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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections Patrick O'Neill fonds
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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.

Sketches/Artwork

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 was living in Nanaimo, B.C.

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 "Anchises and the Goddess of Love", "A Dialogue", "Simon Barjona" (2 copies), "Et Incarnatus Est", "Erischithon", "Verse-Letter to E.J.", "At the Corner of Bloor and Yonge", "Sad Bulletins", "This Was My Day" (2 copies) , "Totem Park, Point Grey" (2 copies), "A Riddle for Gillian Espinasse : 'Saga hwaet ic hatte'", "And Should She Ask", "Like One of Us", "On An Ash Wednesday Hill", "Lines Composed at Calgary Airport", and an untitled poem beginning "She is more fair than fair can say".

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, No. 709, May 1981), contains notes made by, his wife, Sheila Watson.

Notes on [Boleuphoke?]

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

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 philosopher; a typescript and published copy of the essay "McLuhan's collective wordplay"; manuscripts of poems; and a reflection paper titled "Mettre en conte le dream".

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

Telephone bills

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

Medical bills

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

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

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.

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

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

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

Collected material

Sub- series consists of six sub-sub-series of material purchased and collected by Watson for the purpose of her academic research, creative writing, personal interest and professional responsibilities as a professor, thesis supervisor and member of literary community.

Sub-sub series include:

  1. Bibliographic and archival finding guides
  2. Memorabilia and photographs regarding Wyndham Lewis
  3. Felix Giovanelli correspondence collection
  4. Jessica Dismorr correspondence collection
  5. Watson Library
  6. Photocopied and duplicated articles, typescripts, photographs and newspaper clippings

Reading, research and reference notes

Sub- series consists of 9 files containing typed and handwritten notes related to Watson's personal and professional reading and academic research, including extensive bibliographic references found on loose paper, cigarette packages and scraps of paper. The sub-series has been arranged chronologically where possible, however, due to the ephemeral nature of much of the material and the tendency of Watson not to date her notes, the bulk of the material can only be given broad date ranges.

Files include:

Box 48

  • 2006 01 769 Research and reference notes [after 1956] (1 of 4 folders)

Box 49

  • 2006 01 769 Research and reference notes [after 1956] (2 of 4 folders)
  • 2006 01 769 Research and reference notes [after 1956] (3 of 4 folders)
  • 2006 01 769 Research and reference notes [after 1956] (4 of 4 folders)
  • 2006 01 770 Reading notes and bibliographic references [after 1956] (1 of 3 folders)

Box 50

  • 2006 01 770 Reading notes and bibliographic references [after 1956] (2 of 3 folders)
  • 2006 01 770 Reading notes and bibliographic references [after 1956] (3 of 3 folders)
  • 2006 01 771 Interview with John Reid and Douglas Duncan regarding Wyndham Lewis notes [after 1956?]
  • 2006 01 772 Research and reference material related to research trip to London [1961]
  • 2006 01 773 M.M. on Lewis notes. June 1, 1961
  • 2006 01 774 Research and reference notes regarding Wyndham Lewis, T.S. Eliot and Lancelot Andrewes [between 1965 -1967]
  • 2006 01 775 McLuhan on Lewis Feb. 1969 research notes
  • 2006 01 776 Reading and reference notes regarding T.S. Eliot and the bible [between 1977 - 1988]
  • 2006 01 777 Research notes regarding Wyndham Lewis [after 1981]

Reading notebooks

Sub- series consists of 40 files containing reading and research notes in notebooks, some of which can be dated. These notebooks relate to Watson's reading notes created in the course of her personal and professional activities as a writer, Ph.D. student and professor of English. These notebooks tend to contain brief page references and quotations from books, journal articles and magazine columns. There appears to be a gap in the record, with little or no material from the 1970s. Some notebooks contain news clippings and ephemera.

Files include:

Box 46

  • 2006 01 729 Notebook regarding Ezra Pound and Confucius [after 1929?]
  • 2006 01 730 Cubism notebook [after 1929?]
  • 2006 01 731 Notebook regarding religion, philosophy and theology [after 1929?]
  • 2006 01 732 Notebook regarding Søren Kierkegaard, Friedrich Nietzsche and artists [after 1929?]
  • 2006 01 733 Notebook regarding language and art history [after 1929?]
  • 2006 01 734 Rejected notes for the third part of the Trial of Man notebook [after 1956]
  • 2006 01 735 Notebook regarding Wyndham Lewis [after 1956]
  • 2006 01 736 Notebook regarding W.B. Yeats, Ezra Pound and Wyndham Lewis [between 1968 and 1974]
  • 2006 01 737 Notebook regarding Wyndham Lewis [between 1958 - 1960]
  • 2006 01 738 Reading notebook regarding Wyndham Lewis correspondence and painting [between 1960 and 1961]
  • 2006 01 739 Reading notebook regarding Wyndham Lewis, Ezra Pound and modernist journals [1958]
  • 2006 01 740 Reading notebook regarding English literature [1957]
  • 2006 01 741 Reading notebook regarding Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot and twentieth century art [after 1959?]

Box 47

  • 2006 01 742 Reading notebook [1968-1969]
  • 2006 01 743 Kepes Structure in Art and Science reading notebook [after 1968]
  • 2006 01 744 Notebook regarding Ezra Pound [late 1960's or early 1970's]
  • 2006 01 745 Notebook regarding Wyndham Lewis [after 1960?]
  • 2006 01 746 Notebook regarding Plato, James Joyce, Henry Moore and art [1958]
  • 2006 01 747 Notebook regarding Wyndham Lewis [ca. 1961]
  • 2006 01 748 Notebook regarding Malcolm Lowry and Ezra Pound [after 1961?]
  • 2006 01 749 Notebooks regarding The Decline of the West [ca. 1962?]
  • 2006 01 750 Notebook regarding socialism [after 1962?]
  • 2006 01 751 Notebook regarding English and French literature [after 1963?]
  • 2006 01 752 The Diary of Anias Nin notebook [ca. 1966?]
  • 2006 01 753 Notebook [after 1966]
  • 2006 01 754 Notebook regarding organic chemistry [ca. 1967?]
  • 2006 01 755 Notebook regarding Wyndham Lewis, Ezra Pound, W.B. Yeats and T.S. Eliot [ca. 1968?]
  • 2006 01 756 Notebook regarding Wyndham Lewis, Ezra Pound, James Joyce, W.B. Yeats and Irish literature [ca. 1968]

Box 48

  • 2006 01 757 Notebook regarding Marshall McLuhan and Bertrand Russell [ca. 1969?]
  • 2006 01 758 Notebook regarding the city in literature anthology project [between 1968 - 1970?]
  • 2006 01 759 Notebook regarding Wyndham Lewis and film [ca. 1969]
  • 2006 01 760 Notebook regarding Wyndam Lewis, Marshall McLuhan, psychology and art [ca. 1981?]
  • 2006 01 761 Notebook regarding Marshall McLuhan and Maurice Blanchard [after 1981?]
  • 2006 01 762 Notebook regarding Marshall McLuhan [ca. 1982]
  • 2006 01 763 Notebook regarding Marshall McLuhan [ca. 1982]
  • 2006 01 764 Notebook regarding Gertrude Stein, literature and art [after 1982]
  • 2006 01 765 Notebook regarding Marshall McLuhan, Roland Barthes, John Cage [between 1983 and 1985]
  • 2006 01 766 Notebook regarding language, film and philosophy [ca. 1984]
  • 2006 01 767 Notebook regarding Marshall McLuhan and Wyndham Lewis [ca. 1985]
  • 2006 01 768 Notebook regarding Marshall McLuhan, T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound and the concept of space [ca. 1986]

Research and reference materials

Series consists of materials created and accumulated by Watson in the course of her research for various creative and academic activities, as well as material preserved by Watson for her own personal reference. This includes 3 sub-series:

  1. Reading notebooks
  2. Reading, research and reference notes
  3. Collected material

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

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

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.

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

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

Public readings, interviews and conference material

Sub-series consists of 24 files of correspondence, posters and manuscripts by Watson related to public readings of her work, transcripts of interviews she granted, and conferences she attended. Files are arranged alphabetically by organizing committee title.

Files include:

Box 43

  • 2006 01 681 Correspondence regarding a space reading series (Toronto, ON), 1974
  • 2006 01 682 Correspondence regarding keynote address at Mass Media Communication Course for the Board of Education, Borough of North York (Willowdale, ON), 1968
  • 2006 01 683 Correspondence regarding reading at Camrose Lutheran College (Camrose, Alta.), 1976
  • 2006 01 684 Correspondence regarding interviews and readings for CBC Radio, 1959, 1981, 1993
  • 2006 01 685 Correspondence regarding readings at Capilano College (North Vancouver, B.C.), 1975, 1979, 1981, 1993
  • 2006 01 686 Correspondence regarding readings and conferences at Concordia University (Montreal, Quebec), 1976, 1982
  • 2006 01 687 Correspondence regarding reading at Douglas College (New Westminster, B.C.), 1980
  • 2006 01 688 Correspondence regarding reading at Edmonton Women's Coalition, 1978
  • 2006 01 689 Correspondence regarding reading at Forest City Gallery (London, ON), 1975
  • 2006 01 690 Correspondence regarding reading at Grant MacEwan Community College (Edmonton, Alta.), 1974
  • 2006 01 691 Manuscript of interview with Watson by Mr. Halleck, regarding Wyndham Lewis and Marshall McLuhan [ca. 1969?]
  • 2006 01 692 Correspondence regarding reading at Kontakte Reading Series (Toronto, ON), 1979
  • 2006 01 693 Correspondence regarding reading at Malaspina College (Nanaimo, B.C.), 1981
  • 2006 01 694 Manuscripts of interview of Watson by Bruce Meyer and Brian O'Riordan, 1984
  • 2006 01 695 Correspondence regarding reading at Mount Royal College (Calgary, Alta.), 1982
  • 2006 01 696 Correspondence regarding conference at Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, B.C.), 1981
  • 2006 01 697 Correspondence regarding reading at Strathcona Writing Workshop, Festival and Retreat (Black Creek, B.C.), 1986
  • 2006 01 698 Correspondence regarding writer-in-residency at the University of Calgary, 1977
  • 2006 01 699 Correspondence and manuscript regarding conference at the University of Regina, 1979

Box 44

  • 2006 01 700 Correspondence regarding reading at the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon, Sask.), 1973
  • 2006 01 701 Correspondence regarding writer-in-residency at the University of Toronto, Scarborough College and reading at Harbourfront Commonweath Author's Festival, 1982-1983
  • 2006 01 702 Correspondence regarding reading at the University of Toronto, St. Michael's College, 1979
  • 2006 01 703 Correspondence regarding reading hosted at the University of Victoria, 1986
  • 2006 01 704 Correspondence regarding reading readings at York University, 1974

Canada Council material

Sub-series consists of includes correspondence and official documentation related to Watson’s activities with various panels and committees of the Canada Council, where she served as a consultant and jury member who read submitted manuscripts and applications for writing and travel grants. This also includes material in which Sheila was a recipient of such awards and grants, as a result of her publishing and public speaking.

Files include:

  • 2006 01 672 General correspondence from The Canada Council, 1979-1982
  • 2006 01 673 Canada Council news releases, 1979 -1995
  • 2006 01 674 Correspondence regarding Governor General's Awards jury participation, 1972-1981
  • 2006 01 675 Correspondence regarding grants committee jury participation, 1975 -1987
  • 2006 01 676 Correspondence regarding Advisory Arts Panel participation, 1979 -1982
  • 2006 01 677 Correspondence regarding receipt of Canada Council public readings grants, 1974 - 1984
  • 2006 01 678 Correspondence regarding nomination for Governor General's Award, 1992
  • 2006 01 679 Correspondence from Katherine Berg
  • 2006 01 680 Correspondence from Luc Jutras

Editorial, collaborative and contributive material

Sub-series consists of correspondence, manuscripts, transcribed diaries, news clippings, research notes and annotations related to specific instances where Watson acted as an editor, advisor, contributor, or provided paratext to aspiring authors and their texts, such as introductions, forwards, blurbs or other endorsements. Sub-series has been arranged chronologically by project into sub-sub series.

5.1.1. The City in Literature anthology
5.1.2. Editorial commentary of Age of Iron Age of Strength by Raymond Gariepy
5.1.3. Endorsement of Steven Scobie
5.1.4. Translations of short stories by Madeleine Ferron
5.1.5. Course consulting material for Athabasca University (Edmonton, Alta.)
5.1.6. Reconnaissance a critical anthology in honour of Marshall McLuhan
5.1.7. Preface for West Window by George Bowering material
5.1.8. Endorsement of Daphne Marlatt
5.1.9. Endorsement of Roy Miki
5.1.10.The Collected Poems of Miriam Mandel
5.1.11. Afterword to 71 Poems for People by George Bowering
5.1.12. Contributions to The Letters of Marshall McLuhan
5.1.13. Bio-critical essay of Miriam Mandel
5.1.14. Blurb for White Lies (for my mother) by Liza Potvin
5.1.15. Introduction to The Work of Justice by Jack Pecover

Professional activities materials

Series consists of correspondence, research materials and drafts related to Watson's role as an editor, contributor and consultant to the works of other publications, cultural bodies and creative efforts, all functions resulting from her professional role as an author and educator. The series is divided into 3 sub-series:

  1. Editorial, collaborative and contributive materials.
  2. Canada Council papers.
  3. Public readings, interviews and conference material.

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.

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 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 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 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 St. Joseph's College (North Bay,ON)

  • CA ON00389 F6-4-2006 01 609
  • File
  • December 29, 1971 - March 20, 1972
  • Part of Sheila Watson fonds

File consists of correspondence from Lois G. Shannon and Farelyth J. Bruce-Jockhart of St. Joseph's College (North Bay, ON), regarding a theatrical adaptation of "The Double Hook", including 25 page playscript with stage designs for the production.

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