Fonds MS-4-254 - Pottersfield Press fonds

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Pottersfield Press fonds

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18.2 m of textual records
518 photographs
20 prints
60 negatives
12 drawings

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(1978 -)

Administrative history

Pottersfield Press was founded in 1978 by its managing editor, Lesley Choyce, and grew out of the literary annual, Pottersfield Portfolio. The press is committed to promoting work written by Maritime and Newfoundland writers and first-time authors, and publishes a wide range of fiction and non-fiction about Atlantic Canada, including biography, history, health and the environment.

Pottersfield Press books have received numerous awards, including the Milton Acorn People's Poet of Canada Award, Air Canada Award, Dartmouth Book Award and the Evelyn Richardson Award for best nonfiction book. Many of Pottersfield's children's books have been selected for the "Our Choice" list by the Canadian Children's Book Centre. The press is based in Lawrencetown Beach, Nova Scotia, and its books are distributed in Canada and the United States by Nimbus Publishing.

Custodial history

Records have been donated to the Dalhousie University Archives by Lesley Choyce on a regular basis since 1987.

Scope and content

Fonds contains records documenting the creation and management of Pottersfield Press from its inception in 1978. These include administrative documents such as grant and funding applications and author contracts; correspondence between the managing editor and authors, readers, contract editors and others; editorial records including manuscripts and page proofs; and publicity materials such as catalogues and book reviews.

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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], Pottersfield Press fonds, MS-4-254, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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