Fonds MSS 402 (A2014-054) - Maara Haas fonds

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Maara Haas fonds

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CA UMASC MSS 402 (A2014-054)

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  • 1936-2012 (Creation)
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    Haas, Maara

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0.75 m. of textual & other material.

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(1920-2012)

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Maara Haas (nee Lazecko) was born in Winnipeg on Feb. 12, 1920. At the age of fifteen she received an IODE Laura Secord award for her essay Let No Man Call Me Foreigner. She received a degree in Journalism from Berkeley University, California in 1939. She spent two years as a reporter & literary critic for the Washington Post before returning to Winnipeg. In 1964 she was awarded an Honorary LLD from the Ukrainian Free University of Arts & Sciences in London for her translations of the poetry of Taras Shevchenko into English.

Haas had a varied career as a poet, writer, playwright, actress & creative writing teacher. She had a chap book of her poetry published by Ryerson Press in 1952. Turnstone Press published Why Isn't Everybody Dancing in 1990. McGraw Hill Ryerson published her novel about growing up in Winnipeg's ethically diverse Northend in 1976. That same year her stage play Otherworlds/ Other Faces was produced by the Winnipeg YMCA. In the 1980's Haas taught creative writing in local schools, Indian reservations at Oxford House & Grand Marais & in Bermuda. She died on August 29th 2012.

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The fonds were donated by Haas' son Lloyd in 2014.

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The fonds consists of seven series including: Biographical information, literary career, creative writing classes, correspondence, research material, 9 photographs & 1 audiocassette.

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Donated by Lloyd Haas in 2014.

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Copyright restrictions may apply, please contact the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections for details.

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Created by Lewis Stubbs, December 2015.
Revised by Andrea Martin, December 2015.
Quality checked by Mary Grace Golfo-Barcelona on 09 June 2017.

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