Fonds MSS 074 - Kenneth McRobbie fonds

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Kenneth McRobbie fonds

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CA UMASC MSS 074

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  • 1950-2008 (Creation)
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    McRobbie, Kenneth

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3.75 m of textual records

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(1929-)

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Kenneth McRobbie was born in England in 1929. He attended the University of Liverpool, receiving his B.A. (Honours) in 1953. His education continued at the University of Toronto where he received his M.A. in 1956. He continued on with his doctoral work but did not complete his thesis. In 1962 he entered the History Department at the University of Manitoba where he remained for 28 years, retiring at the end of the 1990 calendar year.

His interests lay in medieval and modern European cultural history. He introduced two undergraduate level history courses to the university, Futurology, and History of Utopias, concentrating on the question "where's society going?".

In 1967 he was the founder of Mosaic , a university publication, and remained co-editor until 1974.

McRobbie's other passion was poetry, as this collection demonstrates, with a specific emphasis on Hungary, his wife's birthplace. He made regular trips to Hungary and maintained his contacts there, as can be seen in his collection through his correspondence and translation work.

Upon his retirement McRobbie and his wife moved to Vancouver. He taught part-time in the History Department at the University of British Columbia and his wife at Simon Fraser University. His two passions continued to be poetry and literature.

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A1990-030 was donated by Kenneth McRobbie in 1991 and the A2008-069 was donated by Kenneth Mcrobbie in 2008.

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A1990-030 contains McRobbie's poetic and historical endeavors. Included are his poetry, publications, activities and translations. Also included are articles and reviews on his work, and correspondence, which span more than three decades. This correspondence is with contacts, both foreign - mainly Hungarian, and domestic. His translations include novels by Laszlo Nagy, Miguel Angel Asturias and Maria Krisztinkovich, and poetry by Ferenc Juhasz, Gyorgy Petri and Miklos Radnoti to name but a few.

A2008-069 includes two series; correspondance and drafts of poetry.

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A1990-030 is organized into 6 series:

Copies of Publications 1958-1990
Recent Poem Drafts 1956-1990
Activities [ca. 1951]-1989
Correspondence 1950-1990
Hungarian Translations - Novels [ca. 1973]-1989
Hungarian Translations - Ferenc Juhasz 1967-[ca. 1969]

A2008-069 is organized into 2 series:

Correspondence 1979-2008
Drafts of Poems

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1990-030

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2008-069

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A1990-030 finding aid was created by Kathleen Hamilton (October 1991) and encoded by Julianna Trivers (September 2002).
A2008-069 finding aid was created by Jordan Bass (June 2008) and encoded by Jordan Bass (June 2008).
July 26, 2005 - MSS 74 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).
Revised by N. Courrier (February 2019).

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