Fonds UBCA-ARC-1261 - Jan De Bruyn fonds

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Jan De Bruyn fonds

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12 cm of textual records

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Jan de Bruyn was born in Abcoude, Netherlands, in 1918. He obtained his BA from UBC (1949) and MA in English from London (1951). He joined UBC's Department of English as a lecturer and remained there until his retirement in 1983. De Bruyn was the founding editor of Prism and edited the departmental newsletter, The Newsense. After his retirement, he and his wife moved to Castlegar, BC, leading the Lifewriters. This group of senior citizens met regularly to tell and write stories about their lives; de Bruyn edited several published collections of their stories.

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Fonds consists of correspondence and reports relating to de Bruyn's duties as a member of the Department of English at UBC. The fonds also include incoming personal correspondence from Roy Daniells (including verses), Earle Birney, Margaret Laurence, Dorothy Livesay and Ethel Wilson. Also included are records from the Lifewriters: copies of stories, correspondence, financial records, and newspaper clippings.

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The records in Box 1 were donated to the University Archives by Jan de Bruyn in 1986. Materials in Box 2 were donated by de Bruyn and his daughter Diane Andersson in June 2016.


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Updated in January 2021, JM.

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