Fonds RC0195 - Eugene McNamara fonds

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Eugene McNamara fonds

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  • 1927-2012 (Creation)
    McNamara, Eugene

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10.13 m of textual records and other material.
32 photographs: b&w.
4 floppy diskettes.
1 compact disc.

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Eugene McNamara was born on March 18th, 1930 in Oak Park, Illinois. He received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from DePaul University in 1953 and 1955, respectively. He completed a Ph.D. in English Literature at Northwestern University in 1964. He began teaching in the Department of English at the University of Windsor in 1959. He was one of the first two instructors in the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English.

He has published in the genres of poetry, short stories and novels. Four of his short stories were selected for inclusion in the annual Best Canadian Stories. One of these stories appeared in Best American Short Stories in 1975. He founded the University of Windsor Review, now known as The Windsor Review in 1965 and was editor until 1987. His publications include Passages and Other Poems (1972), Screens (1977), The Moving Light (1986), Keeping In Touch: New & Selected Poems (1998), Waterfalls (2000), Grace Notes: Poems New & Selected (2004) and a novel, The Orphans Waltz (2008).

Eugene McNamara was Professor Emeritus in the Department of English at the University of Windsor and was active in the arts community. He passed away on September 17th, 2016.

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There have been four accruals. The first accrual (03-2000), measures 6.52 m and consists of 16 series: Poetry; Short Stories; Non-fiction; Fiction; Plays; Poetry to McNamara from Joyce Carol Oates; Contracts; Personal; Sesame Press; Reading and Creative Writing Courses Taught; Conferences; University of Windsor Courses Taught; Reviews of McNamara's work; Correspondence; Dissertation; Publications - sub-series: poetry. short stories, non-fiction, Sesame Press, University of Windsor Review. The second accrual (39-2002), measures 1.60 m and consists of the following series: Journals and Notebooks; Poetry; Short Stories and fiction; Non-fiction; Correspondence; Personal. This accrual is supplemented with a collection of books and periodicals. The third accrual (35-2006) consists of three series: Manuscripts; Personal Materials; Journals and Notebooks. The fourth accrual (28-1010), measures 38 cm and consists of journals, poetry, short stories, and a novel. The fifth accrual (2013-003) consists of the following series: Notebooks, Poetry, Fiction; Seminars, Teaching, Readings and Awards; Correspondence and Personal, Business and Other. The fifth accrual was accompanied by periodicals and monographs containing McNamara’s work. These have been separated from the archival collection and a list accompanies this finding aid.

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The first accrual was acquired from Eugene McNamara in February 2000, the second in October 2002, the third in November 2006; the fourth in May 2010; the fifth in 2013.


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