Fonds UBCA-ARC-1565 - Ann Micou fonds

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Ann Micou fonds

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7pp. of textual records.
4 CD-DA (sound recordings).
1 video cassette.

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Ann McKinstry Micou was a student in the English Department at Mills College at the same time as Jane Rule, whom she knew as "Jinx." They roomed together in the second semester of their senior year (1952). After graduation, Micou went off to Concord Academy in Massachusetts to teach high school English while Rule went to Wallace Stegner's writing program at Stanford. While at Concord Academy, Micou befriended Helen Sonthoff. After two years, in 1954, Micou had an opportunity to leave America to go to France with another Mills friend. She recommended to the headmistress that her position be offered to Rule, who accepted; under those circumstances, she and Helen met. Micou stayed in touch with Helen and Jane for all the years they were together in Canada, and she corresponded regularly with Jane. Shortly before Helen's death, she had an opportunity to travel with her husband to visit Galiano Island. It was a happy, congenial goodbye to them both.

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The fonds consists of seven incoming letters from Jane Rule to Ann Micou dating from 2003 to 2007. The last letter is dated October 8, 2007, and was written a little over a month before Jane Rule’s death. The fonds also includes four CD’s featuring Jane Rule reading a selection of her short stories including “House,” “A Chair for George,” “Seaweed & Song,” “You Cannot Judge a Pumpkin by the Smile Upon His Face,” “A Migrant’s Christmas,” “If There is No Gate,” “Home Movie,” “Blessed are the Dead,” and “Dulce.” Apparently, the recordings were produced in a small number for distribution to family and friends. The fonds also includes a copy of a videotape entitled Fiction and Other Truths: A Film About Jane Rule (Eds. Lynne Fernie, Aerlyn Weissman).

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The correspondence came to the Archives via Alison Walker in 2016, and the CDs and video came directly from Micou in 2016.


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The textual correspondence is stored with University Archives’ vertical files at VF 115. The audio recordings are stored in general audio collection UBC AT 3933 - UBC AT 3936 and the video tape has been filed with the Archives’ video collection as UBC VT 2576.

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Researchers are strongly advised to check with the University Archives regarding permission to publish or otherwise use materials from this fonds. Biographical sketch based on information provided by Ann McKinstry Micou.

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