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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections Sheila Watson fonds File
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Diary from Edmonton, Calgary and Paris

  • CA ON00389 F6-1-2006 01 1
  • File
  • December 25, 1954 - September 2, 1955
  • Part of Sheila Watson fonds

File consists of a notebook containing 64 pages of handwritten diary entries by Watson while in Canada and France, reflecting on her situation and her relationships, and reading notes in ink and pencil, three pages of drawings and several pieces of ephemera, including a draft poem "Only those who have known birds" and an reflection on "The Double Hook".

Reading journal

File consists of a notebook containing 56 pages of reading notes regarding the works of Wyndham Lewis, one piece of ephemera and one diary entry dated January 1964.

Day planner from Nanaimo

File consists of a commercial day planner containing 6 pages of 8 brief journal entries regarding Watson's visitors, correspondence, financial transactions and the publishing of "Deep Hollow Creek", recorded between January 2 and February 26.

Notes regarding The Double Hook

File consists of 9 pages containing handwritten notes of biblical quotations, Greek references and mythological descriptions and small fragments of writing that would become "The Double Hook".

Manuscripts of Landscape of the Moon

File consists of 13 pages (two blank) of typed drafts of Watson's unfinished novel "Landscape of the Moon". Includes three distinct sections, all beginnings to the novel.

Manuscript of Hania short story

File consists of two typed pages of a short story beginning with a quotation from the Gospel of Thomas and featuring a female character Hania. This short story is presumed to be written by Watson as it does not contain any annotations or signatures by her.

Manuscript fragments of unpublished short stories

File consists of the contents of an original file folder containing 26 pages of handwritten and annotated typescripts of what appear to be three short story drafts and research notes, including: one torn sheet of typed material; three four-leaf gatherings of lined paper containing three pages of handwritten prose, and two typed pages of prose, all opening paragraphs for a short story labelled by Watson as "Spaniel caps", featuring the characters Daedalus, Oedipus and Aesop; eight typed and heavily annotated fragments of the opening paragraphs of a short story featuring the characters Uncle Daedalus and Boots; four typed and annotated fragments of the opening two pages of a possible short story featuring the characters Tom Payne Wyatt and Bray. These fragments may be part of Watson's novel "Landscape of the Moon"; one page of handwritten glossary notes in German;and one page containing a typed quotation by Paul Nash.

Manuscript of Brother Oedipus

File consists of a 14 page typescript of "Brother Oedipus" with a title page signed by Watson. This appears to be a final draft that she may have submitted for publication.

Manuscript of one poem

File consists of one typed poem "Dark in my heart of darkness" presumed to be by Watson, containing a ink drawing on the reverse by Wilfred Watson titled "Annual Meet of the Vancouver Branch of the David Society."

Edited copy of Remedial Reading essay

File consists of a 2 page essay by Watson "Remedial Reading" from the journal "The B.C. Teacher", which has annotated and corrected by Watson.

Manuscripts of Ipsofacts and sadcontras - Mr. Ellmann, Mr. Wagner, Miss Beach and Mr. Lewis

  • CA ON00389 F6-2-4-2006 01 75
  • File
  • [between September, 1957 and May, 1961]
  • Part of Sheila Watson fonds

File consists of two typescripts of Watson's "Ipsofacts and sadcontras - Mr. Ellmann, Mr. Wagner, Miss Beach and Mr. Lewis", including a 13 page typescript of article with Watson's 21 Sussex Avenue address in Toronto, and a 9 page typescript of the article, numbered 5 to 13. Typescripts are annotated in pencil by Watson and another, most likely Marshall McLuhan, her thesis supervisor.

Manuscript regarding St. Augustine and the city

File consists of a three page typescript regarding St.Augustine and his conception of the city annotated "SW" on the first page. This article may have been intended to be an introductory piece in an anthology project on the city in literature begun by Watson while in Toronto working with Marshall McLuhan between 1968 and 1969.

Correspondence from books/

File consists of a letter from Jerome Agel, on behalf of books/, a newspaper based in New York City, soliciting an article on Wyndham Lewis from Watson.

Correspondence from The Capilano Review

File consists of two versions of a letter from Pierre Coupey, editor of The Capilano Review, thanking Watson for her permission to publish her work, and a letter from Daphne Marlatt, associate editor, regarding Watson's interview that was published in the periodical.

Correspondence from English Studies in Canada

File consists of correspondence from Patricia Demers, managing editor of English Studies in Canada requesting that Watson evaluate a submitted manuscript on Ezra Pound's "Cantos". Includes the 24 page manuscript and three pages of handwritten notes by Watson.

Correspondence from Eskind Waddell

File consists of correspondence from Malcolm Waddell on behalf of Eskind Waddell, soliciting an essay from Watson for a proposed millennium book.

Correspondence from Harcourt Brace Canada

File consists of a letter from Nancy S. Ennis on behalf of Harcourt Brace Canada, requesting permission to reprint Watson's translations of Madeleine Ferron's short story "Le peuplement de la terre" (translated as "Be Fruitful and Multiply"), for a college textbook.

Correspondence from L'Herne

File consists of two versions of a letter from Bernard Lafourcade on behalf of L'Herne, and its journal Les Cahiers de l'Herne (Carthage, Tunisia), soliciting a contribution from Watson on Wyndham Lewis.

Correspondence from Prentice-Hall Canada Inc.

  • CA ON00389 F6-4-2006 01 601
  • File
  • March 14, 1986 - November 9, 1990
  • Part of Sheila Watson fonds

File consists of correspondence from Marilyn Chapman, Rob Greenaway, Sharon Houston, and Paula Pettitt on behalf of Prentice-Hall Canada Inc. regarding the inclusion of Watson's short story "Antigone" in the anthology "Windows and Mirrors : Volume 2", including a handwritten letter draft from Watson regarding a misprint in the original collection of "Five Stories".

Correspondence from The Queen's Quarterly (Kingston, ON)

  • CA ON00389 F6-4-2006 01 605
  • File
  • December 22, 1953 - March 27, 1956
  • Part of Sheila Watson fonds

File consists of correspondence from Malcolm Ross, editor of Queen's Quarterly (Kingston, ON), regarding Watson's submissions of her short stories "Brother Oedipus" and "The Black Farm", and his efforts to have the stories broadcast on CBC Radio and published in the United States by The Hudson Review.

Correspondence from St. Joseph's College (North Bay,ON)

  • CA ON00389 F6-4-2006 01 609
  • File
  • December 29, 1971 - March 20, 1972
  • Part of Sheila Watson fonds

File consists of correspondence from Lois G. Shannon and Farelyth J. Bruce-Jockhart of St. Joseph's College (North Bay, ON), regarding a theatrical adaptation of "The Double Hook", including 25 page playscript with stage designs for the production.

Correspondence from Robert Stacey

File consists of correspondence form Robert Stacey, a picture researcher for the New Canadian Library series, regarding the cover art for "The Double Hook", including six photocopies of possible paintings to be used.

Correspondence from University of Toronto Library

  • CA ON00389 F6-4-2006 01 614
  • File
  • November 5, 1968 - June 16, 1969
  • Part of Sheila Watson fonds

File consists of correspondence from Alice Moulton on behalf of the University of Toronto Library regarding permissions to reproduce or lend out copies of Watson's Ph.D. thesis to scholars.

Correspondence from the University of Waterloo

File consists of a letter from Richard Nemesvari and R. Lister of the University of Waterloo requesting permission to reprint Watson's short story "Antigone" in a student anthology of Canadian women writers.

Notebook from Paris

  • CA ON00389 F6-1-2006 01 8
  • File
  • [between March, 1956 and July, 1956]
  • Part of Sheila Watson fonds

File consists of a spiral notebook containing 81 pages of line drawings of people and other street scenes observed by Watson while living in Paris, as well as contact information for friends and notes on various schools in Europe and Africa and her employment opportunities. Also includes four loose self-portraits by Watson in pencil.

Diary from Paris, London, Vancouver and Toronto

  • CA ON00389 F6-1-2006 01 9
  • File
  • May 9, 1956 - December 23, 1961; May -August 1956 predominent
  • Part of Sheila Watson fonds

File consists of a notebook containing 172 pages of diary by Watson while in London, England, Paris, Vancouver and Toronto, including ephemera, reading notes and reflections on her emotional state, her surroundings and her attendance at plays and art exhibitions in Paris and London. Upon her return to Canada in August, 1956, Watson's entries become more sporadic and begin to focus on reading and research notes related to her PhD studies at the University of Toronto, her experiences in the city, and her correspondence and short visits with her husband Wilfred, who at this time is teaching in Edmonton. It appears Watson has excised a passage from a diary entry of July 30, 1956.

Diary from Toronto

  • CA ON00389 F6-1-2006 01 10
  • File
  • December 21, 1957 - January 20, 1958
  • Part of Sheila Watson fonds

File consists of a notebook containing 86 pages of diary entries made by Watson while pursuing her PhD at the University of Toronto, including one loose page of research notes. Diary entries focus primarily on her academic reading but also include reflections on her emotional state, her surroundings, her correspondence with her husband Wilfred and others and her academic experiences.

Reading journal

File consists of a notebook containing 90 pages of dated reading notes on subjects including Joyce, Sartre, psychology, and propaganda; transcriptions of conversations with her thesis supervisor Marshall McLuhan; a line drawing; and three diary entries regarding her correspondence with McLuhan.

Reading journal

  • CA ON00389 F6-1-2006 01 22
  • File
  • [between May 1969 and September 1969]
  • Part of Sheila Watson fonds

File consists of a notebook containing 66 pages of reading notes; bibliographic citations; contact information for colleagues, scholars and students; ephemera, and one dated diary entry for May 13, 1969.

Day planner for 1988

File consists of a commercial day planner featuring art from the National Gallery of Canada, containing 11 entries in total, between January 5 and February 17, pertaining to her daily activities, correspondence and financial transactions.

Diary from Nanaimo

File consists of a notebook containing 191 pages of diary entries regarding her friendships, telephone calls she received, visitors, her surroundings, current events, and the publishing of "Deep Hollow Creek"; reading notes on subjects such as Wyndham Lewis, Ezra Pound, Glenn Gould, Marshall McLuhan, biblical studies, psychology and Greek; bibliographic references, and a large amount of ephemera.

Page proofs of Deep Hollow Creek

  • CA ON00389 F6-2-1-2006 01 34
  • File
  • [between December 12 and December 17, 1991]
  • Part of Sheila Watson fonds

File consists of a 140 pages including a letter from Ellen Seligman, Watson's editor at McClelland & Stewart, and the page proofs for "Deep Hollow Creek", containing annotations regarding typography and the arrangement of text.

Advance copy of Deep Hollow Creek

File consists of an advance copy of "Deep Hollow Creek", including a letter from Ellen Seligman, Watson's editor, and two pages of corrections by Watson.

Manuscript draft of The Double Hook from Toronto

File consists of a 50 page notebook from Moulton College with 7 loose inserts totaling 60 pages of handwritten manuscript for "The Double Hook", including biblical quotes and reading notes.

Manuscript of Haemon's story

  • CA ON00389 F6-2-2-2006 01 56
  • File
  • [between August 19, 1955 and August 6, 1956]
  • Part of Sheila Watson fonds

File consists of a 15 page annotated typescript with title page of an early version of the short story "Antigone", here titled "Haemon's Story". The return address printed on the title page is Watson's apartment in Paris.

Manuscript of nine poems

  • File consists of nine typed poems, including "The osprey", "Bird's words", "Sometimes between light and light", "The sacrifice", "O superbia initium sumpsit omnis perditio", "I have seen what Moses saw", and "In wyntter quan pe frost hym fres...", and two untitled poems begining "And he came
  • out of the tomb..." and "He stood in the mountains
  • saying :...". The typescript has been signed "S.M. Watson".

Manuscript of three poems

File consists of a typescript of three poems, "Heuros has a nightmare", "Heuros makes a decision" and "If I were Resoun & not nature". These poems are presumed to be by Watson as they contain no annotations, nor are they signed.

Manuscripts regarding Wyndham Lewis

File consists of four typescripts regarding Wyndham Lewis which may be versions of chapters of Watson's thesis or later articles and lectures which she developed out of her research. They include: a 19 page typescript which has been heavily annotated in pencil and ink by Watson; a 28 page typescript that has been annotated by Watson; a 30 page typescript annotated in ink by Watson, bound in a tan folder; and a 28 page typescript regarding Lewis' "The Childermass". This may be a script for a lecture or conference paper, as Watson occasionally uses the first person.

Manuscript drafts of Ipsofacts and sadcontras - Mr. Ellmann, Mr. Wagner, Miss Beach and Mr. Lewis

File consists of an original file folder containing several labels and notes containing 44 pages of typed and heavily annotated draft typescripts of Watson's "Ipsofacts and sadcontras - Mr. Ellmann, Mr. Wagner, Miss Beach and Mr. Lewis", including: 2 loose pages, (p.12) and (p.5), which are heavily annotated in ink; 6 pages of handwritten notes and typed paragraphs in blue ink; a 6 page typescript of the article typed in black and blue, annotated in ink and written on the first page "Promulgating ipsofacts and sadcontras (F.W. 156)" by Watson; 8 pages of typescript numbered 5 to 12 lightly annotated in ink; a 12 page typescript of the article annotated in pencil and black and green ink; and a 10 page typescript of the article annotated in ink.

Manuscript of Myth and Counter-myth

File consists of a 28 page annotated typescript of the article "Myth and Counter-myth" published in White Pelican 4:1 (Winter 1974): 7-19.

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