Fonds RC0234 - E. Pauline Johnson fonds

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E. Pauline Johnson fonds

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  • 1870-1913 (Creation)

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1.25 m of textual records, moving images, graphic material, and realia.
Includes 1 video cassette and 1 compact disk.

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E. Pauline Johnson, poet and platform entertainer, was born on the Six Nations Reserve near Brantford, Canada West (Ontario). Her poems first appeared in the New York magazine, Gems of Poetry, and thereafter in numerous British and North American journals. Her books include The White Wampum (1895), Canadian Born (1903), Flint and Feather (1912), Legends of Vancouver (1911), The Shagganappi (1912), and The Moccasin Maker (1913). She died at Vancouver on 7 March 1913.

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The fonds consists of material related to Johnson's work: her writing, clippings, programmes, posters, and other material. In addition there is personal items such as photographs and other items. Additionally, there is research material, writings on Johnson, and additional material.

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The first accrual was donated by Brant I.O.D.E. (originally owned by Johnson's sister, Evelyn Johnson) and Pearl McRaye (McCrea) in 1961. The second accrual (63-1995) was donated in 1995 by Dr. Paul Potter. The third (22-1997) and fourth (28-1998) accruals were acquired from John Rush Books in 1997 and 1998.
The remaining accruals were received as follows:
Accession 25-2000 from Jack Whorwood, photographer, Dept. of Geology, in May 2000.
Accession 02-2001 from the estate of Helen Lothian in November 2000.
Accession 07-2001 from Douglas Witt and Dorian Greenbaum in June 2001.
Accession 22-2001 from Gord Russell in December 2001.
Accession 14-2002 from Harry O. Brompton in May 2002.
Accession 54-2002 from John Rush Books in December 2002.
Accession 06-2003 from John Rush Books in February 2003.
Accession 10-2003 from eBay in February 2003.
Accession 14-2004 from Alexander Gallery in January 2004.
Accession 28-2007 from John Rush Books in December 1993.
Accession 29-2007 from Stephen C. Lunsford, Rare Books and Manuscripts, in October 2007.
Accession 27-2008 from Joanne E. Wood in May 2008.
Accession 43-2008 from Neil David MacDonald in August 2008.
Accession 67-2008 from Neil David MacDonald in November 2008.
Accession 71-2010 from Kathy and Norm Brown in 2010.
Accession 08-2011 from Pauline Lipp in 2011.
Accession 2014-013 from Michael Fitzgerald in April 2014.


The first four accruals have been combined and described in 12 series: correspondence; manuscripts by Johnson; manuscripts about Johnson; financial documents; postcards, photographs and drawings; published materials written by Johnson; published material about Johnson; research and general interest material; promotional material, programmes and posters; souvenirs and travel memorabilia; scrap books; and realia. Additional, smaller accruals follow and consist of photographs, correspondence, news clippings, posters, sheet music, periodicals, programmes, realia and a compact disk.

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