Call Number: Mss 148, Pc 154, Tc 101, El 1 (A.01-38)
Title: Joe Fisher fonds.
Extent: 8 m of textual records and other material.
Biographical sketch: Andrew Joseph Hilton Fisher,
the eldest of four children, was born June 18, 1947 in Bristol,
England. Choosing a career in journalism, he was hired as a junior
reporter at the Staffordshire Advertiser and Chronicle
in 1965. At the age of twenty-two, he was promoted and had the distinction
of being the youngest news editor in England. In August 1971, Fisher
immigrated to Toronto where he joined The Mirror newspaper
as its police reporter. In 1972, Fisher was employed as a reporter
and feature writer for the Toronto Sun. His assignments
ranged from undercover investigations of Toronto's massage parlours
to the Commonwealth Prime Ministers' conference in Ottawa. He became
a general reporter for the Toronto Sun in November 1974
and started a column on the labour scene. He also covered many important
out-of-town assignments, including the 1976 Montreal Olympics, the
Canadian Labour Congress annual convention in Quebec City, and Montreal's
Club Gargantua massacre in which thirteen people died. His first
novel, Skin Dive (originally titled Soft Words in Zooland)
was published in 1977. The end of Fisher's journalistic career coincided
with his interest in the paranormal, upon which he wrote several
books including Predictions (1980), The Case For Reincarnation
(1984), Life Between Life with Dr. Joel Whitton (1986),
Hungry Ghosts: An Investigation Into Channelling and the Spirit
World, (1990), Cotopaxi Visions, (1992), and The Case
For Reincarnation (1992). Fisher also published Game Wardens
in 1992. He supplemented his income writing freelance articles,
particularly for travel magazines and the Sunday Sun, magazine
of the Toronto Sun. A collection of Fisher's poetry also
appeared in an issue of Queen's Quarterly. Over one million
of his books have been sold in twenty-two languages. In addition
to his writings, he regularly gave workshops and seminars based
on his explorations into the supernatural, gave lectures, and appeared
on a number of television shows. He hosted Geographical Journal
on CBC Newsworld in 1997. He married Emily Zarb on June 15, 1991.
The couple divorced in 1999. Fisher died on May 9, 2001 near Fergus,
Custodial history: The records were donated to
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections in 2001
from Heidi Sanders, a friend of Joe Fisher. They had been stored
in the basement of her home. Before being moved to Sander's home,
the records were stored in Fisher's home in boxes and file cabinets.
Scope and content: The Joe Fisher fonds consists
of fourteen series: biographical, administrative, correspondence,
research, writing, publications, artefacts, large format, images,
large format graphics, reel-to-reel, audiocassettes, videocassettes,
and electronic records. Personal records and books that have been
inscribed to Joe Fisher comprise the biographical series. (Refer
to the finding aid for a list of the books that were not kept).
Proposals, contracts, book promotions, book reviews, financial,
and other general and public life records form the administrative
series. While the personal correspondence of Fisher is located in
the biographical series, the correspondence series contains all
other correspondence, including letters to readers, agents, publishers,
and research inquiries. The general research in the research series
is largely separated by book, while the notes and interviews are
separated as they were found in the collection. The records in the
writing series are categorized according to the form of the records:
journals, manuscripts, editorial notes and drafts, poetry, and manuscript
proofs. Publications are grouped in three main categories: newspaper
articles, magazine articles, and books. The newspaper articles and
books are sorted chronologically and the magazine articles alphabetically.
The artefacts series consists of 5 plaques and a seal from Fisher's
business, Bardo Publications Inc. The large format records, large
format photographs, reel-to-reel, audiocassettes, and videocassettes
series are stored according to their original order. The images
series is separated by format: slides, negatives, and photographs.
These latter series include 1313 photographs, of which 873 are colour
and 440 are black and white, 261 negative sheets, 217 colour slides,
37 videocassettes, 11 audio cassettes, and 10 reel-to-reel audio
Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this
material . Some photographs and other publications in this fonds
may pose copyright issues which would require permission for reproduction.
Any requests for reproductions should be made to the University
of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections.
Accruals: No further accruals to this fonds are
Finding aid: A printed finding aid is available
in the Archives reading room and an on-line finding aid is available
at the link below:
148, PC 154, TC 101, EL 1 (A.01-38).