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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections Wilfred Watson fonds
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Series consists of drawings created by Wilfred Watson; the series is comprised of seventeen ink, pastel, crayon, watercolour, gauche and graphite drawings. The majority of these drawings are figurative and most likely from the period when Watson ...

Personal Records

Series consists of items in the collection that are uniquely personal to Wilfred Watson, which includes ephemera, loose notes, poetry fragments, word play, jottings and citations made by Wilfred Watson on scraps of paper, cigarette packages and us...

Wilfred Watson fonds

  • CA ON00389 6
  • Fonds
  • 1941-1998, predominant1956-1996

Fonds consists of correspondence, manuscripts, sound recordings, drawings and diaries created and accumulated by the poet and playwright Wilfred Watson, husband to Sheila Watson. Material has been arranged to align with the Wilfred Watson fonds he...

Watson, Wilfred

Sketches and artwork

File consists of seventeen drawings and doodles by Wilfred Watson, predominantly of abstract female figures. The majority of these drawings are most likely from the period when Watson was living in Nanaimo, B.C.

Ephemera, loose notes and other material

File consists of ephemera, loose notes, poetry fragments, word play, jottings and scraps of citations made by Wilfred Watson on scraps of paper, cigarette packages and used envelopes.

Journals and notebooks

Series consists of two diaries kept by Wilfred Watson during his writing career and includes a diary created by Watson after 1958, and a second diary kept between 1984 and 1993.


Series consists of correspondence—specifically letters, cards, and notes with occasional enclosures that includes manuscripts, publications and photographs—created and accumulated by Wilfred Watson. Series is primarily composed of personal corresp...

Literary Drafts/Writings

Series consists of Wilfred Watson manuscripts, typescripts, drafts and notes regarding his writing, poetry, plays, short stories, miscellaneous papers and publications. Specifically, the series contains handwritten notes regarding an unknown phil...

McLuhan's collective wordplay

File consists of a typescript and published copy of Wilfred Waton's essay "McLuhan's collective wordplay". The typescript contains inscriptions and notes made Watson. The published copy, featured in The Canadian Forum (Vol. LXI...

Audio-Visual Records

Series consists of audio-visual material collected by Wilfred Watson and includes three 1.5 mm audiotape reels, and are presumably sound recordings of Watson's theatrical productions or his public readings.

Audiovisual material

File consists of three 1.5 mm audiotape reels, presumably sound recordings of Wilfred Watson's theatrical productions or his public readings.

Reference Material

Series consists of reference material compiled and retained by Wilfred Watson. Specifically, the series contains theses composed for and submitted to the University of Alberta's Department of English and presumably sent to Wilfred Watson for ...

Manuscripts of twenty two poems

File consists of 22 typed poems, including "Sermon on bears"; "The Hyacinth" (dated Paris, 1956), "The Canticle for the birds"; and a 19 page anthology of poetry (dated Point Grey, 1951), including the poems "Anc...

Diary from Nanaimo

File consists of a bound journal kept by Wilfred Watson between 1984 and 1993. The journal contains 132 pages of hand written reflections on his health and wife Sheila Watson's hospitalization after a fall, descriptions of visits from friends...

Letter and photograph from Pauline Boote

File consists of a handwritten letter from Pauline Boote, sent March 9, 1998. A photograph of red socks in foreground and a snowy landscape in background is adhered to the letter.

Letter from Roland Ryden-Smith

File consists of a letter, dated November 25, 1953, from Roland Ryden-Smith, editor of the periodical "Experiment", regarding Watson's submitted poem "Valediction".

Letter from Fred Flahiff

File consists of a postcard, dated August 27, 1982 and featuring a Piet Mondrian painting, from Fred Flahiff.

Letter from John Sutherland, Northern Review Press

File consists of a letter, dated April 19, 1954 on Northern Review Press letterhead, from John Sutherland of the Northern Review Press (Montreal, Quebec), rejecting Watson's submitted poem "Water's Paradox". The original submit...

Note from Keith Swift

File consists of a handwritten note from Keith Swift regarding a review he produced regarding Mordecai Richler's novel "St. Urbain's Horseman".

Letters from Janet Lander

File consists of nine letters from Janet Lander, including three short poems, from August 10 to September 16, 1964, including a letter draft by Wilfred Watson.

Diary from Edmonton

File consists of a bound journal kept by Wilfred Watson after 1958. The journal contains an illustration on the cover, presumably by Watson, and is titled "True & Free = Man". The journal contains 110 pages of hand written reading n...

Notes on [Boleuphoke?]

File consists of a three pages of handwritten notes regarding a philosopher [Boleuphoke?] and his support of natural religion.

Letter from Fred Cogswell

File consists of a letter, dated November 2, 1953, from Fred Cogswell, editor of the periodical "The Fiddlehead", regarding Watson's submitted poem "An Admiration for Dylan Thomas".

Letters from Marshall McLuhan

File consists of four letters from Marshall McLuhan, from 1964 to 1968. Correspondence includes an undated handwritten letter with an attached offprint translation of James Joyce's article, "Daniel Defoe", published in "Buffalo...

Notes from Rob Sanders

File consists of two notes from Rob Sanders of the Department of English at the University of Alberta; the first note is handwritten and on University of Alberta letterhead, and the second note is handwritten on University of Alberta letterhead an...

Rhyme in Modern Poetry

File consists of David Clandfield's University of Alberta, Department of English, Master of Arts thesis "Rhyme in Modern Poetry", dated September 5, 1959.