Birk Sproxton:

An Inventory of his papers at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Lewis St. George Stubbs
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
330 Elizabeth Dafoe Library
(2012)

Finding aid encoded by Lewis St. G. Stubbs (2012)
Finding aid written in English.



Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collection
330 Elizabeth Dafoe Library

Creator:
Birk Sproxton

Title:
Birk Sproxton fonds

Dates:
1965-2008

Quantity:
The fonds consists of 9.8m of textual & other material including 28 audiocassettes, 1 videocassette, 5 CDs & 188 computer discs.

Identification:
MSS 334, PC 315, TC 162, EL 32 (A.11-13)


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Biography of Birk Sproxton

Birk Sproxton was born in 1943 in Flin Flon, Manitoba. He was educated at United College, now the University of Winnipeg, and at the University of Manitoba where he earned both a Master of Arts degree and a Ph.D in Modern Literature. He taught high school in Boissevain, Manitoba and also taught at the University of Regina, the University of Winnipeg, the University of Manitoba, and at Red Deer College. Sproxton edited a number of volumes, including, Great Stories from the Prairies; Trace: Prairie Writers on Writing; and Sounds Assembling: The Poetry of Bertram Brooker . Sproxton also authored a number of monographs including The Red Headed Woman with the Black Black Heart , which won an Honorable Mention for Best Historical Fiction in 2000 from the Manitoba Historical Society. Sproxton was directly involved in founding The Sphinx: A Magazine of Literature and Society in Regina. He served on the editing staff of the journal from its inception in 1974 until the early 1980's. Sproxton passed away on March 14, 2007.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Sproxtons fonds contain 13 series. They include: Biographical information, Masters & PHD material, books written & edited by Sproxton, published articles, manuscript drafts & publicity material, writing journals & day planners, Red Deer College & academic correspondence, writing correspondence, writing notes, teaching notes, photograph collection (PC 315), tape collection (TC 162) & electronic records, (EL 32).

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Restrictions on Access

No restrictions on access.

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Restrictions on Use

No restriction on use

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Custodial History

The fonds were donated by Mark Sproxton in 2011

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Detailed Description of the Collection

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION [ 1974-2008 ]

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11 CVs & biographical information 1974-2008

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MASTERS & PHD MATERIAL 1968-1984
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12 Sproxton's masters thesis 1968
3 PHD drafts 1971-1978
4 PHD drafts 1974-1975
5 PHD drafts 1980-1983
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21 PHD thesis - chapter 1 1980
2 PHD thesis - chapter 2
3 PHD thesis - Chapter 3 1980
4 PHD thesis - Chapter 4 1980
5 PHD thesis - Chapter 5 1980
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31 PHD thesis - conclusion & bibliography 1982
2 PHD thesis - introduction & chapter 1&2 ca.1982
3 PHD thesis - chapter 3-5 , conclusion & bibliography ca.1980
4 PHD thesis - chapters 2, 4&5 ca.1982
5 Full thesis draft 1983
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41 PHD thesis - introduction & edits ca.1983

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BOOKS WRITTEN & EDITED BY SPROXTON 1980-2006
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51 1. Sounds Assembling The Poetry of Bertram Brooker, 1980, 2.Headframe, 1985, 3. Trace 1986, 4. The Hockey Fan Came Riding, 1990, 5. The Red-Headed Woman with the Black Black Heart, 1997, 6. Prairie Fire Winnipeg in Fiction, 1999, 7. Great Stories from the Prairies, 2001, 8.Focus a Story of People Passion & Performance 2002, 9. Phantom Lake, 2005, 10. Headframe 2, 2006, 11.Winnipeg Connection, 2006

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PUBLISHED ARTICLES 1991-2006
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61 articles 1991-1993
2 articles 1993-1995
3 articles 1995-1997
4 articles 1998-2006

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MANUSCRIPT DRAFTS & PUBLICITY MATERIAL 1973-2006
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71 Bertram Brooker 1973-1989
2 Bertram Brooker 1973-1988
3 Bertram Brooker 1974-1988
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81 Head Frame 1978-1988
2 Head Frame 1978-1988
3 Head Frame 1978-1988
4 Head Frame 1978-1988
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91 Head Frame 1982
2 Head Frame 1982-1983
3 Head Frame 1983-1985
4 Head Frame 1985
5 Head Frame 1985-1988
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9A1 Head Frame 1978-1988
2 Head Frame 1978-1988
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101 Trace 1983-1985
2 Trace 1983-1988
3 Trace correspondence from writers 1985
4 Trace correspondence from writers 1985
5 Trace correspondence from writers 1985-1986
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111 Trace writers correspondence 1986
2 Trace publishers & writers correspondence 1986-1988
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121 Red-Headed Woman 1983-1987
2 Red-Headed Woman 1985-1992
3 Red-Headed Woman 1988-1991
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131 Red-Headed Woman drafts 1985-1992
2 Red-Headed Women 1985-1992
3 Red-Headed Woman 1985-1992
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141 Red-Headed Woman 1991-1992
2 Red-Headed Woman 1992
3 Red-Headed Woman 1992
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151 Red-Headed Woman 1992
2 Red-Headed Woman 1993
3 Red-Headed Woman 1993
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161 Red-Headed Woman 1993
2 Red-Headed Woman 1994
3 Red-Headed Woman 1994
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171 Red-Headed Woman 1995
2 Red-Headed Woman 1995
3 Red-Headed Woman 1995
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181 Red-Headed Woman 1996
2 Red-Headed Woman 1996
3 Red-Headed Woman 1996
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191 Red-Headed Woman 1996
2 Red-Headed Woman 1996
3 Red-Headed Women 1996
4 Red-Headed Women publicity & notes 1997-2001
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201 The Hockey Fan Came Running notes & drafts 1987-1997
2 The Hockey Fan Came Running drafts 1987-1997
3 The Hockey Fan Came Running draft 1987-1997
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211 The Hockey Fan Came Running draft 1989
2 The Hockey Fan came Running 1990
3 The Hockey Fan came Running 1990-1997
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221 Great Stories drafts 1992-2005
2 Great Stories drafts 1992-2005
3 Great Stories contributors correspondence 1992-2000
4 Great Stories contributors correspondence 2000
5 Great Stories correspondence 2001
6 Great Stories - publisher's payment & permission requests 2001-2005
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231 Winnipeg in Fiction - Prairie Fire Special Edition articles & correspondence 1992-1997
2 Winnipeg in Fiction - Prairie Fire Special Edition correspondence 1996-1998
3 Winnipeg in Fiction - Prairie Fire Special Edition 1998
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241 Winnipeg in Fiction correspondence 1998
2 Winnipeg in Fiction correspondence 1998
3 Winnipeg Fiction correspondence 1998
4 Winnipeg in Fiction correspondence 1998
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251 Phantom Lake research material 1995-1999
2 Phantom Lake drafts & research material 1995-1999
3 Phantom Lake research materia 1995-1999
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261 Phantom Lake drafts 1997
2 Phantom Lake drafts 1997
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271 Phantom Lake drafts 1998-1999
2 Phantom Lake drafts 1999
3 Phantom Lake 1999
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281 Phantom Lake drafts 2000
2 Phantom Lake drafts 2000
3 Phantom Lake drafts 2000
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291 Phantom Lake 2000-2001
2 Phantom Lake 2001-2002
3 Phantom Lake 2002
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301 Phantom Lake 2002-2003
2 Phantom Lake 2003
3 Phantom Lake 2003
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311 Phantom Lake 2004
2 Phantom Lake 2004
3 Phantom Lake 2004
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321 Phantom Lake 2004
2 Phantom Lake - draft & contract with U. of Alberta Press 2005
3 Phantom Lake 2005
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331 Phantom Lake 2005
2 Phantom Lake 2005
3 Phantom Lake 2005-2007
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341 Head Frame 2 drafts 1997-2003
2 Head Frame 2 drafts 2003-2004
3 Head Frame 2 drafts 2004
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351 Head Frame 2 - drafts 2004-2005
2 Head Frame 2 - drafts 2005-2006
3 Head Frame 2 - drafts 2006-2007
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361 Winnipeg Connection 2001-2008
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372 Winnipeg Connection 2001-2008
3 Winnipeg Connection correspondence 2001-203
4 Winnipeg Connection correspondence 2003-2004
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381 Winnipeg Connection correspondence 2004
2 Winnipeg Connection correspondence 2004
3 Winnipeg Connection correspondence 2004
4 Winnipeg Connection - correspondence & reviews 2005-2008
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391 Book publicity material 1986-1989
2 Book publicity material 1990-1996
3 Book publicity material 1997-2000
4 Book publicity material 1998-2007
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401 Sproxton's published writing 1983-2006
2 Sproxton writing drafts & notes 1998-2001
3 Sproxton writing notes & drafts 2002-2006

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WRITING JOURNALS & DAY PLANNERS 1979-2007
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40A1 Writing journals & day planners 1979-1981
2 Writing journals 1980-1990
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411 Writing journals 1981
2 Writing journals 1981-1993
3 Writing journals 1982-1986
4 Writing journals 1983-1993
5 Day planner 1984
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421 Day planner 1984-1988
2 Writing journals 1985-1986
3 Writing journals 1987-1988
4 Writing journalss 1987-1991
5 Day planner 1989
6 Writing journals 1989-1994
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431 Writing journals 1993-2000
2 Writing journals 1994-1996
3 Writing journals 1996-1997
4 Day planner 1996
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441 Writing journals 1996-1998
2 Writing journals 1998-2001
3 Writing journals 1998-1999
4 Writing journals 2000-2001
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451 Writing journals 2001-2002
2 Writing journals 2002-2003
3 Writing journal 2003
4 Writing journals 2003-2004
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461 Writing journals 2004-2005
2 Writing journal 2006
3 Day planners 2005-2007
4 Writing journals 2006-2007

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RED DEER COLLEGE & ACADEMIC CORRESPONDENCE 1970-2007
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471 Red Deer College writing & publishing 1977-1987
2 Publicity material 1978-1986
3 Red Deer College writing & publishing 1988-1989
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481 Red Deer College writing & publishing 1989-1995
2 Red Deer College - writing & publishing 1995-2007
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491 Academic correspondence 1970-1975
2 Academic correspondence 1975-1977
3 Acaemic correspondence 1977-1979
4 Academic correspondence 1979-1982
5 Academic correspondence 1982-1984
6 Academic correspondence 1984
7 Academic correspondence 1985
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501 Academic correspondence 1986
2 Academic correspondence 1986-1987
3 Academic correspondence 1987-1988
4 Academic correspondence 1988
5 Academic correspondence 1989
6 Academic correspondence 1991
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511 Academic correspondence 1992
2 Academic correspondence 1993
3 Academic correspondence 1993-1994
4 Academic correspondence 1994-1995
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521 Academic correspondence 1995
2 Academic correspondence 1995-1997
3 Academic correspondence 1997-1998
4 Academic correspondence 1998-2000
5 Academic correspondence 2001-2003
6 Academic correspondence 2003-2007

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WRITING CORRESPONDENCE 1966-2007
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531 Correspondence 1966-1974
2 Correspondence 1973-1981
3 Correspondence 1975-1981
4 Correspondence 1981-1993
5 Correspondence 1981-1986
6 Correspondence 1983-1985
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541 Correspondence 1985-1987
2 Correspondence 1986-1987
3 Correspondence 1987-1988
4 Correspondence 1987-1988
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551 Correspondence 1988-1991
2 Correspondence 1988-1998
3 Correspondence 1990-1992
4 Correspondence 1991
5 Correspondence 1992-1993
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561 Correspondence 1993-1994
2 Correspondence 1994-1995
3 Correspondece 1995-1996
4 Correspondence 1996-1997
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571 Correspondence 1998-2003
2 Correspondence 1998-1999
3 Correspondence 1999
4 Correspondence 1999-2000
5 Correspondence 2000-2002
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581 Correspondence 2002-2003
2 Correspondence 2003
3 Correspondence 2004-2005
4 Correspondence 2003-2005
5 Correspondence 2003-2007

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WRITING NOTES 1965-2006
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591 Writing notes 1965-1974
2 Writing notes 1965-2006
3 Writing notes 1965-2006
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601 Writing notes 1979-1987
2 Writing notes 1988-1993
3 Writing notes 1993-1996
4 Writing notes 1996
5 Writing notes 1996-1998

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TEACHING NOTES 1966-2007
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611 Teaching notes 1966-2006
2 Teaching notes 1966-2006
3 Teaching notes 1966-2001
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621 Teaching notes 1965-1971
2 Teaching notes - writing essay 1966-1974
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631 Teaching notes - writing notes 1966-2006
2 Teaching notes - writing notes 1966-2006
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641 Teaching notes 1966-2006
2 Teaching notes 1966-2006
3 Teaching notes 1966-2006
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651 Teaching notes 1966-2006
2 Teaching notes 1966-2006
3 Teaching notes 1966-2006
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661 Teaching notes 1971-1973
2 Teaching notes 1974-1975
3 Teaching notes 1975-1978
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671 Teaching notes - writing essay 1976-1991
2 Teaching notes 1978-1979
3 Teaching notes 1980-1981
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681 Teaching notes 1982-1983
2 Teaching note 1984
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691 Teaching notes 1985-1986
2 Teaching notes 1986-1987
3 Teaching notes 1987
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701 Teaching notes 1988-1989
2 Teaching notes 1989-1990
3 Teaching notes 1990-1991
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711 Teaching notes 1991
2 Teaching notes 1991-1993
3 Teaching notes - writing essay 1992-1993
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721 Teaching notes 1993-1994
2 Teaching notes 1994-1995
3 Teaching notes 1995-1996
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731 Teaching notes - writing essay 1994-1998
2 Teaching notes 1996
3 Teacher notes 1997-1998
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741 Teacher notes 1998-2000
2 Teacher notes - writing essay 1998-2006
3 Teaching notes 2000-2001
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751 Teaching notes 2001-2002
2 Teaching notes 2002-2003
3 Teaching notes 2002-2003
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761 Teaching notes 2003-2004
2 Teaching notes 2005
3 Teaching notes 2005
4 Teaching notes 2005-2006
5 Teaching notes 2006-2007

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PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION (PC 315) 1985
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11 Head Frame on VHS 1985

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TAPE COLLECTION 1980-1993
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11 1-3.Brooker slide 3 audiocassettes ca.1980, 4..Sproxton on C.B.C. The Open Pit talking about the Alberta Anthology, 1983 5-6. Flin Flon Oral History Project 2 audiocassettes with Bill Curran, 1984 7-8 FFOH Project 2 audiocassettes with William C. Ross 1984, 9. Robert Kroetsch at Canadian Writer's Symposium ca.1985, 10.. The Line bp Nichol & Fred Waugh at Red Deer College in 1987, 11. Ray Smith interview CBC Peter Gzowski show 1986, 12. Units of Composition 1988, 13. Genre Busting 1988, 14-17. Ian Adam 4 audiocassettes 1993, 18-21.Anita Van Herk 4 audiocassettes 1993 22-23. Doug Barbour 2 audiocassettes, 1993 24. Vivian McMillan play 2008, 25. Folk music, 26. Interview artist against the institution, 27. Folk music, 28. Westergard 1986 1980-2008

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ELECTRONIC RECORDS (EL 32) 1991-2007
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11 1. 75 discs of Sproxton's writing in 3m boxes, 2. 36 disc of various writing, 3. 30 discs in nylon packs, 4. 5 Prairie Fire discs 1998-1999, 5. 34 writing discs mainly Phantom Lake 1998-2005, 6. 8 Head Frame discs 2001, 7. Red Deer College back up CD, 2004, 8.New computer files on CD, 2007 & 3CDS of Winnipeg Writers Conference Thin Air, 2006

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