Accession MS-2-596.2013-042 - Lesley Choyce's manuscripts and professional papers

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Lesley Choyce's manuscripts and professional papers

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  • 1993-2013 (Creation)
    Choyce, Lesley

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45 cm of textual records

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Biographical history

Lesley Choyce was born in Riverside, New Jersey, in 1951. He studied at East Carolina University and Livingston College before receiving his BA from Rutgers University and MA degrees from both Montclair State College and City University of New York Graduate Centre. Choyce immigrated to Canada in 1978, where he worked variously as a farmer, journalist, rehabilitation counsellor and janitor.

His writing encompasses a variety of genres: autobiography, history, fiction, young adult fiction, philosophy and poetry. He has also worked in film, music, radio and television, hosting and co-producing Vision TV's Off the Page with Lesley Choyce. He is the founding director of Pottersfield Press and of the literary magazine The Pottersfield Portfolio. His own work has been translated into Spanish, German, French and Danish, and he has received both the Dartmouth Book Award and the Ann Connor Brimer Award for outstanding contributions to Atlantic Canadian children's literature.

Choyce teaches part time in the English Department and the Transition Year Program at Dalhousie University. Based in Lawrencetown Beach, Nova Scotia, he is well-known as a year-round surfer and a founding member of the 1990s spoken-word rock band, The Surf Poets.

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Custodial history

Records were in the custody of the donor (Lesley Choyce) until they were received by the Archives in June 2013.

Scope and content

This accession contains primarily draft typescripts of short fiction and related research notes and correspondence. There are also records related to television and film proposals, including synopses and scripts. Other materials include copies of media reviews and miscellaneous business and personal correspondence.

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Records were refoldered and labelled; files remain in the order in which they were received from the donor.

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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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See Pottersfield Press (MS-4-254) and Pottersfield Portfolio (MS-2-684).

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Further accruals are expected.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Lesley Choyce, MS-2-596.2013-042, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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