Fonds UBCA-ARC-1491 - Jean Wilson fonds

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Jean Wilson fonds

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5 cm of textual records

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Jean Wilson became friends with Jane Rule through correspondence that began in 1975. Wilson then lived in Toronto, working as an editor at the University of Toronto Press (UTP). However, the following spring, she relocated to Vancouver. It started life as a freelance editor, mainly for UTP and UBC Press and a variety of other publishers and individuals. Soon after she moved, she travelled to Galiano Island to meet Jane Rule and Helen Sonthoff. Early in 1977, with encouragement from them, she moved to Galiano herself. There, she rented various houses for the next 3 1/2 years and became very much part of Jane and Helen's life and that of their many friends and acquaintances. Although she loved life on the island and was closely tied to Jane and Helen, working as a freelance editor came to be much work in itself, so she reluctantly moved back to Toronto, where she lived for four more years before finally deciding that the west coast was the place to be and where she returned in 1984. After another four years in Vancouver as a freelance editor, she joined UBC Press in 1988 as Managing Editor and, 20 years later, in 2008, retired as Senior Editor/Associate Director. Wilson currently lives on Vancouver Island, near Sidney -- freelancing once again.

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The fonds consists of incoming correspondence primarily from writer Jane Rule (1976-1983) and to a lesser extent from her partner Helen Sonthoff. It also includes copies of miscellaneous articles and columns by and about Jane Rule collected by Jean Wilson.

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