Accession A2012-002 (PC 238, TC 138, EL 33) - Jake MacDonald Fonds

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Jake MacDonald Fonds

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CA UMASC MSS 275-A2012-002 (PC 238, TC 138, EL 33)

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  • 1996-2004 (Creation)
    MacDonald, Jake

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59 cm of textual & other material, including 77 3.5" floppy diskettes, 14 cassette tapes, 16 slides, 1 video cassette, 1 DVD, 3 medals, and 1 cork.

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Jake MacDonald was an award-winning Canadian author based in Manitoba. MacDonald was born in Winnipeg in 1949 and received his B.A. in English from the University of Manitoba in 1971. He supported himself as a carpenter and fishing guide for several years before embarking on a career as a writer that spanned almost four decades.

He is the author of ten critically acclaimed fiction and non-fiction books as well as numerous short stories. He published over two hundred articles and received over twenty-five awards for his work including the Greg Clark Award for best outdoor article in Canada in 1990. He was awarded the National Magazine Award six times. His 2002 book, Houseboat Chronicles, won three awards including the prestigious Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction.

His 1997 young adult novel Juliana and the Medicine Fish was made into a feature film in 2015. In 2019, his first play "The Cottage" was staged at Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre's John Hirsch Mainstage. Also in 2019, MacDonald won the Winnipeg Arts Council "Making a Mark Award."

Jake MacDonald died on January 30, 2020 after a fall in in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where he was building a house.

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This accession of the Jake MacDonald Fonds was donated to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Jake MacDonald in 2012.

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This accession of the fonds consists of notebooks containing research for several of MacDonald's books; three photographs; personal correspondence; audio cassettes containing radio adaptations of MacDonald's works and messages from MacDonald's answering machine; a VHS copy of an American Experience episode about spiritualism and Harry Houdini; digital copies of notes, research, and drafts of MacDonald's work on floppy disks and a rewritable conpact disc; medals received by MacDonald; and a cork from MacDonald's fortieth birthday celebration.

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14 June 2012

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