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Dorothy Livesay fonds
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- Graphic material
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CA UMASC MSS 37, PC 43, TC 31-PC043
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- Livesay, Dorothy
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766 photographs and other graphic material. Note: Also contains 322 slides, 419 negatives, and 6 postcards.
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Dorothy Livesay was born in Winnipeg in 1909 and moved to Toronto with her parents at the age of ten. Her father, J.F.B. Livesay, was the first general manager of the Canadian Press, a war correspondent during World War I, and author of Canada's Hundred Days (1919). Her mother, Florence Randal Livesay, was a poet of distinction and a pioneer in the field of translating verse from Ukrainian into English. Dorothy Livesay studied at the University of Toronto and the Sorbonne, afterwards becoming a welfare worker, then a newspaper reporter, and finally a teacher. She taught Canadian Literature at the University of Victoria for two years. At the University of Alberta, she taught Canadian Literature and Creative Writing. She also taught in the United States and Zambia, the latter as a UNESCO field specialist. Known chiefly as a poet, Dorothy Livesay won the Lorne Pierce Medal in 1947 for distinguished service to Canadian literature. During the 1940s, she was twice honoured with the Governor-General's Award for Poetry. Some of her best-known poetry publications include Green Pitcher (1928), Call My People Home (1950), Ice Age (1975), Right Hand Left Hand (1977), The Woman I Am (1977), The Phases of Love (1983), and Journey With My Selves: a Memoir, 1909-1963 (1991). She died on December 29, 1996.
Scope and content
The collection consists of photographs of Livesay, family members, friends, and fellow writers. There are photographs of family homes and other places where Livesay has lived and worked, notably Manitoba, British Columbia, and Zambia. In the listing, identifications transcribed from the photographs themselves are placed within double quotation marks. Many of the photographs are held also as slides and negatives, a few in slide or negative form only: the notations "P," "S"' and "N" beside the item number indicate the formats (Print, Slide, Negative). All negatives are stored in Box #4. Slides are stored separately in the slides cabinet.
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This collection is organized into 4 series.
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Use of photographs is subject to copyright restrictions on specific items. See the file or item level description for more information.
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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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Finding aid created by the staff of the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections (1986). Finding aid encoded by Julianna Trivers (April 2002). Revision History: July 26, 2005 - PC 43 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
Revised by N. Courrier (July 2019).
Revised by N. Courrier (July 2019).