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Call Number: MSS 140, PC 148, TC 111

Title: Carol Matas fonds.

Dates: 1960, 1983-2008.

Extent:11.25 m of textual records and other material.

Biographical sketch: Carol Matas was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1949. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Western Ontario in 1970. She then pursued a theatrical career, graduating from the Actor's Lab in London, England in 1972. In 1976 she began her writing career, and has won international acclaim for her young adult novels. The Holocaust, immigration to North America and other facets of Jewish life continue to be common themes in Matas' work. She is also the author of several works of fantasy for young adults in partnership with Perry Nodelman. Her books have been translated into numerous other languages; she boasts a worldwide readership. She regularly publishes more than one title a year. Since 2003, Carol Matas has published several works of young adult fiction, including Rosie in New York City: Gotcha! (Key Porter Books, 2003), Rosie in Los Angeles: Action! (Aladdin paperbacks, 2004) and Rosie in Chicago: Play Ball! (Key Porter Books, 2004), The Dark Clone (Scholastic, 2005), and Turned Away: The World War II Diary of Devorah Bernstein (Scholastic, 2005), Past Crimes (Key Porter, 2006), The Freak, Visions (Key Porter, 2007), and The Proof that Ghosts Exist (Key Porter, 2008).
While a Carol Matas biography is available in volume 112 of the Thompson-Gale Group’s Something About the Author, published in 2000 and at, the curriculum vitae in box 1 of accession A.07-23 is most current in regards to Matas’ publications and awards.

Custodial history: Part of the fonds was donated to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections in 1995, with additional accessions in 1998, 1999 (A.99-74), 2000 (A.00-39), 2001 (A.01-28), 2003 (A.03-51), 2005 (A.05-42), 2007 (A.07-23), 2008 (A.08-92).

Scope and content: The fonds consists of professional and personal correspondence, handwritten and typed drafts of published and unpublished works, book outlines and proposals, reviews and publicity, material relating to presentations given in Canada and the United States, copies of publications in English and in translation, royalty payment records, photographs and an audio compact disk.

Source of supplied title: Title based upon content of the fonds.

Restrictions: There are restrictions on this material.

Accruals: Further accruals are expected.

Finding Aid: Printed finding aids available in Archives reading room. Electronic finding aids are available at links below:

MSS 140, PC 148 (A.03-51)

MSS 140, PC 148, TC 111 (A.05-42)

MSS 140 (A.07-23)

MSS 140 (A.08-92)