Series F-260-7 - Desktop correspondence and working files

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Desktop correspondence and working files

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  • Textual records
  • Records in electronic form (born-digital)

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  • 1997-2012 (Creation)

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810 textual records (55.7 MB)

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Series consists of textual records maintained by Fellman in digital form on his working computer(s).

Records include correspondence with family, friends, and colleagues; personal academic references given by Fellman; teaching materials and course descriptions; meeting agendas, minutes and other records arising from Fellman's academic and administrative work at SFU; drafts of Fellman's journalism pieces, book reviews, academic articles, papers, and talks, sometimes in multiple versions; and research notes and reference materials. Some of the correspondence appears to have been exported from Fellman's email and migrated to different formats (Word, text files).

All materials were intermixed by Fellman in simple year-based folders, and this organization is reflected in the current arrangement (see the note on Arrangement below for more detail).

Files are arranged chronologically.

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Fellman's computer files were transferred to the Archives by his estate on an external hard drive. The files appear to originate from two separate computers that Fellman used concurrently (an iMac and a MacBook Pro). There was considerable duplication of contents between the two computers, though each also contained its own unique documents. The archivist has eliminate most duplicates.

There is also some overlap between the contents of this series and the paper files in series 1 through 5, but the records are organized quite differently in the two groups. Fellman organized the computer material into folders based on a book project or a calendar year, with some additional "loose" documents on the Desktop and in several other directories. The archivist integrated the digital book materials with the associated paper records in series 4-2, Book and manuscript files. The remaining year-based folders make up the present series (series 7). They are heterogeneous in content in the sense that they intermix materials that were kept separate in the paper files and there are found across multiple series.

No attempt has been made to analyze or relate individual digital and paper documents or identify duplicates between the two formats. It is clear that some duplication exists, but also that there are unique documents in both formats. As an example, Fellman's articles for the Vancouver-based online newspaper The Tyee are mainly found in here in digital form rather than in the paper files in series 5 (Journalism and media publications).

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  • English

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    The original file formats are predominantly Microsoft Word (doc, docx), but other file extensions include pdf, rtf, xls, and two webarchive files. Most but not all files are available in a designated access format (pdf), but the Archives can provide access to files in their original formats on request.

    Restrictions on access

    Some files contain personal information of third parties which Fellman may have supplied or received in the course of his professional or employment activities at SFU. All files have been designated "pending review": on receiving a request for access, an archivist will review the document more closely and make an access determination (open or restricted). Consult the Reference Archivist for more information about access to these materials.

    Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

    The series contains copyright-protected materials, and copyright ownership is mixed. For more information, see the note on use at the fonds level.

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    Feb 2020: arrangement and description finalized (RD).

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