David Arnason:

An Inventory of his papersat the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Jackie Nadiger
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
331 Elizabeth Dafoe LibraryWinnipeg, ManitobaR3N 2N2
(April 2005)

Finding aid encoded by Lewis St. George Stubbs (April 2005)
Finding aid written in English.

Revision History

  • July 26, 2005 - MSS 197 A.98-57 PC 183 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).


Repository:
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
331 Elizabeth Dafoe LibraryWinnipeg, Manitoba R3N 2N2

Creator:
David Arnason

Title:
David Arnason fonds

Dates:
1925-1997

Quantity:
4.9 m. of textual records and 5 photographs

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Biography of David Arnason

David Arnason was born in Gimli, Manitoba, May 23, 1940, son of Baldwin and Gudrun Arnason. He received a Bachelor's degree (1961), a Certificate in Education (1963), and a Master's degree (1969) from the University of Manitoba; as well as a Ph.D from the University of New Brunswick He began teaching teaching at the University of Manitoba as a lecturer in 1973. He is currently the chair of both the Icelandic and English departments with a full professorship. He was the founding editor of The Journal of Canadian Fiction, the general editor of the MacMillan Themes in series, editor of Turnstone Press and member of the advisory board of Anansi Press. He was the editor of Dorothy Livesay's Right Hand, Left Hand. Arnason is the author of several publications including poetry books Marsh Burning and Skragg and the non-fiction works The Icelanders. and The New Icelanders. His works of fiction include: 50 Stories and a Piece of Advice, The Circus Performer's Bar, The Happiest Man in the World, The Pagan Wall, The Dragon and the Drygoods Princess, If Pigs Could Fly, King Jerry, and The Demon Lover. Arnason's plays include Section 23/L'article 23, Welcome to Hard Times, The Hard Life Cabaret and Dewline. He is a frequent contrbutor to C.B.C. radio working on adaptations of Tom Jones, The Tin Drum and Settlers of the Marsh.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The fonds is divided into 12 series including: C.B.C. material, Correspondence, Dorothy Livesay material, Arnason manuscripts, Manuscripts by others, Academic material, Reviews & Publicity for books, Arnason's articles, Articles by others, Arnason's poetry, songs &stories, Miscellaneous & Photographs.

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged by series but follows the order provided by the donor.

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Restrictions on Access

No restriction

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Restrictions on Use

No restrictions

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Custodial History

The collection was donated to the Archives & Special Collections in 1998

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Detailed Description of the Collection

C.B.C. MATERIAL [ 1974-1996 ]

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11 Wild Geese Documentary ca. 1990
2 L'Article 23 1985
3 The Voice of the Lake ca.1990
4 Sampler of Series for 24 Hours ca.1990
5 Skits 1996
6 Rants and speeches 1983
7 Prologues 1-5 ca.1992
8 Prologues 6-10 ca.1992
9 Prologues 11-15 ca.1992
10 Prologues 16-20 ca. 1992
11 Hard Life Cabaret ca.1987
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21 Hard Life Cabaret ca.1987
2 Hard Life Cabaret ca.1987
3 Fractured Prairie Tales ca.1990
4 Adaptation of Settlers of the Marsh ca. 1990
5 Adaptation of Settlers of the Marsh ca. 1990
6 The Tin Drum Adaptation ca.1990
7 Radio plays ca. 1985
8 Reviews 1994
9 Correspondence 1979
10 Loose papers 1974

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CORRESPONDENCE 1969-1998
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31 Adam - Barclay 1971-1997
2 Bardal - Brock 1976-1997
3 Brooker project 1974-1988
4 Brosh - Cassidy 1971-1998
5 Castino - Dobchuk 1973-1998
6 Duguid - Gustafsson 1974-1997
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41 Hafstad - Jernigan 1972-1997
2 Jons - Kristjanson 1978-1997
3 Kroetsch - Lagace 1975-1993
4 Lakewold - McLean 1973-1997
5 McLennan - Olito 1971-1997
6 Olito 1982-1994
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51 Osborne - Price 1969-1996
2 Pritchard - Spanos 1970-1997
3 Sproxton 1975-1997
4 Stafford - Tanner 1977-1996
5 Tefs - Tooth 1973-1997
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61 Toppings - Zirker 1969-1997
2 House of Anansi 1990-1991
3 House of Anansi 1992
4 House of Anansi 1993
5 House of Anansi 1994
6 House of Anansi 1995
7 House of Anansi 1996
8 House of Anansi 1997
9 Interdepartmental 1970-1997
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71 Macmillan of Canada - Virgil Duff correspondence 1974-1977
2 Macmillan of Canada - Gaston St. Pierre correspondence 1975-1980
3 Macmillan of Canada - Vivian Holland correspondence 1974-1977
4 Macmillan of Canada - Gladys Neale correspondence 1974-1979
5 Macmillan of Canada - Michael Davis correspondence 1974-1976
6 Macmillan of Canada - Miscellaneous correspondence 1973-1978
7 Macmillan of Canada - Plays 1975-1976
8 Macmillan of Canada - Advertising 1973-1976
9 Macmillan of Canada - Technical and Royalties 1974-1977
10 Macmillan of Canada - Loose papers 1974-1980
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81 Miscellaneous correspondence 1972-1998
2 Personal correspondence 1970-1985
3 Turnstone Press 1978-1988
4 Turnstone Press 1989-1996
5 Turnstone Press catologues & financial statements 1992-1997

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DOROTHY LIVESAY MATERIAL 1974-1991
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86 Biographical information 1935-1987
7 Correspondence 1974-1991
8 Right Hand Left Hand 1967-1977

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ARNASON MANUSCRIPTS 1976-1994
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91 19th Century Canadian Short Stories 1976
2 19th Century Canadian Short Stories - Research notes 1976
3 19th century Canadian Short Stories 1976
4 50 stories and a piece of advice - early draft version ca.1980
5 Circus Performer's Bar 1984
6 Circus Performer's Bar 1984
7 Circus Performer's Bar 1984
8 Dewline - disk 1987
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101 Dewline 1987
2 Dewline 1989
3 Dewline - draft 1987
4 Dewline - draft 4 1987
5 Dewline - draft with additional notes 1987
6 Dewline - draft 1987
7 Dewline - Act I - draft III 1987
8 Dewline - Act II 1987
9 Dewline - draft 1987
10 Dewline - draft 1987
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111 The Happiest Man in the World 1989
2 Marilyn Mudrow - mastercopy of script (translated), synopsis, performance schedule 1992-1993
3 Marilyn Mudrow - translated by W.L. Keenan 1993
4 Marilyn Mudrow - annotated script 1990
5 Marilyn Mudrow - translation in progress, coorrespondence 1993
6 Marilyn Mudrow - translation in progress - background sound 1993
7 Marsh Burning - proofs 1980
8 Marsh Burning 1980
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121 Marsh Burning 1980
2 Marsh Burning drafts 1980
3 Marsh Burning drafts 1980
4 Marsh Burning drafts 1980
5 New Icelanders 1994
6 The Pagan Wall 1988
7 The Pagan Wall - early drafts 1988
8 The Pagan Wall - early drafts 1988
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131 The Pagan Wall - early drafts 1988
2 The Pagan Wall - publisher's draft I 1992
3 The Pagan Wall - publisher's draft II 1992
4 The Pagan Wall - publisher's draft III 1992
5 The Pagan Wall - publisher's draft IV 1992
6 The Pagan Wall - edited version 1992
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141 The Pagan Wall - edited version 1992
2 The Pagan Wall - edited chapters 1992
3 The Pagan Wall - loose edited pages 1992
4 The Pagan Wall - draft with editor's notes I 1992
5 The Pagan Wall - draft with editor's notes II 1992
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151 Section 23 - working script (english) 1985
2 Section 23 - french version 1985
3 Section 23 - stage management script 1985
4 Section 23 - extra scenes 1985
5 Section 23 - rehearsal notes/stage script 1985
6 Section 23 - miscellaneous drafts 1985
7 Section 23 - study guide/school tour 1985
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161 Skrag 1987
2 Skrag 1987
3 Skrag proofs 1987

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MANUSCRIPTS BY OTHER PEOPLE [1976-1998]
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164 George Amabile
5 Amabile - Barlow
6 Bellan - Bjornsson
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171 Bitney 1991
2 Blodgett
3 Blodgett
4 Bourne
5 Brandt - Clavelle 1992-1996
6 Cook - Fauth 1993-1994
7 Fetherling - Friesen
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181 Gunnars
2 Gunnars
3 Guttormsson 1992
4 Guttormsson 1992
5 Haverluck
6 Hildebrandt - Hilles 1990
7 Hodgins - Holmes
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191 House of Anansi 30th anniversary 1997
2 House of Anansi 30th anniversary 1997
3 Paula Kelly
4 Maureen Medved
5 Sheldon Oberman 1991
6 Douglas Reimer 1992
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201 Douglas Reimer 1992
2 Douglas Reimer 1992
3 A.P. Zurzolo for Turnstone Press
4 Michelle Berry for Turnstone Press 1996-1997
5 John Weier ca. 1996
6 John Weier ca. 1996
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211 Miscellaneous prose & poetry sent to Arnason 1997

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ARNASON MANUSCRIPTS 1985-1989
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212 Welcome to Hard Times - clean script 1989
3 Welcome to Hard Times - draft 1989
4 Welcome to Hard Times - draft 1989
5 Welcome to Hard Times - draft 1989
6 Welcome to Hard Times - draft 1989
7 Welcome to Hard Times - draft 1989
8 Welcome to Hard Times - miscellaneous 1985-1989
9 Adaptations of Arnason's work 1984-1990

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ACADEMIC MATERIAL 1972-1997
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2110 Canadian Periodical Publishers' Association 1974-1977
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221 Class responses 1981-1996
2 Conferences 1975-1985
3 Conferences & Symposiums 1981-1992
4 Conferences 1986-1996
5 Contracts & Agreements 1980-1997
6 Department of Education 1973-1974
7 Germany correspondence 1993-1996
8 Journal of Canadian Fiction - correspondence 1972-1973
9 Journal of Canadian Fiction - correspondence 1974-1977
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231 Journal of Canadian Fiction - promotional materials 1972-1977
2 Journal of Canadian Fiction - miscellaneous 1972-1976
3 Macmillan Themes in Canadian Literature Lecture Series - correspondence 1974
4 Macmillan Themes in Canadian Literature Lecture Series - correspondence 1975-1979
5 Macmillan Themes in Canadian Literature Lecture Series 1972-1976
6 Macmillan Themes in Canadian Literature Lecture Series 1972-1976
7 Manitoba Writers' Guild 1984-1996
8 Manitoba Arts Council 1985-1992
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241 Prairie Fire 1990-1993
2 Prairie Fire 1993
3 Prairie Theatre Exchange 1981-1996
4 Queenston House 1974-1986
5 Quill & Quire 1973
6 Readings 1981-1996
7 References 1973-1982
8 Russia 1990-1991
9 Russia 1992
10 Saskatchewan Writers Guild 1977-1993
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251 Strasbourg 1982-1994
2 Talonbooks 1975-1993
3 Tasmania 1992-1994
4 Trier 1989-1996
5 University of Victoria 1989-1990
6 Winnipeg Art Gallery 1992
7 Writers in Residence 1963-1984
8 Writers Union 1987-1994
9 Research - Iceland 1980-1989
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261 Research Iceland 1984-1994
2 Research Iceland 1991-1996
3 Research Icelandic Film 1993
4 Research Icelandic Film 1996-1997
5 Research Icelandic Film 1996-1997
6 Research film 1981-1986
7 Research miscellaneous 1977-1987

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REVIEWS & PUBLICITY 1971-1996
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271 Reviews of others work 1971-1986
2 Reviews general 1982-1992
3 Reviews for 19th Century Short Stories 1976
4 Reviews 50 stories & a Piece of Advice 1982-1988
5 The Circus Performers' Bar 1984-1992
6 Dewline reviews 1986-1987
7 The Dragon & Dry Goods Princess 1994-1995
8 The Happiest Man in the World 1989-1990
9 The Icelanders & The New Icelanders 1981-1996
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281 If Pigs Could Fly 1995-1997
2 Marilyn Mudrow 1993
3 Marsh Burning 1981
4 The Pagan Wall 1992-1993
5 Dorothy Livesay's Right Hand Left Hand 1977-1978
6 Section 23 1985
7 Skrag 1981-1989
8 Welcome to Hard Times 1986

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ARTICLES 1985-1996
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289 Articles general 1985-1996
10 A-B 1987-1996
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291 C-D 1975-1989
2 E-I 1969-1997
3 J-M 1982-1997
4 N-P 1978-1991
5 R 1979-1997
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301 S-W 1969-1992
2 M.A. Thesis 1969
3 Miscellaneous writing 1973-1997

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ARTICLES & PROSE WRITTEN BY OTHERS 1925-1996
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304 Unnamed - Banting 1988
5 Di Brandt 1990-1993
6 Brooker - Gunnars 1977-1991
7 Raymond Knister prose - A-B ca.1925
8 Raymond Knister prose - C-E ca.1925
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311 Raymond Knister prose - F-G ca.1925
2 Raymond Knister prose - H-I ca.1925
3 Raymond Knister prose - J-N ca.1925
4 Raymond Knister prose - O ca.1925
5 Raymond Knister prose - P ca.1925
6 Raymond Knister prose - R ca.1925
7 Raymond Knister prose - S ca.1925
8 Raymond Knister prose - T-Y ca.1925
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321 Raymond Knister poetry ca.1925
2 Raymond Knister critical writing ca.1925
3 Raymond Knister private writing list of books read ca.1932
4 Raymond Knister criticism on 1974
5 Raymond Knister ca. 1974
6 Articles - Holm - Matthiasson 1980-1991
7 McCance - Moss 1985-1989
8 Moss II ca.1985
9 O'Connell - Parr 1989-1992
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331 Purdy ca. 1980
2 Reimer ca.1995
3 Reimer ca. 1995
4 Sanders - Sproxton 1983-1985
5 Sproxton 1992-1993
6 Sproxton 1993
7 Suknaski 1991
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341 Suknaski II 1991
2 Sweatman 1991
3 Sweatman 1991-1993
4 Taskans - Tooth 1985-1989
5 Terheyden 1996
6 Vauthier ca.1993
7 Ventura - Weier ca.1992
8 Weier ca. 1992

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ARNASON ACADEMIC, POETRY, SONGS & STORIES 1979-
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351 PhD draft 1979
2 PhD dissertation copy 1979
3 Poems A-D 1978-1997
4 Poems E-K 1974-1978
5 Poems L-S [1978-1996]
6 Skrag ca.1980
7 T-W [1978-1996]
8 Song ca.1980
9 Stories A 1990
10 Stories B ca.1980
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361 Stories C 1983
2 Stores D 1985
3 Stores E-F ca.1980
4 Stories - G 1978-1984
5 Stories - H-I ca.1980
6 Stories - L 1977
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371 Stories - M 1983
2 Stories - N ca. 1980
3 Stories - O-P [1980-1996]
4 Stories - Q-S [1980-1994]
5 Stories - S ca.1980
6 Stories - T-W ca. 1980-1995

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MISCELLANEOUS MATERIAL 1969-1997
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381 Theory handouts [1978-1996]
2 Winnipeg War Diary 1991
3 Unpublished papers [1969-1975]
4 Winnipeg Free Press articles written by Arnason 1996-1997
5 Newsclippings 1970-1989
6 Newsclippings 1990-1995
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391 Magazines & reading advertisements 1980-1994
2 Manitoba Association of Social Workers 1990-1993
3 Greeting cards 1971-1997
4 Postcards 1979-1997
5 Family tree 1982-1997

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PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION PC 183 [1985-1995]
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11 1. Arnason & others in Trier 2. In England 3. unidentified 4-5 Arnason [1985-1995]

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