Fonds RBSC-ARC-1331 - Literary Storefront fonds

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Literary Storefront fonds

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3.1 m of textual records and other material.

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The Literary Storefront was established in Vancouver in 1978 as a drop-in centre for West Coast and Canadian literati. Under the direction of Mona Fertig, its founder, then later Tom Ilves and Wayne Holder, the non-profit society conducted readings, held workshops, lent books, offered courses and manuscript assessment services and published the work of local writers in several publications: The Literary Storefront Newsletter, the Birthday Book, Vancouver Literary News and Arts Guide.

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The fonds consists of financial records, correspondence, sound recordings, photographs, subject files and related printed material pertaining to their activities such as workshops, readings, fundraising, and publishing. Most of the files relate to general administration, funding, publications and author subject files that include unpublished manuscripts.

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Accrual was transferred by Mona Fertig, the first director of the Literary Storefront, to Rare Books and Special Collections in 2008.


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Includes 133 audio cassettes,61 photographs, 3 audio reels and 1 photograph album.

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Photograph album stored in box 23.

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