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David McKnight Fonds

  • PS 8237 M6 D38
  • Fonds
  • [197-]-2012

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.

Little magazines and small presses: chronological research records

David McKnight’s Little Magazine individual files organized chronologically from [1932]; 1941 to 1988 and labeled alphabetically within each year. The publication year is highlighted in the file title, but file contents may contain material outside the highlighted year, and all represented dates are listed in the right date column. Folders include articles, source information, and print ephemera.

Index (est. 1946)

Photocopied excerpts; handwritten and typewritten notes; related correspondence to David McKnight from Anna Pottier-Layton and Ralph Gustafson.

Tamarack Review (est. 1956)

Photocopied excerpts; handwritten and typewritten notes; related correspondence to David McKnight from John Robert Colombo and Robert Weaver.

Yes (est. 1956)

Photocopied excerpts; handwritten and typewritten notes; a photocopied letter to Wynne Francis from Mike Gnarowski.

Alphabet (est. 1960)

Photocopied articles; typewritten notes; issue dated Sept. 1960; excerpt from "Western Alumni" Magazine.

Tish (est. 1961)

Handwritten notes; photocopied articles; correspondence to David McKnight from Roy Miki.

Imago (est. 1964)

Photocopied excerpts and articles; photocopied correspondence to Wynne Francis from George Bowering; postcard to David McKnight from George Bowering.

Island (est. 1964)

Photocopied excerpts; photocopied letter and excerpted letter to Wynne Francis from Victor Coleman.

Open Letter (est. 1965)

Photocopied information about Frank Davey; photocopied letter to Wynne Francis from Frank Davey; subscription form letters to David McKnight.

Intercourse (est. 1966)

Photocopied excerpts; transcription of a letter to the editor, Montreal Star; handwritten notes; Intercourse name index.

Fiddlehead (est. 1945)

Handwritten notes; photocopied articles, reviews, and editorials; two letters from Kent Thompson to David McKnight.

Northern Journey (est. 1971)

Photocopied excerpts and articles; index to contributors; handwritten notes; photocopied letter to Wynne Francis from Fraser Sutherland; letter to David McKnight from Fraser Sutherland.

White Pelican (est. 1971)

Photocopied excerpts; typewritten notes related to magazine contents; an article on Wilfred Watson by Diane Bessai; photocopied letter to Wynne Francis from Sheila Watson.

Repository (est. 1972)

Photocopied article; author index; photocopied letter to Wynne Francis from Bob Atkinson and John Harris; letter to David McKnight from John Harris.

Grain (est. 1973)

Photocopied excerpts and articles; handwritten notes; photocopied letter to Wynne Francis from Caroline Heath.

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