Dorothy Livesay:

An Inventory of her papers & diaries at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Lewis St. George Stubbs
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Ft. Garry Campus 331 Elizabeth Dafoe LibraryWinnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2
(April 2005)

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

Revision History

  • July 26, 2005 - A.02-36 Mss37 PC 43 TC 31 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).


Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Fort Garry Campus331 Elizabeth Dafoe LibraryWinnipeg, ManitobaR3T 2N2

Creator:
Dorothy Livesay

Title:
Dorothy Livesay fonds

Dates:
1928-1997

Quantity:
1.66 m. of textual material and 2 folders of graphic material including 4 scans & 34 photographs

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Biography of Dorothy Livesay

Dorothy Livesay was born in Winnipeg on October 12, 1909 to J.F.B. and Florence Randal Livesay. She was already a published poet with the publication of Green Pitcher in 1928, when she graduated with a B.A. from the University of Toronto in 1931. In 1937 she married Duncan Macnair, the couple would have two children Peter and Marcia. Livesay won the Governor General's Award for her book of poetry Day and Night in 1944. In 1947 her most critically acclaimed work Poems for People, captured a second Governor General's Award along with Lorne Pierce Gold Medal for Literature. That same year she was elected to the Royal Society of Canada. Following the death of her husband in 1959, Livesay worked for UNESCO for four years. She spent 1959-1960 in Paris while living in Northern Rhodesia from 1960-1963. She returned to Canada and received a Master's of Education from the University of British Columbia in 1966. Between 1965-1983 she was Writer-in-Residence at Universities all across Canada. In a literary career that spanneed seventy years, she wrote over two dozen books, received eight honorary degrees as well as a Person's Award in 1984, the Order of Canada in 1987 and the Order of British Columbia in 1992. Livesay died on December 29, 1996.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The fonds is divided into eight series. They include: biographical information, ideas and diary notes, correspondence, literary material with sub-series on contracts and letters of permission to publish Livesay material, UNESCO, published materials, rare material designated by Livesay and oversize material including honorary degrees & sketches by Livesay.

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Arrangement of the Papers

The fonds contains 1.66 m. of textual records, two folders of graphic material were added to PC 43 including 4 scans & 34 photographs. Books donated by Livesay have been kept with the collection or separated and dispersed throughout the library.

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Restrictions on Access

Livesay's daughter and her family have asked that their correspondence be restricted as well as some of Livesay's financial material.

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Restrictions on Use

Livesay's daughter and her family have asked that their correspondence be restricted as well as some Livesay's financial records.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION [ 1928-1997 ]

BoxFolder
11 Livesay funeral, including eulogy 1997
2 Memorial service program 1997
3 Obituaries & literary tributes 1997
4 Academic records 1928-1966
5 Articles containing information about Livesay 1972-1995
6 Transcript of interview with Jane Shen 1985
7 "Moving West A Memoir", This Magazine 1989
8 "Symposium on the New Decade", Canadian Forum 1990
8a Published interviews of Livesay 1990-1991

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IDEAS & DIARY NOTES 1966-1990
BoxFolder
19 Ideas & diary notes 1966-1985
10 Diary notes 1969-1990
11 Diary notes & dreams 1974-1984
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21 Diary notes & dreams 1979-1981
2 Diary notes & dreams 1980-1984
3 Diary notes 1990

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CORRESPONDENCE 1937-1995
BoxFolder
24 Xeroxes of correspondence with William "Lon" Lawson 1937-1981
5C Correspondence with daughter Marcia Hays & family 1959-1990
6C Re: Will & Deed of Gift with University of Manitoba Archives 1975-1989
7 Correspondence with son Peter Macnair 1978-1981
8 Correspondence 1977-1996
9 Correspondence mainly B.C. Writer's Association and Nanoose Conversion Campaign 1987-1989
10 Correspondence with son Peter 1987-1990

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DIARIES, JOURNALS & VISITATION BOOK 1983-1996
BoxFolder
31 Diary & dreams 1983-1990
2 Daily journal 1990-1991
3 Handwritten notes for poems & ideas ca. 1985
4 Diary notes 1991
5 Peter's duty book 1992-1993
6 Livesay daybooks 1992-1993
7 Visitation books 1993-1996

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CORRESPONDENCE 1965-1995
BoxFolder
41 Correspondence with son Peter ca. 1965-1989
2C Correspondence with Hay family 1975-1995
3 Erma & Ingham Suttcliffe 1976-1987
4 Re: holdings at University of Manitoba Archives ca. 1985
5C National Appraisal Board value of University of Manitoba Livesay holdings 1978
6C Annuity with Zurich Life 1979-1988
7 Memorial Society of British Columbia 1981-1991
8C Marian Hebb lawyer representing Livesay in dealings with University of Manitoba ca. 1985
9 Correspondence 1983
10 Inventory of material in the University of Manitoba Archives ca.1983
11 Re: Livesay papers 1984-1991
12 James Deahl 1984-1986
13 Correspondence 1989
14 Correspondence Re: Copyright of material at University of Manitoba Archives 1989-1990
15 Canadian Copyright Institute 1989-1991
16 Wayne Tefs & notes for speech at University of Manitoba 1990
17 University of North Dakota Writer's Conference 1990-1991
18 George Woodcock includes articles about 1990-1992
19 Canada Council Writer's A grant 1990-1991
20C Correspondence maily with Dr. Clayton Robinson 1990-1992
BoxFolder
51 Correspondence 1988-1993
2 Correspondence with University of Manitoba Archives 1989-1992
3 Dispute with Earl Birney 1989-1990
4 Correspondence & booklet on libel 1990-1992
5 Letters from Wayne Tefs grade 11 class at St. John's Ravenscourt in Winnipeg 1992
6 Correspondence to Livesay through her executrix Jay Stewart 1992
7 Correspondence to and about Livesay answered by Jay Stewart 1992-1994
8 Correspondence with Joan Givner includes tribute to Liveasy in B.C. Bookworld 1994-1997
BoxFolder
61C Correspondence re: burial & dispersement of estate 1990-1991
2 Voice of Women 1990-1992
3 Ontario Arts Council 1990
4C I.O.U. from grandson Randal Macnair 1991
5 Can lit 1991
6 Douglas Manor rent 1991
7 Leon Edel 1991
8 Public lending rights 1991-1992
9 C.B.C. 1991-1992
10 Canada Council 1991-1992
11 Correspondence with niece Jill Re: Livesay's sister Sophie's death 1991-1992
12 Family correspondence 12
13C Health file 1992
14 Declined invitations 1992
15 Kim Lulashynk 1992
16 League of Canadian Poets 1992
17 Livesay Heritage Tour, genealogy of family 1992
18 Order of British Columbia 1992
19 North & Pacific Women's Writing Society 1992
20 Order of Canada 1992
BoxFolder
71 Correspondence 1992
2 Unitarian Church 1992
2a Peter Stevens 1992
3 University of Manitoba Archives 1992-1993
4 Commemorative Medal for 125th Anniversary of Canada 1992
5 Fan mail, includes poems sent by children at York House School 1992
6 Correspondence with various Universities 1992
7 Christmas & birthday cards 1992-1995
8 Hutchison family 1993-1994
9 Poem about Livesay by Chris Nancarrow 1993
10 Correspondence 1993-1995
11 Ann Kerr 1993-1994
12 Anne Gee 1993-1997
13 Jimmie & Annie Campbell 1994-1996
BoxFolder
81C Daughter Marcia & family 1993-1994
2 Christmas & birthday cards 1993
3 Correspondence through Jay Stewart 1994-1995
4 Correspondence through Jay Stewart 1996
5 Letters of condolence to Livesay's son Peter & daughter-in-law Jay 1996-1997
6 Condolence cards 1997

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LITERARY MATERIAL 1977-1992
BoxFolder
87 Book reviews 1977-1992
8 Reviews\publicity 1987-1992
9 Reviews & articles about Livesay following publication of The Husband 1990
10 Early drafts of poems in Awakenings 1991
11 Manuscript copy of Awakenings 1991
12 Draft of article "The Writing Game" ca.1991
13 New poems 1991

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Correspondence 1994-1997
BoxFolder
91C Marcia & family 1994-1996
2 Erica Ransom 1995-1996
3 Get well cards ca. 1995
4 Correspondence 1995-1996
5C Marcia 1995-1996
6 Correspondence & poetry from Laura Anne Birthwhistle 1996
7 The Canadian Writers' Foundation Inc. - Dorothy Livesay Memorial Fund 1997

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LETTERS OF PERMISSION 1991-1996
BoxFolder
98 Money received from letters of permission to utilize Livesay material 1991-1992
9 Letters of permission 1992
10 Letters of permission 1992-1993
11 Letters of permission to publish in various Anthologies 1994-1996
12 Letters of permission 1995-1996
13C Royalty statements 1992-1996

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CONTRACT INFORMATION 1987-1997
BoxFolder
101 Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series 1988
2 Contract issues arising from Journey with Myselves 1987-1991
3 Copy of contract with Marc Cote 1988
4 Douglas & McIntyre Re: Journey 1989
5 Douglas & McIntyre correspondence includes reviews 1992
6 Ragweed Press correspondence 1991-1992
7 Proposal from Arsenal Press Re: Unpublished Livesay material 1997

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LITERARY MATERIAL 1980-1994
BoxFolder
108 Short story - "A Beetle Story" ca. 1980
9 "Not in Our Stars" memoir of growing up in Toronto ca. 1984
10 "The Writing Game" ca. 1987
11 "On Birthing" 1984
12 Contemporary Authors Autobiography Series Volume 8 1987
13 Program of THe Elmer Isler Singers putting Livesay poems to music, St. Boniface R.C. Church, Scarborough, Ontario ca.1990
14 Xeroxed copies of poems ca.1990
15 Transcript of Livesay discussing new book venture 1991
16 Readings of work 1992
17 Material used in reading 1992
18 University of Ottawa M.A. thesis by Nadine McInnis Dorothy Livesay Poetics of Desire 1992
BoxFolder
111C Royalty statements 1991-1992
2C Royalty statements 1994
3C Will & Life Insurance Policy 1980-1981
4C Old wills 1980-1991
5C Old wills & prepared obituary for Globe & Mail 1989-1992
6C Power of Attorney 1991
7C Canada Council application 1991
8 Commemorative material from Livesay's Honorary Degree from the University of Victoria 1990
9 Events calendar 1993-1994

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UNESCO material 1958-1967
BoxFolder
1110 UNESCO publications 1958-1963
11 Rhodesian material collected during Livesay's stay in Africa 1960-1963
12 Zambian material 1964
13 Anti-apartheid Group, Canada 1967

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PUBLISHED MATERIAL 1927-1994
BoxFolder
121 Three Poems, Poetry of Today, A Quarterly "Extra" of the Poetry Review 1927
2 "A Cup of Coffee" The Canadian Bookman 1939
3 Lorne Prize Medal award The Canadian Author & Bookman 1948
4 Three Poems Voices A Quarterly of Poetry 1948
5 "The Travellers" Queen's Quarterly 1953
6 "Ceremonial Journey" Copperfield 1969
7 Three Poems Athanor 1981
8 Dorothy Livesay Issue Room of One's Own 1979
9 Five Poems West Coast Review 1986
10 "A Prairie Sampler" Mosaic 1970
11 Three Poems Raven 1981
12 "Sunny Day" Beneath the Surface 1988
13 Two Poems Canadian Women Studies 1992
14 Eight poems, translated to hindu ca. 1990
15 "Parrot of Night" Canadian Forum 1990
16 (m)other Tongues issue dedicated to Livesay 1994

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RARE MATERIAL 1820-1941
BoxFolder
1217 Letter written by Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) contemporary of John Keats ca.1820
18 The Dry Salvage, T.S.Eliot, Faber & Faber: London 1941

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MISCELLANEOUS 1945-1989
BoxFolder
1219 "The Genius and the Injustice Collector" A Memoir of James Joyce, Leon Edel in American Scholar 1980
20 A Magazine for Young Canadian Writers First Statement ca. 1945
21 "Witness to History" Mississauga Magazine 1989
22 Two articles about Peter Macnair in Comox Free Pres 1980-1982

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OVERSIZE MATERIAL 1983-1990
BoxFolder
131 Athabasca College, Honorary Degree 1983
2 Person's Award, Ottawa 1984
3 University of Toronto, Honorary Degree 1987
4 Simon Fraser University, Honorary Degree 1987
BoxFolder
141 University of Victoria, Honorary Degree 1990
2 University of British Columbia, Honorary Degree 1990
3 Livesay sketches from Galiano Island ca.1985
4 Phases of Love, poster for Livesay reading at University of Toronto Bookroom 1983

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PHOTOGRAPHS (PC) 43 1945-1995
BoxFolder
11 Scans: 1. Livesay at Literary Storefront with Mona Fertog & Tom Wayman 1979 2. Writers' Review Playhouse, Vancouver (names on back) 1980 3. Livesay at Literary Storefront, 1982 , 4. Livesay & her sister Sophie at their father's grave at Erindale, Ontario, 1989 1979-1989
2 Photographs: 1. Photo of tomb 2-6 Livesay bust at Victoria College, Toronto ca.1994, 7. Family home in Toronto ca. 1994, 8. Eugenia Lawson ca. 1945, 9. William Lon Lawson ca.1945 10. Phil Mesmer, Wilson & Edith Hunsberger & Lynn Seaborn 11-13. Hays home & garden?, ca.1992 14. Anne & Charles Gee wedding, 1994 15. Cheryl Hutchison & Richard Hollinger wedding, 1995 16-17. Sophia Livesay Stewart gravesite, Ireland 1991. 18-25. Livesay receiving Honorary Degree from University of Victoria, 1990. 26. Livesay on Cornwall St. in Victoria, 1990. 27. Livesay with Leslie Hanson, reading & book signing at Camousan College, 1992. 28. Grandson Johnathon Hays, ca. 1990. 29-30. Granddaughter Martha Hays, 1994 . 31-32. Daughter Marcia Hays, granddaughter Martha Hays and Daughter-in-law Jay Stewart, 1994 33. Marcia, Martha & son Peter Macnair, 1994. 34. Marcia Hays

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