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Douglas Coupland fonds
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Douglas Coupland fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1643
  • Fonds
  • 1970 - 2012

Fonds consists primarily of records created by Coupland from approximately 1980 to 2012. The fonds includes: drafts of Coupland’s major literary works, personal and artistic photographs, visual art material (such as collages, paintings, printouts of digital collages and sculpture maquettes), items of clothing and leather goods, technical notes and designs for Coupland’s website, conceptual sketches and designs, correspondence, and other records.

Coupland, Douglas

Personal and administrative affairs

Series consists of records related to Coupland’s personal and administrative affairs. This diverse series includes:

  • Personal notes and memos written by Coupland for family, friends and staff
  • Correspondence received by Coupland from family, friends and business associates.
  • Administrative correspondence received by Coupland from agents, publishers and other associates.
  • Receipts, bulls and other financial records
  • Personal and administrative faxes (sent and received primarily in 1993 and 1994).
  • Personal photographs taken by Coupland and his family
  • Miscellaneous ephemera collected by Coupland

This series also contains records relating to Coupland’s administrative affairs.
Administrative records include contracts, receipts, correspondence received from book publishers, scheduling correspondence and insurance papers. Some files in this series are financial records of Coupland’s company, Planet X created between 1992 and 1994.

Among those who Coupland received correspondence, artwork or photographs from are the following well-known artists and writers:

  • Toni Onley
  • Gordon Smith
  • Brian Jungen
  • Michael Stipe
  • Spike Jonze
  • Sofia Copola
  • Tom Wolfe
  • William S. Burroughs
  • Angela Grossman
  • William Gibson
  • David Slade

Research and creative notes

Series consists of notes, notebooks/journals, press clippings, photographs, books and sketches that are not directly linked to a specific project. From about 1990 to 1994 Coupland kept made daily entries in notebooks. These notebooks contain Coupland’s thoughts, observations and concepts for future subject. This series also contains material related to an unwritten research project that Coupland began in 1992.

Visual art projects

Series consists of visual art objects (collages, sculptures etc.), preparatory notes and sketches, photographs of visual art objects, and publicity related to Coupland’s art installations. Documents, photographs and objects related to the visual art projects spanning Coupland's career from 1983 to 2012.

Some of the projects covered in this series include:

Collages (1997 – 2009)
The Canada Pcictures (2000)
Canada House (2003)
Paper Nests (2004)
Canoe Landing Park (2009)
War of 1812 Monument (2008)
Digital Orca (2010)
Douglas Coupland's In Dialogue with Emily Carr (2010)
Group of Seven paintings series (2010)
Canadian Firefighters Memorial (2012)


This series includes drafts, correspondence, and clippings related to Coupland’s work as a journalist. Most records in this series were created while Coupland worked for the following periodicals:

  • Vancouver Voice (ca. 1984)
  • Vancouver Sun (ca. 1987)
  • Vancouver (1987-1989)
  • Western Living (ca. 1988)
  • Vista (ca. 1989-1990)
  • Wired (ca. 1994)
  • Wallpaper (ca. 1998-1999)
  • Blackbook (ca. 2000)
  • Joe (ca. 2000)
  • NY Times (ca. 1994-2008)
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