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Eileen Sykes fonds
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- Sykes, Eileen
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0.52 m of textual records, 6 audio cassettes, and 1 Ouija board.
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Eileen Sykes was a Manitoba writer. She also worked for Dr. T. Glendenning Hamilton and participated in his experiments on parapsychology. Sykes was raised on a farm in La Vallee, Ontario, but spent most of her adult life in Winnipeg. Her farm childhood is credited as the source of her fantasies of forest animals and the world of nature. Her imagination, when coupled with her literary abilities, led her to publish several short books of children's literature including The Gay Garland (1954) and Fanella and the Forest Folk (1978). She also wrote short stories and poetry and was a member of the Manitoba Writers Guild and the Canadian Authors Association.
In 2000, the Eileen McTavish Sykes award for Best First Book by a Manitoba Writer was established by the Manitoba Writers Guild. Eileen Sykes passed away in 2002.
Donated by Mrs. Sykes between 1984 and 1991. Material was also donated in 2002 and 2013.
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The first accession consists of literary manuscripts to her books, poems, tape recordings of her interviews, and some scattered correspondence. As a participant in Dr. T. Glendenning Hamilton's experiments on parapsychology, Syke's few notes on those studies are included here. The fonds also includes an Ouija board.
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The first accession is organized into 6 series:
Other Literary Works
Tape Collection (TC 71)
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Finding aid created by Jeff Long (1995). Encoded by Julianna Trivers (November 2002). Revision History: July 26, 2005 - MSS 107, TC 71 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
Revised by N. Courrier (September 2019).