Fonds RBSC-ARC-1302 - Crawford Kilian fonds

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Crawford Kilian fonds

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  • 1940 - 2010 (Creation)

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2.84 m textual records;
160.18 MB of digital files

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(1941 -)

Biographical history

Crawford Kilian was born in New York City (NYC) in 1941. He spent his formative years in Los Angeles and Mexico City. In 1962 Kilian graduated from NYC’s Columbia University, and began service in the US Army, later working as a technical writer at the Berkeley University Laboratories. Subsequent to his marriage, he and his wife, Alice, moved to British Columbia, residing in North Vancouver. In 1983 Kilian and his wife lived in the Guangzhou province of China, where he taught English. Crawford officially became a Canadian citizen in May of 1973.

Since 1967, Kilian has maintained a career as a writer and teacher. He has published 21 books and hundreds of articles and newspaper columns. His books include eleven novels, two textbooks on writing, a regional history, two books on education and politics, three manuals on writing and publishing, and two children’s books.

Kilian’s most recent work pertains primarily to education and its relationship and development in relation to computers and technology, especially distance learning and the Internet. He has developed courses in Webwriting and his book, Writing for the Web, provides concrete instruction on the topic. He has also written a monthly column, The Online Writer, for a Web magazine called Content Spotlight.

Crawford Kilian lives in North Vancouver, teaches at Capilano College, and continues to write.

Custodial history

Records were created by Crawford Kilian during the years of 1940 to 2010. The original accession (boxes 1 to 15) was donated to the University of British Columbia Rare Books and Special Collections by Killian in 2002. Subsequent accruals were also donated by Kilian. The first accrual (boxes 16 to 18) was acquired by Rare Books and Special Collections in 2003 and the second accrual (boxes 19 to 21, the VHS audio/visual recording and the CD) was acquired in 2010.

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The contents of the fonds pertain to the life and work of Crawford Kilian. Materials include research and planning for novels, published and unpublished manuscripts, originals of published columns, personal and professional correspondence and appointment books. The focuses of Kilian’s writing are science fiction, educational systems and teaching, cultural issues and history, the economy, the environment, and technological developments, specifically the Internet. Writing material included in this fonds ranges from the 1960’s to the 2000’s. Other included material relates to Kilian’s time spent in China as an English teacher. The type of material in the fonds is primarily handwritten and typed paper records, but also includes newspaper, compact discs and publications.

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The physical arrangement of the fonds is respectful of the original order. Files have retained the original titles used during their active life. In any cases of a lack of clear or intentional arrangement of the files, the intellectual arrangement described in this finding aid has been attributed to the fonds in order to express the presence of series throughout the material, and does not necessary reflect the proximity of files within the original order.

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