Fonds RC0014 - David Helwig fonds

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David Helwig fonds

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  • 1958-2009 (Creation)

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12.05 m of textual records, sound recordings and graphic material

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David Helwig was born in Toronto in April 1938. After taking an undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, he went to England, where he received an M.A. in 1962 from Liverpool.

After stints of teaching at Queen's University and working for CBC drama, he made the decision in 1980 to become a full-time writer. Helwig writes in all genres: novels, short fiction, poetry, plays, essays, and newspaper articles.

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The fonds contains material falling under the following catagories: correspondence; full-length fiction; short fiction; non-fiction; books edited; poetry, articles; book reviews; notebooks; radio scripts; television scripts; film scripts; plays; printed material and miscellaneous

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The first accrual was acquired in September 1985; the second in April 1989; the third in January 1992; the fourth in August 1994; the fifth in September 1998; the sixth in August 2003, all from David Helwig. The seventh accrual was acquired from George Loewen via David Helwig in March 2010.


The fonds consists of seven accruals. The first accrual is arranged into 14 series: correspondence; full-length fiction; short fiction; non-fiction; books edited; poetry, articles; book reviews; notebooks; radio scripts; television scripts; film scripts; plays; printed material and miscellaneous. Part of this accession was missed from the original description. It has been arranged as an addendum in three series: correspondence; manuscripts and typescripts and proofs; and reviews of Helwig's books and poems. The second accrual (20-1989) is arranged into five series: novels; plays; book reviews; poetry; and correspondence. The third accrual (11-1992) consists of Helwig's M.A. thesis as well as some of his published works. The fourth accrual (44-1995) is arranged into three series: correspondence; manuscripts and typescripts; and reviews of Helwig's books. Correspondence and reviews are arranged alphabetically. Following the correspondence files is a file of miscellaneous items including a 1992 calendar which was used by Helwig to record his appointments. Manuscripts and typescripts are arranged as follows: articles, fiction, books by others, translations, radio plays, scripts proposals and poetry. The fifth accrual (25-1998) is arranged into 7 series: correspondence; manuscripts and typescripts; manuscripts edited; poetry and essays; book reviews and movie reviews; radio talks and plays; newspaper journalism and miscellaneous. The sixth accrual (04-2004) is arranged into 6 series: manuscripts and typescripts; manuscripts edited; poetry; radio plays; articles; reviews and obituary and correspondence. The seventh accrual (22-2010) consists of correspondence between Helwig and George Loewen.

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First Accrual: Finding Aid
First Accrual Addendum: Finding Aid
Second Accrual: Finding Aid
Third Accrual: Finding Aid
Fourth Accrual: Finding Aid
Fifth Accrual: Finding Aid
Sixth and Seventh Accrual: Finding Aid
Eighth Accrual: Finding Aid
Ninth Accrual: Finding Aid

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Further accruals are expected.

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