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A Memoir of Friendship materials
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1 m of textual records.
45 photographs : col.
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The series contains materials related to the publication of “A Memoir of Friendship: The Letters Between Carol Shields & Blanche Howard,” edited by Blanche Howard and her daughter Allison Howard. The series includes photocopies of original correspondence between Howard and Shields, some of which was provided by the archives of the National Library of Canada in Ottawa, as well as original incoming and outgoing correspondence, primarily via email, regarding the book project; drafts and notes; and original and copied photos, clippings, and ephemera. Among the letters between Howard and Shields are letters to and from publishers and editors of the book “A Celibate Season,” which was co-authored by them. The series also contains copies of letters written by Blanche Howard to the editors of the Vancouver Sun and The Province in 1983. Incoming and outgoing correspondence related to the publication of “A Memoir of Friendship” includes emails related to permissions, writing, editing, and promotion, among other issues. Correspondents include Don Shields, publishers and editors, Allison Howard, and others. The series also contains original photos of Carol and Don Shields, their daughter Anne Giardini, and Blanche Howard, as well as colour photocopies of photos of Shields and Howard. The series also contains original and photocopied newspaper clippings related to Shields and/or Howard, postcards and greeting cards, a copy of Read magazine, a theatre program, an invitation, and other materials.
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Many of the files in this series are restricted until December 31, 2038. Individual files that are restricted bear a note in this database and a physical sticker.
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Original letters between Blanche Howard and Carol Shields dating from 1974 until 2003 are available in the subseries “Correspondence with Carol Shields” in UBC Library’s Blanche Howard fonds. The Carol Shields fonds at Library and Archives Canada also contains correspondence between Shields and Blanche Howard.
Records were accumulated by Blanche Howard between about 2005 and 2007 in preparation for the publication of the book “A Memoir of Friendship.” The dates of accumulation have been used as the dates of creation for the photocopies of correspondence between Blanche Howard and Carol Shields, however, the original letters from which the copies were made were created between about 1970 and 1996.