Accession MS COLL 606 - Bruce Whiteman Papers

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Bruce Whiteman Papers


  • 1917-2010 (Creation)

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22 boxes (3 metres)

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Librarian and poet Bruce Whiteman was born near Toronto in 1952. After working as a rare book librarian at McMaster and McGill Universities, he moved to Los Angeles in 1996 to become head librarian at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library at UCLA. Whiteman has published extensively as a poet, scholar, cultural historian and book reviewer. He is the author of numerous books of poetry, including his long poem The Invisible World is in Decline, which has now reached Book VI (published in 2006 by ECW Press). He regularly writes reviews for Canadian and American journals, and his scholarly books include Lasting Impressions: A Short History of English Publishing in Quebec (1994) and J.E.H. Macdonald (1995). He has also written bibliographies of Leonard Cohen and Raymond Souster.

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Gift of Bruce Whiteman, 2010.

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Includes writing and professional documents; personal and family material; correspondence; drafts of short pieces, books, talks and appearances; personal journals and other material related to the life and work of Bruce Whiteman

Note: Correspondence has been kept in original order.

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Contains restrictions. Personal journals are restricted during the lifetime of Bruce Whiteman and may be read only with his permission.

Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form:

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Bruce Whiteman retains copyright and literary rights to all material written by him.

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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