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Description found in Archives

Daphne Marlatt fonds [multiple media]. 

Date(s)

1951-1998

Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

14.74 m of textual records and other material.

Scope and content

Fonds includes research notes, manuscripts and typescripts of published and unpublished works; photographs and memorabilia; publicity material; publications; juvenilia; diaries, drawings, maps, notebooks and correspondence. Also, there are over 50 audio tapes of readings, interviews and speeches given by Marlatt and other contemporary writers. The fonds includes correspondence with Frank Davey, Clayton Eshleman, David Alexander, Michael Ondaatje, Janice Williamson, Nicole Brossard, Penn Kemp, bp Nichol and other literary colleagues and publishers; and editorial correspondence for the periodicals "Periodics" (1977-1982), "Island" magazine, and "Tessera". The manuscript material found in the fonds includes manuscripts and research material for Marlatt's published works of fiction, as well as drafts of her earlier publications; contributions to periodicals and anthologies; reviews; lectures and tributes. The fonds also contains documentation concerning festivals and conferences (West Coast Women and Words and B.C. Pen); documentation of the creation of "Mothertalk" and documentation of teaching activities and creative-writing workshops.

Graphic (photo)
18: Restricted by creator/donor
Cartographic material
18: Restricted by creator/donor
Sound recordings
LMS container CD 2
18: Restricted
Sound recordings
LMS container CASS 62 B
18: Restricted
Sound recordings
LMS container CASS 429 B
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Sound recordings
LMS container CASS 62 C
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Sound recordings
LMS container CASS 43 B
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Sound recordings
LMS container CASS 48 B
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Sound recordings
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LMS container
from T-7 100 to T-7 101
T-10 1/2 4
CASS 33
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from CASS 44 to CASS 47
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from CASS 370 to CASS 376
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CASS 428
from CASS 34 A to CASS 34 B
from CASS 35 A to CASS 35 B
CASS 43 A
CASS 48 A
CASS 62 A
CASS 429 A
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Sound recordings
96: Restrictions vary
Sound recording
from CASS 381 to CASS 390
18: Restricted by creator/donor
Sound recordings
96: Restrictions vary
LMS container
from CASS 430 to CASS 440
90: Open
Textual records
96: Restrictions vary
LMS container
from 1 to 23
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28
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24 B
27 A
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Textual records
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from 10 A to 10 B
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Textual records
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LMS container
1
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from 26 to 30
18: Restricted by creator/donor
Textual records
96: Restrictions vary
LMS container
2
10: Closed by creator/donor
Textual records
96: Restrictions vary
LMS container
5
10: Closed by creator/donor
Textual records
96: Restrictions vary
LMS container
24 A
27 B
10: Closed by creator/donor
Archival reference no.
Former archival reference no.
Other accession no.
1985-08 LMS
1993-13 LMS
1998-05 LMS

Terms of use

Copyright varies. The recipient of copies is responsible for determining whether material is subject to copyright and whether use of it does or does not constitute an infringement of copyright under the Copyright Act. Credit Library and Archives Canada.

Textual records; graphic material; sound recordings; cartographic material Finding aids available for all three accessions. Available in reference room. 90 (Paper)

Biography / Administrative history

Daphne Marlatt (née Buckle) was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1942 to English parents who were evacuated from Malaya as a result of the Japanese occupation. She spent her early childhood in Penang, Malaysia. In 195l, her family immigrated to Vancouver. She studied English literature at the University of British Columbia (B.A., 1964) where she participated in a variety of literary activities and contributed poetry and editorial expertise to the experimental periodical "tish". She completed her M.A. in Comparative Literature at Indiana University in 1968, and for her thesis she translated and wrote a critical essay on Francis Pongé. That same year Ryerson Press published her first book of poetry "Frames: Of a Story", written in experimental language and form.

Marlatt's development as a writer is closely related to her other occupations and preoccupations, such as her involvement in oral-history projects in Steveston and Vancouver's east end. The CBC adapted her documentary publication "Steveston Recollected: A Japanese-Canadian History" (1975) as a radio drama and asked her to write the script. She was poetry editor for "Capilano Review" (1973-1976), co-editor for the prose magazine "Periodics" (1977-1980), "Island" magazine, and founding co-editor of "Tessera", a feminist journal. Her many published titles and numerous contributions to Canadian anthologies and periodicals have given Marlatt a strong and recognizable voice in West Coast literature in particular and in Canadian literature in general. Her published works include "Rings" (1971), "Vancouver Poems" (1972), "Steveston" (1974), "Our Lives" (1975), "Zocalo" (1977), "What Matters" (1980) and "Here & There" (1981). Her "How Hug a Stone" (1983) chronicles the journey she took with her son, Kit, to England to explore her mother's roots. In this work, as in "Touch to My Tongue" (1984), Marlatt articulates her own consciousness in the making through the writing process. Other notable works include the partly-autobiographical "Ana Historic" (1988), "Salvage" (1991), "Taken" (1996) and "Readings from the Labyrinth" (1998), a collection of her essays. Marlatt edited "Mothertalk" (1997), Roy Kiyooka's biographical work about his mother's experience as an immigrant to Canada. Marlatt was instrumental in organizing the Canadian literary conference "Women and Words / Les femmes et les mots" held at the University of British Columbia in 1998.

Additional information

Restrictions on access note
All three accessions for the Daphne Marlatt Papers are under an access provision: researchers must obtain the permission of Daphne Marlatt in order to consult this fonds. However, in addition to this blanket access condition, there are some papers that are, without exception, unavailable to the public for consultation. For details, see finding aids.

Private

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