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Ben Wicks fonds

  • F0533
  • Fonds
  • 1886-2008, predominant 1956-2000

The fonds consists of material documenting Ben Wicks’s work as a cartoonist, author, public speaker, television personality, humanitarian, and journalist. The records include material related to published books and booklets, original drawings and cartoons, research files, speeches, scrapbooks and clippings, diaries and day planners, published books, and audio recorded oral histories with members of the Jewish diaspora that immigrated to Israel during the 1920s – 1950s. Also included are records pertaining to Ben Wick’s investiture into the Order of Canada and episodes of “Ben Wicks,” an interview format television show that aired on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) channel in the late seventies, early eighties. 

Wicks, Ben

Interview (by email) with Murzban Shroff

File consists of correspondence with draft and final copies of an email interview between Mistry and Murzban Shroff for “Parsiana.” The interview was in the aftermath of the Times of India (TOI) Mumbai Litfest and receiving their Lifetime Achievement Award.

Ryerson University : honorary degree

File consists of a photobook and video of convocation where Mistry received an honorary degree, Doctor of Letters. Included is a video of Mistry’s full reading of an original story during the ceremony.

CCLA gala

File consists of correspondence and ephemera regarding the Canadian Civil Liberties Association Gala attended by Mistry. Included is Mistry’s short speech on what Canadian democracy means to him, in manuscript and typescript drafts.

Video footage from South Korea

Item is a series of video footage from South Korea on various subjects including transportation, markets and elderly welfare. File titles and videos are in Korean.

Accrual to the Ben Wicks fonds

Accession consists of original illustrations created by Ben Wicks for the series of children’s books, Katie and Orbie Save the Planet, as well as illustrations for other books and projects, the manuscript for Ben Wicks’ Canada, and publications written or illustrated by Ben Wicks.

Press Conference and Grand Opening event

Recording of a press conference with Dimitrios Voudouris and the grand opening celebration for the Alexander the Great Youth Centre at Saint John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church in Scarborough, Ontario.

Research material : Africa

  • 2023-030/014(12)
  • File
  • Reproduced [20-?], originally created 1952-2011
  • Part of M.G. Vassanji fonds

File contains articles related to Asian influences in Africa and one copy of a newspaper “Nipashe,” July 1, 2011, published in Swahili.

The Ghost of Bagamoyo : play script and children’s story

File consists of the script for a children’s play first filmed and broadcast on CBC's "Morningside" in 1992 and on CBC's "Arts Tonight" in 1993. The play was part of “The Child’s Play Collection” that features six original plays all written by Canadian authors. The file also consists of a copy of the story with children’s drawings accompanying the text.

Vassanji : media

File consists of records, mainly photocopies and computer print outs, pertaining to Vassanji and his publications in the media. Records were compiled by his literary agency.

Vassanji : media

File consists of records, mainly photocopies and computer print outs, pertaining to Vassanji and his publications in the media. Records were compiled by his literary agency.

The Giller Prize

File consists of correspondence, invitations and programs for The Giller Prize award ceremonies.

Festival America

File consists of a program and correspondence for Vassanji’s attendance at the festival.

Correspondence : publishers

File consists of records pertaining to the publication of “The Gunny Sack” mainly with Heinemann Educational Books Ltd. and Heinemann International. File also contains publisher reviews of Vassanji’s manuscripts.

The Globe and Mail advertising : “We the undersigned...”

File consists of correspondence, an original published article, and an invoice for a published statement condemning recent attacks on the United Talmud Torah elementary school library in Montreal, published on May 8, 2004. The article lists all people involved or who helped pay for its publication. The file also consists of brief notes from the undersigned as Vassanji organized the statement’s publication and wrote the piece.

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