Archives and Special Collections
Series S0002 - Manuscripts
CA ACU SPC F0011-S0002
- [1946, 1951 1953, 1956-1984] (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
Name of creator
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Content and structure area
Scope and content
- MsC 31 consists of two sub-series: fiction (2434 items) and non-fiction (64 items). Fiction manuscripts include a commonplace book, novels, screenplays and short stories arranged alphabetically by form, then chronologically within each group. Non- fiction manuscripts include articles, book reviews and essays arranged alphabetically by form and chronologically within each group.
- MsC 49 consists of two sub-series: fiction (402 items) and non-fiction (71 items). Fiction manuscripts include novels, plays (screen and stage) and short stories arranged alphabetically by form and chronologically within each group. Non-fiction manuscripts include articles, book reviews, a letter to the editor, speeches and a television script arranged alphabetically by form and chronologically within each group.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling
System of arrangement
- MsC 31The original manuscript of The Luck of Ginger Coffey is in very fragile condition and has been placed in protective mylar covers. An archival photocopy is available for examination by researchers.
- In many cases, particularly The Great Victorian Collection and The Doctor's Wife, several hundred pages of unorganized fragments were collected by Moore, identified by title and labelled "rejected pages". An attempt has been made to sort this material and pull together fragments from the same draft and/or variant versions of the same chapter or scene based on plot structure, characters' names, and even the type of paper and pen used. Manuscripts for each title have been rough sorted chronologically by relating undated material to dated and to the published version. It must be emphasized that this is a rough sort only and ultimately it remains the researcher's task to confirm or reject decisions made in the course of archival processing.
- Adaptations of Moore's novels for other media, such as stage or screen, are filed with the manuscript material for those novels.
- Manuscript material for each title is followed by reviews arranged alphabetically by country for the English editions: British, Canadian, U.S.; reviews for any foreign editions of the same title are filed after the U.S. reviews. Reviews of different genres of the same title, such as The Luck of Ginger Coffey, are arranged chronologically by date of the first review.
- The manuscripts and research material for the book Canada, an illustrated collection of essays by B. Moore and the editors of Life, were retained by Time-Life Books which commissioned the project for a flat fee. The Brian Moore Papers include seven reviews of this book filed under essays.
- MsC 49 manuscript material for Black Robe, like that for The Great Victorian Collection and The Doctor's Wife, includes many pages of fragments which have been roughly sorted and variant versions of the same incident, chapter or scene are filed together. Once again, it remains the researcher's task to confirm or reject these archival decisions.