Fonds MS-2-643 - BS Poetry Society fonds

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BS Poetry Society fonds

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  • 1980 - 1991 (Creation)
    BS Poetry Society

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23 cm of textual records
45 volumes ; 22 x 28 cm and smaller
31 photographs ; colour : 15.5 x 10 cm and smaller
15 photographs ; b&w : 17 x 11 cm and smaller

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(1983 -)

Administrative history

The BS Poetry Society was incorporated in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1986 as a not-for-profit organization. Originally named the Bourbon Street Poetry Society, it was founded in Banff in 1983 to develop and promote literary arts opportunities for writers. The society has published literary periodicals including BSPS Journal, later known as Poetry Halifax Dartmouth, and Skatz (1986-1991), and organized peer poetry and instruction workshops, arts research projects, author tours and reading series, audio poetry installations, book fairs, poetry sweatshop/slam events, radio programs, and poetry award competitions.

Custodial history

Records were found at the Dalhousie University Archives on September 27, 2016 and given accession number (2016-038). Records are believed to have been donated in the mid-1990s.

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Fonds consists of poetry journals, drafts, submissions, correspondence, meeting minutes, and event posters regarding the BS Poetry Society, and photographs of BS Poetry Society events.

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  • English

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], BS Poetry Society fonds, MS-2-643, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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