Fonds F0023 - Earle Birney fonds.

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Earle Birney fonds.


  • 1928-1969 (Creation)

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1.375 m of textual records and other material.

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Biographical history

Canadian poet, author and educator Alfred Earle Birney was born May 13, 1904 in Calgary, Alberta (then the Northwest Territories). Died September 3, 1995. Biographical information available in The Oxford companion to Canadian literature, 2nd ed., p. 122-123; and in Earle Birney : a life, by Elspeth Cameron (Toronto: Viking, 1994).

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Acquired in 1967 and 1969.

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Fonds consists of the following series: correspondence; poetry; fiction; drama; prose; published work; works on Earle Birney; audio-visual; miscellaneous; and works by other authors.

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Some items restricted.

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Select sound recordings have been digitized:
MsC 13, Box 7, 8

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Print version of earliet accessions available.

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Associated archival material relating to E. Birney located at Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, and Special Collections Division, University of British Columbia Library, Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Includes 29 sound recordings, 67 photographs, 33 collages, 3 sketches and 0.0625 m of realia including baby moccasins and mountain goat horns.

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