds consists of records created and accumulated by Marilyn Silverman pertaining to her field research in socio-cultural anthropology. The records in this fonds document in particular her research in Guyana for her MA thesis (1966) and her PhD thesis (1969-1970), as well as a research project on banana production in Ecuador (1978). These records include correspondence, field notes and reports, questionnaires, card indices, interview notes and transcripts, government reports and statistics, police reports, data and work sheets, audio recordings, photographs and maps.

Silverman, Marilyn

Virginia Rock fonds

  • F0600
  • Fonds
  • 1926-2014, predominant 1962-2006

Fonds consists of material related to Virginia Rock's research for her doctoral dissertation and other academic writing pertaining to the Twelve Southern Agrarians. Records include research notes and index cards, photocopies of newspaper clippings, book reviews, literary criticism, journal articles, and photocopies of material written by or about the Southern Agrarians regarding their lives and work, as well as their correspondence with Rock. The fonds also contains Rock's personal and professional correspondence, drafts of Rock's final dissertation and articles, records concerning her involvement with the Canadian Women's Studies Association, as well as materials pertaining to Rock's work as a professor at York University, including information about Stong College, syllabi, course kits and reading lists, information about symposiums she attended, and items relating to her work as an instructor and advisor for the Graduate Women's Studies Programme. Also included in the fonds are records pertaining to Rock's experience teaching American literature as a Fulbright visiting professor at Jagiellonian University in Krakow between 1962 and 1964. These records, which include photographs, correspondence and memorabilia, document Rock's activities while in Poland as well as her return visits to Poland in later years and her general interest in the country. An issue of the Polish magazine "Ameryka," featuring an article about Virginia Rock, has been added to Special Collections; an English translation is available in the fonds.

Rock, Virginia J., 1923-2015

Alison Pick fonds

  • F0586
  • Fonds
  • 1988-2017

Fonds consists of records documenting the writing, editing, publication and promotion of Alison Pick's poetry and novels, including "Far to Go" (2010), "Between Gods" (2014) and "Strangers with the Same Dream" (2017), as well as records pertaining to Pick's personal life. These records include draft manuscripts, page proofs, notes, notebooks, correspondence, photographs, day planners, literary publications, journals and memorabilia.

Pick, Alison, 1975-

Laurence Hutchman fonds

  • F0565
  • Fonds
  • 1901-2014

Fonds consists of records pertaining to the writing and literary activities of poet Laurence Hutchman. These records, which include poetry drafts and manuscripts, notebooks, research materials, correspondence, memorabilia, photographs and audio cassettes, document Hutchman’s work as a poet, editor, interviewer and professor of English.

Hutchman, Laurence

Rachel Zolf fonds

  • F0538
  • Fonds
  • 1976-2008, 1991-2008 predominant

Fonds consists of correspondence, manuscripts, typesets, cover art, notebooks, video and audio recordings, research materials, photographs, published journals and copies of articles and interviews about Zolf and her poetry. The records document Zolf's work as a poet, editor, critic and as a documentary and experimental filmmaker. Poetry files provide information about Zolf's work in researching, financing, writing, editing and publishing her poetry and her relationships with other poets. Editing files document Zolf's work as a freelance editor and as the founding poetry editor for The walrus magazine. Video production files document Zolf's work as a researcher, producer and director of documentary and experimental video and film.

Zolf, Rachel, 1968-

Barry Callaghan fonds

  • F0525
  • Fonds
  • 1884-2014, predominant 1946-2014

Fonds consists of records created and accumulated by Barry Callaghan pertaining to his personal life and professional work as a writer, publisher, journalist and teacher. Records in this fonds include manuscripts, correspondence, research notes, audiovisual recordings, teaching files, administrative files, and memorabilia. Some records pertaining to the life and work of his father, Morley Callaghan, are also part of this fonds.

Callaghan, Barry, 1937-

Hédi Bouraoui fonds

  • F0496
  • Fonds
  • 1952-2011, predominant 1990-1996

Fonds consists of notes, edited manuscripts, and research materials related to various published and unpublished works by Hédi Bouraoui, including “La Tour CN,” “La Pharaone,” “Musocktail,” and “Bangkok Blues.” It includes personal and professional correspondence, as well as clippings about Bouraoui and reviews of his work. Also included are several sound and audiovisual recordings of poetry and novel recitals, conferences, and interviews.

Bouraoui, Hédi

Shauna Singh Baldwin fonds

  • F0490
  • Fonds
  • 1991-2011

The fonds consists of material that documents Baldwin's career as a writer and includes correspondence, drafts, manuscripts and edited manuscripts of her books "A Foreign Visitor's Survival Guide to America," "English Lessons and Other Stories," "What the Body Remembers," "The Tiger Claw," "We Are Not in Pakistan," "The Selector of Souls," and her forthcoming novel tentatively titled "Gateway of the World" as well as drafts, correspondence, and promotional material related to the play "We Are So Different Now." Fonds also contains a sound recording of Baldwin reading "The Japji Sahib."

Baldwin, Shauna Singh, 1962-

Wayne Ray fonds

  • F0389
  • Fonds
  • 1873-1993, predominant 1952-1987

The fonds consists of records relating to the Canadian Poetry Association, League of Canadian Poets and the HMS Press, as well as personal papers and manuscripts of Wayne Scott Ray.

Ray, Wayne

Margaret Laurence collection

  • F0350
  • Collection
  • 1945-1985, 1999

Collection was assembled from disparate sources by the York University Archives.

Margaret Laurence fonds

  • F0341
  • Fonds
  • 1953-1987

The fonds consists of Margaret Laurence's records pertaining to her activities as a writer and to her personal life. The fonds includes correspondence, financial records, manuscripts, printed material, personal files, graphic materials, sound recordings and moving image records.

Laurence, Margaret, 1926-1987

Harry Knowles Girling fonds

  • F0311
  • Fonds
  • 1960-1971

The fonds consists of Harry Knowles Girling's records pertaining to his activities at York University. It includes reports, minutes and related material from several University committees including the Interim Curriculum Committee, 1961, and the Senate Curriculum Committee, 1962, the Council of the Faculty of Arts and Science, and the English Department. In addition there is a copy proof of 'Five heroic plays,' (1960).

Girling, Harry Knowles

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.

Sarah Sheard fonds

  • F0277
  • Fonds
  • 1944, 1972-2012

Fonds consists of records documenting Sheard's activities as an writer, editor, educator and psychotherapist, and includes agendas, personal and professional correspondence, notes, draft manuscripts and resource material related to uncollected short stories, non-fiction writing and to her novels "Almost Japanese", "The Swing Era", "The Hypnotist" and "Krank: love in the new dark times".

Sheard, Sarah

bill bissett fonds

  • F0266
  • Fonds
  • 1948-2002

The fonds documents bissett’s activities as a poet, visual artist, musician and editor.

bissett, bill, 1939-

Margaret Avison fonds

  • F0259
  • Fonds
  • 1959-1983

The fonds mainly documents Margaret Avison's work as a poet and writer and includes manuscripts, correspondence, clippings, printed material, music scores and photographs.

Avison, Margaret, 1918-2007

Judith Cowan fonds

  • F0249
  • Fonds
  • 1960-2019

Fonds consists of: personal and professional correspondence, including letters and email exchanged with family and individuals involved in Canada's literary community such as Steven Heighton and David Helwig; essays written while Cowan was a student; correspondence, notes and drafts of her work as a translator; research notes and drafts of her short stories and novels; professorial records including tenure and promotion files, course evaluations, and other material that documents her career as a professor at l'Université de Québec at Trois-Rivières; correspondence and manuscripts relating to her involvement with the literary community in Québec; and examples of Cowan's work with digital photography. Accession 2007-052 includes photographs of Judith Cowan receiving the Governor General's Literary Award in 2004.

Cowan, Judith Elaine

Diana Cooper-Clark fonds

  • F0228
  • Fonds
  • 1979-1994

The fonds consists of audio recordings of unedited interviews conducted by Diana Cooper-Clark with major international novelists. Most of these interviews have been published in her two monographs.

Cooper-Clark, Diana

Tessera fonds

  • F0211
  • Fonds
  • 1981-2006

The fonds consists of records relating to the editing, production and publishing of the Tessera journal including submissions, manuscripts, drafts and proofs, correspondence, advertising files, subscription files, financial records and grant files.

Tessera

Eliza Clark fonds

  • F0207
  • Fonds
  • 1984-2000

The fonds consists of manuscript and typescript drafts of Eliza Clark's work, personal and professional correspondence, copies of articles by or about Clark and other material that documents her career as a writer.

Clark, Eliza, 1963-

Writers' Trust of Canada

File consists of correspondence, invitations, and programme for the dinner where Rohinton Mistry received the Timothy Findley Award (author in mid-career).

IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

File consists of correspondence, the nominations list (Family Matters was shortlisted as a finalist), and promotional material for the award.

Giller Prize for A Fine Balance

File consists of a programme for the prize gala, newspaper clippings, and promotional material such as posters and book bags bearing Rohinton Mistry's image.

Torgi Literary Award

File consists of correspondence and event documentation regarding an award for Family Matters that was presented by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.

Giller Prize : 10th anniversary

File consists of: correspondence; drafts and galleys for an essay contributed to a special commemorative anthology of Giller Prize winners; and typescript copies of the essays contributed by three other winners.

Literary festivals : invitations and correspondence

File consists of documents relating to events that include the Vancouver "Indian Summer" festival, the Abu Dhabi Forum of Arabic and International Literature, the Mumbai International Literary Festival, and gatherings in New Zealand, Galle, and Sri Lanka.

Faber & Faber, U.K. : correspondence

File consists of correspondence with Rohinton Mistry's British publisher regarding four repackaged backlist titles, promotion of Mistry's books in India, the Neustadt Prize, the design of book covers, and the work of author Akhil Sharma.

Westwood Creative Artists : correspondence

File consists of correspondence with Rohinton Mistry's literary agents regarding international interest in his work, contractual arrangements and financial matters, communications with the media, and invitations to speak at events.

Westwood Creative Artists : correspondence

File consists of correspondence with Rohinton Mistry's literary agents regarding international interest in his work, contractual arrangements and financial matters, communications with the media, and invitations to speak at events.

Neustadt International Prize for Literature

File consists of correspondence regarding Rohinton Mistry's nomination, jury information, announcement of the award, an interview request by the BBC, correspondence regarding panels and other events at the Neustadt Festival in Oklahoma, itineraries, and other documents regarding the prize.

Neustadt Prize : keynote speech

File consists of a copy of the speech, a video recording of Rohinton Mistry's remarks at the banquet, correspondence, and the contract for publication of the speech in World Literature Today.

Neustadt Prize : keynote speech

File consists of handwritten notes, manuscripts, and drafts of the speech delivered at the University of Oklahoma on 28 September 2012; page proofs for publication of the speech in World Literature Today under the title, "The Road from there to here"; and correspondence.

Royal Society of Literature

File consists of letters of invitation to accept a fellowship, its acceptance in 2010, and subsequent correspondence regarding the Society's activities.

Giller of all Gillers

File consists of correspondence, interview requests, details of the live television broadcast of presentation of the "Giller of all Gillers" awarded to A Fine Balance by CBC Books on the twentieth anniversary of the Giller Prize.

Mistry, Rohinton, 1952-

Rohinton Mistry fonds

  • F0180
  • Fonds
  • 1984-2014

The fonds consists of records that document Mistry's career as a writer, including financial records, personal and professional correspondence, publicity files, first editions and translations of his published works, notes, drafts and galleys of his short stories, travel essays and novels, including "Tales from Firoszsha Baag," "Such a Long Journey," "A Fine Balance," and "Family Matters." It also includes records documenting his work with his literary agent and publishers, his selection to the Oprah Book Club, the burning and banning of "Such a Long Journey" at the University of Mumbai in September 2010, Mistry's involvement with literary festivals and awards, and his support of organizations devoted to literacy, humanitarianism, and writers.

Mistry, Rohinton, 1952-

Robert Casto fonds

  • F0175
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1952]-1993

Fonds consists of personal and business correspondence, reviews, notes, drafts and manuscripts of poems and musical compositions which document the career of Robert Casto.

Casto, Robert Clayton

Libby Scheier fonds

  • F0130
  • Fonds
  • 1924, 1948-2001

Fonds consists of records documenting Libby Scheier's personal life, her work as a writer and as a teacher, her involvement with political organizations and with the Writers' Union of Canada. These records include correspondence, draft poems and other writing, draft manuscripts and proofs for her published works, teaching files, publications, newspaper clippings, personal ephemera and memorabilia, childhood diaries and high school notebooks, college papers and lecture notes from Sarah Lawrence College, copies of published articles and other writing by Scheier, pins, and graphic materials including posters, photographs and paintings.

Scheier, Libby

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-

B. W. Powe fonds

  • F0103
  • Fonds
  • 1955-2017

Fonds consists of diaries, journals, professional and personal correspondence, manuscript drafts and other material that document Powe's career as a writer and educator.

Powe, B. W (Bruce W.), 1955-