Fonds F0008 - Alden Nowlan fonds.

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Alden Nowlan fonds.


  • [192-]-1997 (Creation)

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18.06 m of textual records and other material.

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Canadian poet, author, playwright and journalist. Born January 25, 1933 in Windsor, Nova Scotia. Died June 27, 1983 in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Biographical information available in The Oxford companion to Canadian literature, 2nd ed., p. 877; The Oxford companion to Canadian theatre, p. 394; If I could turn and meet myself : the life of Alden Nowlan / by Patrick Toner (Fredericton, N.B. : Goose Lane Editions, 2000); and in One heart, one way : Alden Nowlan, a writer's life / by Greg Cook (East Lawrencetown, N.S. : Pottersfield Press, 2003).

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Acquired between 1981 and 2007. First accession officially presented to the University of Calgary by A. Nowlan at a ceremony on March 22, 1982. MsC 59 and Msc 106 donated by Eric Swanick and Walter J. Learning, respectively. Accession 523/92.21 acquired from the estate of A. Nowlan. Accession 567/95.5 and Msc 301 donated by Greg Cook. Accession 755/04.5 acquired from Brian Guns, Morningtide Films. Msc 309 donated by Catherine Lamb (Lady Cummins). MsC 328 acquired from Gerry Taylor.

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Fonds consists of the following series for MsC 40: correspondence (1949-1984); drama (1969-1982); fiction (ca. 1952-1984); poetry (ca. 1951-1983); prose (1950, 1963-1983); published works (1951-1983); audio-visual (192-, 1954-1984); miscellaneous (1952-1984); works on Nowlan (1953-1984); and four small appendices (MsC 59, 61, 106, 119) consisting of material relating to A. Nowlan and acquired from other sources. MsC 59 consists of a sound cassette Remembering Alden Nowlan, taped at a Theatre New Brunswick event paying tribute to A. Nowlan. MsC 106 is a draft of A gift to last, revised by co-author Walter J. Learning in 1989. MsC 119 consists of promotional material for a production of Frankenstein : the man who became god. For description of MsC 61 see entry under Rachel Paulson Pride. Accession 523/92.21 consists of poetry manuscripts; notebooks; reviews and other material relating to publication or productions of A. Nowlan's work after his death in 1983; and twenty-four sound recordings of interviews, radio broadcasts of A. Nowlan's works, tributes paid to the author and other miscellaneous events. Accession 569/95.5 consists of material relating to A. Nowlan including v. 2, no. 4, Summer 1963 issue of Amethyst devoted to him.

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Select sound recordings have been digitized:
MsC 301 - Box 1, 2, 3
MsC 40, Box 111
Msc 59, Box 1
Acc 523/92.21, Box 2, 3, 4

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Additional archival material dated pre-1967 located at the Harriet Irving Library, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, N.B.

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Most stage and radio plays included in the fonds co-authored by Walter J. Learning.


Includes 130 sound recordings; 44 videocassettes; 6 photographs; 1 compact disc.

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