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Charles Olson collection

  • MsA-14
  • Collection
  • 1960-1969

The collection consists of letters written by Charles Olson to five men who edited and published his works: Robin Blaser, Andrew Crozier, Barry Hall, LeRoi Jones, and Ed Sanders. Some of the letters were accompanied by manuscripts produce by Olson during the period 1965 to 1969. Collection includes a group of student assignments (mostly poetry) collected by Olson when he was in residence at University of British Columbia in 1963.

Olson, Charles

Esther and Robin Mathews May 1968 Paris Poster collection

  • MsC-127
  • Collection
  • 1968

The collection consists of 115 handbills, and 78 posters (including 5 manuscript posters) collected by Robin Mathews in Paris during the student rebellion and general strike of May 1968.

Mathews, Robin

George Kuthan collection

  • MsC-143
  • Collection
  • 1959

This collection consists of pen and brush drawings based on the flora (fungi, wildflowers, trees) and fauna (butterflies, owls, foxes, birds, and insects) of British Columbia. The representations are from different locations in B.C.: Bridge River, Williams Lake, Manning Park, and Vancouver. The records have been arranged in the following five series: Wildflowers of British Columbia: Bridge River (1959); Wildflowers of British Columbia: Williams Lake (1959); Wildflowers of British Columbia: Manning Park (1959); Wildflowers of British Columbia: Vancouver (1959); and Wildflowers of British Columbia: General (1959).

Kuthan, George

Japanese Canadian Blue River Road Camp Collection

  • MsC-140
  • Collection
  • 17 Feb. 1942-10 Nov. 1943

Covering the time period from February 1942 to November 1943, the collection consists of records created or received by various staff of the Department of Mines and Resources, Surveys and Engineering Branch in the course of their activities establishing, administering and operating road work camps for evacuated male Japanese Canadian nationals along the proposed route of the Yellowhead Highway between Blue River, British Columbia and Jasper, Alberta. Also included among the files are some records of Department of Public Works staff pertaining to their role in the establishment of the camps, as well as a significant amount of correspondence with the British Columbia Security Commission (B.C.S.C) and related records. In addition to documenting the evacuation of Japanese Canadians from the B.C. coast to interior road work camps and other areas in early 1942, and many of the activities and events that occurred in the camps, the records also provide evidence of the economic and labour conditions in British Columbia during World War II.

Records within the collection pertain to the following road work camps: Albreda, Black Spur, Blacks Spit, Blue River, Gosnell, Grantbrook, Lampriere, Lucerne, Pratt, Pyramid, Rainbow, Red Pass, Red Sands, Tete Jaune / Yellowhead, and Thunder River in British Columbia, and Geikie, Jasper and Decoigne in Alberta. In addition, some records reference detention camps at Greenwood, Kaslo, Lemon Creek, New Denver, Roseberry, Sandon, and Slocan.

Record types include correspondence, reports, lists, nominal rolls, bills of lading, invoices, operational memos, purchase orders, and balance sheets. A significant number of records relate to the establishment and ongoing supply of the road work camps; these include supply orders and invoices, architectural plans for camp buildings, and status and other reports concerning the preparation of camps. Administrative personnel records document the hiring, management and activities of non-Japanese Canadian road camp workers, such as foremen, sub-foremen, and carpenters, and include information pertaining to the previous work and life experiences of these men, their age, ‘character,’ medical conditions, and home address, as well as positions and wages expected and received.

Many records within the fonds relate to the management of Japanese Canadian road camp workers, including the administration of pay, Workmens’ Compensation claims, and payment of assignment fees for dependents; medical and perceived psychological issues and the treatment of such issues; and the movement of Japanese Canadian men between camps and the policies and procedures governing these movements. This includes records pertaining to the granting of temporary leave, transfer to other camps or areas, family re-unification, the release of workers to private jobs, either within B.C. or in another province such as Ontario or Alberta, and the attitudes of certain communities towards Japanese Canadians. Correspondence in several files relates to supervisors’ attitudes towards road camp workers, including those identified as agitators or troublesome, and the methods used to deal with them, such as transfer out of camp and the censorship of Japanese Canadian mail. Included also are records relating to the organization and collective resistance of Japanese Canadian road camp workers, their demands, complaints and refusals to work, and the techniques identified to deal with these situations.

Several files include nominal roles and other lists of Japanese Canadian and other road camp workers, including some or all of the following personal information: name, registration number, occupation, previous work experience, age, place of birth, address, marital status, number of dependents, ‘physical defects’ and medical, dental or mental health issues. Some correspondence from Japanese Canadian road camp workers to camp administrators provides insight into their lives both in camp and prior to evacuation.

Canada. Department of Mines and Resources. Surveys and Engineering Branch.

World War II propaganda posters collection

  • MsC-43
  • Collection
  • [1940?-1945?]

The collection consists of pamphlets, posters, leaflets and scattered newspapers and periodicals in French and German. The bulk of the material concerns the Vichy government of France; the remainder includes anti-German and anti-Vichy government propaganda circulated by the French Resistance, the Austrian Liberation Front, etc.

Lisa Hobbs Birnie fonds

  • MsC-227
  • Fonds
  • 1964-2002

Fonds consists of records relating to Birnie's trip to China in the 60s and her career as a journalist, including correspondence, telegrams, photographs, newspaper clippings, magazines, photocopied news articles, scrapbooks, and awards.

Birnie, Lisa Hobbs

Stephen Miller fonds

  • MsC-238
  • Fonds
  • [200?]

Fonds consists of records representing Miller's work as an author and performer. These include numerous scripts, page proofs, and manuscripts.

Miller, Stephen

Carolyn Zonailo fonds

  • MsC-79
  • Fonds
  • 1955-2005

The fonds contains manuscripts, correspondence, journals, documents related to provincial and national writers organizations and documents related to the founding and running of Caitlin Press, The Poem Factory/Usine de Poeme, and Coracle Press including correspondence, manuscripts, promotional materials, and business records. Also includes papers related to Zonailo's academic work at various universities, as well as personal memorabilia, phonograph recordings and audio-cassettes of Zonailo's poetry set to music, video-cassettes, musical scores, literary periodicals, books by other authors (mostly inscribed to Zonailo), poetry broadsides, chapbooks, and ephemera. Records related to Zonailo's work as a member or the planning committee of the C.G. Jung Society of Montreal and editor of its newsletter are also included as well as correspondence, periodicals, graphic materials, and other records related to astrology.

Zonailo, Carolyn

filling Station fonds

  • MsC-73
  • Fonds
  • 1993–2009

Fonds consists of records documenting the establishment of the filling Station Publications Society in Calgary, Alberta, in 1993, and its ongoing business editing and publishing "filling Station" magazine, individual chapbooks and hosting literary events. Fonds is arranged into the following six series: Administrative records (1993–2008); Financial records (1993–2008); Marketing files (1993–2002); Editorial files (1995–2004); Event files (1993–2001); and Chapbooks (1993–2006).

filling Station Publications Society

Women and Words Society fonds

  • MsC-23
  • Fonds
  • 1982-1998

The fonds includes records of the administration and activities of the Women and Words Society, including minutes, correspondence, financial and payroll records, submissions, fundraising records, documentation of events and its mentorship program.

Women and Words Society

Daphne Marlatt Fonds

  • MsC-142
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1958]-2014

Fonds consists of records created or accumulated by Daphne Marlatt through her personal and professional activities, predominantly after the year 1990. Records document her activities as a writer of poetry and prose, an editor, and as a teacher of writing and literature, and include manuscripts, notes, research records, correspondence, photographs, grant applications, reviews, and audio and video recordings of poetry readings.

The fonds has been arranged into the following eleven series: Background research records ([ca. 1965-2000]), Fiction - poetry records (1958-2014), Fiction - drama records (2000-2011), Non-fiction works records (1975-2008), Awards and grants records ([ca. 1965-2012]), Correspondence with publishers ([ca. 1977-2013]), Professional activities records (1983-2013), Teaching records (1973-2010), Electronic records and other media (1974-2012), Personal records (1966-2014), and Personal and professional correspondence (1961-2014).

Marlatt, Daphne

Fred Wah fonds

  • MsC-17
  • Fonds
  • 1927, 1959-2013

Fonds consists of correspondence, written works and published materials by Wah and other writers, photographs, and other records accumulated by Wah during his lifetime, arising from both personal and professional activities. Records include poems, essays and reviews; journals and notebooks; book manuscripts; teaching materials; travel records; administrative records; and promotional material for conferences, workshops and other events.

The records in this fonds have been arranged into the following eight series: Correspondence (1960-2013); Writings and related records (1961-2012); Research records, works of others, and works about Wah ([196-]-2012); Academic work and instruction records (1927, [196-]-2005); Events and travel records (1965- 2013); Professional service and activities records ([ca. 1961]-2013); Residency records (1981-2007); and Personal records ([196-?]-[199-?]).

Wah, Fred

Mary Billy fonds

  • MsC-170
  • Fonds
  • 1977-2005

Fonds consists of records relating to Mary Billy's life and work as a feminist and editor of Herspectives magazine. Records include correspondence, notes, drafts, poetry, women’s activism records, diaries, journals, clippings, photographs, and research records.
The fonds has been arranged into the following six series: Correspondence (1986-2005); Written works (1978-2002); Diaries (1978-2002); Herspectives records (1989-1995); Women’s activism records (1985-2004); and Works by others (1977-1994).

Billy, Mary

Robin Blaser fonds

  • MsA-1
  • Fonds
  • [188-?]-2009

Fonds consists of correspondence, written works and published materials by Blaser and other writers, photographs, and other records accumulated by Blaser during his lifetime. Records include poems, journals and notebooks, book manuscripts, essays, audio and video recordings of poetry readings, personal and financial records, teaching materials, genealogical records, collected publications and articles, and conference and promotional material. Fonds has been arranged into the following eighteen series: Correspondence of Robin Blaser ([between 1931 and 1937]-2009); Correspondence of others (1916-2009); Written works by Robin Blaser ([between 1941 and 1943]-2008); Poetry readings and other performances (1968-2009); Travel records (1959-2008); Articles and reviews regarding Robin Blaser ([194-]-2009); Teaching and academic related material (1946-2005); Business and financial records (1966-2008); Personal records and other biographical material (1925-2009); Honors and awards records (2001-2008); Photographs ([between 1880 and 1900]-2007); Family records and other genealogical material (1919-2007); Works by other authors ([195-]-2009); Ephemera ([195-]-2009); Research articles ([Photocopied 196-]-2007); Conference material ([196-]-2007); Promotional material ([195-]-2006); and Artistic material ([195-?]-2002).

Blaser, Robin

Charles Hou Editorial Cartoon collection

  • MsC-25
  • Collection
  • [199-?]-[200-?]

The collection consists of copies and a small number of photographs of political cartoons dealing with Canadian and international events that took place from 1759 to 2006. Canadian topics include conscription, immigration, French-language rights, native self-government, imperialism, nationalism, labour conditions, women’s suffrage, and prohibition. The cartoons deal with, among many other topics, the Sino-Japanese War of 1894, the French conquest of Algeria, the Cold War, the war in Vietnam, and World Wars I and II. Publication dates of the newspapers and magazines from which the collection was copied range from 1846 to 2006. Dates of the events covered by the cartoons range from the mid-eighteenth century to 2006.

John Armstrong fonds

  • MsC-119
  • Fonds
  • 1971-[199?]

The fonds consists of correspondence, photographs and newspaper clippings pertaining to the Modernettes and John Armstrong (Buck Cherry). The fonds is arranged into the following six series: correspondence, newspaper clippings, the Modernettes records, financial ephemera, pins and photographs.

Armstrong, John

Larissa Lai fonds

  • MsC-96
  • Fonds
  • 1976-2006

The fonds consists mainly of textual materials, including notes and drafts of Lai’s works, numerous calendars and datebooks, school materials, and material related to her activism and arts involvement. There are also a large number of photocopied reference materials on such subjects as the arts, gay and lesbian issues, racism and feminism, and Chinese culture. There are a small number of photographs and negatives, and a wide variety of audio-visual media such as cassette tapes, Hi8 cassettes, broadcast video cassettes, and various computer media.

Lai, Larissa

Lynn Coady fonds

  • MsC-75
  • Fonds
  • [199?]-2011

Fonds contains drafts and manuscripts of articles, short fiction, scripts, and novels, as well as originals and reproductions of Coady’s publications, notebooks, reviews and articles about Coady and her work, and other records related to Coady’s writing and editing activities and projects. The fonds is arranged in four series: Writing and editing ([199-]-2011); Publicity ([199-]-2011); Personal ([199-?-2010?]); and Correspondence (1999-2006).

Coady, Lynn

Timothy Taylor fonds

  • MsC-116
  • Fonds
  • 1997-2006

Fonds consists of records documenting Timothy Taylor's work as a writer of fiction in Vancouver, B.C. Records consist of project notes, correspondence, drafts of both Stanley Park and Story House and workbooks for novels. The fonds is arranged into three series: Project notes; Stanley Park records; Story House records.

Taylor, Timothy

Reg Lissel fonds

  • MsC-117
  • Fonds
  • 1994–2013

The fonds consists of samples of handmade papers, paste papers, and drafts of Lissel's paste paper sample book, TOPOS, published in 2006. The fonds is arranged into the following two series: handmade papers and paste papers.

Lissel, Reg

Beverley Blackmore Leech fonds

  • MsC-153
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1961]

Fonds consists of 22 linocut blocks created by Bev Leech in 1961, as a senior thesis project at the Vancouver School of Art (now Emily Carr University of Art and Design) to produce the book, A Glossary of Typographical Terms by Simon Oliver.

Leech, Beverley Blackmore

Milton Acorn fonds

  • MsC-1
  • Fonds
  • 1962-1965

The fonds consists primarily of Acorn's finished poems and pages of preliminary drafts. Fonds includes some correspondence (1964) and prose manuscripts.

Acorn, Milton

Louis Zukofsky fonds

  • MsA-29
  • Fonds
  • 1938, 1960-1976

The fonds consists of letters from Zukofsky to the poet Cid Corman. The fonds also contains four letters to the poet Walter Lowenfels.

Zukofsky, Louis

Peter Culley fonds

  • MsC-195
  • Fonds
  • 1960-2015

The fonds consists of materials related to Culley's writing, curatorial and editorial work, and includes notebooks, manuscripts, reference materials, proofs, correspondence, ephemera, photographs, and negatives. The fonds also includes a diary, manuscripts by others, magazines, and Vancouver International Film Festival programs.
The fonds has been arranged by the archivist into 9 series:
Writing (Series 1)
Works by others (Series 2)
Correspondence (Series 3)
Personal (Series 4)
Editorial and curatorial (Series 5)
Reference material (Series 6)
Ephemera (Series 7)
Photographs (Series 8)
Biographical information (Series 9)

Culley, Peter

Barry McKinnon fonds

  • MsC-129
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1985-1988]

The fonds consists the archive of poet and writer Barry McKinnon.

McKinnon, Barry

Rattler magazine fonds

  • MsC-251
  • Fonds
  • 1980-1991

Fonds consists of materials related to the production and publication of the multimedia and literary arts zine called Rattler, including correspondence, photographs, publicity, drafts and original layouts, artwork, related posters and zine publications, poetry submissions, and copies of the published zines. Fonds also includes t-shirts that were produced to promote the zine, and one file of original layouts created by Heather Haley for the poetry section of LA Weekly.
The archivist has arranged the fonds into two series:
General operational records (series 1)
Publications (series 2)

Rattler

Toby Brooks - Pat Lowther research collection

  • MsC-210
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1959-2006]

Toby Brooks is an American-born social advocate and activist living in Canada with her husband David. Toby worked at a home for women survivors of domestic abuse in Ontario in the 1970’s and 1980’s. While furthering her education she came across the story of Vancouver poet Pat Lowther, murdered at just 40 years of age by her husband in 1975 when just on the brink of professional recognition. Pat Lowther’s untimely death resonated with Brooks, who spent the better part of the next two decades researching and interviewing Lowther’s friends, family, and colleagues. The end result was a biography entitled “Pat Lowther’s Continent: her life and work” published by gynergy books in 2000. Toby also organized a series of tributes dedicated to Pat Lowther. The first was held in 1995 at Emmanuel College in Toronto, with others following at various locations on what would have been her milestone birthdays.

This collection consists of textual records compiled primarily by Toby Brooks, but also some research material from her collaborator Dona Sturmanis. The records are mainly correspondence, interview transcripts and photocopies of poems. There are also copies of research records obtained from other archives or organizations.

There are 3 series contained within this collection: Research and writing ([ca. 1959-2006]); Toby Brooks-Dona Sturmanis collaboration ([before 2000]); and Pat Lowther tributes and readings ([ca. 1985-2006])

Brooks, Toby

Victor Coleman fonds

  • MsC-29
  • Fonds
  • 1969-1987

Fonds consists of correspondence with Canadian writers George Bowering, Roy Kiyooka, Daphne Marlatt, and Fred Wah, and of correspondence with David Robinson of Talonbooks.

Coleman, Victor

Ethel and Allan Grant collection

  • MsC-108
  • Collection
  • 1902-1974, predominantly 1918-1974

Collection consists of diaries, photographs, a passport, correspondence and an award issued to Allan Grant from the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool in 1974.

Grant, Ethel Moxon and Allan Garfield

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