Accession A2004-110 - Dorothy Livesay Tape Collection

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Dorothy Livesay Tape Collection

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  • Sound recording

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CA UMASC MSS 37, PC 43, TC 31-A2004-110

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  • 1965-1992 (Creation)
    Livesay, Dorothy

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3 cm of textual material, 2 reels, 54 tapes

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Biographical history

Dorothy Livesay was a Canadian poet who work spanned over five decades. She 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.

Custodial history

2004 accession was donated to the Archives & Special Collections by Jay Steward.

Scope and content

The collection consists of audio tapes of poetry readings, memoirs, interviews, music, and recordings of CBC programs.

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Immediate source of acquisition

The first and largest accession of papers arrived September 27, 1978 shortly after it was decided that the Archives & Special Collections at the University of Manitoba should own and handle the Collection. In the following six years, eighteen furthur accessions were received.


This collection is arranged into three series:

  1. Reels
  2. Tapes
  3. Commercial Tapes

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  • English

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There are no restrictions on access.

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

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Tape recordings, photographs, and printed works such as books and pamphlets have been separated from the papers and manuscripts. The forty-three recordings have their own accession number TC 31 and are fully described. The 852 photographs, most of which are of Livesay and members of her family, constitute PC 43. Those of her books not already in the University of Manitoba Libraries system have been catalogued for inclusion in the library.

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Finding aid created by Vladimira Zvonik (1965-1992). Finding aid encoded by Vladimira Zvonik (2006). Revised by N. Courrier (July 2019).

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