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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections
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Manuscripts of short stories

Sub-series consists of handwritten and typed drafts and manuscripts of four of Watson's six published short stories, namely "Brother Oedipus", "Antigone", "The Rumble Seat" and "And the four animals..." and five unpublished short stories, featuring the characters Hania, Oedipus, Eurydice, Orpheus, Daedalus and Aesop, and a fragment of literary prose fictionalizing her experiences in Paris. There is no surviving documentation of Watson's first published short story "Rough Answer", which appeared in The Canadian Forum 18: 212 (September 1938): 178-180, nor "The Black Farm (A Modern Allegory)", which was first published in Queen's Quarterly 63:2 (Summer 1954): 220-228. The files have been arranged chronologically, frequently relying on the publishing dates of the short stories.

Manuscripts of poetry

Sub-series consists of four typescripts of a total of fourteen poems presumed to be Watson's. There is no surviving documentation of Watson's only published poem "The Barren Lands", (her name misspelled as "Theila Martin Doherty"), published in The Canadian Forum XV : 169 (October 1934): 20.

Non-fiction manuscripts

Sub-series consists of typed and handwritten research notes and draft manuscripts and typescripts related to 22 works of nonfiction, including articles she published about her academic research on Wyndham Lewis, and personal interest in art, as well as articles related to her role as an educator and professor of English, and reflections on her life as a writer. They have been arranged chronologically, frequently relying on the publication dates of individual pieces, and the publication dates of works cited by Watson. Many of the typescripts are tentatively attributed to Watson, as they do not contain any attributive annotations or comments by her and do not appear to have been published. Works that have been accurately dated to a particular conference or public reading have been filed under the Public readings and conference material sub-series of the Professional activities series. Works such as introductions, prefaces, endorsements and blurbs written by Watson for other authors and publications have been filed under the Editorial and collaborative materials sub-series of the Professional activities series. There does not appear to be any surviving documentation for four of Watson's published articles: "Swift and Ovid: The Development of Metasatire

University of British Columbia teaching material

Sub-series consists of one file containing two notices of appointment of Watson as a sessional lecturer at the University of British Columbia for the 1949/50 and 1950/51 terms and a memo regarding examination returns.

University of Alberta teaching material

Sub-series consists of files containing correspondence, administrative documentation, lecture materials and handouts, student papers and material from Ph.D. students relating to Watson's employment at the University of Alberta, as a professor of English.

Files include:

  • 2006 01 714 University of Alberta administrative records, 1961 - 1975
  • 2006 01 715 University of Alberta interdepartmental correspondence, 1967-1975
  • 2006 01 716 University of Alberta correspondence post-retirement, 1978, 1984
  • 2006 01 717 Lecture handouts, class lists and bibliographies, [between 1961 - 1975]
  • 2006 01 718 Exam questions regarding Ezra Pound's Cantos [between 1961 - 1975]
  • 2006 01 719 Lecture notes by student for English 676, February 9, 1966
  • 2006 01 720 Evaluation of student in English 676, 1972
  • 2006 01 721 Student essays, 1961- 1975
  • 2006 01 722 Posters for Open Seminar Series in Literature, 1971-1972
  • 2006 01 723 Manuscript regarding thesis supervision of John David Mighton [ca. 1966]
  • 2006 01 724 Manuscript and note regarding thesis supervision of Peter C. Montgomery [ca. 1966]
  • 2006 01 725 Notes regarding thesis supervision of Margaret Gail Ossachoff, 1978
  • 2006 01 726 Notes and documentation regarding thesis supervision of Paul Tiessen, 1973-1974

University of Toronto teaching materials

Sub-series consists of three files containing correspondence, administrative records and class lists regarding Watson's career as a teaching fellow at the University of Toronto during her doctoral studies, and as a Research Associate during the academic term of 1968-1969, where she and her husband Wilfred Watson were at the Centre for Culture and Technology at St. Michael's College. During her fellowship at the Centre, Watson acted as a teaching and general assistant to McLuhan, and he and his secretary frequently forwarded correspondence to her to manage and respond to.

Files include:

  • 2006 01 711 Correspondence and administrative records from the University of Toronto, 1957 -1969
  • 2006 01 712 Forwarded correspondence, reading lists and notes by Marshall McLuhan, 1968 - 1969
  • 2006 01 713 Class lists for English 438 and English 1110, 1968-1969

Post-retirement teaching material

Sub-series consists of two files containing correspondence and thesis material relating to the post-retirement supervision of thesis students by Watson.

Files include:

  • 2006 01 727 Correspondence regarding the thesis examination of Shirley Swartz, 1976
  • 2006 01 728 Manuscript of draft thesis by Hildegard Tiessen, 1980

Income tax returns and records

Sub-series consists of three files containing income tax returns, payments and assessments submitted and received by Sheila Watson.

Files includes :

  • 2006 01 858 Income tax returns receipts and records 1968 - 1979
  • 2006 01 859 Income tax returns and receipts and records 1980 - 1989
  • 2006 01 860 (1) Income tax returns, receipts and records 1990 - 1997
  • 2006 01 860 (2) Income tax returns, receipts and records, 1990 - 1997

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.

Pension and insurance records

Sub-series consists of four files containing correspondence, payments and receipts relating to Watson's teachers pensions and life and property insurance policies.

Files include:

  • 2006 01 866 Canada Pension Plan invoices 1983 - 1997
  • 2006 01 867 Alberta Public Service Pension invoices and correspondence, 1966 - 1995
  • 2006 01 868 Teacher's Pensions Fund (Province of British Columbia) correspondence, 1949, 1955
  • 2006 01 869 Life and house insurance policies, 1961 - 1971

Income payments and honorariums

Sub-series consists of four files containing income receipts from various employers of Sheila Watson, as well as honorariums she received in payment of her professional activities as a writer and speaker.

Files include:

  • 2006 01 862 Canada Council honorariums and grants
  • 2006 01 863 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) honorariums and royalty receipts
  • 2006 01 864 University of Alberta paychecks and employment records
  • 2006 01 865 University of Toronto statements of earnings

Medical bills

Sub-series consists of one file containing medical bills from dentists and doctors from Toronto, ON and Nanaimo, B.C.

Telephone bills

Sub-series consists of one file containing telephone bills for the Watson's home line in Nanaimo, B.C.

Miscellaneous financial receipts and invoices

Sub-series consists of three files of receipts and invoices from miscellaneous services and activities, including shipping invoices, purchase orders from mail order catalogues, photocopying and bindery bills, office supply rentals, grocery and vetrenary bills and bills for plumbers, furnace repairs and garden maintenance.

Files include:

  • 2006 01 945 Freight and postal shipping invoices and receipts, 1949, 1967, 1991-1997
  • 2006 01 946 Correspondence and invoices for purchases from Past Times 1995-1997
  • 2006 01 947 Miscellaneous receipts and invoices 1967 - 1997

Land deeds

Sub-series consists of one file containing a receipt, property assessment and land deed to 81.5 acres of land in Cariboo Country, B.C.

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

Last wills and testaments

Sub-series consists of three files regarding the wills of various individuals and estates of whom Watson was executrix, or where Watson was a beneficiary.

Files include:

  • 2006 01 949 Correspondence and will regarding the estate of Dr. M.A.D. (Agatha) Myatt, 1965
  • 2006 01 950 Correspondence, legal documents and will of the estate of Mary Ida Elwena Doherty and sale of Doherty home 1980 - 1985
  • 2006 01 951 Correspondence and will of the estate of Helen Ruth Humphrey 1985

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 from The Coach House Press.

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 writer is Dale Wilkie, a professor at the University of Alberta; 2.) a strip of cardboard with two silver triangles, signed 'omoon', the nick-name of B. J. Mitchell, Sheila Watson's niece.

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.

Correspondence from artscanada

  • CA ON00389 F6-4-2006 01 545
  • File
  • 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
  • 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 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.

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 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 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 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.

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