Fonds F0124 - Kenneth McGoogan fonds.

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Kenneth McGoogan fonds.


  • 1974-2019 (Creation)

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14.74 m of textual records and other material.

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Canadian journalist and author Kenneth McGoogan was born in 1947 and raised in Montreal, Quebec. Educated at Sir George Williams University, Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism, 1974), and University of British Columbia (Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, 1976). Taught freshman English grammar, composition and literature at U.B.C. in 1976, and grades 3-9 French at the International School of Tanganyika, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in 1977. Accumulated more than 20 years experience at three newspapers: Toronto Star, Montreal Star and Calgary Herald as general assignment reporter, copy editor, assistant entertainment editor, book review editor and columnist, and literary editor. Published in various Canadian periodicals as a freelance journalist. Author of seven books: three novels; a non-fiction book exploring the politics of Canadian literary culture; three biographies focusing on Northern explorers (John Rae, Samuel Hearne and Jane Franklin); and a biography of Catriona Le May Doan co-authored with the Olympic speedskater. Winner of many awards including the Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize, the Canadian Authors' Association History Award, the Grant MacEwan Author's Award and the Pierre Berton Award.

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Donated by Kenneth McGoogan in 1996 through the University of Calgary Foundation, and in 2007.

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Fonds consists of correspondence including subject files; notebooks, daytimers and contact books; manuscripts of novels, screenplays, biographies, short stories, articles, columns, book reviews, essays, and speeches; published works; editing work; scrapbooks of articles and reviews clipped from the Calgary Herald; teaching files; material relating to conferences, writers' festivals and workshops; material relating to songwriting; miscellaneous personal records and material about K. McGoogan; and works by others. Fonds also includes sound recordings and original songs written by K. McGoogan, other music, interviews and readings; videocassettes of personal appearances; and photographs.

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Text in English.

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Descriptions for recent accession 2019.66 available in tree-view. For earlier descriptions of records see pdf.

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Includes ca. 500 photographs, 23 sound recordings and 6 videocassettes.


Further accruals expected.

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