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

  • CA ON00389 2
  • Fonds
  • 1880-1998, predominant 1933-1998

F onds consists of journals, literary manuscripts, correspondence, teaching and studentmaterials, reference materials, business and financial records; and personal photographs and objects of the author and professor of English, Sheila Watson. Also...

Watson, Sheila

Diaries, reading journals and day planners

Series consists of 29 diaries, dated reading journals and day planners created and preserved by Watson during her adult life. These materials contain fragments of her creative writing; drawings in graphite, coloured pencil and ink; reading notes a...

Diary from Edmonton, Calgary and Paris

  • CA ON00389 2-1-2006 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 o...

Diary from Toronto

  • CA ON00389 2-1-2006 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...

Diary from Banff and surrounding area

File consists of a notebook containing 9 pages of reading notes and 36 pages of line drawings of bears, squirrels, plants and landscapes by Watson with her observations and reflections about nature. These entries may have been made while Watson wa...

Diary from Toronto and Edmonton

File consists of a notebook containing 210 pages of diary entries, reading notes, line drawings and ephemera. Entries include reflections by Watson on her emotional state, her research on Wyndham Lewis, descriptions of wildlife (particularly birds...

Reading journal from Toronto

File consists of a notebook containing 103 pages of reading notes, class lists, contact information, bibliographic references and one piece of ephemera related to Watson's academic experiences at the University of Toronto. It is not clear if...

Diary and sketchbook

File consists of a notebook containing 13 pages of two diary entries, lists, ephemera and eight line drawings by Watson of landscapes, people, cars, and birds and ephemera relating to art, Watson's purchase of books from English book dealers,...

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.

Reading journal

  • CA ON00389 2-1-2006 01 16
  • File
  • January 8, 1965 - January 10, 1967
  • Part of Sheila Watson fonds

File consists of a notebook containing 46 pages of dated reading notes on subjects including philosophy, literary criticism, and poetry; two pieces of ephemera, and one diary entry about chickadees.

Reading journal

File consists of a notebook containing 72 pages of dated reading notes on subjects including philosophy, avant-garde art, mythology, and architecture; line drawings in coloured pencil and graphite; two pieces of ephemera, and two diary entries.

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 en...

Reading journal

File consists of a notebook containing 63 pages of reading notes on subjects including Wyndham Lewis, Picasso, Matisse and art history, Ezra Pound, T.S.Eliot, and I Ching ; ephemera; and one diary entry from September 4, 1966.

Diary from Vancouver and Paris

  • CA ON00389 2-1-2006 01 2
  • File
  • April 27, 1955 - May 16, 1955 ; January 6, 1956 - March 21, 1956
  • Part of Sheila Watson fonds

File consists of a notebook containing 32 pages of hand-written diary entries and line drawings in ink and pencil from the period when Watson was living apart from her husband Wilfred and staying with Ruth Humphrey in Vancouver, in which she refle...

Reading journal

  • CA ON00389 2-1-2006 01 20
  • File
  • [between November 13, 1966 and December,1967]
  • Part of Sheila Watson fonds

File consists of a notebook containing 66 pages of dated reading notes on subjects including Eliot, Pound, surrealism, the Renaissance, architecture, the city and philosophy; ephemera (including one photograph), and dated diary entries regarding h...

Diary 1969

  • CA ON00389 2-1-2006 01 21
  • File
  • January 13, 1969 - October 2, 1969
  • Part of Sheila Watson fonds

File consists of a 388 page diary containing 19 pages of entries, most recording financial transactions, contact information and reading notes and citations of books Watson was presumably reading at the time. Blank post-it notes were found on entr...

Reading journal

  • CA ON00389 2-1-2006 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.

Reading journal from Edmonton

  • CA ON00389 2-1-2006 01 23
  • File
  • [between January 6, 1971 and February 2, 1974]
  • Part of Sheila Watson fonds

File consists of a notebook containing 146 pages of reading notes on such subjects as W.B. Yeats, T.S. Eliot, Wyndham Lewis, art history and book reviews from the Times Literary Supplement; bibliographic citations; contact information for colleagu...

Reading journal from Nanaimo

File consists of a notebook containing 27 pages of reading notes on such subjects as Marshall McLuhan, avant-garde theatre, modern poetry and literary criticism; bibliographic citations; contact information for colleagues, scholars and students; a...

Daily journal 1983

File consists of a commercial day planner containing 17 entries in total, between January 5 and April 3, pertaining to her daily activities, reading, appointments, correspondence and financial transactions. Also includes some ephemera.

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 s...

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 Fe...

Diary while in hospital in Nanaimo

File consists of a notebook containing 5 pages of very brief journal entries regarding Watson's stay in the hospital following an accident, recording medical issues and financial transactions. Most entries are blank or very short.

Diary from New York City and Paris

File consists of a notebook containing 140 pages of diary entries made during Watson's short visit to New York City and her year-long stay in Paris, including reflections on her attempts to get "The Double Hook" published, experienc...

Reading journal from Paris

  • CA ON00389 2-1-2006 01 4
  • File
  • [between August 19, 1955 - 1958 ; 1955-1956 predominent]
  • Part of Sheila Watson fonds

File consists of a notebook containing 172 pages of French language exercises, reading notes in French, ephemera and some personal reflections by Watson regarding her year in Paris.

Notebook from Paris

File consists of a notebook containing 57 pages of early draft sequences of Watson's unfinished novel "Landscape of the Moon", notes on "The Double Hook", ephemera, and language exercises in what appears to be Italian and ...

Diary from Paris

File consists of a notebook containing 225 pages of diary entries and line drawings by Watson, regarding her experiences of plays, art exhibitions, events and architectural sites she attended in Paris; her thoughts and emotions, and her reaction t...

Day planner from Paris and Toronto

File consists of a commercial day planner for 1956, including 44 entries in total, most in January and February and relating to music, Watson's experiences in Paris, her efforts to be published, the weather and her emotional state. There are...

Notebook from Paris

  • CA ON00389 2-1-2006 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 he...

Diary from Paris, London, Vancouver and Toronto

  • CA ON00389 2-1-2006 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 ...

Personal photographs

Series consists of Watson's personal photograph collection, including: photographs from the late nineteenth century belonging to her parents, Mr. C.E. Doherty and Mrs. Elweena Doherty; photographs, (some of which have been scanned), of Watson...

Personal records, artwork and artifacts

Series consists of 21 files of address books, diplomas, medals, awards and honorary degrees; artwork and drawings by herself and others; rosaries and other items and objects belonging to Sheila Watson.File list includes:Box 612006 01 952 Baptisma...

Ephemera

Series consists of ephemeral material accumulated by Watson in the course of her activities, including six photographs of unidentified persons and subjects, divided into four sub-series:1. Ephemera and memorabilia collected in Paris2. Blank postca...

Ephemera and memorabilia collected in Paris

Sub-series consists of one file of maps, newspaper clippings, guidebooks, theatre programmes, tickets, and governmental documents collected and preserved by Watson from her year spent with her husband in Paris.

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 fr...

Loose jottings, unidentified photographs and annotations

Sub-series consists of one file of unidentified photographs, loose notes, contact information, jottings and general ephemera. Including: 1) a corner of an envelope with the message, Dear Sheila, Saw the Tate and thought of you. Dale W. The write...

Ephemera from Watson Library books

Sub-series consists of one file of loose notes, letters, dustjackets, promotional material and other assorted ephemera found in volumes of the Watson library collection. Each piece of ephemera is linked to the individual library volume.

Manuscripts and drafts

Series consists of Watson's written material, including early drafts, manuscripts, typescripts, page proofs, metatext and relevant correspondence with editors, including the following sub-series:1. Novels2. Short stories3. Poetry4. Non-fiction

Manuscripts of novels

Sub-series consists of handwritten and typed drafts and manuscripts, metatext and relevant correspondence with editors related to Watson's two published novels, namely "Deep Hollow Creek" and "The Double Hook" and her unfi...

Manuscript of Deep Hollow Creek

File consists of a 143 page typescript of "Deep Hollow Creek", the earliest surviving draft of the novel, which Watson submitted to McClelland & Stewart Publishing while she was living in Toronto.

Manuscript of Deep Hollow Creek

File consists of a 143 page typescript of "Deep Hollow Creek", which, based on the cover sheet, Watson appears to have revised while teaching in Powell River, British Columbia.

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.

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 t...

Page proofs of Deep Hollow Creek

  • CA ON00389 2-2-1-2006 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.

Page proofs of Deep Hollow Creek

File consists of a 141 pages including a letter from Ellen Seligman, Watson's editor at McClelland & Stewart, and annotated page proofs for "Deep Hollow Creek", containing annotations regarding further editorial concerns with ti...

Editorial corrections of Deep Hollow Creek by Watson

File consists of nine pages of foolscap paper containing handwritten editorial comments and corrections by Sheila Watson of her novel "Deep Hollow Creek". It appears these notes were made in response to editorial comments and queries by...

Editorial corrections of Deep Hollow Creek by Watson

File consists of four pages of hand-written editorial comments and corrections by Sheila Watson of her novel "Deep Hollow Creek". It is not clear at which stage of the editorial process she made these notes.

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.

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