Accession A1986-024 - John Newlove accrual

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John Newlove accrual

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CA UMASC MSS 070-A1986-024

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  • 1954-1987 (Creation)

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3.25 m of textual records and other material

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The material in this fonds was donated to Archives & Special Collections in nine different accessions between 1986 and 1988.

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Accrual includes manuscripts of several of John Newlove's poetry books and short stories. Of his twelve publications, this fonds contains literary manuscripts of nine of them along with the related correspondence. Typescripts of publications included are Grave Sirs (1962), Moving in Alone (1965), The Cave (1968), Lies (1972), and The Night the Dog Smiled (1986). An unpublished manuscript is also included. Most of the collection is comprised of journals, correspondence, manuscripts and notes from the mid-1960s to 1986.

There is a large amount of correspondence, both private and business. The private correspondence includes letters to and from Newlove's family, friends and writers. The correspondence includes substantial communications between Newlove and other writers such as Earle Birney, Irving Layton, Al Purdy, John Metcalf, Alden Nowlan, Bernie Childs, Patrick Lane, and others. The business correspondence deals with publishers, universities, various magazines and organizations. The correspondence is essential in understanding how the Canadian literary and publishing scenes "work".

John Newlove's literary essays are also included as are a number of others about Newlove. Also included are John Newlove's opinions and reports and manuscripts and their authors which he edited or was asked to advise on.

Most of this fonds deals with the literary and personal development of John Newlove as reflected in the journals, manuscripts, edited revisions, reviews, reports, essays and correspondence.

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This accrual is arranged into sixteen series: Diaries and Journals; Poetry; Published Works and Manuscripts; Foreign Anthologies and Periodicals; Foreign Periodicals; Periodicals and Journals; Manuscripts Edited by Newlove; Manuscripts Sent to John Newlove for Comments and Advice; Correspondence with Family and Friends; General Correspondence; Correspondence Relating to Institutions; Correspondence: Reading, Employment, Publishers; Financial and Housekeeping Records; Works Written on Newlove; Photograph Collection (PC 81); and Tape Collection (TC 51)

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This accrual includes accessions: A1986-024, A1986-025, A1986-027, A1986-029, A1986-032, A1986-037, A1986-040, A1986-043, A1988-012

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Unprocessed material (A.86-27, A.98-68). The Thomas Fisher Library of the University of Toronto acquired a portion of Newlove's earlier works several years ago. These holdings include drafts of poems; typescripts and proofs of Grave Sirs , Moving in Alone , Elephants, Mothers & Others , and Black Night Window ; and correspondence with publishers and other Canadian authors. There is a box of materials at the University of Texas, Humanities Research Center. These holdings include page proofs, etc., for Newlove's contributions to el caorno emplumado/the plumed horn (Mexico City), No. 13 (January 1965), No. 17 (January 1966), and No. 19 (July 1966), and eleven letters from Newlove to el caorno emplumado/the plumed horn (Mexico City) dated 1964-1965.

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Inventory prepared by Heinz Kattenfeld (1991). Finding aid prepared by Brett Lougheed (June 2006)

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