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Lee, Dennis

Introduction to 'The New Canadian Poets 1970-1985' edited by Dennis Lee; review.

Lowry, Malcolm

Typewritten manuscript; news clippings; articles; reviews; handwritten paper.

Mayne, Seymour (file 3)

News clippings; articles; published poems; correspondence to Wynne Francis from Seymour Mayne at the University of Ottawa.

Mayne, Seymour (file 4)

News clippings; articles; small volumes of poetry; copy of Multicultural Writing grant completed by Seymour Mayne and sent to Wynne Francis with a request for a letter of support.
Much of the content contained in this file relates to Jewish history, religion, and cultural issues.

Mayne, Seymour (file 6)

Drafts of a paper written about Seymour Mayne sent to Wynne Francis from John Francis, includes typewritten and annotated drafts of the paper and handwritten notes.

Nichol, bp

Handwritten notes; article; book promotion; clippings.

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.


Incoming/Outgoing: Student request; presses; writing and publishing; letter of reference for Irving Layton; letter expressing interest in summer teaching at the University of British Columbia, etc.


Incoming/Outgoing: Presses, writing and publishing, including correspondence with Louis Dudek, Raymond Souster, and Al Purdy (amongst others)


Incoming/Outgoing: Book orders; writing; publishing (including with the Canadian Broadcasting Company, Oxford University Press, and the Canadian Council)


Incoming/Outgoing: Writing and publishing (including with George Woodcock, editor of "Canadian Literature," Department of Cultural Affairs, Quebec, Canadian Broadcasting Company)


Incoming/Outgoing: regarding teaching, writing; correspondence with Bruce Mickleburgh, Dorothy Livesay, Robin Mathews and others on a variety of matters.


Incoming - regarding Assistant Dean of Arts position, Sir George Williams University; Bill Bissett; general correspondence.


Incoming/Outgoing: with Franky Davey, Victor Coleman, Robert Kroetsch, John Colombo, Doug Brown, Leo Kennedy, amongst others.


Incoming/Outgoing: regarding writing projects, Wynne Francis' husband's illness; with Dorothy Livesay, Sandra Djwa, Gerald Noonan; a letter to the US government regarding copyright law, etc.


With the Paget Press; copy of a letter from Judy [Copithorne] to the Judith Carruthers.


Incoming/Outgoing: regarding conferences, publishing, writing projects, etc.


Letter of support for Seymour Mayne's grant application; letter from Gail Scott; flyer for a talk by Bill Bissett.

Correspondence - "Canadian Literature"

Primarily with George Woodcock, editor, regarding Wynne Francis' articles for issues, including "[Montreal Poets of the Forties]," "[Louis Dudek]," "[Irving Layton]," and "[Layton and Nietzsche]," etc.

Correspondence - Ottawa

Incoming/Outgoing: correspondence with individuals at the University of Ottawa, Carleton University; around "The Lampman Symposium" planned by the University of Ottawa for May, 1975; with Ottawa based persons and publishers.

Correspondence - Poets 1963-1965

Incoming/Outgoing: with poets and publishers of poets and publishers of poetry, including Harry Howith, Michael Gnarowski, A.W. Purdy, Bill Bissett, Earle Birney, Dorothy Livesay, Margaret Atwood, etc.

Correspondence - Poets 1966-1968

Incoming/Outgoing: poets and publishers of poetry, including Harry Howith, Bill Bissett, Margaret Atwood, Seymour Mayne, Dorothy Livesay, Michael Ondaatje, etc.

Correspondence - Thesis

Related to Wynne Francis' Master of Arts thesis from McGill University, titled "Urban Images in Canadian Poetry," and regarding the possibility of publishing said thesis.


Incoming/Outgoing: copies, primarily related to David McKnight's research for his graduate work at Concordia University preparing an annotated bibliography of Canadian little magazines, 1940-1980.


General correspondence from writers and publishers; thesis research; a letter of reference written for David McKnight by Wynne Francis.


Primarily Incoming: related to David McKnight's thesis research, including replies from Sheila Watson, Ray Souster, and George Woodcock amongst other writers and publishers.


Primarily related to David McKnight's thesis, including a letter from ECW Press suggesting that they send McKnight's bibliography to an external reviewer as the beginning stage of a possible publication.


Incoming correspondence from publishers and professional colleagues related to David McKnight's bibliography research.


General correspondence from writers and publishers, including reference to the Coach House publishing project; incoming and outgoing with Victor Coleman, Raymond Souster, and others.


Letter from the former editor of "Filling Station;" letter from Sonja to Susan [Stromberg-Stein] and David McKnight regarding Louis Dudek's reputation.

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.

Arts Funding

Photocopied information on various publishing grants and awards; Canada Council for the Arts grants and awards; lists of names of Canada Council awards recipients; handwritten notes and general information.

Awards: General

News clippings; program for the Governor General's Literary Awards; handwritten list.

Canada Council

Correspondence between Wynne Francis and Naim Kattan of the Canada Council concerning literary publication applications to the Council, and Francis' opinion of the submitted manuscripts.

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