Fonds PS 8237 M6 D38 - David McKnight Fonds

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David McKnight Fonds

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PS 8237 M6 D38

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  • [197-]-2012 (Collection)
    McKnight, David
    Montréal, QC
    This collection was compiled by David McKnight over three decades of research and personal interest. In 2012 the collection was donated to the University of Alberta's Bruce Peel Special Collections.
  • [194-?]-2000 (Collection)
    Francis, Wynne
    Montréal, QC
    Professor Wynne Francis compiled this collection throughout her long career. She passed away in 2000, upon which her collection was left in the custody of her former student David McKnight

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3.73 m of textual records and other material.

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Custodial history

Material was collected separately by David McKnight and Dr. Wynne Francis. Upon Dr. Francis' death in 2000, her collection was bequeathed to Mr. McKnight who donated it to the University of Alberta in 2012.

Scope and content

Fonds consist of David McKnight’s Canadian Little Magazine and Small Press archive, reflecting his interest in documenting the history of this genre of Canadian publishing, and include the pioneering work in the field done by Wynne Francis whose research files form part of the fonds. Through both of their collecting, the David McKnight fonds consists of materials which cover the history of Canadian small press publishing from 1923-2010.

The designation of the series was arrived at after considering the ordering of the material as it was received at Bruce Peel Special Collections. It was clear that there was an original ordering of the files, often according to an alphabetical or chronological scheme, and the files had titles. David McKnight separated his files broadly into those associated with his mentor and advisor, Wynne Francis, and his own research/collection files, and as much as possible, this structure is maintained. Series titles were arrived at after considering the collection in its entirety, and the apparent order implied by McKnight’s file listings and comments. The material was received in two shipments, but was intended as one donation, so some assignment of series and file titles, combining the material in the two shipments, was necessary. The records are almost all textual, although there are three microfilm reels, two cassette tapes, and two photographs.

Taking into consideration both the information provided by David McKnight in a letter to the Head of Bruce Peel Special Collections, and the contents of the records received, six series and several sub-series were established to better facilitate access to the collection.

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Physical condition

The records are in excellent condition.

Immediate source of acquisition

David McKnight donated his collection to Bruce Peel Special Collections in June 2012, and the material was received in two deposits.


The David McKnight fonds are arranged in six series, with further sub-series designated to better describe and organize the records. Series and sub-series titles are based on the content of the records.

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  • English
  • French

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  • Latin

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The material is primarily in English, with a smaller subset in Canadian French.
The material is printed in the Latin script.

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The items are housed in the University of Alberta's Bruce Peel Special Collections. Material is available for use by students, staff, and the general public in the library’s supervised reading room upon presentation of valid photo identification (e.g., ONEcard, driver’s license, passport, or citizenship card with photo).
All researchers (including students, faculty, visiting scholars, and members of the general public) must submit a Retrieval Request Form at least 24 hours before their visit to Bruce Peel Special Collections in order to be sure that library materials have been retrieved from storage and are available for their use.

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A series and file listing is available for this fonds.

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No further accruals are expected.

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The publication runs of the magazines related to this collection can be found in the general University of Alberta library catalogue.

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Includes 3 microfilms, 2 audio-tapes, and 2 photographs.

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This entry was prepared in August and September of 2016.

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  • English

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  • Latin


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