Fonds MSG 935 - Sharon Thesen fonds

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Sharon Thesen fonds

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  • Textual record
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  • 1961-1989 (Creation)
    Thesen, Sharon, 1946-

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2.1 m of textual records
4 photographs
20 slides
36 postcards
1 poster

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Sharon Thesen, also known as Sharon Fawcett, is a Canadian poet, editor, and professor. She was born in Saskatchewan in 1946, but lived and worked predominantly in Vancouver, British Columbia. She earned an MA from Simon Fraser University in 1975. She has published 9 books of poetry, and edited numerous anthologies, including an edition of Phyllis Webb’s poetry in 1980 (The Vision Tree: Selected Poems), drafts of which can be found in the collection. Drafts of Thesen’s books, Artemis Hates Romance (1981), Holding the Pose (1983), Confabulations: Poems for Malcolm Lowry (1984), and The Beginning of the Long Dash (1987) can also be found in this collection. She also taught English and Creative Writing at Capilano College, and as of 2005 has been teaching creative writing at UBC's Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies.

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The fonds was acquired from Sharon Thesen by McGill University in 1989, and the records were collected over her lifetime.

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The fonds documents Sharon Thesen’s personal and professional life as a poet, editor, and professor from 1961 to 1989. All records in the fonds were collected by Thesen herself, and are primarily composed of correspondence, journals, and creative work. Most of the creative work is composed of drafts and edited versions of Thesen’s own poetry, essays, and articles, but also includes work sent to her for review. While most of the records are textual, there are a small number of pictures and postcards that were sent to and taken by Thesen, and are mostly of a personal nature. Notably, a large section of the fonds is made up of letters that include correspondence between other published and acclaimed authors such as Michael Ondaatje, Christopher Dewdney, Lola Lemire Tostevin, Ken Norris, Judith Fitzgerald, Phyllis Webb, Gerald Burns, and others. Lastly, the fonds also includes Thesen’s journals from the mid-60s to the mid-80s which contain her daily activities, her personal thoughts, as well as some of her creative work.
The fonds is arranged into three different series, Chronological Files, Journals, and Personal & Professional Records, as per the internal organization of the records. The main forms of these records are textual records, but also include graphic/photographic materials and mixed media. The records are arranged chronologically and intellectually within the series.

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The fonds consists of 7 boxes of textual records, 5 photographs, 36 postcards, 20 slides, and 1 poster which are arranged into the following series 1) Chronological files, 2) Journals, 3) Personal and professional records. These series were identified due to the physical arrangement of the material, some of which appears to have been done by an archivist, and some by Thesen, the creator of the records. The series are spread over multiple containers.

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  • English

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There are no donor restrictions on access, however the creator of the file is still living and the fonds consists of records from other authors who are still living, including phone numbers, addresses, etc.. There is also one file in the Chronological files series that includes the Social Insurance Number of one of Thesen’s correspondents.

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Finding aid prepared by Amelia Hagiepetros, Kiana Lemay and Kelly Livingstone as part of McGill's School of Information Studies course GLIS 641 edited by Gordon Burr December 2019

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