Jake MacDonald:

An Inventory of His Papers at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Elizabeth-Anne Johnson
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
331 Elizabeth Dafoe Library
(14 June 2012)

Finding aid encoded by Elizabeth-Anne Johnson (14 June 2012)
Finding aid written in English.



Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
331 Elizabeth Dafoe LibraryWinnipeg, ManitobaR3T 2N2

Creator:
Jake MacDonald

Title:
Jake MacDonald Fonds

Dates:
1996-2004

Quantity:
59 cm of textual & other material, including 77 3.5" floppy diskettes, 14 cassette tapes, 16 slides, 1 video cassette, 1 DVD, 3 medals, and 1 cork.

Identification:
MSS 275, PC 238, TC 138, EL 33 (A.12-02)

English

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Biography of Jake MacDonald

Jake MacDonald was born in Winnipeg in 1949 and received his B.A. in English from the University of Manitoba in 1971. He supported himself as a carpenter and fishing guide for several years before embarking on a career as a writer that spans more than three decades. He is the author of eight critically acclaimed books, both fictional and non-fictional. He has written several hundred articles and received many awards for his work. MacDonald was the recipient of the Greg Clark Award for best outdoor article in Canada in 1990. He was awarded the National Magazine Award for journalism in 1996 and won the same award for travel writing four years later. His 2002 book Houseboat Chronicles won three awards including the prestigious Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

This accession of the fonds consists of notebooks containing research for several of MacDonald's books; three photographs; personal correspondence; audio cassettes containing radio adaptations of MacDonald's works and messages from MacDonald's answering machine; a VHS copy of an American Experience episode about spiritualism and Harry Houdini; digital copies of notes, research, and drafts of MacDonald's work on floppy disks and a rewritable conpact disc; medals received by MacDonald; and a cork from MacDonald's fortieth birthday celebration.

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged into ten series:

  • 1. Biographical and family material
  • 2. Published and unpublished work
  • 3. Publicity
  • 4. Correspondence
  • 5. Research material
  • 6. Notebooks
  • 7. Photographs
  • 8. Audio cassettes
  • 9. Electronic material
  • 10. VHS cassette tape
  • 11. DVD
  • 12. Artifacts

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Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on this material.

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Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions on this material.

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Related Materials

Finding aids for other accessions of this collection may be found at: http://umanitoba.ca/libraries/units/archives/collections/rad/macdonald_j.html

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Custodial History

This accession of the Jake MacDonald Fonds was donated to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Jake MacDonald in 2012.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Biographical and family material [ 2001-2008 ]
BoxFolder
11 MacDonald parents - funeral, obituary 2001, 2007
2 Canadian Geographic article featuring Mae Johnson, MacDonald's niece 2008

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Published and unpublished manuscripts [200?]
BoxFolder
13 Documentary pitches [200?]
4Forbidden Bones proof [200?]
5Grizzlyville draft [200?]
6Grizzlyville draft for copyediting 26 Sept 2008
7 Red Cliff Bay story treatment by MacDonald and John Harvie [200?]
8The Witch of Beacon Hill screenplay [200?]

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Publicity 2011
BoxFolder
19 Publicity 2011

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Correspondence 1984-2001
BoxFolder
110 Correspondence 1984-2001
11 Norstar Entertainment letter re: The Witch of Beacon Hill
12 Correspondence from Guy Maddin re: Raised by the River film treatment

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Research material [200-?]
BoxFolder
113 Notes on screenwriting [199?]
14Harry and the Bear research notes [200-]
15 Speaking notes on Grizzlyville [200-]

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Photographic material
BoxFolder
116 Mexico trip, fishing with Paul Quarrington
17 Fishing artwork

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Notebooks [200-?]
BoxFolder
21 Autopsy notes on arson victim
2 Interviews - Keith, Sylvia, Moses Aliyak / Minaki Lodge Notes / Houseboat Chronicles
3 Polar Bear interviews - Doug Webber, Len Smith, Harold Masters
4 Kamalame 2008 -- Interview notes -- Bahamas 2008
5 Fly Fishing in Cuba - me, Paul Quarrington, Ian Pearson, Ted Holekamp
6 Hunting serial killers with Det. Kim Rossmo VPD
7 Fishing notebook Cuba 2006 / Cuba 2006 with Paul Quarrington 2006
8 Birds and nature notes
9 Fort Whyte Diary
10 Notes - Western Living Bear Story
11 Oak Bay - Tartan Wetlands
12 River notes
13 Random fish notes
14 Notes on land mines, Kosovo trip 1999 1999
15 St Ambroise polar bears - lightning
16 Interview notes - street gangs, Phil Fontaine, gang cops
17 untitled (notes on marijuana smuggling)

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Audio cassettes 1979-2001
BoxFolder
31 Arthur Black reading Jack [sic] MacDonald - "Steve Rainbow" - CBC Thunder Bay June 1979
2 CBC Canada Day show with Mitch, Rosalie, and Pierre July 1998
3 Jake MacDonald: side one: "Becoming", side two: "The Yellow Pails"
4 Messages - Spring 1990
5 Messages - Spring 2001
6 Messages - 2001
7 Millennial Messages 2000!
8 Radio play - "Longest Night"
9 Radio play - "The Highway is for Gamblers"
10 White Destroyer

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Electronic material (EL 33) 1996-2004
BoxFolder
311 3.5" floppy: First Draft (corrupted)
12 3.5" floppy: Explore 2001
13 3.5" floppy: Saturday Night 1997-2001
14 3.5" floppy: Cottage Life 2001
15 3.5" floppy: Wpg novel - setting 1997
16 3.5" floppy: Wpg novel - notes 1998-1999
17 3.5" floppy: Wpg novel - plot 1997-1998
18 3.5" floppy: Wpg novel - scenes (corrupted)
19 3.5" floppy: Wpg novel - Chapter one, chapter two (laptop) 1996-2000
20 3.5" floppy: Janis business 1998-1999
21 3.5" floppy: Wpg novel - Journey to Wpg (corrupted)
22 3.5" floppy: Opening scene (corrupted)
23 3.5" floppy: Chapter 2 (corrupted)
24 3.5" floppy: Novel Frank Aftermath 1999-2000
25 3.5" floppy: Text 2001
26 3.5" floppy: Douglas 1996-2001
27 3.5" floppy: Saturday Night 1997-2002
28 3.5" floppy: Nature Canada 1997
29 3.5" floppy: Explore (corrupted)
30 3.5" floppy: Second Draft 2001-2002
31 3.5" floppy: Helen Fisher 2002
32 3.5" floppy: Documentary 2000-2001
33 3.5" floppy: Saturday Night 2000-2001
34 3.5" floppy: Helen Fisher 2002
35 3.5" floppy: Globe & Mail 1998-2002
36 3.5" floppy: Short text 2000
37 3.5" floppy: Kinko's disk 2002
38 3.5" floppy: HP 400 Driver
39 3.5" floppy: Down to Zero 2002
40 3.5" floppy: Letters & Phone 1997-2002
41 3.5" floppy: Globe and Mail 1996-2001
42 3.5" floppy: Shield Book (corrupted)
43 3.5" floppy: Shield Book (text) 2000-2001
44 3.5" floppy: Screenplays 1998
45 3.5" floppy: Jake - book two Cottage Life 1998-2001
46 3.5" floppy: Documentary 1997-2000
47 3.5" floppy: Conversion (not formatted)
48 3.5" floppy: Scripts - screenplays (not formatted)
49 3.5" floppy: Juliana Treatments + stuff 1998-1999
50 3.5" floppy: Redcliff Bay - treatments 1998-1999
51 3.5" floppy: Harry and the Bear - Screenplay 1998
52 3.5" floppy: Juliana screenplay 1999
53 3.5" floppy: Raised by the River - screenplay 1999
54 3.5" floppy: Witch Screenplay 2000
55 3.5" floppy: Witch - Final 2000-2001
56 3.5" floppy: Treatments (laptop) 1997-1998
57 3.5" floppy: Wpg Novel - Characters 1996-1998
58 3.5" floppy: Film Business 1998-1999
59 3.5" floppy: Wpg novel 1998-1999
60 3.5" floppy: Scriptwrite 1998
61 3.5" floppy: Screenplays - Juliana, The Witch, Redcliff 2001-2002
62 3.5" floppy: Juliana and the Medicine Fish (novel) 1997-1998
63 3.5" floppy: Short Text 2001
64 3.5" floppy: The Lake Book 1996-2000
65 3.5" floppy: New Outdoor Canada 1999-2000
66 3.5" floppy: Florida 2002
67 3.5" floppy: Project Devp. & Resume 1996-2002
68 3.5" floppy: Text long version 2001
69 3.5" floppy: Western Living 1997-1999
70 3.5" floppy: Cottage Life 1996-1999
71 3.5" floppy: LOW News 1998
72 3.5" floppy: Old Magazine Stories (empty) [199?]
73 3.5" floppy: Winnipeg Free Press 1997-1999
74 3.5" floppy: Outdoor Canada 1998-2001
75 3.5" floppy: Outdoor Canada (not formatted) [199?]
76 3.5" floppy: Project Devp 1997-2000
77 3.5" floppy: Shield Book #1 (setting) 1999-2001
78 3.5" floppy: Shield Book vol II - Characters 2000
79 3.5" floppy: Shield Book - Information 2000
80 3.5" floppy: Shield Book #4 Pieces 2000
81 3.5" floppy: Shield Book - Volume III (PLOT) 2000
82 3.5" floppy: Island Scene 1996-1999
83 3.5" floppy: Redcliff 1998-2001
84 CD-RW: Jake's Work 1996-2004
  • Address & phonebook
  • Animal calls
  • Backup
  • Big projects
  • Bryan work
  • Caitlin work
  • Doug work
  • Fiction
  • Film
  • Freelance work
  • Great Plains
  • Houseboat
  • Janis business
  • Job jar
  • Magazines
  • Musky safari
  • Non-fiction
  • Personal
  • Project development
  • With the Boys first draft

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DVD 2012
BoxFolder
385 Publishing Par Excellence documentary on Manitoba publishing 2012

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VHS cassette tape 1994
BoxFolder
41The American Experience: Telegrams from the Dead 1994

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Artifacts 1989-2011
BoxFolder
42 Champagne cork from MacDonald's fortieth birthday dinner 1989
3 Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal 1992
4 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal 2002
5 Rick Hansen Man in Motion 25th Anniversary medal 2011

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