Fonds MS-2-8 - Catherine Banks fonds

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Catherine Banks fonds

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MS-2-8

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  • 1973-2012 (Creation)

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3 m of textual records and other material (18 boxes)

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Biographical history

Catherine Banks is an award-winning playwright. She was born in 1957 in Middleton, Nova Scotia, and was educated at Digby Regional High School before earning her BA (1978) and BEd (1979) from Acadia University. From 1980-1985 she worked as a special education teacher in Shelburne and Halifax, and began writing for the theatre while raising her children, Rilla and Simon.

Her plays, frequently described as "Atlantic Gothic," have been performed across Canada and have received numerous awards and critical recognition. In 2008 Catherine Banks received Nova Scotia’s Established Artist Award for her body of work. Three Storey, Ocean View won the du Maurier National Play Competition's Silver Medal in 1995 and was nominated for a Merrit Award for best new play in 2000. Bone Cage received a Special Merit prize in Theatre BC's New Play Competition in 2002, was showcased at the National Arts Centre's On the Verge in 2005, and was awarded the Governor General’s Literary Award for (English) Drama in 2008. In 2012 It is Solved by Walking won Catherine Banks the Governor General's Literary Award for (English) Drama for a second time.

An active member of the Canadian theatre scene, Banks has participated in numerous readings and workshops and collaborated with theatres across the country. She is a founding member and past president of the Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre and has served as the Atlantic representative for the Playwrights Guild of Canada.

Custodial history

Materials were donated to Dalhousie University Archives in three accessions in 2012. Prior to that, the materials were in the custody of Catherine Banks.

Scope and content

Fonds contains materials documenting Catherine Banks' professional playwrighting career beginning with her first published play, Eula's Offer. Materials include research notes and drafts of scripts (both handwritten and typed), correspondence, contracts, production and publicity materials, a videocassette, a DVD, photographs, sketches, and a small selection of personal papers.

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Arrangement

Arrangement has been imposed by the processing archivist, using the original order of the materials whenever possible. The fonds is primarily organized into series based on the title of the play. Most series are further divided into sub-series. Files in each series or sub-series are listed chronologically, unless otherwise noted.

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  • English

Script of material

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English.

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Restrictions on access

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

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

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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Associated materials

Dalhousie University Archives holds many related groups of records created by playwrights, actors, artists, theatre companies, and other organizations Catherine Banks has worked with. See, for example, the archives of Mary Vingoe (MS-2-777), the Playwrights' Atlantic Resource Centre, and Mulgrave Road Theatre (MS-3-44).

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Further accruals are expected.

General note

Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Catherine Banks fonds, MS-2-8, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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October, 2012

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