Fonds RBSC-ARC-1038 - Patricia Blondal fonds

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Patricia Blondal fonds

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  • [ca. 1929] – 1963, predominant 1949-1959 (Creation)

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31.6 cm of textual records and other material

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Patricia Blondal (née Jenkins) was born in Souris, Manitoba on December 12, 1926. At the age of seven she moved to Winnipeg with her family, where she would later study literature and poetry at United College at the University of Manitoba in the mid 1940s. On July 4, 1946, she married Harold Blondal who worked variously as a doctor, engineer and eventually as a cancer researcher. Following the completion of her degree, Blondal worked as a broadcaster for the CBC in Winnipeg. Before settling in Montreal in the fifties she traveled throughout Canada and England, where she lived for one year. In Montreal she resided with her husband and their two children, Stephanie and John, writing short stories, two posthumously published novels and the manuscript for an unpublished mystery novel. While writing, she worked in public relations and as a reporter and cigar clerk. Blondal died of cancer in November, 1959 at the age of 32.

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The records were donated to RBSC by Blondal's daughter in 1978, although it is unknown whether they were in her custody until that time.

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Fonds reflects Blondal's personal life and work as a writer, radio broadcaster, university student and researcher whose interests include religion, philosophy, psychology and criminology in the 1940s and 1950s. Records are arranged into four series, spanning from about 1929 to 1963, including documents that were added by her husband following her death in 1959.

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Fonds arranged in 1979, and later rearranged at the series level in 2009, involving the inclusion of folder 1-67 within the biographical information series which was a part of the printed material series under the original arrangement.

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All literary rights are retained by the donor. Permission to publish unpublished material, in any form, must be obtained from the donor.

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A copy of the original finding aid is available upon request in the Rare Books and Special Collections reading room.

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Re-described according to RAD standards in 2009.

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Includes 4 photographs, 1 postcard and 1 negative

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