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Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1003
  • Fonds
  • 1949-1985

The fonds consists of minutes (1949-1983), subject files (1952-1984), agreements (1960-1985), constitutions and by-laws (1963-1985), membership cards and applications (1963-1984). Also included are records of the Writers' Guild (B.C. Branch) which consist of correspondence (1977-1985), minutes of the B.C. Branch (1980-1984), minutes of the ACTRA Writers' Guild national meetings (1977-1985), papers and reports (1979/80) and a Writers Directory (1981).

Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists

Andrew family fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1008
  • Fonds
  • 1952-1980

The fonds consists of 33 original letters free Ethel Wilson to Margaret Andrew, undated, ca 1950 - 1970, 2 original letters from Ethel Wilson to [Margaret Ae_lrew] n .d . and 3 original letters from Ethel Wilson to Geoffrey Andrew, n.d. Also included is one photocopied letter from Ethel Wilson to Mary [McAlpine Dobbs], and an obituary for Lilias Torrance Newton.

Andrew (family)

Angeli-Dennis collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1009
  • Fonds
  • ca.1803-1964

The Angeli-Dennis collection consists of the diaries (1855-1913), manuscripts, financial records and correspondence of William Michael Rossetti. Also included are the manuscripts, correspondence and financial records of Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1842-1882), Christina Georgina Rossetti (1853-1894), Ford Madox Brown (1852-1993), Gabriele Rossetti and other members of the Rossetti family. In addition, the collection includes materials of Robert Browning, Thomas Landseer, William North, Algernon Swinburne and James Thomson.

Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1019
  • Fonds
  • 1972-2015

The fonds consists of records relating to the ABPBC’s activities. Records cover the period of time from the ABPBC’s inception to 2015 and pertain primarily to the book publishing industry in the province of British Columbia. The ABPBC’s activities included applying for funding from a range of provincial and federal organizations and governments, holding meetings, advocating for their members to the provincial government, promoting their members, undertaking special projects, and researching areas pertinent to the provincial book publishing industry. Specific administrative activities the organization undertook included maintaining its multi-level membership base, managing finances and funding applications, electing executive teams, and overseeing various projects.

The fonds spans five accruals, organized into four distinct sets of series. These sets of series are represented in the PDF finding aid attached.

Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia

Barbarian Press fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1023
  • Fonds
  • 1976-1990

The fonds consists of correspondence files including founding operations and editorial issues; project files include planning and production of books (collaborations with I. H. Finlay and illustrators Edwina Ellis and Colin Paynton), pamphlets, broadsheets, etc.; general printing files cover printed ephemera and job printing including design files and promotional and background materials; financial files include invoices and bank records.

Barbarian Press

W.R. Black fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1035
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1919-1930]

The fonds consists of hand-written and undated poetry and prose written by W.R. Black from various locations including Whaleton and Squirrel Cove. Black's prose consisted mainly of editorial essays on various moral and religous issues as well as the Scottish people, and short stories.

Black. W.R.

George Bowering fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1044
  • Fonds
  • 1962-1970

The fonds consists of material pertaining to Bowering's private and professional life. Included are thirteen pages of draft typed and handwritten poetry, as well as 44 incoming letters and sixteen postcards (1962-1970) from Earle Birney.

Bowering, George, 1935-

M. C. Bradbrook fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1046
  • Fonds
  • 1962-1976

The fonds consists of sixty-six letters (1962-1975) between Bradbrook and several individuals pertaining to the life of Malcolm Lowry. Also included are Bradbrook's notes on conversations with Wilfred Lowry and Russel Lowry, information on Lowry from a number of sources, and a list of Lowry's contributions to The Fortnightly.

Bradbrook, M. C. (Muriel Clara), 1909-

George F. Cameron fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1095
  • Fonds
  • [1870]-1885

The fonds consists of manuscript notebooks as well as handwritten and typewritten copies of his poetry.

Cameron, George Frederick

Ken Crassweller fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1146
  • Fonds
  • 1967-2015

The fonds consists of records relating to Crassweller's involvement in the development of Inuit arts and crafts programmes. It has four components: the Project index, manuscript for Crassweller's Handbook of Eskimo Artifacts, working papers filed by subject and printed material.

Crassweller, Ken

Annie Dalton fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1157
  • Fonds
  • 1923-1938

The fonds consists of biographical material which include poems, speeches and photographs, correspondence dating from 1905 to 1938, and subject files containing clippings, pamphlets and handwritten notes. As well, there are manuscripts in the forms of essays, articles, speeches, and poems, notebooks, scrapbooks of memorabilia and illustrations used for Dalton's books. The fonds also includes published works and reviews.

Dalton, Annie Charlotte

Olea Davis fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1161
  • Fonds
  • 1918-1978

The fonds consists of records pertaining to her life and pottery work in the form of correspondence (1931-1977), clippings, printed material, photographs, and diaries. The fonds also includes information on the Allied Officers Club of Vancouver. Correspondence with her husband, Dr. H.R.L. Davis, includes over 500 letters (1940-1944) and includes information about the Canadian armed forces in Britain.

Davis, Olea

Alexander Donaldson fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1167
  • Fonds
  • 1940-1960

The fonds consists of books by and about Robert Burns and 18th century Scotland and Donaldson's correspondence and papers relating to the development of his Burns collection.

Donaldson, Alexander Mitchell

Gilean Douglas Fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1168
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1880 - 1993

The fonds consists of the personal records of Gilean Douglas which were produced and received during her personal and literary activities . It includes manuscripts of poems, articles, short fiction and books ; material generated and collected by Douglas during her involvement with various organizations ; notes and drafts of various writings ; research materials ; an extensive professional, fan and personal correspondence; financial records ; legal records ; lists and inventories ; records of publication ; clippings. There are journals and engagement books dating from 1911, notebooks and address books, and scrapbooks containing clippings of Douglas' published articles and poems . There are also scrapbooks and correspondence generated by her parents dating back to the 1880s. There is a notable gap in records dating from 1929 to 1932.

Photographic records date from the 1890s to the I990sand include prints, framed portraits, slides, negatives and film strips. A large assortment of photos documents her family and childhood. Douglas started taking photographs as a child. By her early twenties she was an accomplished photographer, using her own pictures to illustrate her writings. Photographs taken by her during the 1920s through the early 1940s are for the most part found in the albums. Pictures taken in the 1950s and 1960s fall into 3 main categories : black & white photos of the B .C. coast taken during her trips on the boats of the Columbia Coast Mission, color and black & white photos of communities in B .C. and eastern Canada taken during her trips for the W.I ., and pictures of Channel Rock . Unfortunately the slides and pictures taken on WI trips are unlabelled and for the most part can only be identified as to general location and date. During the 1970s and 1980s the photographs are almost exclusively of Channel Rock. A representative sample of these is included in this series ; others may be found at the Cortes Museum and Archives.

Aside from Douglas' own photographs, there are several interesting groups of other people's pictures in this collection: an album with pictures of overseas service during World War I, a group of labelled photographs of Baffin Island, Pangirtung, etc. taken in 1926/27 by an RCMP officer, and photographs from a trip around the world on a freighter in 1919.

The records offer insight into Douglas' personal history and literary development . They document, in words and pictures, an unusual and interesting life which began at the turn of the twentieth century.

Douglas, Gilean

Harold Escott fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1180
  • Fonds
  • 1919-1974

The fonds consists of photographs, diaries, correspondence, poetry and prose manuscripts, press clippings and notes reflecting Escott's observant and participatory nature. Diaries consist of comments of daily major news events (1919-1973), notes on personal experiences and comments on local events. The poetry manuscripts include both original and transcribed works. Photographs depict Stanley Park and other area of Vancouver.

Escott, Harold Edward

Ernest Fewster fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1190
  • Fonds
  • 1910-1940

The fonds consists of eleven manuscripts of poetry and two prose manuscripts. Of the poetry, Lilith is unbound and Sons of the Sun is handwritten. The two prose manuscripts are My Dream Garden and Twilight Stories.

Fewster, Ernest Philip

Georgia Straight fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1211
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1960]-1979

The fonds consists of photographs and negatives from the Georgia Straight newspaper photograph files, depicting demonstrations, conflicts, picnics, concerts, musicians, celebrities and other events and individuals.

Georgia Straight

Valerie Haig-Brown collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1225
  • Fonds
  • 1946-2000

The collection consists of several of Roderick Haig-Brown's manuscripts as well as editors' working papers and printers' proofs of a number of his articles and other publications. In addition, there are reviews of his writings and magazine articles about him as well as incoming and outgoing correspondence. The collection also includes correspondence, manuscripts, financial records, and subject and clippings files related to Valerie Haig-Brown's work as literary executor of the estate of her father and as author of Deep Currents, a biography of her parents.

Frank Hann fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1231
  • Fonds
  • 1910-1940

The fonds consists of photocopies of Hann's autobiography, reminiscences of Alberta and B.C., newspaper and magazine clippings (1910-1940), three unidentified letters (one dated 1930), and maps of Southeast England, Ontario (1912), Spain and Portugal. Scrapbooks in the collection contain clippings, printed material and correspondence on various topics. The fonds also includes photographs of classical art and architecture, buildings and monuments.

Hann, Frank, b. 1893

Raymond Hull fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1262
  • Fonds
  • 1951-1985

The fonds consists of manuscripts of books, published and unfinished, such as his incomplete autobiography As I See Myself (1963) and abandoned book proposals, as well as the manuscripts for short stories, plays (stage, television and radio) and for poetry. It also includes rough drafts and notes of more recent books, film scripts, sheet music, articles from 1975-1976, lectures, publicity material, chronological miscellaneous files (1975, 1976, 1981) and correspondence (1973-1976).

Hull, Raymond

William Holman Hunt fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1266
  • Fonds
  • 1850-1907

The fonds consists of incoming letters from W. Bell Scott and F.G. Stephens to Mr. and Mrs. Hunt (Edith Holman Hunt), as well as subject files containing information concerning the relationship between Hunt and Stephens.
The letters here included from William Bell Scott were found in the Penkill Papers and those from Frederic George Stephens were extracted from the Angeli-Dennis Papers.

Hunt, William Holman

Intermedia Press fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1274
  • Fonds
  • 1973-1984

The fonds consists of business records including correspondence, financial records, subject files, and manuscripts.

Intermedia Press

Intermedia Society fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1275
  • Fonds
  • 1967-1976

The fonds consists of correspondence pertaining to administration as well as with galleries, councils and festivals. Files include those of business and subjects, which range from events to applications for grants. Newspaper clippings are arranged chronologically from 1967 to 1972. Printed material includes art exhibitions, poetry readings, books, plays, magazines, newsletters and visual art. The fonds also includes original art works and poetry, a sub-fonds relating to the Intermedia Press and an Intermedia photographic collection.

Intermedia Society

Beth Jankola fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1286
  • Fonds
  • 1972-1992

The fonds consists of publications (1972-1981), readings (1975-1979), draft manuscripts, correspondence (1973-1992), journals (1972-1990), a scrapbook (1978), subject files and cassettes. The fonds also includes 25 photographs pertaining to Jankola's life and career and a sub-fonds relating to Hester Browne.

Jankola, Beth, 1936-

Kanchenjunga Press fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1297
  • Fonds
  • 1973-1978

The fonds consists of an extensive correspondence file dating from 1973 to 1978, as well as typescripts of poetry and the Indian Journals of K.S. Keys, poetry manuscripts by Dennis Lee and J. Michael Yates and published books of poetry.

Kanchenjunga Press

Klanak Press fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1305
  • Fonds
  • 1958-1990

The fonds consists primarily of letters, both business and personal, many regarding manuscripts submitted to or published by Klanak Press. Other materials include press releases, invoices, order forms, mailing lists, Social Service Tax forms, book reviews, and poetry manuscripts by Gwendolyn MacEwen, Florence McNeil and Laurence Soule.

Klanak Press

Leon Koerner fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1309
  • Fonds
  • 1924-1972

The fonds consists of two alphabetically-arranged subject files (1940-1965). It also includes records relating to parties and social functions (1942-1971), universities [primarily UBC] (1940-1963), the Faculty Club (1956-1962) and Thea Koerner House at UBC (1960/61) and the Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation (1966-1972). Koerner also maintained two personal names series (1939-1972).

Koerner, Leon

Elizabeth Lane fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1319
  • Fonds
  • 1979-1982

The fonds consists of materials pertaining to the activities of the Advisory Committee on Cultural Policy and the Federal Cultural Policy Review Committee. Included are briefs, files, press clippings and committee publications.

Lane, Elizabeth

Patrick Lane fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1320
  • Fonds
  • 1958-1977

The fonds consists of incoming and outgoing letters (1958-1976), including letters from well-known Canadian poets, as well as incoming greeting cards (undated), financial records, and memorabilia. Included also are manuscripts of poetry, prose (titled and untitled short stories), prose poetry, an unfinished and untitled novel, essays, plays and printed poetry. The fonds also includes a 1971 notebook, notes, reviews (1970-1977), photographs, drawings and printed material.

Lane, Patrick, 1939-

James Leathart fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1324
  • Fonds
  • 1853-1896

The fonds consists of approximately 400 incoming letters from the Pre-Raphaelites (such as Ford Madox Brown, William Bell Scott, and D.G. Rossetti) and other nineteenth century artists to James Leathart and his wife (1853-1896).

Leathart, James

Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1327
  • Fonds
  • 1955-2015

The fonds consists of records chronicling the development of the Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation from 1955 to 2015. It includes grant applications, reports and related correspondence pertaining to the Foundation's activities. Box 96 contains personal items related to Koerner that decorated the foundation offices.

Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation

Literary Storefront fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1331
  • Fonds
  • 1977-1993

The fonds consists of financial records, correspondence, sound recordings, photographs, subject files and related printed material pertaining to their activities such as workshops, readings, fundraising, and publishing. Most of the files relate to general administration, funding, publications and author subject files that include unpublished manuscripts.

Literary Storefront (Vancouver, B.C.)

Lowry family fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1336
  • Fonds
  • 1911-1993

The fonds consists of family papers relevant to the life and work of Malcolm Lowry, collected by Russell Lowry and including early autograph letters of Malcolm, other relevant correspondence with his parents, Arthur and Evelyn Lowry, records relevant to the family and Malcolm's estate, personal memoire of family relationship by Russell Lowry, extensive correspondence of Russell with most scholars, including Gordon Bowker, Muriel Bradbrook, Ann Smith, and Sherrill Grace, who have studied Malcolm's life and work since the early 1970s.

Lowry (family)

David Markson fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1353
  • Fonds
  • 1957-1979

The fonds consists of letters to Markson from Margerie Lowry (131), Douglas Day (20), Conrad Knickerbocker (13), and Peter Churchill (1). The letters relate to Malcolm Lowry and his writing. The fonds also includes two rejection letters regarding "Through the Panama", and two handwritten poems by Lowry and one draft of a telegram.

Markson, David

Anne Marriott fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1354
  • Fonds
  • 1927-1988

The fonds consists of business and personal correspondence, manuscripts of poems, short stories, essays, and radio plays. The fonds also includes scrapbooks, printed material, and some financial records.

Marriott, Anne, 1913-1997

Arthur Mayse fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1358
  • Fonds
  • 1936-1989

The fonds consists of correspondence, manuscripts, including scripts for Beachcombers, printed material, photographs, financial record, ephemera and research sources. The papers relate to his activities as a climber, free-lance writer, and columnist for the Victoria Daily Times (1963-1972) as well as containing correspondence of a personal nature . The correspondents include William Morrow and Company, ACTRA, Ronald Chambers, Leone Edgar, Elsie Norman and Willis Kingsley Wing. In addition to articles and stories by and about him, a scrapbook includes a series on the Mt. Waddington expedition.

Mayse, Arthur, 1912-1992

Maureen Moore fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1382
  • Fonds
  • 1987-1992

The fonds consists of general correspondence, research material, clippings, ephemera, a contract and multiple drafts of her novel, "The Illumination of Alice Mallory".

Moore, Maureen, 1943-

George Kuthan fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1314
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1950-1969]

The fonds consists of engravings (mainly lino-cuts and some wood blocks) of flowers, trees, animals, insects, birds, sea creatures, floral and key designs, and erotica as well as other designs.

Kuthan, George, 1916-

Norman Newton fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1402
  • Fonds
  • 1949-1990

The fonds consists of correspondence carried with peers and publishers, manuscripts of works both published and unpublished, and critics' reviews of published material. Correspondence with Derek Healey and Tibor Serly provide the framework for collaborations created, primarily by mail, with each person. Fonds includes revisions to "A Leviathon" and "The White Man from the Sea".

Newton, Norman, 1929-

November House fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1411
  • Fonds
  • 1971-1985

The fonds consists of correspondence, financial records and manuscripts generated through the publishing activity of November House.

November House

P.M. Magazine fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1423
  • Fonds
  • 1951-1952

The fonds consists of correspondence, publicity material, circulation files and art materials.

P.M. Magazine

Penkill collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1433
  • Fonds
  • 1852-1895

The Penkill collection consists of records of William Bell Scott, Alice Boyd and Margaret Courtenay. The collection includes five hundred letters from Scott to Alice Boyd, and a large number of letters to Scott and Boyd from other artists and writers. Also in the collection are the letters from Arthur Hughes and letters concerning the 1872 illness of Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The collection also includes the diaries of W.B. Scott, Alice Boyd and Margaret Courtenay.

Alfred Myrick Pound fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1444
  • Fonds
  • 1891-1932

The fonds consists of Pound's letters, addresses, criticisms and biographical sketches. It also includes material pertaining to Charles G.D. Roberts and Bliss Carman. There is also general information about Pound, Roberts and Carman, with manuscripts of poetry and prose, newspaper and magazine clippings, scrapbooks, photographs of Canadian authors and poets, and other items.

Pound, Alfred Myrick, b. 1869

Alice Ravenhill fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1457
  • Fonds
  • 1939-1954

The fonds consists of biographical material about Ravenhill, incoming and outgoing correspondence (1939-1951), a draft of "Glimpses of a Long Life" (1951) and two proofs of "Memoirs of an Educational Pioneer" (1951). The fonds also includes printed material (pertaining to health, welfare and education), memos, clippings, memorabilia and nineteen photographs used primarily as illustrations for "Memoirs...".

Ravenhill, Alice

Snowdon Dunn Scott fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1487
  • Fonds
  • 1837-1923

The fonds consists of material pertaining to Scott's career as a newspaper editor, including with newspapers such as the Sackville Post and Vancouver News-Advertiser, as well as material relating to his political, educational and literary endeavours and interests. Included are biographical materials, incoming and outgoing letters (1838-1923), subject files, articles and essays by Scott (1875-1922), ephemera, photographs, maps and printed material.

Scott, Snowdon Dunn

Heather Spears fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1516
  • Fonds
  • 1945-2001

The fonds primarily reflects Spears career as a writer and artist. Some documentation from her youth, such as early artistic works and school papers, are also included. In addition to actual works of art, the records illustrate such activities as publishing books and articles, touring and exhibiting her work. Strongly represented are works which came from Spears presence at meetings, conferences and festivals, which include many drawings of poets and authors. Major accruals of works from the Canadian League of Poets AGMs, drawings of birth scenes, drawings from neo-natal units, and materials from the midwifery trial are arranged into their respective series; one series consists of research notes from Spears novel The Flourish; and the Artistic and literary projects files series contains material from many different writing, drawing and publishing activities. Artworks consist mostly of drawings on paper, with graphite or pastel as the medium. Textual materials include correspondence, clippings, contracts, posters and programs from appearances, and research notes.

Spears, Heather, 1934-

Cedalia Alice Tarasoff fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1547
  • Fonds
  • 1939-[1989]

The fonds consists of correspondence (1987) and poetry and prose written or collected by Tarasoff. Also included in the fonds are notations for the writings to be set to music, arranged by Colleen Coburn, and recordings of Tarasoff performing the songs, explanatory notes about the lyrics, and related correspondence. Record types include poetry, prose, song lyrics, musical notations, copyright certificates, correspondence, and audio cassettes.

Tarasoff, Cedalia Alice

William Templeton collection

  • RBSC-ARC-1552
  • Fonds
  • 1940-1963

The collection consists of material relating to Malcolm Lowry. Included are six letters, typed manuscripts pertaining to "Under the Volcano" and "Lunar Caustic", pencil sketches, newspaper clippings of articles about Lowry (1960-1963), photographs of Lowry and his wife, Margerie Bonner and memorabilia.

James Swan fonds

  • RBSC-ARC-1539
  • Fonds
  • 1852-1900

The fonds consists of extensive correspondence that reflects Swan's personal life and professional work as collector of Indian artifacts, as well as several cashbooks, estate records and miscellaneous items. The fonds also includes the official records of Swan's work as Notary Public, U.S. Commissioner, Pilot Commissioner, Hawaiian Consul, and Commissioner of Oregon.

Swan, James G. (James Gilchrist)

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