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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.

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; undated original letter by Marshall McLuhan addressed to his parents and brother Red, written whilst in England; research notes related to the "Letters of Marshall McLuhan" book project; two book proposals by Dr. W. A Hurst and Colin Hayes, inspired by the work of Marshall McLuhan: "Near Point Factor" and "Save Our Children's Mind".

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.

McLuhan: Letters and articles; manuscript

File consists of correspondence and drafts of articles by Marshall McLuhan sent to Corinne McLuhan from C. Carroll Hollis, professor of English at the University of North Carolina. Includes: early draft of an essay titled "The Southern Quarterly", subsequently published in The Sewanee Review, (Summer 1947); manuscript titled "Introduction to the Character"; carbon copy of an essay, "A Strategy for an English School".

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.

Osler, E.B.

File consists of assorted works by Osler: book proposal, "Rupert's Land Before and After Joining Confederation"; essay, "The Day Riel Bore Arms for Canada"; play, "Reflections in Florence" in printed and braille text.

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

McLuhan, Marshall: Book contract

File consists of records related to Marshall McLuhan and his estate as clients of CSWS Ltd. Includes: annotated book contract with Fitzhenry & Whiteside Limited for project with Sorel Etrog; fascmile of book contract for "Counterblast" written with Harley Parker; correspondence from Air Canada to CSWS Ltd. regarding McLuhan's travel on the airline; royalty statement for the Brazilian edition of "From Cliche to Archetype".

Robertson, George

File consists of scripts for "Escape Toward", "Whiskey on the Whoop Up", "The Year the Meadowlark Health Club Won the City Handball Championship"; list of biographical highlights; copyright registration for "Escape Toward"; reproduction of the VHS cover for "The Dawson Patrol", a film starring Robertson.

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: Assorted matters

File consists of research notes and reproductions of correspondence of Marshall McLuhan related to the book project, "Letters of Marshall McLuhan". Also included is correspondence from November 2006 with attorney Ian Mang about the resolution of the dispute with Janine Marchessault.

McLuhan: Assorted material

File consists records related to Marshall McLuhan as a client of CSWS Ltd. Includes: list of material to be added to the McLuhan bibliography; correspondence and articles/research reports undertaken as Director of the Centre for Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto.

Robins/Day

File consists of children's book manuscripts written by Patricia Robins with photographs of illustrations by Shirley Day. Includes: "Flame in the Forest", "Bubble of Fire", "Birthday Star" and "A Tale of No Tail".

Barris, Alex

File consists of correspondence between Molinaro and publishers about Barris' books; Barris' curriculum vitae; promotional headshot photograph; book outline for Other Days; transcript of a lecture given by Barris.

McLuhan, Marshall

File consists of records related to Marshall McLuhan and his estate as clients of CSWS Ltd. Includes: McLuhan Associates Ltd. stationery, circa 1970's; "Eliot and the Manichean Myth As Poetry" : typed copy of a speech by McLuhan given at a symposium of the Catholic Renascence Society on 19 April 1954; clippings of German-language book reviews of McLuhan's writings, from 1979; correspondence from CSWS Ltd. on behalf of Corinne McLuhan to the Public Archives of Canada discussing negotiations for the sale of Marshall McLuhan's papers, 1982; Domenico Pietropaolo, "McLuhan's Interpretation of Vico", 1990. [article offprint]; clipping from Fall 1997 Stoddart catalogue of W. Terrence Gordon's biography on Marshall McLuhan, "Marshall McLuhan: Escape Into Understanding".

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; clippings of articles about Marshall McLuhan; reproduction of a essay of McLuhan's written while teaching at Assumption College in Windsor, Ontario (1944-1946): "Baroque vs. the Dissociation of Sensibility"; reproduction: Marshall McLuhan and Barrington Nevitt, "Cultures in the Electronic World: Can the Bottom Line Hold Quebec?", Perception (November/December 1977): 66-69.

McLuhan: Letters et al.

File consist primarily of research and reproductions of correspondence related to the book project, "Letters of Marshall McLuhan". Also includes other correspondence about rights and requests for permission to re-publish the work of Marshall McLuhan.

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).

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