W.P. Kinsella fonds [multiple media]

  • Record Information – Brief
    Hierarchical level:
    Fonds
    Date:
    [1954]-1998, predominant 1973-1998.
    Type of material:
    Sound recordings, Textual material, Art, Photographs, Moving images, Objects (including medals and pins)
    Found in:
    Archives / Collections and Fonds
    Item ID number:
    3671979
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    • W.P. Kinsella fonds
      W.P. Kinsella fonds
  • Fonds includes:
    1 lower level description(s)
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    Date(s):
    [1954]-1998, predominant 1973-1998.
    Place of creation:
    Canada
    Extent:
    29 m of textual records and other material.
    Language of material:
    English
    Accession:
    Scope and content:
    Fonds consists of correspondence; manuscripts and typescripts of both published and unpublished poetry, short stories and novels, including "Dance Me Outside", "Scars", "Born Indian", "The Moccasin Telegraph and Other Stories", "The Thrill of the Grass", "Shoeless Joe", and "The Iowa Baseball Confederacy"; book reviews and articles; cassette tapes; clippings and memorabilia.
    Provenance:
    Biography/Administrative history:
    Kinsella, W. P., 1935-2016: W.P. Kinsella was born in 1935, 60 miles west of Edmonton, Alberta. Kinsella worked in the business world for 20 years before earning his B.A. in creative writing from the University of Victoria (1974) and a M.F.A. from the University of Iowa¿s Writer¿s Workshop (1978). From 1978 until 1983, Kinsella taught creative writing and modern literature at the University of Calgary. In this period he began to write seriously, an activity which he continued after he moved back to British Columbia in the 1980¿s. Kinsella¿s novels occur in two types of settings: stories situated in the world of Native reserves in southern Alberta and baseball-inspired fictions set in the American Midwest. His best-known baseball-inspired novel is "Shoeless Joe Jackson Comes to Iowa" (1980), which was later adapted as the film "Field of Dreams" (1989). Stories with Native characters are included in the collections: "Dance Me Outside" (1977), "The Thrill of the Grass" (1984), and "Brother Frank¿s Gospel Hour" (1994). Among other awards, Kinsella won the prestigious Houghton-Mifflin Award and the Books in Canada first novel award for "Shoeless Joe", as well as the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour in 1987 for "The Fencepost Chronicles". He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1994. In 1997 Kinsella was struck by a car, suffering a head injury that affected his ability to write. Consequently, after the publication of his baseball novel ¿Magic Time¿ in 1998 it was not until 2011 that he released his next novel ¿Butterfly Winter.¿ In this time he did however release several collections of short stories that he had worked on prior to his accident, including ¿The Secret of the Northern Lights¿ (1998), ¿Baseball Fantastic¿ (2000), and ¿Japanese Baseball and Other Stories¿ (2000). Kinsella also continued to be active in the Canadian literary world, for instance serving as a judge for the Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Contest. In 2015, he published a compilation of his short stories titled ¿The Essential W.P. Kinsella.¿ After suffering from complications with diabetes in his later years, W.P. Kinsella passed away in September 2016. Kinsella¿s final novel ¿Russian Dolls: Stories from the Breathing Castle¿ was published posthumously in 2016.
    Finding aid:
    Textual records (some electronic); graphic material; videos; sound recordings; objects (Paper) Finding aids available for accessions 1984-08, 1988-11 and 1992-09. Available in reference room binder. (90 90: Open)

    Textual records; graphic material; sound recordings; objects (Electronic) Finding aid available for 1992-09 accession. Available online as a pdf version. (90 90: Open)

    Additional information:
    Physical description note:
    Includes: Photographs, posters, drawings, audio cassettes, videocassettes, 1 audio compact disc, 1 computer disc, and an assortment of objects.
    Original extent note:
    The 1992-09 accession consists of 3.9 m of textual record. - 58 photographs : col.- 11 photographs : b&w.- 3 photographs : negatives.- 2 drawings. - 2 sketches.- 4 cassettes. - 57 objects. Objects are: baseball cards, a bottle, identification cards, membership cards, nametags, pen, a piece of the Berlin wall, pins, and other ephemera.
    Container note(s):
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    CASS 493
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    CASS 496
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    CASS 498
    CASS 499
    CASS 500
    CASS 501
    29069AV
    29070AV
    29071AV
    29072AV
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    VC 57
    VC 58
    Source:
    Private
    Related control no.:
    2019-00132-2
    Former archival reference no.:
    LMS-0107
    Other accession no.:
    1984-08 LMS
    1988-11 LMS
    1992-09 LMS
    1998-08 LMS
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