Fonds RBSC-ARC-1358 - Arthur Mayse fonds

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Arthur Mayse fonds

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6 m of textual records;20 photographs

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Arthur Mayse was born in Manitoba and moved to British Columbia at an early age. He attended the University of British Columbia and then began working in a variety of journalism positions that would take him from Vancouver to Toronto. Mayse was a successful story writer from the 1940s to the 1960s. During this time he sold hundreds of short stories to major American and Canadian publications and published 3 novels, including "Desperate Search" which was later made into a motion picture. The Mayse family moved back to B.C. and in his later years he enjoyed a different kind of writing challenge, writing as a columnist for the Victoria Daily Times (1963-1972), and continuing afterwards to write weekly columns for various western newspapers. In collaboration with his wife, Win, he wrote scripts for the CBC television program, Beachcombers.

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The fonds consists of correspondence, manuscripts, including scripts for Beachcombers, printed material, photographs, financial record, ephemera and research sources. The papers relate to his activities as a climber, free-lance writer, and columnist for the Victoria Daily Times (1963-1972) as well as containing correspondence of a personal nature . The correspondents include William Morrow and Company, ACTRA, Ronald Chambers, Leone Edgar, Elsie Norman and Willis Kingsley Wing. In addition to articles and stories by and about him, a scrapbook includes a series on the Mt. Waddington expedition.

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