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Susan Musgrave fonds
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- Musgrave, Susan
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51.6 m of textual records, graphic material, sound recording and moving images.
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Name of creator
Susan Musgrave was born on March 12, 1951 in Santa Cruz, California. She has lived in Hawaii, Ireland, England and Columbia and presently resides in Sidney, British Columbia. She is married to Stephen Reid whose fonds is also at McMaster. She has published novels, children's books, collections of essays and poetry. Her published works include Entrance of the Celebrant (1972), Selected Strawberries and Other Poems (1977), The Charcoal Burners (1980), The Dancing Chicken (1987), Great Musgrave (1989) Forcing the Narcissus (1994), The Situation in Which We Are Both Amateurs (1997), Things That Keep and Do Not Change (1999) and Cargo of Orchids (2000) and Origami Dove (2011), A Taste of Haida Gwaii (2016), More Blueberries (2019) (Chldren’s book) and Kiss Tickle Cuddle Hug (2010) (Children’s book).
Scope and content
The fonds consists of thirteen accruals. The first accrual consists of Boxes 1-31 and is arranged into 6 series: personal correspondence, business correspondence, correspondence relating to poetry readings, interview and fan mail, unpublished works and published works. This accrual measures 4.03 m.
The second accrual (04-1988) consists of Boxes 32 - 66 and is arranged into 10 series: manuscripts, poetry worksheets, articles, personal correspondence, business and literary correspondence, readings, workshops and festivals, published work in journals, writer-in-residence and grants, awards and applications. The accrual measures 6.5 m.
The third accrual (35-1991) extends to 3.0 m and consists of boxes 67-74 and is arranged into 6 series: manuscripts; correspondence; teaching and writer-in residence; awards, competitions and readings; financial and legal and personal.
The fourth accrual (44-1997), which extends to 6.93 m, consists of boxes 75 - 95 and is arranged into 6 series: manuscripts; correspondence; electronic correspondence; teaching, student work, readings and juries; business, financial and personal and published materials and videotapes.
The fifth accrual (21-2001), which extends to 9.0 m, consists of boxes 96-143 and is arranged into the following 7 series: manuscripts; correspondence; the Writers' Union of Canada; Writers' In Electronic Residence programme; Mentorship programme and Editorial; Readings, grants, awards, juries, reviews and projects; and personal and miscellaneous.
The sixth accrual (32-2004) which extends to 6.3 m, and has been arranged in seven series: teaching, correspondence, writing, writing related activities, personal documentation and memorabilia, printed material, and moving images and sound recordings.has not been arranged, described or measured.
The seventh accrual (71-2008) measures 8 m and has been arranged into six series: teaching; correspondence; writing and royalties; readings, conferences, appointment books; photographs, artwork, moving images.
The eighth accrual (26-2011) measures 1.9 m and has been arranged into five series: writing; correspondence; teaching, readings, workshops and conferences; personal; printed and other materials.
The ninth accrual (2012-11) measures 1.5 m and has been arranged into 8 series: Manuscripts of novels and poetry; Research; Teaching, Festivals and Events; Business; Correspondence; Manuscripts edited by Musgrave; Personal; and Audio-Visual and graphic materials.
The 10th accrual (2015-16) measures 1.9 m and is arranged into seven series: literary and business; Teaching, workshops, readings and speeches; Correspondence; writing by others; personal; graphic and audio-visual.
The 11th-12th accruals (2012-011, 2018-035) measures 42.4 cm and is arranged into four series: Typescripts and writing, professional and research, correspondence, and memorabilia.
The 13th accrual (2021-002, 2021-022, 2018-35 and partial accessions from 2011 and 2012). The accrual measures 3.0 m and is arranged into 8 series: Writing; Personal; Professional; Travel; Business; Correspondence; Graphic and Published materials.
Immediate source of acquisition
The first accrual was acquired in 1975 from the firm of Philobiblion and was added to a purchase from William Hoffer in March 1982; the second accrual was acquired from William Hoffer in 1988; the third accrual was acquired from Susan Musgrave in 1992; the fourth accrual was acquired from Susan Musgrave in 1997; the fifth accrual was acquired from Susan Musgrave in 2000; the sixth accrual was acquired from Susan Musgrave in 2004; the seventh accrual was acquired from Susan Musgrave in 2007; the eighth accrual was acquired from Susan Musgrave in 2011; the ninth accrual was acquired from Susan Musgrave through Bjarne Tokurud in 2013. The tenth accrual was acquired in 2015; the eleventh and twelfth in 2016 and 2018; the 13th accrual in 2021, all from Susan Musgrave through Bjarne Tokurud.
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Restrictions on access
Access restrictions: second accrual - diaries (1973-1984) are embargoed until the death of Susan Musgrave; third accrual - 1985 diary embargoed until the death of Susan Musgrave; fourth accrual - correspondence with Paul Nelson embargoed for the lives of Susan Musgrave and Paul Nelson. Box 231, file 1 pocket diaries 1981, 1982 and 1983 embargoed until the death of Susan Musgrave
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Further accruals are expected.
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2020, C. Long, 11/12th accruals
2022, R. Barrett, 13th accrual