Fonds MSS 18 - Eli Mandel fonds

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Eli Mandel fonds

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  • 1922-1986 (Creation)
    Mandel, Eli

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9.4 m of textual records and other material. [Note: Includes 59 photographs. -- 7 postcards. -- 21 negatives. -- 4 audio cassettes. -- 13 audio reels

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Biographical history

Eli Mandel was a Canadian poet, critic and academic. Mandel was born in 1922 in Estevan, Saskatchewan. Following military service in World War II, he resumed his studies at the University of Saskatchewan where he received an M.A. in English. Between 1953 and 1957, he taught at the College militaire royal de Saint-Jean. On completion of his Ph.D. at the University of Toronto, he joined the Department of English at the University of Alberta. His first published work appeared in 1954, a collection of poems in Trio. Thereafter, Mandel published several volumes of poetry including Black and Secret Man (1964), Criticism: The Silent-Speaking Words (1966), Eight More Canadian Poets (1972), The Poems of Irving Layton (1977), Life Sentence (1981) and several others. In the process, he established himself as one of Canada's foremost literary critics.

Apart from his major academic appointments, Mandel has taught courses and given workshops and readings at most Canadian universities as well as in other settings, in Canada and abroad (Europe, India).

By his first marriage, to Miriam Minovitch, Mandel has a daughter (Evie) and a son (Charles); by his second, to Ann Hardy, a daughter (Sara). He died September 3, 1992 in Toronto, Ontario.

Custodial history

The fonds was donated by Eli and Anne Mandel to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections in several installments between 1984 and 1992. Two final accruals were added in 2009.

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The fonds consists of biographical material, Eli Mandel's creative works of poetry and prose, and substantial correspondence between Mandel and several literary contemporaries all across Canada. Also included in the fonds are diaries, business correspondence, and lecture notes on the poetry, prose, and fiction of various writers. There are manuscript and typescript copies of most of his poems and critical works, frequently in many drafts, as well as drafts of his published anthologies. His formal articles are supplemented by notes for his lectures to university classes and other audiences. The correspondence includes exchanges of letters with many of his contemporary Canadian writers and scholars. There is a limited amount of material concerning members of Mandel's family, especially his first wife, Miriam (Minovitch) Mandel. The photograph collection consists of 59 photographs, 7 photo postcards, and 21 negatives. The tape collection consists of 4 audio cassettes and 13 audio reels, mostly of Mandel reading poetry.

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This collection is organized into 36 series.

Contemporaries, Correspondents, Etc.
Correspondence with Publishers, Booksellers, Etc.
Correspondence with Organizations, Etc.
Correspondence Re: Lectures, Readings, Etc.
Correspondence, Etc.
Notebooks, Diaries, Etc.
Lecture Notes; Poems
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University of Saskatchewan, 1945-1950
University of Toronto, 1950-1952
University Work, 1952-
University of Alberta, 1957-1967
York University
University Lecture Notes
Poetry: Single Poems
Prose: Articles, Essays, Lectures, Etc.
Miscellaneous Pieces
Miscellaneous Prefaces
Miscellaneous Reviews
Lectures, Etc., on Canadian Writers
Lectures, Etc., on Non-Canadian Writers
Collected Works: Poetry
Collected Works: Prose
Edited Anthologies
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Journals Containing Writings by EWM
Journals Containing Material About EWM
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Writings by Others (Unidentified)
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Photograph Collection ( PC 71)
Tape Collection (TC 48)
1993 Accession
2009 Accession

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There are no restrictions on use.

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A printed finding aid is available in the Archives reading room and an on-line finding aid is available at the link below: MSS 18, PC 17, TC 48 (A.84-37, A.85-11, A.87-56, A.90-22, A.92-71, A.09-85, A.09-104).

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Fonds consists of 7 accruals: A1984-037, A1985-011, A1987-056, A1990-022, A1992-071, A2009-085, A2009-104
No further accruals are expected.

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PC 71

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Finding aid created by A.E. Millward (1990). Finding aid encoded by Julianna Trivers (June 2002). July 26, 2005 - MSS 18, PC 71, TC 48 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15). Revised by N.Courrier (December 2018).

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