Fonds MSS 233 (A2004-079, A2005-090) - Lyall Powers fonds

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Lyall Powers fonds

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CA UMASC MSS 233 (A2004-079, A2005-090)

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1.38 m of textual records, 72 photographs, 35 scans and 10 negatives.

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Powers was born July 13, 1924 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He served in the RCAF and Canadian Army from 1944-1945. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba in 1948. He attended the University of Paris (Sorbonne) from 1948 to 1950. The following year he received his M.A. in English from the University of Manitoba. He returned to Paris in 1953 to 1954 to study as the recipient of a Royal Society of Canada Fellowship. In 1955, Powers received his Ph.D from the University of Indiana. He spent two years at the University of Wisconsin before joining the University of Michigan in 1958 where he taught until he retired at age 80.

Powers wrote extensively on Henry James and often collaborated with Leon Edel. In 2003, Powers published a book about his former classmate Margaret Laurence titled Alien Heart: The Life & Work of Margaret Laurence (University of Manitoba Press).

Powers passed away on May 15, 2018.

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The fonds were donated by Lyall Powers in two separate accessions in 2004 and 2005.

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The fonds is arranged in five series. They include: Biographical Information; Research Material; Correspondence; Drafts of his book on Margaret Laurence; and a Photograph Collection (PC 202).

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The collection arrived as two separate accessions in 2004 and 2005. It was decided that the material would be processed as one accession.

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Finding aid created and encoded by Jennifer Rutkair (July 2006). Converted by Justin Fuhr (July 2016). Revised by N. Courrier (September 2019).

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