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Wynne Francis Collection: Magazine and Small Press Ephemera

The records in this series consist primarily of the research files maintained by Wynne Francis related to her collection of magazine and small press ephemera. The later dates with some of the file contents suggest that David McKnight likely added found material to the files. These files arrived boxed together in the alphabetical order that is maintained in the series, so even if a file seems to represent a later period than that which Wynne Francis was collecting in, the file remains with this series. Researchers interested in a specific title should also consult the file lists found in Series 1, David McKnight’s magazine and small press research files.

The files are in alphabetical order by title of the magazine or small press; there was no distinction made between the two formats in the files that arrived with this series. The file contents include some original, but mostly photocopied magazine copies and excerpts; related articles and news clippings; subscription and ordering information; brochures; catalogues; and some correspondence. The file contents are maintained in chronological order.

Title based on contents of series

Francis, Wynne

Wynne Francis Collection: Poets and Editors Research Records

Series consists of Wynne Francis’ research files referencing Canadian poets and magazine editors during predominantly the 1960’s and 1970’s. The files are maintained in alphabetical order by the name of the individual, and include material such as news clippings, published articles, manuscripts, reviews, bibliographies, posters, and brochures.

Title supplied from file contents.

Francis, Wynne

David McKnight and Wynne Francis: Correspondence Files

The records in this series document correspondence files maintained by both Wynne Francis, and David McKnight, often with writers, scholars, bibliographers, editors, and publishers regarding the history of little magazines and presses. The correspondence is incoming with some outgoing copies, and is arranged in chronological order within each folder.

The first two sub-series consist of Wynne Francis’ files and are organized as her chronological files (1961-1990), and files arranged alphabetically by subject. The third and fourth sub-series are David McKnight’s correspondence files, also organized by his chronological files (1989-2003) and correspondence files arranged alphabetically by subject. Many notable writers and scholars are consulted in these files, including well-known poets, authors and publishers. The series documents the extensive research and connectedness both Francis and McKnight had with the broader Canadian literary community.

Title based on contents of series.

Research/Reference Files: Little Magazines and Publications

This is the largest series, documenting the research and reference material related to the history of Canadian little magazines and publications. Included in the files are imprints, guides, dissertations and off-prints of individual magazine and press studies. There are catalogs from book dealers, and information about regional presses, including several files devoted to the literary arts scene in Quebec, as well as other regions of Canada. Material was listed in this series if it appeared to be largely maintained as a reference file, containing information relevant to David McKnight’s research interests.

Coach House Press Project and Archive

David McKnight writes that he began collecting books published by the Coach House Press, a Toronto, Ontario literary small press in 1972. As he further explains: “Coach House emerged as one of the leading venues dedicated to publishing Canada’s nascent literary avant-garde.” In the summer of 1996, McKnight signed a contract with National Archives and Library of Canada to curate and prepare a three-dimensional exhibit for the Coach House Press. The exhibit used papers held by the National Library (literary manuscripts), and some loaned material.

This series includes the files related to planning and setting up the exhibition (New Wave Canada Exhibition) for the National Library and Archives, as well as general archives related to the history of the Coach House Press.

Title based on contents of series.