Heather Robertson:

An Inventory of Her 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, Winnipeg, Manitoba
(20 August 2012)

Finding aid encoded by Elizabeth-Anne Johnson (20 August 2012)
Finding aid written in English.



Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
331 Elizabeth Dafoe Library, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Creator:
Heather Robertson

Title:
Heather Robertson fonds

Dates:
1942-2007, predominant 1961-1963 and 2006-2007

Quantity:
31.5 cm of textual and other material.

Identification:
Mss 77, Pc 7, El 18 (A.10-52)

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Biography of Heather Robertson

Heather Robertson received a B.A. from the University of Manitoba and an M.A. from Columbia University. She was a columnist for The Winnipeg Tribune and editor of the University of Manitoba student newspaper, The Manitoban. She went on to become a radio producer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Robertson has published several books, adding to her reputation as a distinguished and often controversial writer and journalist. Her publications include Reservations Are for Indians (1970), Grass Roots (1973), Salt of the Earth (1974), A Terrible Beauty (1977), Willie (1983), A Gentleman Adventurer: The Arctic Diaries of R.H.G. Bonnycastle (1985), Lily: A Rhapsody in Red (1986), Igor (1989), More Than a Rose (1991), On The Hill (1992), Driving Force: The McLaughlin Family and the Age of the Car (1995), Meeting Death (2000), The Road Well Kept: Branksome Hall Celebrates 100 Years (2001), Magical, Mysterious Lake of the Woods (2003), Measuring Mother Earth: How Joe the Kid Became Tyrrell of the North (2007), and Walking Into Wilderness: The Toronto Carrying Place and Nine Mile Portage (2010). In the late 1990s and throughout the 2000s, Robertson stood as class representative in the class action lawsuit Robertson v. Thomson Corp., arguing that the digital reproduction of work produced by freelancers, without the freelancers' consent or additional compensation, was an infringment of the creators' copyright.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

This accrual of the Heather Robertson fonds consists of photographs and scrapbook pages from Robertson's childhood and youth, letters sent home during her time at Columbia University, publications from Robertson's time at the University of Manitoba, and material relating to archival research for her book Measuring Mother Earth: How Joe the Kid Became Tyrrell of the North .

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged in five series:

  • 1. Photographs
  • 2. Scrapbook
  • 3. Correspondence
  • 4. University of Manitoba student publications
  • 5. Archival research

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Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions.

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Restrictions on Use

The archives from which archival material was gathered retain the rights to their material.

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Custodial History

This material was donated to the Archives & Special Collections by Heather Robertson in 2012.

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Other Finding Aids

Links to finding aids for other accruals can be found here: http://nanna.lib.umanitoba.ca/icaatom/index.php/heather-robertson-fonds;rad

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Photographs [ [194-?]-[196?] ]
BoxFolder
11 Photographic portraits [194-?]-[196?]

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Scrapbook 1942-1962
BoxFolder
21 Artifacts 1943-1944
2 Scrapbook pages 1942-1962

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Correspondence 1958-1965 (predominant 1962-1963)
BoxFolder
12 Letters home 1958-1965 (predominant 1962-1963)

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University of Manitoba student publications 1961-1963
BoxFolder
31 The Manitoban 1961-1962
BoxFolder
13 University of Manitoba Arts Review 1963

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Archival research 2005-2007
BoxFolder
14 Permission forms and research notes 2005-2007
5 Digital copies of archival photos with paperwork 2006-2007
6 Digital copies of archival photos 2006-2007

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