Fonds MsC-205 - Pierre Coupey fonds

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Pierre Coupey fonds

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  • Photographic materials

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  • 1957-2015 (Creation)
    Coupey, Pierre

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2.26 m of textual records
4 computer disks : 3.5" floppy
17 audio cassettes : 1/8" tape
1 audio reel : 1/4" tape
6 film reels : 8mm
2 videocassettes : VHS
2 photographs : b&w prints
15 photographs : col. prints
1 photograph : col. slide

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Biographical history

Pierre Coupey was born in 1942 in Montreal, and raised and educated in Montreal. He graduated from Lower Canada College, received his BA from McGill University, and studied drawing at the Académie Julian and printmaking at the Atelier 17 in Paris, France. He received his MA in English and Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, and a Certificate in Printmaking from the Art Institute, Capilano University.

He was a founding Co-editor of The Georgia Straight (1967-1968) and the founding Editor of the literary journal The Capilano Review (1971). He currently serves on The Capilano Review Contemporary Arts Society Board (2015 -). During his time as an instructor at Capilano College/University (1970-2011), Coupey taught English Literature, Canadian Literature, Composition, and Creative Writing in the English Department. Along with his teaching commitment, he has also given and organized readings, lectures and talks within the poetry and creative writing genres. As well, throughout his career, Coupey has sat on various fine arts juries and boards and Capilano College/University committees.

His work has received awards, grants and commissions, including grants from the Conseil des Arts du Québec, the Canada Council, the British Columbia Arts Council, and the Audain Foundation for the Arts. In 2013 he received the Distinguished Artist Award from FANS. He was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2017 and formally inducted in 2018.

He has published several books of poetry, chapbooks and catalogues, and exhibited in solo and group shows nationally and internationally. His work is represented in numerous private collections in Canada, the United States, Japan and Europe, and in numerous corporate, university and public collections across Canada. Major public collections include the Burnaby Art Gallery, the Canada Council Art Bank, the Kelowna Art Gallery, Simon Fraser University Art Gallery, University of Guelph Collection, the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the West Vancouver Art Museum.

His work is currently represented by Gallery Jones in Vancouver and by Odon Wagner Contemporary in Toronto.

Coupey lives in the Vancouver lower mainland area with his wife Patti. They have four children.

Custodial history

The records were in the custody of Pierre Coupey until their acquisition by Simon Fraser University Special Collections, Canadian Literature Collection in 2019.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of records created, received or accumulated by Pierre Coupey through his personal and professional activities in the course of his career as a multidisciplinary contemporary artist, poet, co-editor, founding editor and English instructor. It includes hand-written and word-processed correspondence between Coupey and editors, publishers and other fellow writers, artists and poet-friends; unpublished poems and writings by Coupey and other writers, manuscripts and drafts of books and poems of Coupey’s poetic works and of other writers; reviews, newspaper clippings and photocopies of reviews of Coupey’s work as a poet and artist; original artwork by Coupey; photographs of Coupey and other writers; exhibition planning records; miscellaneous hand written notes by Coupey on his exhibitions and poetry works; hand written postcards and notes from fellow artists and poets; teaching materials as an English instructor; day-timers, which includes addresses and phone numbers of fellow artists and poets; promotional materials for exhibitions and reading engagements; Canada Council grant information; and miscellaneous ephemera such as exhibition postcards and posters.

This fonds is divided into 7 series: 1: Publication - "The Capilano Review" (TCR) (1959-2013); 2: Independent press (1967-1997); 3: Poetry and creative writing ([ca. 1957-2015]); 4: Capilano College (University) (1969-2014); 5: Exhibition records (1964-2015); 6: Artwork (1960-2013); 7: Administrative records (1960-2014).

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Notes from the arranging archivist: "In the fonds, the creator’s arrangement and original order of his records have been maintained. Original file titles, where available, have also been retained. However, if a file title was not included, the Archivist assigned a file title according to the contents of the file and in consideration of the creator’s profession as a multi-disciplinary artist-poet and college/university English instructor. However, square brackets have been used on both the Excel box-folder list and on the “actual” file folders to indicate supplied titles created by Coupey’s Archivist. The materials in this fonds are primarily of Coupey’s work as a co-editor, founding editor and multi-disciplinary artist-poet. There are only a few records pertaining to his teaching career. Materials relating to his work for the Capilano Faculty Association at Capilano College/University have been excluded from this transfer. This material has been sent back to the CFA Union. Arrangement of the files into series and sub-series was provided by Pierre Coupey’s archivist, Marilyn Ramen."

For ease of access, further arrangement was required following receipt of records to SFU Special Collection and Rare Books. When necessary, file titles were assigned - these are indicated by the presence of square brackets. A hard copy of the original arrangement is available on file.

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Many files contain personal information for which researchers will be required to consult with the Archivist and sign a Research Agreement in order to access. These files are marked with red sticker dots at the file and box level, as well as with notes in their individual AtoM entries. Some files also contain copyright-restricted material; again, consultation with the Archivist is required in order to access.

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An accrual was received in 2019.

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Original arrangement by MR - Nov 2018;
Re-arrangement and AtoM entry by JMH - Mar 2019

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  • English

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