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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections Sheila Watson fonds
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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.

Annotated and edited manuscript of Deep Hollow Creek

File consists of a 143 page photocopied typescript of Deep Hollow Creek heavily annotated by both Watson and Ellen Seligman, an editor from McClelland & Stewart, as well as correspondence from Seligman, a six page mock-up of front matter for the published book, eight pages of editorial comments from Seligman and a 30-page photocopy of Watson's hand-written comments and edits.

Annotated photocopied manuscript of Deep Hollow Creek

File consists of a 143 page photocopy of Watson's original typescript of "Deep Hollow Creek", which has been revised and annotated by Watson and Fred T. Flahiff. This typescript has been bound with a plastic ring spine.

Banking records and personal loans

Sub-series consists of one file containing banking and legal information regarding a personal loan from Sheila Watson. Material such as bank books, chequebook receipts and statement updates from the Bank of Montreal was deaccessioned as it did not contain material of significant evidential or informational value.

Blank postcards

Sub-series consists of one file of blank postcards collected by Watson. Most of the postcards depict Parisian landmarks, holdings from the Louvre, renaissance portraiture, religious art, modern art and several duplicated versions of postcards from The Coach House Press.

Book, art and periodical purchases, loans, subscriptions and donations

Sub-series consists of 72 files of receipts and invoices from book dealers, publishers, art dealers and periodicals regarding purchases by Watson of books, pamphlets, archival material, subscriptions and works of art. Also includes correspondence with art galleries regarding the loan of works owned by Watson and her husband for various exhibits, as well as tax receipts regarding financial support Watson gave to various small literary journals.

Files include:

Box 59

  • 2006 01 872 Correspondence and receipts from Alan and Joan Tucker booksellers (Glouchestershire, England) 1964
  • 2006 01 873 Correspondence and invoices from Alan Hancox Fine Books (Cheltenham, England) 1963, 1964, 1966
  • 2006 01 874 Correspondence, receipts and invoices from Bay Press (Seattle, WA) 1985, 1988, 1990
  • 2006 01 875 Invoice from Bernard Quaritch Ltd. antiquarian booksellers (London, England) 1970
  • 2006 01 876 Correspondence and catalogue from Bernard Stone bookseller (London, England) 1967, 1969
  • 2006 01 877 Correspondence, invoices and receipts from Bertram Rota Ltd., booksellers (London, England) 1959 - 1969
  • 2006 01 878 Correspondence, invoices and receipts from Blackwell's booksellers (Oxford, England) 1966 - 1972
  • 2006 01 879 Correspondence, invoices and receipts from the Bob Miller Book Room (Toronto, ON) 1986 - 1991
  • 2006 01 880 Correspondence, invoices and receipts from the Bookstore on Bastion (Nanaimo, B.C.) 1991 - 1997
  • 2006 01 881 Invoice from Calder and Boyars Ltd. publishers (London, England) 1967
  • 2006 01 882 Correspondence from Cambridge University Press 1993
  • 2006 01 883 Invoices and receipts from Coach House Press 1980, 1985, 1987, 1992
  • 2006 01 884 Invoices from Copp Clark Publishing Company (Toronto, ON) 1967 -1968
  • 2006 01 885 Invoices from CUP Services (Ithaca, NY) 1988
  • 2006 01 886 Correspondence from dall'Oglio, editore (Milan, Italy) 1962
  • 2006 01 887 Invoices from Donaldson and Company Books (Nanaimo, B.C.) 1986, 1990
  • 2006 01 888 Invoices from Fitzhenry and Whiteside Ltd. (Scarborough, ON) 1967
  • 2006 01 889 Invoices from Harvard University Press, 1994
  • 2006 01 890 Correspondence from Watson to Human Development Corporation (New York, NY) 1969
  • 2006 01 891 Receipts regarding purchases from J. Howard Woolmer Books 1967
  • 2006 01 892 Correspondence, invoices and receipts from James Thin booksellers (Edinburgh, Scotland) 1964, 1968
  • 2006 01 893 Correspondence and receipts from Lapis Press (Venice, CA) 1989 -1991
  • 2006 01 894 Invoices from Laurie Hill Limited Rare Books and Manuscripts (Montreal, Quebec) 1964 - 1965
  • 2006 01 895 Invoices and receipts from Longspoon Press (Edmonton, Alta.) 1983
  • 2006 01 896 Correspondence from Loyola University Press (Chicago, IL) 1987
  • 2006 01 897 Invoices and receipts from McClelland and Stewart 1992 - 1994
  • 2006 01 898 Invoice from M.G. Hurtig Booksellers Ltd. (Edmonton, Alta.) [between 1961 - 1980]
  • 2006 01 899 Correspondence and invoices from Michael Lewis bookseller (Croscombe Wells, Somerset, England) 1967

Box 60

  • 2006 01 900 Correspondence from Michael Katanka (Books) Ltd. (Edgware, Middlesex, England) 1970
  • 2006 01 901 Invoices from The MIT Press (Cambridge, MA) 1987 - 1988, 1990
  • 2006 01 902 Correspondence, invoices and receipts from Peter Russell bookseller (Fairwap, Sussex, England) 1957 - 1961, 1974, 1983
  • 2006 01 903 Correspondence regarding purchases from rdc press (Red Deer, Alta.) 1985
  • 2006 01 904 Invoices from Richard West, bookseller (Philadelphia, PA) 1964
  • 2006 01 905 Invoice from The Scholar's Bookshelf (Princeton Junction, NJ) 1984
  • 2006 01 906 Invoices from St. George's Gallery Books Limited (London, England) 1964-1965, 1968, 1970
  • 2006 01 907 Invoice from Talon Books (Vancouver, B.C.) 1993
  • 2006 01 908 Invoice from the University of Chicago Press 1988
  • 2006 01 909 Invoices from the University of Toronto Press 1990
  • 2006 01 910 Invoice regarding purchase from University Press Books 1988
  • 2006 01 911 Invoice and receipt from Vanderbilt University Press (Nashville, TN) 1967
  • 2006 01 912 Invoices and receipts from unidentified book sellers 1964, 1967, 1973, 1990
  • 2006 01 913 Correspondence from Graphica art gallery (Edmonton, Alta) 1980
  • 2006 01 914 Correspondence, loan agreement and conservation treatment report regarding loan of Molly Lamb Bobak painting to Mackenzie Art Gallery, University of Regina 1991- 1996
  • 2006 01 915 Correspondence from Calgary Allied Arts Council and the Carnegie Institute Department of Fine Arts (Pittsburgh, PA) regarding loan of Jack Shadbolt painting 1955
  • 2006 01 916 Correspondence from d'Offay Couper Gallery (London, England) regarding purchase of Wyndham Lewis drawing, 1973
  • 2006 01 917 Correspondence from Glenbow Museum (Calgary, Alta.) regarding loan of Jack Shadbolt paintings, 1990 - 1991
  • 2006 01 918 Correspondence from Jerrold Morris Gallery (Toronto, ON) regarding purchase of Jack Shadbolt drawing, 1968
  • 2006 01 919 Correspondence from the National Gallery of Canada regarding loan of Jack Shadbolt drawing and purchase of study by Michael Ayrton, [before 1971]
  • 2006 01 920 Receipt from Vancouver Art Gallery regarding purchase of Molly Bobak painting and Jack Shadbolt exhibition, 1951, 1969
  • 2006 01 921 Correspondence, invoice and receipt regarding subscription to © [Copyright] 1989
  • 2006 01 922 Correspondence, invoices and promotional material regarding subscription to Agenda 1974, 1987, 1989
  • 2006 01 923 Correspondence regarding subscription to The Antigonish Review 1983, 1996-1997
  • 2006 01 924 Receipts and invoices regarding subscription to Assemblage 1992, 1994-1997
  • 2006 01 925 Correspondence regarding subscription to Canadian Forum 1994-1995
  • 2006 01 926 Correspondence regarding journals from Grand Street (New York, NY) 1989
  • 2006 01 927 Correspondence regarding subscription to Descant 1987-1988, 1992-1995
  • 2006 01 928 Correspondence and invoices regarding subscription to October 1988-1989, 1992, 1994-1997
  • 2006 01 929 Correspondence regarding subscription to Paideuma 1978 - 1979, 1988, 1992
  • 2006 01 930 Correspondence regarding subscription to Palaver 1992
  • 2006 01 931 Correspondence and receipt regarding subscription to Parachute 1985, 1991-1992, 1995
  • 2006 01 932 Correspondence regarding subscription to Parole 1991
  • 2006 01 933 Correspondence regarding subscription to Signature 1992
  • 2006 01 934 Correspondence regarding subscription to Spirale 1981, 1985, 1991-1992
  • 2006 01 935 Correspondence regarding Texte zur Kunst 1992
  • 2006 01 936 Correspondence regarding subscription to Unmuzzled Ox 1980
  • 2006 01 937 Correspondence regarding subscription to line and West Coast Line 1987, 1990, 1994, 1996
  • 2006 01 938 Correspondence regarding subscription to Works 1967
  • 2006 01 939 Correspondence regarding subscription to Zone [after 1980?]
  • 2006 01 940 Correspondence soliciting subscriptions to periodicals 1985-1987, 1992-1993
  • 2006 01 941 Correspondence regarding donations to The Canadian Forum 1985-1986, 1988
  • 2006 01 942 Correspondence regarding donations to The Capilano Review 1990
  • 2006 01 943 Correspondence regarding donations to the Loyal Order of the Rubber Chicken (LORC) 1987
  • 2006 01 944 Correspondence regarding donations to line and West Coast Line 1985-1988, 1992-1995

Canada Council material

Sub-series consists of includes correspondence and official documentation related to Watson’s activities with various panels and committees of the Canada Council, where she served as a consultant and jury member who read submitted manuscripts and applications for writing and travel grants. This also includes material in which Sheila was a recipient of such awards and grants, as a result of her publishing and public speaking.

Files include:

  • 2006 01 672 General correspondence from The Canada Council, 1979-1982
  • 2006 01 673 Canada Council news releases, 1979 -1995
  • 2006 01 674 Correspondence regarding Governor General's Awards jury participation, 1972-1981
  • 2006 01 675 Correspondence regarding grants committee jury participation, 1975 -1987
  • 2006 01 676 Correspondence regarding Advisory Arts Panel participation, 1979 -1982
  • 2006 01 677 Correspondence regarding receipt of Canada Council public readings grants, 1974 - 1984
  • 2006 01 678 Correspondence regarding nomination for Governor General's Award, 1992
  • 2006 01 679 Correspondence from Katherine Berg
  • 2006 01 680 Correspondence from Luc Jutras

Collected material

Sub- series consists of six sub-sub-series of material purchased and collected by Watson for the purpose of her academic research, creative writing, personal interest and professional responsibilities as a professor, thesis supervisor and member of literary community.

Sub-sub series include:

  1. Bibliographic and archival finding guides
  2. Memorabilia and photographs regarding Wyndham Lewis
  3. Felix Giovanelli correspondence collection
  4. Jessica Dismorr correspondence collection
  5. Watson Library
  6. Photocopied and duplicated articles, typescripts, photographs and newspaper clippings

Correspondence from Branko Gorjup

File consists of correspondence from Branko Gorjup, asking for Watson's permission to include "Antigone" in his Italian translations of Canadian short fiction, to be published by Supernova publishers in Venice, Italy.

Correspondence from Brian McGugan

File consists of a letter from Brian McGugan, inquiring about the film rights to "The Double Hook", and including a 49 page playscript "The Man With The Jelly Mask" and newspaper clippings of his theatre work.

Correspondence from Bruccoli Clark Inc.

  • CA ON00389 F6-4-2006 01 552
  • File
  • April 1, 1986 - December 5, 1987
  • Part of Sheila Watson fonds

File consists of correspondence from Margaret V. Hill, editor of the Dictionary of Literary Biography, on behalf of Bruccoli Clark Inc. (Columbia, S.C.), requesting biographical information from Watson.

Correspondence from Canadian Literature

File consists of correspondence from George Woodcock, editor of the periodical Canadian Literature, soliciting articles and book reviews regarding Wyndham Lewis, and requesting Watson's opinions of potential contributors.

Correspondence from Coach House Press

  • CA ON00389 F6-4-2006 01 560
  • File
  • February 6, 1980 - October 16, 1996
  • Part of Sheila Watson fonds

File consists of correspondence from Stan Bevington, Sarah Evans, Carolyn Guertin, Clifford James, Margaret McClintock, Karen Mac Cormack, David McFadden, Sarah Sheard and Karen Shook on behalf of Coach House Press, regarding royalty statements and reprint premissions regarding her short story collections published by the press, as well as solications for her translations of Madeleine Ferron's stories and correspondence from HBJ-Holt, Heather Jones, Lester & Orpen Dennys, Gerald Lynch, regarding publishing rights forwarded to Watson by Coach House staff. Also includes a page of editorial corrections by Watson of the 1985 edition of "Five Stories".

Correspondence from Descant

  • CA ON00389 F6-4-2006 01 562
  • File
  • January 12, 1991 - April 29, 1991
  • Part of Sheila Watson fonds

File consists of correspondence from Donna Bennett and Helen Hacksel on behalf of Descant regarding the journal's twentieth anniversary and Watson's donation of several books of poetry by Wilfred Watson.

Correspondence from Edge

File consists of a copy of Edge : an independent periodical edited by Henry Beissel. The issue, mailed to Watson, contains handwritten annotations by her.

Correspondence from Eighteenth-Century Studies

File consists of correspondence from Robert H. Hopkins, editor of Eighteenth-Century Studies : a journal of literature and the arts, inviting Watson to submit her article "Swift and Ovid : the Development of Metasatire" to the journal.

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 Essays on Canadian Writing

File consists of correspondence from Ken Norris and John Harris, guest-editors of Essays on Canadian Writing, Norris soliciting a contribution to a special issue on George Bowering and Harris soliciting a contribution regarding criticism of B.C. writers.

Correspondence from Faber and Faber Ltd. Publishers

File consists of correspondence from T.S. Eliot and Charles Monteith regarding Watson's submission of her husband Wilfred's poetry "Friday's Child" and Peter Montgomery's manuscript "The Waste Land as City" for publication, and her efforts to publish her work on Wyndham Lewis and regarding the death of T.S. Eliot. Includes a two page typed and annotated draft letter from Watson responding to Eliot's acceptance of Friday's Child.

Correspondence from Gage Educational Publishing Limited

File consists of correspondence from Lucile Black, Joan Compton, (later Joan Parker),Sylvia Smith, Nancy Visee, C. Wieczorek, Irmgard Wieler and Pam Young on behalf of Gage Publishing Limited (prior to 1972 known as W.J. Gage Limited), regarding distribution rights and royalty statements related to the inclusion of "Antigone" in a number of their textbooks.

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 Jerry Franken

File consists of a letter from Jerry Franken, inquiring about the film rights of "The Double Hook", which was forwarded to Watson from McClelland and Stewart.

Correspondence from Kontakte

File consists of correspondence from Paul Dutton and Steven Smith of Kontakte, soliciting a contribution from Watson to a festschrift for bpNichol.

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 Lester & Orpen Dennys Publishers

  • CA ON00389 F6-4-2006 01 582
  • File
  • February 27, 1990 -January 29, 1991
  • Part of Sheila Watson fonds

File consists of correspondence from Kirsten Hanson on behalf of Lester & Orpen Dennys Publishers, regarding Watson's permission to include her English translation of Madeleine Ferron's short story "Be Fruitful and Multiply"(originally "Le peuplement de la terre") in the anthology "From Ink Lake", edited by Michael Ondaatje.

Correspondence from Macmillan of Canada

File consists of correspondence from Christine Bower, Douglas M. Gibson, Ronald M. Paulson and Leon Rooke on behalf of the publishers Macmillan of Canada, soliciting material from Watson, and obtaining permission to reprint her short stories in two anthologies.

Correspondence from McClelland and Stewart Limited

  • CA ON00389 F6-4-2006 01 586
  • File
  • January 26, 1949 - October 21, 1997
  • Part of Sheila Watson fonds

File consists of correspondence from various staff members of McClelland and Stewart Limited, which published "The Double Hook" in 1959 and "Deep Hollow Creek" in 1992, including royalty statements, contracts, solications for new material, requests for opinions on submitted manuscripts, information about Wyndham Lewis, changes of the cover art for "The Double Hook"(includes promotional flyer of cover design by Frank Newfeld in file 1 of 5) and newsclippings and book reviews following Watson's nomination for the Governor General's Award for "Deep Hollow Creek". Correspondents include Avie Bennett, Steve Burrows, Adrienne Clarkson, Maggie Dowling, G.T. Feilding, Douglas M. Gibson, M. Hodgeman, Sybil Hutchinson, Valerie A. Jacobs, J. Jerman, Judi Lavita, Helen Marshall, Jack McClelland, Mary Mills, Lily Poritz Miller, Claire Pratt, J.A. Rankin, Carol Ricketts, Laurence H. Ritchie, Judith Robinson, Ellen Seligman, Lynn Shannon, Jennifer Shepherd, Jose Tomkins, S.J. Tooton, Lorene Wilson, as well as copied correspondence from Alfons Gilund of Tidens Forlag (Stockholm, Sweden); Sam Koplowicz; David Rapsey; and Thomas Rosethal of Thames and Hudson International Ltd. Also includes five copies of typed letters by Watson sent to G.T. Feilding and Jack McClelland in the 1960s regarding negotiations with the CBC to adapt "The Double Hook" and her attempts to secure an American publisher for the novel.

Correspondence from McGill University Press

File consists of a letter from Robin H. Strachan, Director of McGill University Press (Montreal, Quebec) regarding Watson's submission of Elizabeth Bruce's thesis for publication, and her opinion of the piece.

Correspondence from New Press

File consists of a letter from Dave Godfrey of New Press inquiring if Watson was interested in publishing new short stories with the press.

Correspondence from Oliver & Boyd Ltd.

  • CA ON00389 F6-4-2006 01 594
  • File
  • January 13, 1965 - October 25, 1965
  • Part of Sheila Watson fonds

File consists of correspondence from R.L. Clorimer, general editor of Oliver & Boyd Ltd. Publishers regarding Watson's thesis on Wyndham Lewis, which she submitted for publication. Includes a three page typed reader report of the work.

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