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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

Draft program of New Cities Summit Paris 2012

File contains a copy of the Draft Program for the New Cities Summit Paris 2012, Held May 14-16 2012 in Paris, France. Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson spoke at the opening plenary on May 14th, where he intended to unveil the V-Pole, designed by Coupland.

Press clippings

Series contains magazines, newspapers, clippings and photocopies of articles about Coupland or his various projects. Clippings were either set aside by Coupland himself, or received from professional press clippings companies. Series includes clippings in various foreign languages including French, Italian Dutch and German.

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)

The Armory Show 2012 promotional materials

Coupland presented a painting (“Permanent Press Landscape”, 2012, Acrylic on Canvas) at the 2012 Armory Show in Manhattan, New York, (March 8-11, 2012) at the Art Dealers Association of Canada's booth (Pier 94, booth 829). This file contains an Armory Show Map & Show Guide, an Armory Arts Week Calendar, and a booklet on Coupland's exhibition at the ADAC booth.

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

Two personal notes

Contains a brief note that originally accompanied an event invite (not included) forwarded to Coupland because the senders thought he might like the design (undated), and a thank you card from someone named Lynn (possibly author Lynn Coady?) thanking Coupland for his blurb, April 1, 2012.

Lectures, speeches and interviews

Series consists of records relating to Coupland’s public appearances. The records include speaking notes, videocassettes, publicity and other ephemera related to these events. Series includes records relating to the following speaking events and interviews:

  • Vancouver Art Gallery Docents (1987)
  • Radio interviews with CBC and other stations (ca. 1990)
  • American Association of Feature Editors (1999)
  • Speech at UBC’s Green College (2000)
  • Today show appearance (ca. 1993)
  • Duthie Lecture at the Vancouver Writer’s Festival (2002)
  • ECIAD honorary doctorate acceptance speech (ca. 2001)
  • IdeaCity lecture (ca. 2002)
  • Speech to the graduating class of Lower Canada College (2004)
  • Emission television show interview (ca. 2004)
  • Canadian Art Gallery gala dinner, hosted by Coupland (ca. 2001)
  • UBC, Arts Last Lecture Speech (2008)
  • Trudeau Foundation speech (2008)

Series includes books annotated by Coupland that were used as “reading copies” during his book tours. Annotated reading copies include:

  • Girlfriend in a Coma
  • All Families are Psychotic
  • Hey Nostradamus
  • JPod

Series also includes speaking notes, travel documents and schedules for Coupland's Massey lecture series in which he read his novel Player One in five lectures in five Canadian cities in 2010. Dates of the lectures were as follows:

  • Vancouver on October 12
  • Regina on October 14
  • Charlottetown on October 19
  • Ottawa on October 25
  • Toronto on October 29

Slogans for the Early Twenty-first Century placards

Series contains 12 artist’s proof placards of Coupland’s Slogans for the Twenty-First Century. Six sets of the slogans were created in early 2011, two of which are artist’s proofs.

The content of the slogans was developed to be featured on the Waldorf Hotel’s marquee in Vancouver as advertisement for the Coupland-McLuhan-YouTube event that occurred on May 26, 2011. Hosted by Douglas Coupland, the event consisted of an interactive presentation on Marshall McLuhan and YouTube. Posters were created out of the placard sets and wheat pasted throughout Vancouver.

Fashion design projects

Series relates to Coupland’s venture into clothing design in collaboration with Roots Canada Ltd. Under the tagline “Canada Goes Electric,” Coupland designed a limited-edition clothing line as well as various leather goods which were released in stores and online in 2010. This project marked the first time that Roots partnered with an outside designer in this way.

Series includes textual records relating to the design and research of the clothing items. Also included in the series are finished production garments and leather goods, as well as items not approved for production; strikeoffs; fabric and leather samples; and finishing material such as patches, zippers, labels, and fasteners.

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