Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00603 - Helen Weinzweig Papers

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Helen Weinzweig Papers


  • 1945-2003 (Creation)

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Manuscript Collection

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118 boxes and items (7.5 metres)

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Biographical history

Helen Weinzweig was born May 21, 1915, in Radom, Poland, emigrating to Canada in 1924. Her parents were Joseph and Lily (a hairdresser, maiden name Wekselman) Tenenbaum. On July 19, 1940 she married Canadian composer John Weinzweig, and together they have two sons, Paul and Daniel. She died in February of 2010 at the age of 94. Her works include: Passing Ceremony; Basic Black with Pearls; A View From the Roof, and many short stories.

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Gift of Daniel Weinzweig, 2010

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Collection includes extensive correspondence with friends, family, fans, editors and publishers; drafts of manuscripts and notes for Passing Ceremony, Basic Black with Pearls, A View From the Roof, Bridge of Sighs, A Classical Education (including Dave Carleys scripts for theatre) and other short stories and pieces, such as The Zurich Years: a memoir of my mother, also My Mothers Luck; haiku; Zen Buddhism material; lectures; reviews; appearances; extensive typed and holograph personal journal, 1958-2000s, including from various travels (China, Japan, Europe, Indonesia, Mexico, Cuba, Canada and the United States) and at home; photographs; books; print ephemera; her typewriter and other material related to her life and work.

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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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  • English

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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