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Blanche Howard fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1256
  • Fonds
  • 1955-2013

The fonds consists of records spanning the period 1955-2013 that reflect Blanche Howard’s literary career, political interests, professional and volunteer work, as well as her personal and family life. Records related to Howard’s literary career include incoming and outgoing correspondence with publishers, agents, friends and family, colleagues and fellow writers, among others; literary works, including novels, short stories, essays, articles, book reviews, speeches, and plays in various editorial and publication stages; notes, outlines, and proposals; research materials; grant applications; contracts and royalty or revenue statements; biographical, publicity, and promotional materials; photographs, newspaper clippings, and ephemera; and other materials. Records related to Howard’s political interests and professional and volunteer work include correspondence with Iona Campangola, Capilano College, and members of The Writers' Union of Canada, among others; Vanier Institute of the Family correspondence and board meeting minutes; Moodyville Theatre correspondence, meeting minutes, and financial records; and other materials. Records related Howard’s personal and family life include photographs of Howard’s family, as well as photographs of Bruce Howard during his political career; personal ephemera; correspondence, including with writer and friend Carol Shields; and other materials.

Howard, Blanche, 1923-

Correspondence with Carol Shields

The subseries consists of email and traditional correspondence between Blanche Howard and Carol Shields, as well as related correspondence and ephemera from 1974-2006. The correspondence between Howard and Shields deals with subjects such as the respective writing careers of the correspondents, literature, and personal and family goings-on. The subseries also contains correspondence between Howard and other members of the Shields family, including Carol’s husband Don Shields, and daughters Anne Giardini and Sara Cassidy. The subseries also contains correspondence between Carol Shields and Bruce Howard. The subseries also includes some correspondence related to the publication of the book “A Memoir of Friendship.” Ephemera in the subseries consists of newspaper and magazine clippings regarding Shields, including reviews, articles about awards and honours, and obituaries and tributes.

Literary work

The Literary work sous-fonds consists of a variety of Blanche Howard' s writings, such as typescript and computer generated manuscripts of published, unpublished and abandoned novels, essays, short stories (most include hand-written annotations), and research material. In addition, the sous-fonds contains a newspaper column and letters-to-the-editor written for various newspapers in the Okanagan, Vancouver and Ottawa. The sous-fond contains newsprint and photocopies of newspaper clippings of Howard's column, and her various letters-to-the-editor. The sous-fonds also accommodates book reviews written by Howard, speeches written for herself and others and a single play, "A Celibate Season"). Most of the series contain correspondence with publishers. The sousfonds is comprised of the following series : Novels and Plays, Associated Material, Short stores and Essays and Non-fiction series, as well as the single play, "A Celibate Season" (Play).

Short stories and Essays

The series contains material that spans a twenty five-year period, and a range of writing styles. It contains typescript and computer generated published and unpublished material . The series includes research material, newspaper clipping, photocopies of newspaper clipping, typescript and computer generated material, and the series also contains hand-written annotations and correspondence with publishers.

Non fiction

The series contains a variety of forms of writing and span nearly a thirty-year period. The series includes research material, newspaper clipping, photocopies of newspaper clipping, typescript and computer generated material, the series also contains hand-written annotations and correspondence with publishers. The series is split up into sub series according to form, which include; Newspaper sub series which includes "Report from Ottawa" and letters-to-the editor (1968-1997), book reviews (1970-1981) and speeches (1968-1976). The speeches sub series covers a range of topics but focuses on the different competencies in which Howard acted, thus writing is featured, but also subjects like tax reform are also represented . Howard also wrote speeches for others (1974-1990) which include speeches made for Liberal Party politicians such as, Honourable Marc Lalonde (Minister of Health and Welfare, 1973), and John Dyck (Liberal candidate for Okanagan Boundary).

Lloydminster H.S. reunion 1986

File contains photos BC2164-43 to BC2164-55 and negatives for BC2164-43 to BC2164-55. Photographs are of Blanche Howard's high school reunion.

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