Collections and Fonds – 3672093

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  • Record Information – Brief
    Daphne Marlatt fonds [multiple media].
    Hierarchical level:
    Fonds / Collection
    LMS-0119, R11776-0-6-E.
    Accession number:
    1985-08 LMS
    1993-13 LMS
    1998-05 LMS
    Type of material:
    Maps & cartographic material, Photographs, Sound recordings, Textual material
    Found in:
    Archives / Collections and Fonds
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  • Fonds / Collection includes:
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    Place of creation:
    No place, unknown, or undetermined
    14.74 m of textual records and other material.
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    Scope and content:
    Fonds includes research notes, manuscripts and typescripts of published and unpublished works; photographs and memorabilia; publicity material; publications; juvenilia; diaries, drawings, maps, notebooks and correspondence. Also, there are over 50 audio tapes of readings, interviews and speeches given by Marlatt and other contemporary writers. The fonds includes correspondence with Frank Davey, Clayton Eshleman, David Alexander, Michael Ondaatje, Janice Williamson, Nicole Brossard, Penn Kemp, bp Nichol and other literary colleagues and publishers; and editorial correspondence for the periodicals "Periodics" (1977-1982), "Island" magazine, and "Tessera". The manuscript material found in the fonds includes manuscripts and research material for Marlatt¿s published works of fiction, as well as drafts of her earlier publications; contributions to periodicals and anthologies; reviews; lectures and tributes. The fonds also contains documentation concerning festivals and conferences (West Coast Women and Words and B.C. Pen); documentation of the creation of "Mothertalk" and documentation of teaching activities and creative-writing workshops.

    Creator / Provenance:
    Biography/Administrative history:
    Daphne Marlatt (née Buckle) was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1942 to English parents who were evacuated from Malaya as a result of the Japanese occupation. She spent her early childhood in Penang, Malaysia. In 195l, her family immigrated to Vancouver. She studied English literature at the University of British Columbia (B.A., 1964) where she participated in a variety of literary activities and contributed poetry and editorial expertise to the experimental periodical "tish". She completed her M.A. in Comparative Literature at Indiana University in 1968, and for her thesis she translated and wrote a critical essay on Francis Pongé. That same year Ryerson Press published her first book of poetry "Frames: Of a Story", written in experimental language and form.

    Marlatt¿s development as a writer is closely related to her other occupations and preoccupations, such as her involvement in oral-history projects in Steveston and Vancouver¿s east end. The CBC adapted her documentary publication "Steveston Recollected: A Japanese-Canadian History" (1975) as a radio drama and asked her to write the script. She was poetry editor for "Capilano Review" (1973-1976), co-editor for the prose magazine "Periodics" (1977-1980), "Island" magazine, and founding co-editor of "Tessera", a feminist journal. Her many published titles and numerous contributions to Canadian anthologies and periodicals have given Marlatt a strong and recognizable voice in West Coast literature in particular and in Canadian literature in general. Her published works include "Rings" (1971), "Vancouver Poems" (1972), "Steveston" (1974), "Our Lives" (1975), "Zocalo" (1977), "What Matters" (1980) and "Here & There" (1981). Her "How Hug a Stone" (1983) chronicles the journey she took with her son, Kit, to England to explore her mother¿s roots. In this work, as in "Touch to My Tongue" (1984), Marlatt articulates her own consciousness in the making through the writing process. Other notable works include the partly-autobiographical "Ana Historic" (1988), "Salvage" (1991), "Taken" (1996) and "Readings from the Labyrinth" (1998), a collection of her essays. Marlatt edited "Mothertalk" (1997), Roy Kiyooka¿s biographical work about his mother¿s experience as an immigrant to Canada. Marlatt was instrumental in organizing the Canadian literary conference "Women and Words / Les femmes et les mots" held at the University of British Columbia in 1998.

    Finding aid:
    Textual records; graphic material; sound recordings; cartographic material (Paper) Finding aids available for all three accessions.
    Additional information:
    Custodial history:
    Vancouver Poetry Conference snapshots found in Volume 30 f.6 were taken by Karen Tallman in 1963. These were given to Marlatt at a later time.
    Arrangement note:
    The photographs part of LMS-0119 1985-08 volume 30 have been reboxes into volume 39 R112
    Restrictions on access note:
    All three accessions for the Daphne Marlatt Papers are under an access provision: researchers must obtain the permission of Daphne Marlatt in order to consult this fonds. However, in addition to this blanket access condition, there are some papers that are, without exception, unavailable to the public for consultation. For details, see finding aids.
  • Conditions of access:
    LMS container
    Sound recording
    LMS container
    LMS-0119 1985-08
    LMS-0119 1985-08
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