Fonds RBSC-ARC-1700 - Lazara Press fonds

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Lazara Press fonds

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on the provenance of the fonds.

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  • 1976 - 2012, predominate 1980 - 1997 (Creation)
    Lazara Press

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1 m of textual records and other materials

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(1982 -)

Administrative history

Lazara Press is a small, progressive publishing house located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The publishing house was founded by its current owner, Penny Goldsmith, in 1982. They publish poetry, literature, broadsides, and chapbooks. They also publish the "Discussions" series which serves as a forum for provocative and challenging essays and speeches on current issues. Lazara Press is committed to publishing, keeping in print and distributing works that might not otherwise be available.

Custodial history

Transferred from Lazara Press to UBC Rare Books and Special Collections in 2012.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of the business records created and/or collected by Lazara Press and its founder Penny Goldsmith, predominately from the early 1980s to the late 1990s. The records are loosely divided into two main categories: administrative and publication records. The administrative records contain material documenting the different functions of Lazara Press, including promotional/distribution information, financial records, memberships information, and correspondence Lazara Press had with other printing presses and booksellers in Canada and in Europe. Other administrative records include materials pertaining to projects Goldsmith was involved in, either as a representative of Lazara Press or of her own initiative.

The publication records contain material relating to the publication process of the various broadsheets, chapbooks, volumes of poetry, plays, short stories, and essays printed by Lazara Press. These records include drafts and manuscripts, layouts and prototypes, as well as the published editions of many of these works. Other records include correspondence between Lazara Press and various authors, contracts, promotional information, reviews, and distribution lists.

The fonds is divided into eleven series: Promotion and distribution; Lazara Press business records; Literary associations and publishing groups; Literary festivals and book fairs; Publishers; Editing + consulting; Penny Goldsmith articles; Other projects; Lazara published books; Broadsides and chapbooks; and Discussion series. The last three series are further divided into subseries, typically by author name but occasionally by the title of a publication.

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The fonds was processed and arranged at two separate dates. When Goldsmith donated the fonds to Rare Books and Special Collections in 2012, she submitted an inventory list outlining the record groups contained within the fonds. An Assistant to the Archivist then arranged the fonds according to this list, using the label used to describe the records group as the titles of each series. The Assistant processed four of the nine boxes donated to RBSC from Goldsmith, but for reasons unknown, left before the project could be completed.

In 2015, a second Archival Assistant completed processing and arranging the fonds. As four of the boxes of material had already been processed and arranged, and there was no documentation providing context of why or how these records were arranged the way they were, the series from the original arrangement were retained. Only one further series, the Discussion Series, was added. As it became apparent from the inventory list and from the unprocessed boxes that Goldsmith further subdivided her publications by author name or by publication title, subseries were added to the following series: Lazara published books; Broadsides and chapbooks; and the Discussion series.

File names supplied by Goldsmith were retained. Where no file name was listed, one was provided based on the contents of the file. Some of the series titles were modified and changed for clarity purposes.

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  • English

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Restrictions on access

Some of the files contained in this fonds contain personal information and are thus restricted. To see these files, or for more information, please contact the Archivist.

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Further accruals are not expected.

Physical description

Includes 161 photographs + 3 contact sheets, 9 drawings, and 2 CD-ROMs

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A draft of the finding aid for Lazara Press fonds was created in 2013.
Final copy of the finding aid was prepared by Katie Sloan, May 2015.

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