Fonds MSG 940 - Judith Fitzgerald Fonds

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Judith Fitzgerald Fonds

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3.6 m of textual records
16 photographs
7 sets of photographs
15 audio recordings

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Judith Fitzgerald was a Canadian poet and journalist, born in Toronto in 1952. She earned a BA and MA York University and did her doctoral work at the University of Toronto. She authored over 20 books of poetry as well as biographies of musician Sarah McLachlan and of Marshall McLuhan.

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The fonds was acquired from Judith Fitzgerald over the course of her lifetime

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The fonds documents Judith Fitzgerald’s personal and professional activities as a journalist, poet, and country music enthusiast, put together by Fitzgerald herself, documenting her work from the years 1965 to 1995. The majority of the records consists of research about individuals and musical acts, as well as other work-related projects that Fitzgerald was involved in. These include notes, drafts, and published work written by Fitzgerald, as well as various publications that she collected about the subjects and projects she worked on. The fonds also notably includes Fitzgerald’s creative work, including notes, drafts, manuscripts, and copies of her published books of poetry. Other materials include correspondence between Fitzgerald and friends, publishers, and individuals and institutions that she covered in her research. In addition, the fonds includes some financial records and personal records relating to Fitzgerald’s day-to-day activities and significant events in her life. These records include her marriage certificate, scrapbooks containing collected publications on herself, and notes on her autobiography.

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The series consist 3.6 linear meters of textual materials, photographs, and audio recordings within eleven containers, arranged into the following series: 1) Correspondence 2) Creative Work 3) Financial Records 4) Personal Records 5) Project and Subject Files. While the files have been intellectually arranged into series, the original physical order of the files has been preserved. As such, some series spread across multiple containers. Many of the items and files are arranged alphabetically.

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  • English

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Finding aid prepared by Vanessa Calder, Taleen Aktorosian, Eva Lau, Emma M. Luke, Astoria Felix and Alexandra Suthern as part of McGill’s School of Information Studies course GLIS 641; edited by Gordon Burr, December 2018.

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