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Dorothy Livesay fonds
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- Multiple media
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CA UMASC MSS 37, PC 43, TC 31-A1992-021
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- Livesay, Dorothy
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5.19 m of textual records & other material including 90 photographs, 6 slides, 2 microfiche and 48 audio cassettes and reel to reel tapes
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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.
This fonds include the accessions A1986-019 & A1992-021 purchased from Livesay in the 1986 & 1992. The two accessions were processed together under the A1992-021 title.
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The fonds is divided into eighteen series biographical information, family correspondence, correspondence, bibliographical information, reviews, Livesay's notes, Book-Journey With Myselves, short stories, essays & articles, poetry drafts, business papers, academic material, talks & addresses, organizations & associations, articles (mainly for newspapers, programs, pamphlets & publisher's calendar, newspaper articles of interest and writing by others.
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This collection is organized into 18 series
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Livesay has placed restrictions on some correspondence. Please see file or item level descriptions for more information.
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Finding aid created by Lewis St. George Stubbs (February 2005). Finding aid encoded by Lewis St. George Stubbs (February 2005). Revision History: July 26, 2005 - Mss 37 A.92-21 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).