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Master's thesis interviews

Series consists of documents relating to interviews with tradeswomen and others conducted by Kate Braid throughout British Columbia in the course of research for her Master of Arts thesis at Simon Fraser University. Series includes audio cassettes, transcripts, notes, and correspondence.

Inward to the Bones: Georgia Okeeffe's Journey with Emily Carr

Fonds consists of records relating to Braid's work writing poems written from the perspectives of Georgia Okeeffe and Emily Carr. Originally entitled The String Bean and the Pea as her thesis submission for a Master of Fine Arts at UBC, the work was later retitled Inward from the Bones. Records include notes, drafts, comments from Sandy Shreve, Sharon Fowler and George McWhirter.

CBC Ideas - Men of the Deep

Series consists of records relating to production of the CBC Ideas program "Men of the Deep", about coal mining in Atlantic Canada. Records include correspondence, contract, research, and transcripts. Series also includes a subseries of audiocassettes of interviews with miners featured in the program.

Appointment calendars

Series consists of appointment calendars kept by Braid. The calendars document meetings with colleagues, friends, family, medical and other appointments, and other day-to-day events.


Series consists of correspondence, both letters and electronic mail (printed out) of Braid's vast and wide-ranging volume of communication with colleagues, publishers, editors, fellow writers, friends, family, and lovers. Series is arranged in 3 subseries: Business correspondence, Correspondence with writers, and Personal correspondence. After 2006 the Personal correspondence subseries also contains correspondence with writers.

Writing and teaching projects

Series consists of records relating to many different writing projects in which Braid was involved, including Poetry in Transit, Poetry Train, Prosody group, Sex Death and Madness writing group, League of Canadian poets, The Fish Come in Dancing, CBC Ideas, Victoria School of Writing, and the Vancouver Industrial Writers Union, among other projects.

Turning left to the ladies

Series consists of records relating to Braid's work on her book Turning Left to the Ladies. Records include drafts, correspondence with her publisher and editor, and drafts for the editor.


Series consists of records relating to Kate's prose memoir Journeywoman. The non-fiction account was originally conceived as a novel (featuring a carpenter named Kelly) but over the years evolved into a memoir. Records include drafts of the novel, drafts of the memoir, early edits, notes, and correspondence.


Series consists of daily diaries, notebooks, dream diaries, and travel diaries kept by Braid over a period of nearly 50 years. The diaries capture her reflections on various events in her life and in the world, the progress of her writing, and relationships with her family, friends, and others.

Europe interviews

In 1983 the Vancouver Women in Trades Association raised money to send Kate Braid to Groningen, Holland, for an international workshop on women in non-traditional work. She traveled further to Denmark and England, and conducted interviews with tradeswomen, including Judy Secker. Series consists of audio cassettes of the interviews.

Sisters construction

Series consists of project notes, invoices, correspondence related to Braid's company Sisters Construction, which later became Sisters Productions.


Series consists of publications in which Braid's writing has appeared.

Covering rough ground

Series consists of records relating to Braid's writing and publication of Covering Rough Ground, her book of poetry about her early years in construction, which won the Pat Lowther Award for Best Book of Poetry by a Canadian Woman. Records include correspondence with publisher and readers, reviews, drafts, and poetry drafts.

To this cedar fountain

Series includes records related to writing and publishing To this Cedar Fountain, Braid's book of poetry written in response to Emily Carr's paintings, which was nominated for the Dorothy Livesay (BC) Poetry Prize. Records include corresondence from readers, publisher, book reviews, interviews with Braid, and rough drafts.

Labour Canada interviews

In 1988 Kate Braid traveled across Canada interviewing tradeswomen for inclusion in two booklets she produced for Labour Canada -- Building the Future: Profiles of Canadian Women in Trades and Looking Ahead: Profiles of Two Canadian Women in Trades. Series includes audio cassettes, transcripts, notes, drafts of profiles, a logbook, correspondence, government publications and reference material.

CBC interviews

In 1990 Kate Braid wrote a feature on women in trades for the CBC radio program Ideas, based on a cross-country interview trip. Series includes audio cassettes and logbook.

Women in trade

Series consists of records related to Braid's work with women in trade, including training materials, conference planning and proceedings, reports, curricula, interviews and publications. Series is arranged in 4 subseries:

  1. Conference planning
  2. Reports
  3. Tradeswomen: a quarterly magazine
  4. Publications

In fine form: the Canadian Book of Form Poetry

Series consists of records relating to Braid's work on co-editing, along with Sandy Shreve, a publication on Canadian form poetry. Records include notes and contributions by form type, correspondence with writers, including PK Page, and drafts.

Red Bait: Struggles of a Mine Local

Series consists of record relating to Braid's work co-authoring (along with Al King) the book Red Bait: Struggles of a Mine Local. Series includes transcripts of interviews with Al and Lillian King, drafts, edits and comments to the manuscript by various reviewers, reviews, and Al King's obituary and associated notes.

A Well-mannered Storm: the Glenn Gould Poems

Series consists of records relating to writing the poems about Glenn Gould and his music's affect on her, which occurred just as Braid found out she had gone deaf in one ear. Records include drafts, research on composers and composition, correspondence, book launch records, and reviews.

Emily Carr: Rebel Artist

Series consists of records relating to Braid's writing Emily Carr: Rebel Artist, a book for young readers on the famous Canadian artist. Records include drafts, correspondence, and research.