Fondo F0195 - Bob Gibson fonds.

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Bob Gibson fonds.


  • 1876-1988 (Creación)

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5.66 m of textual records, drawings, ceramics.

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Canadian war veteran, artist, avid reader and book collector, William Robert (Bob) Gibson was born into a farming family in Springbank, Alberta, in 1908. Books and reading seized his imagination from early childhood; Jules Verne was an early favourite. Reading became even more important during a year-long period when scarlet fever kept him largely confined to his bed. Later, as a teenager, Bob would walk from Springbank into Calgary in order to borrow books from the downtown library. Bob served with an artillary unit in the Second World War from 1939-45, in England, Sicily and Italy. On his return to Calgary he found an outlet for his artistic talents through drawing and ceramics. In addition to work as a part-time commissionaire, he taught ceramics classes through the Allied Arts Council and set up an artistic ceramics business in his garage, complete with two electric kilns. A few decades later a bicycle accident forced him to break a contract to deliver ceramic figurines and he never returned to it. Instead, he dedicated his weekdays to reading and collecting books and stayed on as a weekend commissionaire, an occupation that allowed him even more time to indulge his interests. Bob died on January 8, 2001 at the age of 92.

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Donated by Andrew Gibson in 2002.

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Fonds consists of archival material from the Bob Gibson Collection of Speculative Fiction, primarily the lists and indexes to the over 35,000 books, periodicals and handmade anthologies B. Gibson collected over his lifetime, including index cards in four large (57 cm x 12 cm) hand-made wooden file boxes. Also includes correspondence with speculative fiction publishers, newsclippings, artefacts (writing implements and artist's tools), and material relating to Mildred Gibson including a folder of pencil sketches and watercolours, many signed W.H. Bos.

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Two of the accessions have been arranged into four series: Accession 2015.009: Correspondence, fanzines and newszines; Accession 936/14.2 - Correspondence, indices, fanzines, and catalogues; Ceramics; Drawings.

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Text in English.

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