Fonds RC0058 - Writers' Union of Canada fonds

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Writers' Union of Canada fonds

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  • 1971-2012 (Creation)

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54.1 m of textual records and graphic material.
4 audio reels.
95 audio cassettes.
1 letter opener.
1 Chinese scroll.

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Organized in 1972, the Writers' Union of Canada held its first annual general meeting of eighty founding members at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on 3 November 1973. The purpose of the Writers' Union is to unite Canadian writers for the advancement of their common interest--the fostering of Canadian writing, relations with publishers, exchange of information among members, safeguarding the freedom to write and publish, and good relations with other writers and their organizations in Canada and throughout the world.

For further information on the Writers' Union, see Ted Whittaker, ed., The Writers' Union of Canada: A Directory of Members (Toronto: The Writers' Union of Canada, 1981).

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The first accrual was acquired in 1983; the second accrual in March 1990; the third accrual in 1996; the fourth accrual in 2005; the fifth accrual in 2008; the sixth accrual in 2009; the seventh accrual in 2010; the eighth accrual in 2011; the ninth accrual in 2012; the tenth accrual January 2014.


The fonds consists of nine accruals. The first accrual measures 13.5 m (boxes 1-91), and is arranged into eighteen series: 1Membership Files; 2 Membership Committee and Committee Correspondence; 3 General Correspondence and Related Material; 4 National Council; 5 Annual General Meetings; 6 Contract Committee; 7 Copyright Committee; 8 Book and Periodical Development Council; 9 Government and Other Organizations; 10 Censorship; 11 Book Editors', Committee; 12 Newsletters, Various Committees; 13 Reading Tours; 14 Miscellaneous Files; 15 National Book Festival, Favourite Passages; 16 Manuscripts, Slides, Audio Reels; 17 Financial Material; 18 Flat Oversized Documents. The second accrual (15-1990) measures 7.1 m (boxes 92-114), and is arranged into five series: Government and External Organizations; Outgoing Chronological Correspondence; Annual General Meetings; National Council; and Committees. The third accrual (15-1996) measures 15.9 m (boxes 115-156) and dates from 1971-1994. It is arranged into eight series: 1 National Council; 2 Annual General Meeting 3 Membership Files; 4 Committees; 5 General Files; 6 Outgoing chronological correspondence; 7 Questionnaires & Surveys; 8 Sound recordings and other. The fourth accrual (23-2005) measures 16.44 m (boxes 157-262) and dates from 1975-2005. It is arranged into seven series: 1 General; 2 Committees; 3 National Council; 4 Annual General Meeting; 5 Correspondence; 6 Contracts, Surveys and Photographs; 7 Membership. The fifth to ninth accruals (41-2008, 49-2009, 55-2010, 27-2011, 29-2012) measure 76 cm (boxes 263-267) and consist of photographs, newsletters, minutes, reports, press releases and other documents.

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Access to membership files and grievance files is restricted for 100 years from the latest date of file activity, except with permission of the Writers Union.
Restricted boxes: 1-15, 32 (f.3-7), 33 (f.3), 90 (f.3), 108 (f.13-34), 109 (f.1-30), 120-121, 129-130, 216-222, 257-262.

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