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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections File
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Correspondence from Sam Solecki

File consists of a letter from Sam Solecki of St. Michael's College (Toronto, ON) requesting Watson's permission to reprint her article "Michael Ondaatje : The Mechanization of Death" in an anthology of criticism on the author.

Correspondence from Robert Stacey

File consists of correspondence form Robert Stacey, a picture researcher for the New Canadian Library series, regarding the cover art for "The Double Hook", including six photocopies of possible paintings to be used.

Correspondence from University of Toronto Library

  • CA ON00389 F6-4-2006 01 614
  • File
  • November 5, 1968 - June 16, 1969
  • Part of Sheila Watson fonds

File consists of correspondence from Alice Moulton on behalf of the University of Toronto Library regarding permissions to reproduce or lend out copies of Watson's Ph.D. thesis to scholars.

Correspondence from the University of Waterloo

File consists of a letter from Richard Nemesvari and R. Lister of the University of Waterloo requesting permission to reprint Watson's short story "Antigone" in a student anthology of Canadian women writers.

Correspondence from West Coast Review

File consists of a letter from Fred Candelaria, editor of West Coast Review a quarterly magazine of the arts soliciting a short work of fiction from Watson.

Diary from Edmonton, Calgary and Paris

  • CA ON00389 F6-1-2006 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 of ephemera, including a draft poem "Only those who have known birds" and an reflection on "The Double Hook".

Diary from New York City and Paris

  • CA ON00389 F6-1-2006 01 3
  • File
  • August 16, 1955 - October 26, 1955
  • Part of Sheila Watson fonds

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, experiences and ephemera from plays, art exhibitions and architectural sites she attended in Paris; her thoughts and emotions, and her reaction to books she was reading.

Diary from Vancouver and Paris

  • CA ON00389 F6-1-2006 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 reflects on her life, relationships and her surroundings. Watson again uses this notebook for diary entries, line drawings, collected ephemera (including a poem fragment "Let me love in winter..."), regarding her experiences in Paris beginning January 6, 1956 where she was living with Wilfred.

Reading journal from Paris

  • CA ON00389 F6-1-2006 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 Old English.

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 to books she was reading. The diary ends on the day she flew to London on May 5, 1956. Diary also contains a large amount of ephemera.

Notebook from Paris

  • CA ON00389 F6-1-2006 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 her employment opportunities. Also includes four loose self-portraits by Watson in pencil.

Diary from Paris, London, Vancouver and Toronto

  • CA ON00389 F6-1-2006 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 art exhibitions in Paris and London. Upon her return to Canada in August, 1956, Watson's entries become more sporadic and begin to focus on reading and research notes related to her PhD studies at the University of Toronto, her experiences in the city, and her correspondence and short visits with her husband Wilfred, who at this time is teaching in Edmonton. It appears Watson has excised a passage from a diary entry of July 30, 1956.

Day planner from Paris and Toronto

  • CA ON00389 F6-1-2006 01 7
  • File
  • January 1, 1956 - December 2, 1956
  • Part of Sheila Watson fonds

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 some sporatic notes in November and December, when she was living in Toronto.

Diary from Toronto

  • CA ON00389 F6-1-2006 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 reflections on her emotional state, her surroundings, her correspondence with her husband Wilfred and others and her academic experiences.

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 was visiting her husband Wilfred during the summer months.

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), her experience of Toronto and Edmonton, her reaction to books she was reading, and her correspondence with her husband Wilfred and others.

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 this material relates to a course that she taught, attended, or if it relates to her own research for her thesis.

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, and a camping trip. The notebook has been annotated "From the point of view of [genius or senses?]
  • beware of the dog" in the front cover by Wilfred Watson. Although this notebook has been dated 1963, it may contain earlier material as one drawing is annotated "21 Sussex Ave.", Watson's address from 1959 to 1961 when she was living in Toronto pursuing her PhD.

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 F6-1-2006 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 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 entries regarding her correspondence with McLuhan.

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 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.

Reading journal

  • CA ON00389 F6-1-2006 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 her correspondence and the weather.

Reading journal

  • CA ON00389 F6-1-2006 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.

Diary 1969

  • CA ON00389 F6-1-2006 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 entries for January 14, February 26, March 15, and May 22. These were removed and discarded.

Reading journal from Edmonton

  • CA ON00389 F6-1-2006 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 colleagues, scholars and students at the University of Alberta; ephemera, and two short diary entries for January 2, 1973 and February 2, 1974.

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.

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; and one short diary entry for January 10, 1982.

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 February 26.

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 such as Wyndham Lewis, Ezra Pound, Glenn Gould, Marshall McLuhan, biblical studies, psychology and Greek; bibliographic references, and a large amount of ephemera.

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.

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.

Page proofs of Deep Hollow Creek

  • CA ON00389 F6-2-1-2006 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.

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 the published book, eight pages of editorial comments from Seligman and a 30-page photocopy of Watson's hand-written comments and edits.

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 time and sequencing and proposed changes to the text.

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.

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 Ellen Seligman sent to Watson on December 31, 1991, based on the page coding used by Watson.

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.

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