Manuscript Collection - Jim Christy Papers

Jim Christy Papers Jim Christy Papers

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Jim Christy Papers


  • 1918-2017 (Creation)

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Manuscript Collection

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75 boxes (13 metres)

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Born in Richmond, Virginia on July 14, 1945, Jim Christy grew up in South Philadelphia, a tough area featured in his autobiographical novel Streethearts. He first came to Vancouver in December of 1981 to promote his novel Streethearts, and he has remained on the West Coast, adopting Gibsons on the Sunshine Coast as his home base. He is an artist, gardener, prolific freelance journalist and an ex-regular on American Bandstand.

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A complete archive demonstrating the variety of activities in the life of Jim Christy. It includes holograph notebooks, manuscript drafts of his work, correspondence with numerous writers, doodles, sketches, collages and material related to the United States Vietnam War draft and anti-war movement.

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No restrictions on access.

Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form:

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  • English

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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