Fonds MSS 140 - Carol Matas fonds

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Carol Matas fonds

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  • 1940, 1960, 1970-2014 (Creation)
    Matas, Carol
    Winnipeg (Man.)

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8.39 m of textual material, 11 photographs, 10 negatives, 13 slides, 1 black and white postcard, 1 CD, 1 DVD, 1 audio book, 1 oversize folder.

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Carol Matas was born in 1949 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Western Ontario, which she completed in 1970. She then attended the Actor’s Lab in London, England, graduating in 1972. After returning to Canada, Carol worked as a professional actor in Toronto for a number of years before she began writing. Ever the book lover, she decided to try her hand at writing during the summer of 1977, and published her first book The D.N.A. Dimension (Gage Publishing) in 1982. Since then, she has become the author of 45 books, ranging from children’s books to historical fiction to sci-fi. She is also the author of several works of fantasy in partnership with Perry Nodelman. Her works have been translated into over a dozen languages and adapted into stage productions. She is the recipient of dozens of awards, and has been featured in the New York Times Book Review as well as being nominated for the prestigious Governor General’s Award. She is well-known for her books about the Holocaust and World War II, such as Daniel’s Story (Scholastic Canada, 2018), which was commissioned by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. Carol currently lives with her family in Winnipeg.

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Perry Nodelman is Professor Emeritus in the Department of English at the University of Winnipeg and is involved in the University's Centre for Research in Young People's Texts and Cultures. He is the author of "Words About Pictures: The Narrative Art of Children's Picture Books" and "The Pleasures of Children's Literature". He is also the author of several children's and young adult novels, often in collaboration with Carol Matas.

Custodial history

The fonds was donated to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Carol Matas in several accessions between 1995 and 2018.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of personal and professional correspondence, fan mail, publicity (print and online reviews, newspaper clippings, and posters advertising her appearances), photographs, awards material. research, drafts of some of Matas's novels, and copies of her published work. The fonds also contains a DVD copy of a short documentary on Matas and an audiobook of "Daniel's Story".

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See individual finding aids for arrangement information.

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  • English

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See individual finding aids for additional language listings, as some accessions contain translated copies of books or other material.

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Restrictions on access

The following files are restricted:

A2003-051: Material in Box 15 has been classified as restricted and is unavailable to researchers for 25 years after 2003.
A2005-042: Access to Box 8 of this collection is restricted.
A2007-023: Access to box 8 of this accession is restricted.
A2011-050: Box 10, folder 6 is restricted.
A2012-032: Box 5, folders 11-12 are restricted.
A2017-047: Box 1, File 1 is restricted.
A2018-130: Box 2, File 3 is restricted.

Please contact the archives for further information.

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Finding aids

Print finding aids for the 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, and 2005 accessions are available in the Archives' reading room.

A finding aid can be downloaded from the fonds-level description by clicking on the “Download’ link under “Finding Aid” on the right hand side of the screen.

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Accruals include: A1995-064, A1998-025, A1999-074, A2000-039, A2001-028, A2003-051, A2005-042, A2007-023, A2008-092, A2011-050, A2012-032, A2014-086, A2017-047, A2018-130.
Further accruals may be expected.

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Photograph Collection

PC 148

Tape Collection

TC 111

Electronic Records Collection

EL 30

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Created by Elizabeth-Anne Johnson (May 4, 2012). Revised by Elizabeth-Anne Johnson (May 8, 2012), Tyyne Petrowski (December 25, 2014), Nicole Courrier (August 2019).

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  • English

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