Collection MsC-127 - Esther and Robin Mathews May 1968 Paris Poster collection

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Esther and Robin Mathews May 1968 Paris Poster collection

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  • 1968 (Creation)
    Mathews, Robin

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115 handbills
78 posters

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Poet, political activist, playwright, teacher, and essayist Robin Mathews was born in Smithers, British Columbia, in 1931. Mathews completed an Honours BA in English at the University of British Columbia and an MA at Ohio State University. He taught in the English Department of the University of Alberta beginning in 1961. Mathews moved with wife Esther and their three children to England to teach at the University of Leeds before moving to Paris where he lectured at the Institut Britannique. Witnessing the May 1968 student protests and general strike in Paris, Mathews collected posters and handbills issued by different groups involved in the conflict. Returning to Canada, Mathews joined the English Department of Carleton University in Ottawa in 1968. He taught at Simon Fraser University from the mid 1980s. Mathews was also a founder of the Great Canadian Theatre Company, the Association for Canadian and Quebec Literatures, and the National Party of Canada. He has published several poetry collections, plays, works of literary criticism, and studies of Canadian intellectual life.

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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.

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An inventory (1997) is available from Special Collections. The SFU Library Call number for the collection is: DC 412 E8 1968.

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BCAUL control number: SFL--2319

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Created May 14, 2014, LZ

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