Fonds MSG 930 - Selwyn Dewdney fonds

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Selwyn Dewdney fonds

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  • 1927 - 1993 (Creation)

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1.4m of textual records and other material

Note: Includes ca. 48 pencil drawings, ca. 25 newspaper clippings, 19 periodicals and pamphlets, 5 maps, 4 b&w photographs, 3 books, 3 pen and ink drawings, 2 hand drawn graphs, 1 hand drawn diagram

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Custodial history is unknown; donated to McGill Rare Books ca.1980

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The fonds consists of records documenting Selwyn Dewdney’s professional activities as a writer, artist, teacher, and student. In addition, there are also records documenting Dewdney’s personal activities. Records related to Dewdney’s professional careers and scholarly pursuits include: printed editions of published articles and books, manuscript drafts, research materials, reviews, essays and speeches, newspaper and magazine clippings, notes, exhibition catalogues, financial records, correspondence, sketches and drawings, notebooks, photographs and plays. The fonds also contains letters, photographs, notes, holiday cards, and invoices related to Dewdney’s personal activities.

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Some papers contain light damage, ink damage and creasing, dried and brittle adhesive residue.

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The fonds is composed of the following series:

1) Written Works (1931-1993)
2) University Notebooks and Essays (1927-1931)
3) Correspondence (1933-1979)
4) Teaching Material (1974-1980)
5) Art Catalogues and Illustrations (1951-1993)

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  • English

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Associated materials

1. The Dewdney Art Therapy Collection is available in The University of Western Ontario Archives.
2. The Royal Ontario Museum holds an extensive collection of Dewdney’s rock art studies.
3. The Selwyn Dewdney Ojibway Scrolls Project collection and the Selwyn Dewdney Petroglyph Project collection are held at the Glenbow Archives, Calgary.

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No further accruals are expected.

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UWO (University of Western Ontario), TSTS (They Shared to Survive), CB (Christopher Breton), WAL (Western Art League), IRPGL (Indian Rock Paintings of the Great Lakes), WWR (Wind Without Rain), CCF (Cooperative Commonwealth Federation), WWI (World War 1)

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Finding aid prepared by Beck Gilmer-Osborne, Tatjana Chartrand-Biello, Madeleine Scott and Emily Jaeger-McEnroe as part of McGill’s School of Information Studies course GLIS 641 ; edited by Prof. Gordon Burr, December 2019.

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