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Simma Holt fonds

  • CA UMASC MSS 103
  • Fonds
  • 1907 - 2009

The first accessions (A.90-20, A.90-38, A.0-48, A.91-54) are divided into three series: personal, publications, and politics. The personal series contains Holt's university essays. The publication series contains material pertaining to Holt's four published books and her newspaper career. Politics contains her correspondence as an MP.

The second accession (A.05-53) is divided into thirty-one series. They include biographical information and journals, Leon Holt material, Milner family, writing and research, unpublished material and manuscripts, her autobiography material, Johnathan Pollard research material, First Force manuscript, Council for the Damned manuscript, child violence research, drug research, women's research, justice system research, research material on Asia, Democratic Party research, National Parole Board, Liberal Party material, miscellaneous research, her articles, speeches and workshops, television projects and courses taught, academic material, awards, House of Commons, correspondence, lawsuits and complaints, writing by others, oversize material, map cabinet material, photographs, and tapes.

The third accession (A.07-14) is divided into five series and contains material pertaining to the court case Supreme Court of British Columbia - Simma Holt v. Thomson aka Sonja d. Fletcher Coronation Real Estate Services Ltd. d.b.a. Royal Lepage Coronation West Realty, and Ada Van Leeuwen.

The fourth accession (A.10-88) is divided into 8 series. They include: biographical & family material, diaries & journals, manuscripts & columns, correspondence, Gerald Eaton murder case, leaky condo material, photo collection (PC 103) and tape collection TC 103).

Holt, Simma

Simma Holt fonds

The fonds consists of 8 series: They include: Biographical & Family Material, Diaries & Journals, Manuscripts & Columns, Correspondence, Gerald Eaton Murder Case, Leaky Condo Material, Photograph Collections (PC 103) & Tape Collection TC 66

Holt, Simma

Simma Holt fonds

  • CA UMASC MSS 103-A1990-020, A1990-038, A1990-048
  • Accession
  • 1941-1989
  • Part of Simma Holt fonds

Simma Holt's collection is arranged under the main series of personal, publications, and politics. Under the series heading of publications, the papers are organized according to her four books: Terror in the Name of God , Sex and the Teen Age Revolution , The Devil's Butler , and The Other Mrs. Diefenbaker . In addition, there are sub-series for Holt's work as a journalist for the Sun and her work as a lecturer and free-lance columnist.

One of the most important holdings under the sub-series of journalism is a bound volume containing the complete series of The Vancouver Express , the newspaper that began with the lockout of Pacific Press employees on February 21, 1970 and ended when they returned to their jobs on May 15, 1970.

Of the four books published by Holt, Terror in the Name of God is the richest source of documents and photographs. The collection contains letters and records by early Freedomite leaders dating back to the 1920s. Holt went to Ottawa to research Freedomite origins; while there the police gave her access to secret files. Of the photographs, Holt wrote: "So fantastic and bizarre have been the antics of the Sons of Freedom Doukhobors in Canada that photographers have come from across the country and around the world to capture on film the fragments of their strange way of life." The photograph collection contains an album of over five-hundred pictures pertaining to the history of the Doukhobors. In addition, there are approximately 1,000 photos in this collection. These photos were acquired from the RCMP in Nelson B.C., the Vancouver Sun's photographer George Diack, former Nelson freelancer for CBC and the Sun Alice Jane Sloan, and former Nelson News photographer Bob Blackmore. The manuscript collection contains records of Doukhobor trials regarding bombings and burnings in B.C. in 1953, 1958, and 1962.

Holt's tape collection includes many interviews that pertain to The Other Mrs. Diefenbaker . Holt interviewed Edna's relatives as well as many of Diefenbaker's colleagues in parliament such as T.C. Douglas, Paul Martin, and Senator David Walker. She also interviewed Judge Roy Hall about the Atherton case which Diefenbaker successfully defended. Also in the tape collection are telephone conversations of the Satan's Angels motorcycle gang, taped by the police and interviews with Donna, the main character in The Devil's Butler .

In addition to material pertaining to her four books, Holt's collection includes an unpublished manuscript called "Divorce Lawyer," a biography of Neil Fleischman. In the tape collection are eighteen interviews with Hugh Pickett, Canada's best known impresario who became the owner and head of Famous Artists in Vancouver. Holt and Pickett had plans to publish a book using the taped interviews.

Both Terror in the Name of God and The Other Mrs. Diefenbaker evolved through many drafts and revisions. These edited drafts are also in Holt's collection.

During Holt's five year stint in politics, she maintained a voluminous correspondence. Unedited copies of letters written as a member of parliament between July 1974 and June 1979 are also in the collection.

Holt, Simma

Simma Holt fonds

The fonds have been separated into 31 series. They include: Biographical information & journals, Leon Holt material, Milner family material, Writing & manuscripts, Unpublished material & manuscripts, Autobiographical research material, Johnathan Pollard material, First Force manuscript, Council for the Damned manuscript, Child violence research, Drug research, Women's research, Justice System research, Research material on Asia, Democratic Party research, National Parole Board, Liberal Party, Miscellaneous research, Articles, Speeches & workshops, Television projects & courses taught, Academic material, Awards, House of Commons, Correspondence, Lawsuits & complaints, Writings by others, Oversize material, Map Cabinet, Photograph collection & Tape collection.

Holt, Simma

Simma Holt fonds

This accession contains material pertaining to a court case: Supreme Court of British Columbia - Simma Holt v. Thomson aka Sonja d. Fletcher Coronation Real Estate Services Ltd. d.b.a. Royal Lepage Coronation West Realty, and Ada Van Leeuwen.

Holt, Simma

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