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Blanche Howard fonds
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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of a variety of Blanche Howard' s writings, such as typescript and computer generated manuscripts of published, unpublished and abandoned novels, essays, short stories (most include hand-written annotations), and research material.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 It contains typescript and computer generated published and unpublished material .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.

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-

Out file register

The single file is an out-file register (stainless steel personal telephone book) of when and where Howard's manuscripts and short stories were sent for publication. It includes a tally of what work was rejected or accepted by date and recipient.

Photos and personal ephemera

The series consists primarily of personal photographs of Blanche Howard’s family, along with work and career-related photographs of Bruce Howard, and a small amount of textual ephemera. Photographs of the Howard family span from the 1960s until 1994 and include images of Blanche and Bruce Howard with friends and family, including the Howards’ three children, Allison, Stephen, and Leslie, along with their spouses and children. The series contains photographs of Blanche Howard and Carol Shields during a visit the Howards made to France in 1990. Photographs of Bruce Howard include images related to his time as a Liberal Member of Parliament for Okanagan Boundary between 1968 and 1972, his position as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry, Trade and Commerce from 1970 to 1972, and his role as a citizenship court judge. The series also contains original and photocopied personal correspondence and ephemera including newspaper clippings, greeting and birthday cards, a memorial service program, a booklet from Blanche Howard’s high school reunion, a typed copy of a diary entry made by Blanche Howard’s father, and other materials. Ephemera related to Bruce Howard’s political career includes newspaper clippings, a travel itinerary, an invitation from Prime Minister Trudeau to an official function, and a holiday card to constituents.

Bruce Howard political photos and ephemera

File contains photos BC2164-12 to BC2164-42. Photographs are of Bruce Howard during his tenure as a Member of Parliament and as Parliamentary Secretary to Jean-Luc Pépin, the Minister of Industry, Trade, and Commerce. Also Bruce Howard as citizenship court judge and some personal photos.

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).

Literary work and related materials

The series consists of material related to Blanche Howard’s writing career between 1968-2013. Materials include Howard’s fiction and non-fiction writings in various editorial and publication stages; correspondence regarding and related to her writing projects; contracts, agreements, and royalty or revenue statements; biographical, publicity, and promotional materials; research materials; notes and various collected ephemera. Writings include primarily typed and computer-generated manuscripts of novels and short stories; scripts of plays; and texts of non-fiction writings, including political articles written during Bruce Howard’s tenure as a Member of Parliament, letters-to-the-editor of newspapers in Ontario and British Columbia, and various essays and speeches. Many of these writings include hand-written annotations. Also included are project proposals, publications proofs, clippings or photocopies of published works, as well as outlines and notes regarding characters, plot, structure, and more. Correspondence in the series consists of email and traditional correspondence regarding writing projects between Howard and numerous publishers, editors, and theatre companies; literary agents; awards committees; and colleagues, friends, and family, among others. This correspondence includes letters accompanying manuscript submissions; acceptance and rejection letters; correspondence regarding permissions and publication; and endorsements and comments, among other correspondence. Biographical, publicity, and promotional materials include biographies and curricula vitae; printouts of online reviews; newspaper and magazine clippings; texts of remarks delivered during promotional talks or reading events; reader’s guides; and press releases, and other materials. Various collected ephemera includes clippings and other materials used for background research, flyers, play programs, certificates of appreciation, book catalogues, course brochures, literary competition guidelines, and photographs.

In addition to the records directly related to Howard’s writing career, the series also contains records related to more tangential or personal activities, such as her participation in a book club or her adjudication of the 2010 Saskatchewan Book Awards.

Personal photos and ephemera

File contains photos BC2164-68 to BC2164-95 and negatives for BC2164-70 to BC2164-79. Photographs are of the Howard family and Bruce Howard's citizenship court.

Unpublished short stories and essays

The subseries consists of material related to the writing and attempted publication of short stories by Blanche Howard from 1969 to 2011. Material includes primarily typed drafts of stories, many edited or otherwise annotated by Howard, as well as correspondence regarding the stories, newspaper clippings and articles used for research, notes, writing contest rules, and other related records. Correspondence consists of email and traditional correspondence with editors and publishers, primarily rejection letters and correspondence containing feedback on the stories.

Reviews and Publicity records

The series contains newspaper clippings, jacket designs and hand-written annotations by Howard of when and where reviews of her work appeared. The series spans a twenty-year period 1970-1990; the file also contains wight 5cm X 5cm publicity photographs of Howard.

Odds and ends prior to 1973/4

File contains photos BC2164-56 to BC2164-67 and negatives for BC2164-56 to BC2164-59. Photographs are of the Howard family and Bruce Howard's citizenship court.

Publisher's contracts

Publisher's contract series contains five files that contain correspondence with the publisher, McClelland & Stewart as well as contracts for <em>The Manipulator</em>, <em>Pretty Lady</em>, and <em>The Immortal Soul of Edwin Carlysle</em> and statements of royalties.

General Correspondence

Subseries contains traditional and email correspondence from 1972-2012 covering a range of subjects related to Howard’s writing career, her involvement with The Writer’s Union of Canada, her position as an instructor with Capilano College, her political interests, and her personal life. Material related to Howard’s writing career includes correspondence with literary agents and fan mail regarding “The Manipulator” and “A Memoir of Friendship.” Notable correspondents include Don Shields, Anne Giardini, short-story author Merna Summers, politician Iona Campangola, and author Janet McNaughton. Howard also sent letters to writers to express her appreciation for their work, including Margaret Atwood, Alberto Manguel, and Susan Hill. Related ephemera in the subseries includes grade reports and registration forms for classes taken at Capilano College, a brochure on literary agents, photocopied and printed articles, and reviews and clippings.


Series consists of email and traditional correspondence between Blanche Howard and Carol Shields, related correspondence, and ephemera from 1974-2006, and general correspondence, related clippings, and ephemera from 1972-2012.

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