Margaret Avison:

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

Inventory prepared by Julianna Trivers
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(2001 & 2003 & 2007)

Finding aid encoded by Julianna Trivers, Lewis St. George Stubbs, Vladimira Zvonik (August 2002 ,December 2003, January 2008)
Finding aid written in English.

Revision History

  • July 26, 2005 - MSS 64 (A.01-22, A.03-109) converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).

Table of Contents

Collection Summary

Biography of Margaret Avison

Scope and Contents of the Papers

Organization of the Papers

Restrictions on Use

Custodial History

Other Finding Aids

Detailed Description of the Collection

Correspondence – General [199-?]-2001

Correspondence and Drafts from Other Writers 1984-2001

Correspondence – Literary [199-?]-2001

Bible Study 1967-2001

Literary Work [1960?]-2000

Press and Reviews 1978-2001

Lectures 1991-1993

Honours and Awards 1984-1992

Family History 1992-1999

Publications 1968-2000

Restricted Material A.01-22 1993-2006

Map Cabinet 1982-[ca. 1997]

PC 151 - Photograph Collection

TC 97 - Tape Collection

A. 03-109 (MSS 64, TC 97, PC 151) 1987-2003

A.07-55 (Mss 64), 1997-2006

A.07-64 (Mss 64, PC 151, TC 97) 1945-2007

"Listening: last poems" by Margaret Avison, 2009


Collection Summary

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

Creator:
Margaret Avison

Title:
Margaret Avison fonds

Dates:
[196-?]-2003

Quantity:
0.5 m of textual records, 53 photographs, 73 negatives, 4 contact sheets, 4 video cassettes

Identification:
MSS 64, PC 151, TC 97

Language
English.

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Biography of Margaret Avison

Margaret Avison was born in Galt, Ontario in 1918, the daughter of a Methodist minister. She moved to Regina with her family in 1920, and then to Calgary a few years later. The Avisons returned to Ontario in about 1930, to Toronto where Avison attended high school, and entered Victoria College, University of Toronto in 1936. When she completed her B.A. in English in 1940, she was already a published poet as her poem “Gatineau” had appeared in the Canadian Poetry Magazine the previous year. Avison had a wide and varied professional career that commenced when she worked as a file clerk at North American Life Insurance (1940-42) and, for a few months, proofreader at Gage Publishing. Avison then worked ate the Canadian Institute of International Affairs – Information Service (1943-45) where she edited a publication called “The Nations Have Declared,” about documents issued by the United Nations. After the war she moved on to the University of Toronto to a position in the Registrar’s Office, and then in the Library (1946-1954).

In 1951, Avison’s History of Ontario , a textbook for use in high schools was published. She was awarded a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Grant in 1956, so she spent 8 months in the United States writing poetry and attending creative writing classes at the universities of Chicago and Indiana. Following this she undertook freelance work editing, indexing, as well as ghostwriting a book entitled A Doctor’s Memoirs . Her first book of poetry, Winter Sun was published in 1960, and won her the Governor-General’s Award.

The year 1963 marked a major milestone in Avison’s life. She had drifted from her Methodist religious upbringing since her young adulthood; early in 1963 she converted to the Christian faith. During that same year her father died, so Avison’s mother moved to Toronto where she would live with Avison until a few months before her death in 1985 at the age of 102.

Deeply moved by the Hungarian Uprising of 1956, Avison undertook the translation of eight poems to The Plough and the Pen: Writings from Hungary 1930-1956 , published in 1963. The work was edited by Illona Duczynska and Karl Polanyi and brought recognition to many of the great 20th century Hungarian poets. The following year The Research Compendium was published. This volume consisted of précis, written by Avison, of theses by students in the School of Social Work at the University of Toronto.

In 1963 Avison returned to the University of Toronto for graduate work, writing her M.A. thesis on “Byron and the Newspapers” examining how the style of Don Juan reflected the new journalism of Byron’s day. She began doctoral studies in 1964, but never earned her doctorate, as she did not write a thesis. The Dumbfounding , her second book of poetry was published in 1966. From 1966-1968 she taught at Scarborough College, University of Toronto. During this time Avison also volunteered at a Presbyterian mission called Evangel Hall, where she went on to work as a women’s worker until 1973. Avison then spent eight months as writer-in-residence at the University of Western Ontario, after which she took a position in the CBC Radio Archives. After 1978 she returned to her charitable work, working as a secretary for the Mustard Seed Mission. This year also saw the appearance of her third book of poetry, Sunblue , which was the product of her profound religious convictions.

In 1986 Avison retired from the Mustard Seed Mission. She received her second Governor-General’s Award in 1990 for No Time , which had been published the previous year. An anthology of her work entitled Margaret Avison: Selected Poems was published in 1991 and contains selections from previous volumes interwoven with new material and ‘adaptations’ of poems by the Hungarian poets Gyula Illyes and Ferenc Juhasz, from the literal translations by Illona Duczynska. In 1994, A Kind of Perseverance was published, consisting of two lectures delivered at the annual Pascal Lectures on Christianity and the University, at the University of Waterloo, Ontario. The lectures describe the tensions she experienced when trying to live out her Christian values in secular society, specifically within the university setting. A further book of poetry, Not Yet but Still , was published in 1997. In 2002, her book of poetry Concrete and Wild Carrot (2002) published by Brick Books won the prestigious Griffin Poetry Prize. One of the poems from the manuscript of Concrete and Wild Carrot was published in The Presbyterian Record and won a Canadian Church Press Award for 2000. From 2003-2005, The Porcupine's Quill published Always Now: The Collected Poems, Volumes One to Three. In 2006 her book of poetry Momentary Dark published by McLelland & Stewart won the Griffin Poetry Prize. Avison had two books published post-humously: Listening (2009) and I Am Here and Not Not-There, an autobiography (2009) .

Apart from her two Governor-General’s awards, Avison’s contribution to Canadian literature has been recognized in the bestowal of honorary degrees from Acadia University (1983), York University (1985), and Victoria University (1988). Avison was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1985. In 2003 she received the Canadian Authors Association Literary Award, Jack Chalmers Award, and in 2005 the Leslie K. Tarr Award

She died in 2007.

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Scope and Contents of the Papers

The 2001 accrual contributes photographs, audiotapes, to the existing fonds, as well as material relating to Avison’s work such as worksheets, manuscripts, published copies, and reviews. It also includes correspondence from the 1980s to 2001, material relating to the honours and awards that she has received, and lectures and readings. This accrual contains Avison’s Bible study notes created from 1967 to 2001.

The 2003 accrual contains textual records mostly relating to recent published books. There are photographs dating from 1921 to 2003 and audio cassettes dating from 1987 to 2003.

The accrual (A.07-55) donated in 2007 contains 24 cm of textual records mostly relates to recent publications, production and publicity of Margarite Avison's work.

The final accrual donated in 2007 consists of Margaret Avison's correspondence arranged A-Z, book reviews, her manuscripts "Momentary Dark" ; "Concrete and Wild Carrot"; and the photograph and audio collections.

Margaret Avison's final collection of poems "Listening: last poems" (Winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize) was donated in 2009.

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Organization of the Papers

This collection is organized into 13 series and three additional accessions

  • 1. Correspondence – General, [199-?]-2001
  • 2. Correspondence and Drafts from Other Writers, 1984-2001
  • 3. Correspondence – Literary, [199-?]-2001
  • 4. Bible Study, 1967-2001
  • 5. Literary Work, [1960?]-2000
  • 6. Press and Reviews, 1978-2001
  • 7. Lectures, 1991-1993
  • 8. Honours and Awards, 1984-1992
  • 9. Family History, 1992-1999
  • 10. Publications, 1968-2000
  • 11. Oversize, 1982-[ca. 1997]
  • PC 151 (A.01-22) Photograph Collection
  • TC 97 (A.01-22) Tape Collection
  • A.03-109 (MSS 64, PC 151, TC 97)
  • A.07-55 (MSS 64)
  • A.07-64 (MSS 64, PC 151, TC 97)
  • "Listening: last poems" by Margaret Avison, 2009

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Restrictions on Use

One folder of correspondence entitled “Kogawa, Joy – Correspondence, 1993-1995” is restricted from access for fifty years from the time it was received in the archives in 2001.

a) Open to all;

b) Quotations of excerpts allowed but no unpublished poem by, or any item of correspondence to or from, the donor may be published in full;

c) All quotations are to provide the source and to convey Margaret Avison's judgement that the piece is unpublishable;

d) Any publishing in full must wait until twenty years after the author's death;

e) Use of the collection is on terms of use placed by this Department;

f) It is the user's responsibility to abide by all Canadian copyright legislation as amended by Parliament from time to time.

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Custodial History

The third accrual (A.01-22) was donated in 2001, the fourth accrual (A.03-109) in 2003, and the fifth and six accrual (A.07-55; A.07-64) in 2007.

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Other Finding Aids

A.90-11, A.96-23 (First Manuscript Accession and 1996 accession)

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Correspondence – General [199-?]-2001
BoxFolder
11 Correspondence - General

Books in Canada, 1996

Finlay, Elizabeth to the Leaside-Rosedale Town Crier , 1999

Grenville Christian College, [199-?]

Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, 1997

International Biographical Centre, 1998

Lastman, Mel, 2001

Metro Toronto Reference Library, 1997

Moritz, A. F., [199-?]

NALD [National Adult Literacy Database], 1997

Public Lending Right Commission, 2001

Rideau Hall - Honours Directorate, 1998-1999

Vidaver, Aaron, 1999

Weston, Hilary M., 1998

Windborne Productions, 1997

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Correspondence and Drafts from Other Writers 1984-2001
BoxFolder
12 Correspondence and drafts from other writers

Aide, Bill, 1996

Andrew, Rhett, 2000

Dragland, Stan, 1998

Gough, Ian, 1998-1999

Graham, Joy, 1984

Hawley, Catherine, [199-?]

Heighton, Steven, 2001

Henderson, Geoff, 2001

Kramer-Hamstra, Agnes, 1990

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Correspondence – Literary [199-?]-2001
BoxFolder
13 Correspondence – Literary

Alberta Education, 1999

Archer, Bert, 1997

Archibald, J. L., 1998

Balabanoff, Doreen, 1997

Boissonneau, Alice, [199-?]

Borealis Press, 1994

Bowering, George, 2000

Burge, John, 1998

Canadian Literature, 1998

Corbett, 1990

ellipse, 1993

Ellis, Keith, 2001

Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2001

Gatenby, Greg, 1988-1999

Geddes, Gary, 1996-2000

Gray, Elizabeth, 1981

Higgins, Michael W., 2000

House of Anansi Press, Ltd., 2001

Jackson, Kate, 1997

Johnston, Gordon, 1996-2000

Kent, David, 1996-2001

Kidner, Derek, 1998

Knight, Henry, 1999

Knight, M. L., 2000

Kouhi, Elizabeth, 1999

Lilburn, Tim, 1989

Mantz, Douglas, 1997

McCaslin, Susan, 1996

McKay, Don, 2001

New, Bill, 1998

Nichol, Ellie, 1991

Picchione, John, 2001

Purdy, Al, 1997

Smith, Wilfred Cantwell, [2000?]

Solway, David, 1999

Thury, Katalin, 2001

W. W. Norton & Company, 2001

4 Harbourfront Reading Series - Ray Souster Evening, 1997-1998
5 Djwa, Sandra – Correspondence, 1998
6 Johnston, George – Correspondence, 1991-2000
7 McRobbie, Kenneth, 1996
8 Lancelot Press, 1989-1998
9 Lee, John B. – Correspondence, [ca. 2000]
10 Nims, John Frederick, & Bonnie, 1998-1999
11 Poetry Canada, 1990-1991
12 Pope, William (Bill) & Isabel – Correspondence, 1996

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Bible Study 1967-2001
BoxFolder
113 Bible Study Notes, 1967-[ca.1976]
14 Small Group Studies (Harry Hahne) & M. A. Karin's devotional, [198-?]
15 Bible Study Notes, [1983?]-1997
16 Exercise Book - Bible Study Notes, May '84 - Sept '86, 1984-1986
17 Encounter with God - Daily Notes, 1996-1997
18 Bible Study Notes, 1998-Mar. 12, 2001 (1 of 2), 1998-2001
19 Bible Study Notes, 1997-1998
20 Bible Study Notes, 1998-Mar. 12, 2001 (2 of 2), 1998-2001
21 Bible Study Notes, 2001

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Literary Work [1960?]-2000
BoxFolder
122 Miscellaneous Writings, [1960?]-2001
23 Poetry Clippings - Toronto Telegram, 1966-1970
24 Homesick Sequence, [198-?] or [199-?]
25 Not Yet But Still - Deleted Poems, [ca. 1997]
26 Worksheets – Poems, [ca. 1992]
27 Worksheets – Poems, [199-?]
28 Worksheets, MSS, Revisions, [199-?]-2000
29 "Worksheets for Poems in MS completed Nov./2000 for Brick Publishing, [ca. 2000]
30 Fellowship Towers Newsletter - Hi-Lites , 1997-2000
31 "Discards from MS completed Nov. 2, 2000,” [ca. 2000]

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Press and Reviews 1978-2001
BoxFolder
132 Miscellaneous/General Articles re) M. A., 1979-2001
33 sunblue - Lancelot, 1978-1988
34 Reviews, 1983
35 Sally Ito Interview, [199-?]
36 Selected Poems – Oxford, 1991
37 No Time - Lancelot, 1991
38 Not Yet But Still , 1997

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Lectures 1991-1993
BoxFolder
139 Lectures and Readings, 1991-1993
40 "A Kind of Perseverence" - Pascal Lectures - Waterloo, 1993

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Honours and Awards 1984-1992
BoxFolder
21 Honours and Awards, 1984-1992

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Family History 1992-1999
BoxFolder
22 Avison Family History, 1992-1999

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Publications 1968-2000
BoxFolder
23 Books in Canada Volume 8, Number 7, August-September, 1979
4 Brick Winter 1981
5 The Canadian Forum November 1998
6 The Canadian Forum September 1999
7 The Canadian Forum Vol. LVIX, Nor. 689, May 1979
8 Canadian Literature No. 158, Autumn 1998
9 Canadian Literature No. 133, Summer 1992
10 Canadian Women Studies/les cahiers de la femme, Volume 14, Number 1, Fall 1993
11 Canadian Women Studies/les cahiers de la femme , Volume 8, Number 3, Fall 1987
12 Casa de las Americas , Vol. 220, julio-septembre/ 2000
13 Channels Spring 1987
14 Compass January/February 1993
15 The Cormorant , Volume X, Number 2, Fall 1993
16 ellipse , 49, 1993
17 Exile: A Literary Quarterly , Volume 15, Number 3, 1991
18 Exile: A Literary Quarterly , Volume 23, No. 3, 1999
19 Houtman, H. (ed.) 6 Days Toronto: Wedge Publishing Foundation, 1971
20 The Idler No. 26, November & December 1989
21 Journal of Canadian Poetry Volume 9, 1992
22 Kent, David "Lighting Up the Terrain": The Poetry of Margaret Avison Toronto: ECW Press, 1987
23 Kent, David A. Margaret Avison and Her Works Toronto: ECW Press, [1989?]
24 Meyer, Bruce (ed.) Arrivals: Canadian Poetry in the Eighties, Greenfield Center: The Greenfield Review, 1986
25 The New Quarterly , Spring 1994
26 Orbis No. 80/81, Spring/Summer 1991
27 Presbyterian Record January 1995
28 Queen's Quarterly Vol. 99, No. 4, Winter 1992
29 Scripture Union, I Wish I Had Known… London: Scripture Union, 1968
30 The Second Mile , December 1978
31 The Second Mile , December 1997
32 The Second Mile , June 1986
33 The Second Mile , February 1991
34 The Second Mile , February 1994
35 The Tamarack Review , Issue 80, 1978

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Restricted Material A.01-22 1993-2006
BoxFolder
31 Momentary Dark by Margaret Avison 2006
2 Correspondence - Kogawa, Joy 1993-1995

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Map Cabinet 1982-[ca. 1997]
BoxFolder
3 - Map Cabinet #21 Acadia University Honorary Degree, 1982
BoxFolder
32 York University Honorary Degree, 1985
3 University of Victoria Honorary Degree, 1988
4 Not Yet but Still - Cover Design by Kate Jackson, [ca. 1997]

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PC 151 - Photograph Collection
(A.01-22)
BoxFolder
11

23 Colour photos and negatives of Margaret Avison for University of Toronto website, by Joan Eichner, August & September 1998

Margaret Avison, Oct. 27, 1984, by Dahl's Studio

Margaret Avison, Early January 1991 - Second Governor General's Award

"Jo Grimshaw - figures in the 'Jo Poems,' a series in No Time"

[Window] - London, Ontario - Writer-in-Residence, University of Western Ontario, [1973 or 1974]

Margaret Avison - London, Ontario - Writer-in-Residence, University of Western Ontario, [1973 or 1974]

[Apartment] - London, Ontario - Writer-in-Residence, University of Western Ontario, [1973 or 1974]

[Fire Escape] - London, Ontario - Writer-in-Residence, University of Western Ontario, [1973 or 1974]

[Buildings] - London, Ontario - Writer-in-Residence, University of Western Ontario, [1973 or 1974]

Ray Hnatyshyn shaking hands with Margaret Avison, 1990

Recipients of 1990 Governor-General's Awards, including Margaret Avison, 1990

Margaret Avison, 1982 [5 copies]

Margaret Avison is made an Officer of the Order of Canada by Governor-General Jeanne Sauve - John Evans Photo, Ltd., Ottawa

Margaret Avison, May 1997, Toronto

Mary Avison McKim, Margaret Avison, Joan Eichner - Ottawa, May 1990

Jones Falls, 1994?

Margaret Avison, Sadie Maura - Christmas 1989?

Margaret Avison, 1984? By Jamosz Meissuer

Thos. W. Hunt and Mrs. Helen (Musselman) Hunt, (Marguerite Hunt's mother-in-law) - 1924?

Harold Hunt, Thos. W. Hunt, Helen (Mussselman) Hunt, Jean H? [1924?]

Margaret Avison, LL. D, Acadia University, 1983

Margaret Avison – “Near the church in Regina” – [ca. 1920]

Margaret Avison – “Qu’Appelle Valley near Regina (1919-1925) About 4? M. A. had been shut up in a closet as punishment and emerged all ‘dressed up.’” [ca. 1922]

Margaret Avison with siblings and grandparents – “M. A. about 1? Grandfather Kirkland – v. spiritual & musical; Grandmother Kirkland nee Saunders” [ca. 1919]

Margaret Avison portrait by Fred Lum (Globe & Mail) – January 18, 1991

4 negatives

2-8x10 B&W photographs by Jack Berman of Margaret Avison’s 2 mother, [198-?]

48 B&W negatives of Jack Berman photographs [198-?]

4 contact sheets of Jack Berman photographs [198-?]

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TC 97 - Tape Collection
(A.01-22)
BoxFolder
11

Tape 1: "Other Oceans" - A Poem

Tape 2: ex. "The Arts Report" - Jan. 16, 1991

Tape 3: That we may not lose loss" - John Burge - Corol-Lynn Reifel, soprano; Kingston Choral Society; Kingston Symphony Orchestra, Glen Fast, conductor - Grant Hall, Kingston Ontario, March 27, 1994

Tape 4: ExTenebris, September 30, 1989

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A. 03-109 (MSS 64, TC 97, PC 151) [ 1987-2003 ]

This fonds was donated by Margaret Avison in the fall of 2003. It contains 12.5 cm. of textual records mostly relating to recent books published. There are 29 photographs covering 1921-2003 and six audio cassettes from 1987-2003.

(textual material)
BoxFolder
11 Curriculum vitae 2003
2 Correspondence 1997-2003
3 Articles by & about Avison 1987-2000
4 Drafts of poems 2000-2003
5 Crystal Garden contains 5 Avison poems translated into Hungarian 2001
6 Correspondence with Sally Ito for Where the Woods Come From editor Tim Bowling, Nightwood 2002 2001-2002
7 Concrete and Wild Carrot Brick Books 2002 contains reviews and launch material 2002-2003
8 Correspondence Re: The Optic Eye being translated into Italian 2002-2003
9 Always Now Porcupine Quill 2003, includes handwritten draft of the introduction 2003
PC 151 (A.03-109) [ 1921-2003 ]
BoxFolder
11 Photographs 1921-2003

  • #1-3: Margaret at age three in Regina, 1921
  • #4: Margaret at age 4 visting grandmother in Galt, 1922
  • #5-6: Margaret & sister Mary, 1922-1925
  • #7: Margaret in Calgary, [1928]
  • #8: Margaret's 21st birthday (guests names on back of photo), 1939
  • #9: Marion & Jack Johnson's children, 1955
  • #10-11: Allan Ginsberg in Vancouver, 1963
  • #12-13: Charles Olson, 1963
  • #14: Denise Levertov, 1963
  • #15: Unknown, 1963
  • #16: Robert Creeley in Vancouver, 1963
  • #17-18: Evangel Hall , 1966-1967
  • #19: Margaret at Christmas, 1980
  • #20: Margaret, 1982
  • #21: Cover proofs for Winter Sun / The Dumfounding Poems 1940-1966, 1982
  • #22: VE group at Macleod's, 1987
  • #23: Margaret at Christmas, 1989
  • #24: At Mrs. Macleod's 90th birthday, 1990
  • #25: Margaret, 1998
  • #26: Concrete & Wild Carrot book launch, 2002
  • #27-28: Griffin Award readings, 2003
  • #29: Margaret with Governor General Clarkson, 2003

TC 97 (A.03-109) [ 1987-2003 ]
BoxFolder
11 Sunblue poetry reading accompied musically by John Burge 1987
2 Avison in discussion with Shelagh Rogers C.B.C. The Arts Report 1991
3 Reading: That we May Not Lose Loss [1990]
4 Reading: Other Oceans 2000
5 Reading: Winter Sun accompanied by John Burge at the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall in Montreal 2003
6 Interview: C.B.C. Radio One The Sunday Edition

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A.07-55 (Mss 64), 1997-2006

This accrual was donated in 2007. It contains 24 cm of textual records and mostly relates to recent publications, production and publicity of Margaret Avison's work.

BoxFolder
11 Interview with Margaret Avison in "Image" ,no.45, Spring 2005
2 Margaret Avison's poetry and articles in ARC: Canada's National Poetry Magazine, Winter, 2004
3 Margaret Avison's poetry in New Quarterly, no.95, Summer 2005
4 Canadian Poetry: Margaret Avison, no.59, Fall/Winter, 2006
5 Correspondence: Publicity, 1997-2005
6 Correspondence: Stan Dragland, 2002
7 Correspondence re: Concrete and Wild Carrot, 2001-2002
8 Correspondence re: Always Now, 2002-2005
9 Uncollected Poems - Published in volume one of Always Now, 2004
10 Correspondence re: Momentary Dark, 2005
11Momentary Dark - Manuscript
12 Margaret Avison's book - Momentary Dark: New Poems, 2006
BoxFolder
21 Manuscript - Momentary Dark, 2005

(draft)

2 Manuscript - Momentary Dark, 2005

(page proofs)

3 Manuscript - Momentary Dark, 2005

(copyedited manuscript)

4 1956 Hungarian Revolution, Canadian Poets, "Mrs. Polanyi" and "Skunks Hollow" - article by K. McRobbie
5 Large Print Copies of Poems by M. Avison

(for use at readings with important stresses marked)

6 Bible Study Notes, June 4 - August, 2001
7 Bible Study Notes, September 3 - November 2001
8 Bible Study Notes , December 3, 2001 - February 2002
9 Bible Study Notes , March 4 - June 2002
10 Bible Study Notes , June 2002 - August
BoxFolder
3 Awards, 2003-2005

  • 1. Leslie K. Tarr Award presented to Margaret Avison in recognition of an outstanding contribution to Christian writing and publishing in Canada, June 17, 2005
  • 2. Canadian Authors Association Literary Award - Jack Chalmers Award, 2003

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A.07-64 (Mss 64, PC 151, TC 97) 1945-2007

(one folder is restricted)

This accession consists of Margaret Avison's correspondence arranged A-Z, book reviews, her manuscripts "Momentary Dark" and "Concrete and Wild Carrot"; the photograph and audio collections.

BoxFolder
11 Biographical info - Book Reviews, Articles, 2002-2005
2 Leslie K. Tarr Award received by M. Avison in 2005 - Correspondence, Articles, 2005
3 CAA Jack Chalmers Award for Poetry received by M. Avison in 2003 - Correspondence, Articles, 2003
4 Griffin Prize received by M. Avison in 2003 - Correspondence, Articles, 2003
5 Correspondence - Isabel Fraser to Margaret Avison, 1947-1992
6 Correspondence - Mabel K. Avison to Isabel Fraser, 1945-1963
7 Correspondence - A to B, 1966-2006
8 Correspondence - C to E, 1990-2005
9 Correspondence - F to G, 2000 - 2006
10 Correspondence with Maisie Cameron, 1979-1998
11 Correspondence with Maisie Cameron, 2000-2007
12 Maisie Cameron - Family history, Publications, 1992-2004
BoxFolder
21 Correspondence - H to J, 1996-2005
2 Correspondence - K to L, 1987-2005
3 Correspondence - N to R, 1990-2004
4 Correspondence - S to V, 1998-2006
5 Correspondence - George Whipple to Margaret Avison, 1997-2005
6 Correspondence - W to Z, 1992-2006
7 Manuscript - Draft of Poems for "Momentary Dark", Winter 2004
8 Manuscript - Draft of Poems for "Momentary Dark"
9 Manuscript - "Momentary Dark" - Final version
10 Manuscript - "Concrete and Wild Carrot" - Drafts
BoxFolder
31 Manuscript - "Concrete and Wild Carrots" - Final version
2 Drafts of articles about residents/staff at Fellowship Towers
3 "Excerpts Toward a Daybook" by M. Avison - Daybook entries; Excerpts; Poetry
4 "Of Common Places or Memorial Books" edited by E. Havens, 2001 (reprint)
5 Poems - Not for Publication, 1992-2003

Restricted

6 Edinburgh International Book Festival - Correspondence; Trip scrap book, August 2003
7 Poetries of the the 1940's, the University of Maine, Orono - Correspondence; Program, 2004
8 "Hag-Ridden" - One of the last poem of Margaret Avison published in PRISM International, Fall 2007
9 -10 Notebooks used as commonplace books with Margaret Avison's entries
PC 151 (A.07-64), 1940-2005
BoxFolder
11 Portraits, 1940-2004

  • 1. Graduation Picture, Victoria College, 1940
  • 2. Star Photo, 1990
  • 3. Photo taken at Knox Church,1990
  • 4. American visit, June 2004

2 Margaret Avison, 1998-2005

  • 1. University of Toronto Website, 1998
  • 2 - 4. Concrete and Wild Carrot cover, 2001
  • 5 - 6. Concrete and Wild Carrot launch at Regis College, November 2002
  • 7. Griffin Reading, Harbour Front, June 11, 2003
  • 8. Coboung, May 8, 2003
  • 9 - 10. Wards's Island, August, 2004
  • 11. Guelph, Leslie K. Tarr Award - with Maisie Cameron - friend as of Grade 8, July 2005
  • 12. Photo from January 1, 2005
  • 13. Margaret Avison with friends Ottilia Koel and Isabel Fraser, May 1997
13

3 Isabel Fraser; Isabel Fraser's Family; Ottilie Koel
  • 1 - 17. Isabel Fraser
  • 18 -19. James Fraser
  • 20 - 23. Margaret Avison with Ottilia Koel, 2001
  • 24 - 25. Margaret Avison with Isabel Fraser
TC 97 (A.07-64), 1993-2007
BoxFolder
11 M. Avison - Marigold - Christian spiritualism
2 Gwen McEwen: Open Secrets - Poetry reading
3 Margaret Avison Interview with D.S. Martin at "Write! Toronto", 2004
4 Centennial Choir Concert - Schubert, Vaughan Williams, G. Basslets, 1993
5 CBC Interview - M. Avison and M. Enright, 2003
6 CBC Sunday Morning - M. Avison and M. Higgins, August 26, 2007

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"Listening: last poems" by Margaret Avison, 2009

(shelved with MSS 64, A.07-64, Box 3)

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