Accession MS COLL 00744 - Robert Finch Papers, Gift of John C. Cairns

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Robert Finch Papers, Gift of John C. Cairns


  • 1947-1995 (Creation)

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9 Boxes, 8 cassette tapes, 1 photograph (2 metres)

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Robert Finch was an accomplished writer, musician and artist. He taught at University College until his retirement in 1970. Finch published 15 vols of verse earning him the Governor General's award twice.

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Gift of John C. Cairns, 2015

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Includes 50 year correspondence between Robert Finch and John C. Cairns (1947-1995), as well as audio cassette recordings of Finch reading his poetry, speaking and playing the piano (recorded in the 1980s). The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library also holds Robert Finch’s papers, which were accessioned in 1992, 1996 and 1997 (see MS Coll 324), which contains correspondence from John C. Cairns, as well as some carbon copies of letters written by Finch for the time period between 1947 and 1995.

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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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