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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.

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: 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: 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 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 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, 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, 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: 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, 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".

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.

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, 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".

McLuhan miscellaneous

File consists of ephemera, clippings and correspondence (inquiries about public appearances, permission to cite) related to CSWS Ltd. client Marshall McLuhan. Also included is January 1976 issue of the magazine Modern Office Procedures.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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