Fonds RBSC-ARC-1471 - Spider and Jeanne Robinson fonds

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Spider and Jeanne Robinson fonds

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  • 1974 - 2009 (Creation)

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13.817m of textual records and other materials

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(1948 -)

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Spider Robinson was born on November 24, 1948 in New York City. He graduated from the State University of New York in Stony Brook, Long Island, NY with a B.A. in English.

Since 1972, Spider Robinson has been publishing short stories, novelettes and novellas in "Omni", "Analog", "Destinies", and other magazines as well as book reviews and articles for publications of science fiction organizations and many novels.

Robinson has written 33 novels, including the well-known Callahan's Series, the Stardance Trilogy (including "Stardance," winner of the 1978 Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards and written in collaboration with his wife Jeanne Robinson), and the Deathkiller Trilogy.

The Robinsons moved to Nova Scotia in the 1970s and to Vancouver in 1987, where they continued to produce work. In the late 1990s they moved to Bowen Island, where Spider continues to reside.

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(1948 - 2010)

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Jeanne Robinson was born on March 30, 1948 in Boston.

She began dancing and choreographing in her youth, particularly in the realm of modern dance. She studied dance at many institutions including the Boston Conservatory, the Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey and Erick Hawkins schools, Nikolais/Louis Dance Theatre Lab, Toronto Dance Theatre, and the American Dance Festival.

Jeanne was the founder, director, and resident choreographer of the Nova Dance Theatre in Halifax, Nova Scotia from 1980 to 1987.

The Robinsons moved to Nova Scotia in the 1970s and to Vancouver in 1987, where they continued to produce work. In the late 1990s they moved to Bowen Island.

Jeanne Robinson was diagnosed with biliary cancer in 2009 and passed away on May 30, 2010.

Custodial history

Records were created by Spider and Jeanne Robinson during the years of 1974 to 2009. The original accession (boxes 1 to 25) was arranged and described at the Dalhousie University Library Archives, with correspondence being arranged alphabetically by sender and other material arranged in appropriate series and later deposited to the University of British Columbia Rare Books and Special Collections on May 16, 1994. Subsequent accruals were donated by the Robinsons and were arranged and described in similar series. The first accrual (boxes 26 to 45) was acquire by Rare Books and Special Collections on September 8, 1998, the second accrual (boxes 46 to 52) in 2000, the third accrual (boxes 53 to 63) on October 31, 2001, the forth accrual (boxes 64 to 67) between 2001 and 2011, and the fifth accrual (boxes 68 to 77) was acquired on January 21, 2011.

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The fonds consists of correspondence, mainly incoming; drafts (manuscripts, typescripts, computer printouts) and galley proofs of the written work of Spider Robinson and Jeanne Robinson; drafts of articles written by Spider Robinson; notebooks; printed material; and other materials relating to the writing career of Spider Robinson and the joint writing careers of Spider and Jeanne Robinson.

The fonds contains a sub-fonds of material relating to Jeanne Robinson's dance career and her involvement in the Nova Dance Theatre in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Includes 20 audio cassette tapes; 15 reel-to-reel sound recordings; 3 reel-to-reel video recordings; 17 photographs; 47 slides; negatives

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