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Watson, Sheila
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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 and language exercies; collected ephemera; recordings of her daily activities and financial transactions; and reflections on her experiences, emotions, relationships and surroundings.
In general Watson kept confessional and reflective diaries from 1954/55 to about 1957. When she moved to Toronto in 1956 to persue her doctoral studies, Watson began to keep what can be best described as reading journals, dated notes pertaining to books she was reading interspersed with short diary entries regarding her correspondence, her observations of her surroundings and her academic experiences. After she moved to Edmonton to teach at the University of Alberta, and upon her retirement in Nanaimo, Watson's recorded thoughts become more infrequent. In her later life, Watson appears to have purchased commercial day planners to record her daily activities and financial translations.
It is apparent that Watson kept journals during her early teaching career in Cariboo Country in British Columbia. However, it seems she destroyed these at a later period.

General Correspondence

Series consists of Watson's correspondence with others. It has been divided into two sub-series; namely:

  1. Outgoing Correspondence
  2. Incoming Correspondence

Correspondence that relates directly to Watson's writing, publishing, academic responsibilities, editorial projects and collaborations have been filed in appropriate series, namely Manuscripts and drafts series; Publishing and business correspondence; Professional activities material series; Teaching material series; and Student material series.

Student material

Series consists of four files containing materials created by Watson during her career as a student at the University of British Columbia and as a Ph.D. student at the University of Toronto. This includes administrative documents, official correspondence, and front matter related to her Ph.D. thesis , "Wyndham Lewis and Expressionism: Icon Recognition: Configurations in the Flux". No documentation survives of Watson's primary or secondary school education, nor her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of British Columbia, including her M.A. thesis on Addison and Steele.

File list includes:

  • 2006 01 705 Statement of marks from the University of British Columbia, 1950
  • 2006 01 706 Correspondence and official documentation regarding doctoral studies at the University of Toronto, 1957 -1965
  • 2006 01 707 Correspondence regarding Ph.D. thesis, 1956, 1965 - 1966
  • 2006 01 708 Photographic negatives, bibliography and list of illustrations for Ph.D. thesis, 1965

Financial and legal records

Series consists of legal and financial records accumulated by Watson in the course of her life, including royalties from her publishing, property deeds, last wills and testaments from family members, employment records, tax records, purchase invoices and receipts and other bills and financial information.
Sub-series include:

  1. Tax records and returns
  2. Banking records and personal loans
  3. Payments and honorariums
  4. Pension and insurance records
  5. Telephone records
  6. Medical bills
  7. Receipts and invoices for book dealers, art galleries and periodicals
  8. Miscellaneous invoices and receipts
  9. Land deeds
  10. Last wills and testaments

Teaching material

Series consists of four-sub series containing materials created and generated by Watson during her career as a school teacher and as a university professor, including correspondence, course prospectus', student papers and exams, and lecture notes. This series also includes the material of Ph.D. candidates who were supervised by Watson after her retirement in August 1975.
Sub-series include:

  1. Elementary and secondary school teaching material
  2. University of British Columbia teaching material
  3. University of Toronto teaching material
  4. University of Alberta teaching material
  5. Post-retirement teaching material

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 as an infant and child, along with her siblings and parents; pictures taken by Watson while teaching in Dog Creek, British Columbia, and while at the University of California, Berkeley taking a summer course; pictures taken by the Watsons while on vacation in Nanton, Alberta; pictures taken during the couple's year living in Paris, France; pictures of domestic activities and socializing while Watson was living in or visiting Edmonton, Alta., Toronto, ON, London, England and Vancouver, B.C.; photographs of Watson's nieces and nephews, and the children of her friends, particularly Barbara J. Mitchell, the sons of Diane and Frank Bessai and her godson Peter Bruckmann; and photographs of her pets. Also includes a number of professional portraits of both herself and her husband Wilfred.

A complete item list of the series can be found in Appendix of the finding guide.

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 Paris
  2. Blank postcards
  3. Loose notes, uninfected photographs, jottings and ephemera
  4. Ephemera found in Watson Library books

Photocopies of archival material from Wilfred Watson fonds

Sub-series consists of photocopied archival material from the Wilfred Watson fonds at the University of Alberta. It was accumulated by Flahiff in the course of writing of "Always Someone to Kill the Doves: A Life of Sheila Watson", published by NeWest Press, in 2005. The material consists predominantly of correspondence between Marshall McLuhan and Wilfred Watson and Marshall McLuhan and Sheila Watson. The material copied ranges in date from 1959-1979, predominately 1962-1979.

Fred Flahiff fonds

  • CA ON00389 F15
  • Fonds
  • 1956-2006

Fonds consists of correspondence, manuscripts and transcripts of archival material and accumulated by Fred T. Flahiff, professor of English at the University of St. Michael's College. Includes research materials and manuscripts related to Flahiff's biography of author Sheila Watson, "Always Someone to Kill the Doves: A Life of Sheila Watson", and his role as executor of her estate and custodian of her personal papers.

Includes five series:

  1. Incoming correspondence
  2. Collected Material after Sheila Watson's death
  3. Collected Material for biography
  4. Material related to publication of biography

Flahiff, F. T. (Frederick Thomas)

Wilfred Watson fonds

  • CA ON00389 F7
  • Fonds
  • 1941-1998

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 held by the University of Alberta Archives.

Fonds is comprised of 8 series:

  1. Journals and Notebooks
  2. Literary Drafts/Writings
  3. Sketches/Artwork
  4. Correspondence
  5. Student Records-Watson (held within the University of Alberta’s Wilfred Watson fonds)
  6. Reference Material
  7. Personal Papers
  8. Audio-Visual Records

Watson, Wilfred