Fonds spec-2507 - John Metcalf fonds

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John Metcalf fonds

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Previously known as John Metcalf papers.

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CA SPEC spec-2507

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  • [196-]-2011. (Creation)
    Metcalf, John, 1938-

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16.4975 m of textual records and other material.

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Name of creator

Biographical history

Canadian author John Metcalf was born in Carlisle, England, on November 12, 1938 and came to Canada in 1962. Biographical information available in The Oxford companion to Canadian literature, 2nd ed., p. 752-753.

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Scope and content

Fonds consists of correspondence with authors, editors, publishers and educators and on various subjects as well as editorial correspondence relating to Biblioasis and Canadian Notes & Queries; notes and various drafts of novels, short stories, prose, essays and memoir; documentation relating to anthologies edited by J. Metcalf and manuscripts and other material relating to J. Metcalf's editorial work for Biblioasis and Porcupine's Quill; notebooks, scrapbooks, photographs and sound recordings including readings and discussions by the Montreal Storyteller Fiction Performance Group; works on J. Metcalf including awards; published works; and works by others.

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Includes ca.4264 photographs, 57 sound recordings, and 12 videocassettes.

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Acquired between 1981 and 2012. First accession officially presented to The University of Calgary by J. Metcalf at a ceremony April 14, 1982.


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  • English

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Some items restricted.

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Published inventory (for MsC 24) The John Metcalf papers. - (Canadian archival inventory series: literary papers, no. 16). - Calgary : University of Calgary Press, 1996. File level inventories for accessions 559/94.14 and 565/95.3 available at repository.

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For additional archival material relating to John Metcalf see the ECW Press fonds (Accession 297/82.11, 382/86.4).

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Record No. MsC 24;Acc 559/94.14;Acc 565/95.3;Acc 674/00.5;Acc 772/04.22;Acc 841/08.2;Acc 870/09.14; Acc 895/12.12

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