Fonds UBCA-ARC-1492 - Joan Coldwell fonds

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Joan Coldwell fonds

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14 cm textual records and other material.

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Joan Coldwell received her PhD. from Harvard University and taught English at the University of Victoria until moving to Ontario. Coldwell became a professor of English and director of Women's Studies at McMaster University. She was introduced to Jane Rule and Helen Sonthoff through their mutual friend Gail Pass. She has also worked as book page editor and columnist for the Victoria Times-Colonist and as a food writer and radio producer. She is the founder and publisher of Hedgerow Press. Established in 2004, Hedgerow Press has published books by B.C. writers and artists, including Jane Rule's last book, Loving the Difficult, a collection of essays that received the Lambda Award for non-fiction.

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Fonds consists of materials created and collected by Joan Coldwell through her relationship and her business dealings with Jane Rule. It includes incoming personal correspondence from Jane Rule and Helen Sonthoff to Joan Coldwell and Ann Saddlemyer. Also included is a sous-fond, Hedgerow Press – Loving The Difficult, arising from the Press’s publication of Jane Rule’s final book.
It consists of correspondence, contracts, obituaries, publication and promotion materials, including photographs of the book launch on Galiano Island, a digital copy of the work, a bound paper draft, and the 2008 Lambda Literary Award for non-fiction.

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Donated by Joan Coldwell in two accessions: the first (materials in Box 1 and all photographs) in February 2012, the second (Box 2) in November 2019.


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Related records may be found in the Helen Sonthoff fonds and the Jane Rule fonds.


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Other materials include 8 photographs,1 CD-ROM (Word and pdf) and 1 artifact.

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