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University of British Columbia Library Rare Books and Special Collections Blanche Howard fonds
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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-

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.

Xtras and negs 1992

File contains photos BC2164-160 to BC2164-166 and negatives for BC2164-162 to BC2164-165. Photographs are of the Howard family and friends and Aunt Blanche Machon.

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.

After 1990 - published short stories and essays

The subseries consists of material related to the writing and publication of short stories by Blanche Howard from 1987 to 2010. Material includes primarily typed drafts of stories, many edited or otherwise annotated by Howard and others, as well as correspondence regarding the stories, newspaper clippings and articles used for research, printing proofs, handwritten notes regarding characters, letters of agreement, and other related records. Correspondence consists primarily of email and traditional correspondence with editors, publishers, and literary agents, including rejection and acceptance letters, correspondence regarding royalties, reprint permissions, and awards, and correspondence containing feedback on the stories.

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.

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