Fonds RBSC-ARC-1203 - Donald Murray Fraser fonds

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Donald Murray Fraser fonds

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90 cm of textual records and other material

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Born in Nova Scotia in 1946, Donald Fraser received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Acadia University in 1966 and moved to Vancouver to pursue graduate work. With friends, he formed the original nucleus of Pulp Press in the early 1970s. Under the name "D.M. Fraser", he wrote for, and contributed sporadically to the Georgia Straight, 3 cents Pulp, Alive, Parallelogram Retrospective, and Rough Beast. He published two collected works under Pulp Press, Class Warfare (1974) and The Voice of Emma Sachs (1983). After his death, editors and friends at Pulp Press, now Arsenal Pulp Press) published two more volumes of Frasers' work, Prelude: D.M.Fraserf, The Collected Works. Vol. 1;(1987) and Ignorant Armies (1990), by consulting unfinished manuscripts and drafts.

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The fonds consists of academic materials and writings, prose, poetry, incoming and outgoing correspondence with family, especially his mother, Viola Fraser (nee Huggan), friends and co-workers; colour and black & white photographs portraying a variety of subjects; posters, notebooks, printed materials such as newspaper clippings and serials, and a variety of other ephemera created and/or collected and/or used by Fraser in Vancouver.

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Some of the materials came to Special Collections in disarray, without arrangement nor within folders. In all series, disordered records have an arrangement imposed on them by the archivist and this arrangement reflects Fraser’s various activities. However, it appears that records which were kept at Pulp Press bad a distinguishable organization and order and this order has been maintained. Where folders exist, the titles appearing on these original folders were transcribed directly onto new archival folders.

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Other records relating to D.M. Fraser and his work can be found in all of the files found in the Pulp Press fonds. The fonds consists of proofs, drafts and notes for the Pulp Press publication of Ignorant Armies (1990) and Prelude (1.987) after Fraser’s death.
For other biographical information, Alan Twigg has written of Fraser’s life and work in Vancouver and Its Writers (1986).

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Includes ca.120 photographs, 21 postcards, 9 greeting cards, 3 posters, 38 notebooks, 8 business cards, 5 membership cards, 1 copy negative and 1 daily calendar

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