Accession MS-2-691 - Personal archives of Harry Thurston

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Personal archives of Harry Thurston

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MS-2-691

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  • 1976-1981 (Creation)
    Creator
    Thurston, Harry, 1950-

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70 cm of textual records

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Harry Kenneth Thurston was born 3 March 1950 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, to Kenneth Alvin and Elizabeth Madeline (Gillis). He graduated from Acadia University with a BSc in Biology in 1971 and married Catherine Rideout the following year; they have one daughter, Megan Ruth.

An avid naturalist, Thurston's literary work often concerns nature and environmental issues. As a freelance writer, editor, poet and playwright, his work has appeared in magazines, literary periodicals and anthologies, including The Dalhousie Review, Fiddlehead, Reader’s Digest, National Geographic, The Atlantic Anthology: vol. 2 Poetry, and We Belong to the Sea, a Nova Scotia Anthology. He has also been a field correspondent and contributing editor to Equinox (1982-1999); a writer-in-residence at Acadia and St. Mary’s universities; a visiting writer at Mount Allison University; and a teacher in the journalism programme at the University of King’s College. From 1977-1981 he edited and published Germination, a quarterly poetry periodical.

Thurston is the author of books of poetry and prose. He has been awarded various literary awards and honours, including the Sigurd Olsen Nature Writing Award (2005); the Evelyn Richardson memorial Literary Award (1991, 1997, 2004); the City of Dartmouth Book Award (1994); and the Atlantic Bookseller’s Choice Award (1991). His magazine-published works have garnered him the Author’s Award (1982, 1987); the National Magazine Award (1983); and the Canadian Science Writer’s Association Science and Society Award (1986, 1987).

Thurston resides in Cumberland County, Nova Scotia.

Custodial history

Materials were donated by Harry Thurston in 1995 (acc. 1995-068) and 1996 (acc. 1996-003).

Scope and content

Accessions consist of materials related to the publication of the poetry periodical Germination. Materials include manuscripts and proofs, editorial drafts, correspondence, sales and business records, and promotional materials.

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  • English

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. 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. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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Finding aid available onsite.

Associated materials

See accessions MS-2-691.2013-065; MS-2-691.2015-034; and MS-2-691, 2016-53 for other materials donated by Harry Thurston.

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2006

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