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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections File
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Colette Potvin: Travail

File consists of process work and drafts created by Colette Potvin between 1965 and 1966. Records include typescripts and drafts of the essay “ce que je souhaite et ce que j'espère” as well as typescripts, drafts, handwritten notes and correspondence relating to other Potvin reports and essays.

Rapport d'enquête des Foyers Notre-Dame Canadiens

File consists of the report “Rapport d'enquête des Foyers Notre-Dame Canadiens. Présenté au Congrès Canadien de la famille” by Alexandra and René Robitaille and accumulated by the Potvins. It is unknown if the report was accumulated for their own personal research, in preparation for the Papal Commission, or sent to all members of the Commission.

Problems of Marriage

File consists of the unpublished report “Problems of Marriage” by Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Daly. The report was sent from Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Daly and addressed to Dr. and Madame Potvin. The report is dated February 15, 1965. A note, written on Canadian Catholic Conference: Information Services letterhead, is attached to the report.

Survey of Contraceptive Methods

File consists of two preliminary unpublished drafts of “Survey of Contraceptive Methods: Report to the Papal Commission on Population and Birth Control” by Andre E. Hellegers, M.D. Dr. Hellegers was part of the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, The John Hopkins University School of Medicine and Hospital and the Cardinal Gibbons Center for the Study of Human Reproduction, Baltimore, Maryland. It is unknown if the report was accumulated for their own personal research, in preparation for the Papal Commission, or sent to all members of the Commission.

Journals and pamphlets

File consists of journals and pamphlets accumulated by the Potvin’s, relating to the topic of population and birth control. Journals include the publication “Perspectives” and an edition from “The Journal of the American Medical Association”. A pamphlet titled “Not a way out, but a way forward” by John Julian and Mary Perkins Ryan is also included.

Sypto-Thematic Rhythm

File consists of a preliminary draft of the unpublished report “Sypto-Thematic Rhythm: A clinical approach to the theoretical efficiency of Rhythm Birth Control” created February 1965. The report was created by Dr. Claude A. Lancot and sent to the Potvins via post by Lancot.

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 notes, reflections on academia, sexuality, Canadian literature, Wyndham Lewis and other writers.

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 and other writers, letters he received, ideas for stories, and current events.

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.

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.

Audiovisual material

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

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.

Correspondence from artscanada

  • CA ON00389 F6-4-2006 01 545
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  • October 28, 1966 - October 24, 1973
  • Part of Sheila Watson fonds

File consists of correspondence from Anne Brodsky, Shirley Gibson and Barry Lord, on behalf of the magazine artscanada (formerly Canadian Art magazine), regarding a special issue on Wyndham Lewis written by Watson. Also includes two advance copies of the issue, the publishing contract, and a letter from Lewis' widow, Anne Wyndham Lewis.

Correspondence from Sheila Watson regarding artscanada publication

  • CA ON00389 F6-4-2006 01 546
  • File
  • May 24, 1967 - December 13, 1967
  • Part of Sheila Watson fonds

File consists of copies of typed correspondence from Watson addressed to various book sellers, publishers, art galleries, art dealers and individuals, and their responses to Watson's requests for permission to publish images and obtain photographic reproductions of paintings and drawings by Wyndham Lewis which she hoped to use in her issue of artscanada dedicated to the painter. Includes responses from: Agenda; The Art Gallery of Kelvingrove (Glasgow, Scotland); The Arts Council of Great Britain; The City Art Gallery (Leeds, England); David Higham Associates (London, England); Faber and Faber Publishing; George Eastman House (Rochester, NY); Glasgow Museums and Art Galleries; J. Howard Woolmer Books (New York, NY); Anne Wyndham Lewis; the Manchester City Art Gallery; Methuen & Co; Mr. Walter Michel; Naomi Mitchison; Pheonix Book Shop (New York, NY); Mrs. Douglas Stewart; The Tate Gallery (London, England); The Victoria and Albert Museum (London, England), and Barry Lord, editor of artscanda.

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 Bruccoli Clark Inc.

  • CA ON00389 F6-4-2006 01 552
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  • 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 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 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.

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