MSS 144, PC 150, TC 95
Title: Betty Jane Wylie fonds
Dates: [ca. 1946]-2000
Extents: 8.8 m of textual records, 12 videocassettes, 14
Biographical Sketch: Betty Jane Wylie (nee McKenty) was
born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1931. She attended the University
of Manitoba where she earned her B. A. (Hons.) in French and English
in 1951. She completed her M.A. in English in 1952, majoring in
20th century poetry, with minors in Anglo-Saxon and Old Norse. Soon
after graduation in 1952, Wylie married William Tennant (Bill) Wylie,
with whom she eventually had four children. For the first part of
their marriage the Wylies resided in Winnipeg where Bill Wylie was
manager of the Manitoba Theatre Centre. They then moved from Winnipeg
to Stratford, Ontario in 1968, where Bill Wylie served as administrative
director of the Stratford Festival Theatre until his death in 1973.
While married, and raising her four children Wylie found some time
to write poetry and plays, but Bill Wylie's sudden and unexpected
death in 1973 caused her to take up writing as a career. While coming
to terms with her husband's death, Wylie wrote Beginnings: A
Book for Widows (1977), which went through several editions,
and has been published in six countries. Since then Wylie has published
books of various types such as children's books, cookbooks, self-help,
and other non-fiction books. Over three dozen of her plays have
been produced. Wylie has also been involved in radio and television
productions, including a television movie called "Coming of
Age" that aired on TMN (1994) and Global (1995), and won two
Gemini Awards. She won the University of Manitoba Alumni Association's
Alumni Jubilee Award in 1989.
Scope and Content: Fonds consists of material relating to
Betty Jane Wylie's writing career including notes, manuscripts,
correspondence, drafts and published copies of many of her works.
It also contains speeches, material relating to Wylie's activities
in professional associations, and reviews and press coverage of
Custodial History: The fonds was donated by Betty Jane Wylie
to Archives & Special Collections in 2001 as A.01-26.
Source of Supplied Title: Based on contents of the fonds.
Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this fonds.
Accruals: Further accruals are expected.