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Alan Creighton fonds

  • MS-2-701
  • Fonds
  • 1845-2001

Fonds includes Alan Creighton's diaries, which cover many of the years from 1920 to 2000. Writings from the period 1920 to 1954 (many undated) are mainly short stories and poems. These writings include handwritten and typed, complete and incomplete, and published and unpublished works. There is also some correspondence throughout as well as copies of his two books of poetry. The fonds includes writings with titles such as "About Poetry," "Poetry Courses," "Thoughts," "Music & Art," and "Bedford Basin." His notebooks include evidence of a variety of courses taken, including French and Greek, music, poetry, and art (both practice and history, including Chinese art). There is also a record of his art sales from 1964 to 1999. Personal and family documents are included in the fonds.

Alan Creighton's artwork is extensive and primarily in the form of sketches and watercolours, with a few oil paintings. Many of his sketches are in albums, many of which are used exclusively for one particular aspect of his studies. For example, album labels include "People," "Trees," "Skies," "Rock Formations," "Buildings," "Railway Sketches" (scenes from train journeys), and "Outdoors." Others identify a place and time and include such labels as "At the Zoo," "Nova Scotian Sketches 1951," "South Shore 1982," and "Toronto 1996." Still others contain a mixture of styles and themes. There are also numerous loose sketches and watercolours which have been loosely arranged into similar groupings such as "Clouds," "Boats," "Flowers," and so forth. Photograph albums include photos of family and of scenes taken by Alan as a reference for future paintings.

Included with Alan Creighton’s personal items are papers, writings, art, and memorabilia belonging to his friend and roommate Christine Eyles, who died without heirs. Some relate to her employment as a violinist in England and in Toronto, Ontario and some contain her poetry, plays, and artwork (in sketchbooks and on loose paper). Published and handwritten music scores, mostly for the violin, are also included. A photograph album contains many formal portraits of family and friends taken in England in the early 20th century. Records also include papers by and about her father, Charles Eyles, a famous violin-maker. Such materials include advertisements, brochures, and letters attesting to the high quality of his craftsmanship.

Creighton, Alan

Letters from Alfred Austin to Stephen Tobin

  • MS-2-74, SF Box 18, Folder 24
  • File
  • 1854-1855
File consists of four letters from Alfred Austin to Stephen Tobin. Austin was Tobin's schoolmate at Stonyhurst College from 1849-1852 and later served as Poet Laureate of England (1896-1913).

Austin, Alfred

Letter from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to William Dummer Northend

  • MS-2-60, SF Box 18, Folder 19
  • Item
  • 1875
Item is one handwritten letter (1875) from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to William Dummer Northend in Salem, Massachusetts regarding the possibility of finding subscribers in Boston and Cambridge for an unnamed cause.

Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882

Hid treasure, or the labours of a deacon, and other poems : [manuscript]

  • MS-2-158, SF Box 19, Folder 7
  • Item
  • [before 1892]
Item is a manuscript of Hid Treasure, or The Labours of a Deacon and Other Poems dated April 29, 1919, which is possibly when the pages were taped into the bound scrapbook with the title embossed on the spine. A contents page lists both published and unpublished poems, including "Betula Nigra," "The Prince's Lodge," and the title poem, "Hid Treasure." The manuscript date is unknown, but the poems themselves range in date from ca.1839-1886. Robert R.J. Emmerson's name appears as co-author on the title page, but it has been scratched out along with the second of two epigraphs.

Fenerty, Charles, 1821-1892

Letter from Bryce McMaster to Evelyn Walton

  • MS-2-156, SF Box 27, Folder 7
  • Item
  • 1941
Item is a letter to Mrs. Evelyn A. Walton from war poet Bryce McMaster, in which he discusses several poems.

Walton, Evelyn A., fl. 1941

Dorothy and Samuel Shields fonds

  • MS-2-453
  • Fonds
  • 1942 - 1980
Fonds consists of correspondence with friends and politicians, newspaper clippings regarding the Nova Scotia Centre of the Poetry Society, Canadian Authors Association, Nova Scotia Museum of Fine Art, Prince Edward Island Art Society and the writer Kay Hill. The fonds also contains records related to The Nova Scotia Centre of the Poetry Society, including correspondence, poems, and copies of the society’s constitution and by-laws.

Shields, Dorothy and Samuel

Thomas Donal Linehan fonds

  • MS-2-759
  • Fonds
  • 1946-2003
The fonds consists primarily of poems authored by Thomas Donal Linehan. The fonds contains published collections, annual files of unpublished manuscripts, and thematic files of unpublished manuscripts. This fonds also includes correspondence and a collection of unpublished prose and poetry.

Linehan, Don, 1924-2003

Handwritten poem by E.J. Pratt

  • MS-2-236, SF Box 33, Folder 29
  • Item
  • 1949
Handwritten copy of the poem "The Decision," by E.J. Pratt, accompanied by a condolence letter from Viola Pratt to Mrs. Harris Esterbrooks upon the death of her son. The poem is dated 1923, but Viola Pratt's 1949 letter indicates that her husband copied it to accompany her correspondence.

Esterbrooks, Mrs. Harris , fl. 1949

J. Andrew Wainwright fonds

  • MS-2-636
  • Fonds
  • 1960-1995
This fonds includes correspondence from other Canadian writers, 1969-1995 ; manuscripts of published poetry and books, 1969-95; manuscripts of unpublished poetry, 1960-83; and research notes.

Wainwright, J. Andrew

Publications and manuscripts by Allan Cooper

Series contains three publications of works by Allan Cooper and one manuscript, including "Island," "The Pearl Inside the Body: Poems Selected Old and New," and "The Deer is Thirsty for the Mountain Stream."

Allan Cooper fonds

  • MS-2-692
  • Fonds
  • 1974 - 1993
Fonds consists of correspondence, financial papers, and grant applications for the journal Germination, papers from the Tribune Press (Sackville, New Brunswick) relating to Owl's Head Press, and publications and pamphlets.

Cooper, Allan

BS Poetry Society fonds

  • MS-2-643
  • Fonds
  • 1980 - 1991
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.

BS Poetry Society

BSPS literary journals

Series contains one copy of each journal produced by the BSPS, which began with its first issue as the Bourbon Street Journal, then became BSPS Journal, before being renamed Poetry Halifax Dartmouth in 1988.

Bourbon Street Poetry Society (BSPS) publications

File contains three BS Poetry Society newsletters (October 1988; March 1989; December 1989); one BS Poetry Society publication (1989 Nova Scotia Poetry Awards Anthology); two publications in affiliation with Joe Blades (Reflections, 1987; New Muse of Contempt, 1988); and a New Muse of Contempt publication (Great Expectations, vol.3, no.2, 1990).

Owl's Head Press correspondence and publications

Series includes Owl's Head Press correspondence with the Bank of Montreal regarding their trade name and manuscripts and print publications: After the Image, by Jonathan Wright; Ten Poems of Francis Ponge, translated by Robert Bly; Ten Poems of Robert Bly Inspired by the Poems of Francis Ponge, by Robert Bly; Where the Fields End, by Leigh Faulkner; and The Guest Touches Only Those Who Prepare, by Edward Gates.

Manuscripts and published works by Owl's Head Press

Subseries contains partial and full annotated drafts, photographs, and published works by Owl's Head Press, including Jonathan Wright's "After the Image," Robert Bly's "Ten Poems of Francis Ponge Translated by Robert Bly & Ten Poems by Robert Bly Inspired by the Poems of Francis Ponge," Leigh Faulkner's "Where the Fields End," and Edward Gates' "The Guest Touches Only Those Who Prepare."

Alastair MacLeod : A Cape Breton Christmas

  • MS-5-19, Box 1, Cassette 17; MS-5-19, Box 1, Cassette 18
  • File
  • December 1989
  • Part of Rock Meets Bone fonds

File contains one digital recording of the raw source audio used to create the Rock Meets Bone episode titled "A Cape Breton Christmas" with Alistair MacLeod, which aired on December 8, 1989.

Episode 12, Alastair MacLeod

File contains one digital recording of the Rock Meets Bone episode titled "A Cape Breton Christmas" with Alistair MacLeod, which aired on December 8, 1989. The recording is on side B.
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