Fonds F0014 - Aritha van Herk fonds.

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Aritha van Herk fonds.


  • 1970-2005 (Creation)

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29.2 m of textual records and other material

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Biographical history

Canadian author born on May 26, 1954 in Wetaskiwin, Alberta. Biographical information available in The feminist companion to literature in English : women writers from the Middle Ages to the present, p. 1109-1110; Who's who in Canadian literature 1987-88, p. 332; and Oxford companion to Canadian literature, 2nd ed., p. 1152-1153.

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Acquired between 1985 and 2007.

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Fonds consists of correspondence; manuscripts of novels, short stories, articles, essays, lectures, papers, reviews, speeches, screenplay and thesis; material relating to A. van Herk's editing, teaching, membership in various organizations including the Writers Guild of Alberta and the Alberta Foundation for the Literary Arts, and on various committees; photographs; sound recordings; research material; published work; and works on A. van Herk. Also includes MsC 56, a small appendix consisting of material from the Canadian Book Information Centre described in entry for Canadian Book Information Centre; and MsC 330, an audio cassette recording of A. van Herk reading her short story, Mining darkness, on CBC Radio's Aircraft, March 1989. Accession 857/09.1 consists of 1.32 m of textual records donated by Aritha van Herk and Rudy Wiebe which is restricted during their lifetimes.

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Some items restricted.

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      Text predominately in English, and some text in German, Finnish, Dutch and Spanish.

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      Files are listed in pdf and within hierarchy above.

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      For additional archival material relating to Aritha van Herk see Young Women's Christian Association (Calgary, Alta.), Material relating to Aritha van Herk's nominations for the 1988 and 1992 Women of Distinction Awards (Acc 433/88.14).

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      Includes 97 photographs and 6 audio cassettes.

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