Fonds F0277 - Sarah Sheard fonds

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Sarah Sheard fonds

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4.71 m of textual records
ca. 209 photographs
2 computer disks ; 9 x 9 cm
1 audio cassette
1 videocassette : VHS

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Sarah Sheard is a Canadian writer and editor. She was born in Toronto and educated at York University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music) in 1977. She also studied conversational Japanese at the University of Toronto in 1983-1984. Sheard has had numerous writing-related occupations. She was a creative writing instructor for various Toronto area high schools (1980-1988), and from 1980 onwards she has been a guest lecturer on creative writing at several Ontario colleges, including York University's Glendon College and the Humber School of Creative Writing. She has also been a writer-in-residence at the Bolton Public Library (1988) and electronic writer-in-residence at Dr. Marian Hilliard Secondary School. Sheard was the Ontario representative of the Literary Press Group (1980-1981) and the Toronto Book Fair executive in 1983 and 1984. She has been a member of the editorial board of Coach House Press since 1979. Sheard's fiction and non-fiction has been published in a variety of periodical and anthologies. Her first novel, "Almost Japanese", has been published in 8 languages. In addition to her literary career, Sheard obtained a Master of Arts in counselling psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology and has practised as a psychotherapist since 1995, specializing in Gestalt therapy.

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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".

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Donated by Sarah Sheard in 2003, 2012 and 2014.


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Some restrictions on access apply. The following files are closed until the death of the donor unless written permission is obtained from Sarah Sheard: 2003-036/002(03)-(25), 2003-036/003(01)-(18). Requests should be directed to the University Archivist. The following files are closed until 1 January 2024: 2003-036/003(26) and 2003-036/004(11). Restrictions on access to accession 2012-061 to be determined.

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The fonds comprises the following accessions: 2003-036, 2012-061, 2014-046. Further accruals are expected.

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The original documents in the files entitled "Correspondence 1986" and "Correspondence 1987" in accession 2003-036 were destroyed because of mould contamination. Replacement photocopies have been made where possible. Sheard's agendas for the years 1984 and 1986 have been destroyed for the same reason.

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2003/08/12 Ken Hernden:. (Creation)
2003/08/12 Awaiting review by the Data Collection Archivist
2013/08/07 J. Grant. Update dates, extent, bio sketch, scope and content to include accession 2012-061.
2013/08/21 Dubeau. Update restrictions on access and use.
2014/07/22 Migrated to AtoM.
2015/04/07 Last updated.
2019/03/21 KCP. NR. Post-migration metadata clean-up. Addition of GMD and accession numbers. Published description and generated finding aid.
2020/03/26 KCP, N. Somerset. Added subject access points.

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