Fonds MsC-210 - Toby Brooks - Pat Lowther research collection

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Toby Brooks - Pat Lowther research collection

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  • [ca. 1959-2006] (Creation)
    Brooks, Toby

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.4 m of textual records

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Biographical history

Toby Brooks published a biography of Canadian poet Pat Lowther in 2000, entitled "Pat Lowther's Continent".

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The material in this collection was compiled by Toby Brooks and donated to Simon Fraser University Special Collections and Rare Books in 2006.

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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])

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The material in this collection was received in organized files. This system was maintained by the archivist when the contents of those files were placed in acid-free enclosures. The donor's original labeling of the files was also retained, except in situations were more information was appropriate. In instances where the Archivist altered the existing file title, square brackets are included.

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There is a Toby Brooks fonds located at the University of Ottawa Library, Archives and Special Collections containing records related to her work at the Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Housing (OAITH).

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Created January 8, 2016. SS
Arranged, described and entered into AtoM 01 April, 2019. JMH

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  • Archival box - standard: MsC 210 - Boxes 1-3