Dorothy Livesay:

An Inventory of Her Audio Recordings at the Univesity of Manitoba

Inventory prepared by Vladimira Zvonik
University of Manitoba Archives& Special Collections
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(1965-1992)

Finding aid encoded by Vladimira Zvonik (2006)
Finding aid written in English.



Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Creator:
Dorothy Livesay

Title:
Dorothy Livesay Tape Collection

Dates:
1965-1992

Quantity:
3 cm of textual material, 2 reels, 54 tapes

Identification:
TC 31 (A.04-110)

English

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Biography of Dorothy Livesay

Livesay was born in Winnipeg in 1909 and moved to Toronto with her parents at the age of ten. Her father J.F.B. Livesay was the first general manager of the Canadian Press, a war correspondent during World War I, and author of Canada's Hundred Days (1919). Her mother, Florence Randal Livesay, was a poet of distinction and a pioneer in the field of translating verse from Ukrainian into English. Dorothy studied at the University of Toronto and the Sorbonne, afterwards becoming a welfare worker, then a newspaper reporter, and finally a teacher. She taught canadian literature at the University of Victoria for two years. At the University of Alberta she taught canadian literature and creative writing. She also taught in the United States and Zambia, in the latter as a UNESCO field specialist. Known chiefly as a poet, Dorothy Livesay won the Lorne Pierce Medal in 1947 for distinguished service to canadian literature. During the 1940s she was twice honoured with the Governor-General's Award for Poetry. Some of her best-known poetry publications include Green Pitcher (1928), Call My People Home (1950), Ice Age (1975), Right Hand Left Hand (1977), The Woman I Am (1977), The Phases of Love (1983), and Journey With My Selves: a Memoir, 1909-1963 (1991). She died on December 29, 1996.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection consists of audio tapes of poetry readings, memoirs, interviews, music, and recordings of CBC programs.

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged into three series

  • 1. Reels
  • 2. Tapes
  • 3. Commercial Tapes

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Custodial History

2004 accession was donated to the Archives & Special Collections by Jay Steward.

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Other Finding Aids

Mss 37 - Manuscript Collection

PC 43 - Photograph Collection

TC 31 - Tape Collection

A.92-21, 1992 Accession

A. 02-36, 2002 Accession

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Reel-to-Reel Tapes [ 1965-1973 ]
BoxFolder
1 Reel #1 1973

Barbara Pentland - news; Phyllis Mailing with Vancouver Chamber Orchestra Simon Streatfeild, conductor - CBC

1 Barbara Pentland's letter to D. Livesay, 1976
Reel #2 1965-66

Peter Livesay - classical guitar - folk songs; John Scott - guitar

2-3 Literary Periodicals

includes D. Livesay's poem Three Men Four Women , in Border Crossing, Fall 1985

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Cassette Tapes 1958-1992
BoxFolder
2 Tape #1

Livesay Songs - Raymond Luedeke

Tape #2-3, September 24, 1991

Livesay fonds -Mss 37, Box 39-41 (correspondence)

poor sound

Tape #4

Four Songs; Dream; Old Song - Music by Ray Luedeke; Text by Dorothy Livesay

Tape #5 July 8, 1985

How they grew old: sketch re: Livesay's parents

Tape #6

D. Livesay - thoughts on feminism (memoirs)

very poor sound, old tape

Tape #7

D. Livesay - memoirs - Canadian women; CBC - re: Susan Allison

Tape #8

D. Livesay - poetry -Vancouver

Tape #9 1958-59

Dictation

Tape #10 1970-1976

Disasters of the Sun (1970); Trance for Flute & Harp (1976)

Tape #11 January 23, 1977

Disasters of the Sun - introduction, interview; Disasters of the Sun - poems read by D. Livesay, music by Barbara Pentland

Tape #12 1981

D. Livesay's trip to Orlando - diary notes, Music by Bartok

Tape #13

Florence Livesay -diary

Tape #14 July 1983

D. Livesay - Diary

Tape #15 March 1983

Disasters of the Sun - introduction, interview; Disasters of the Sun - poems read by D. Livesay, music by Barbara Pentland

Tape #16 1985

D. Livesay - a letter to her son - hospital experiences - Birth poem; Gzowski - UN Peace Disarnament

Tape #17 October - November, 1985

Livesay on Riel; Livesay interview with Ian Alexander - producer of Arts National re: Peace-Write

Tape #18 1985

Livesay on Riel; Livesay interview with Ian Alexander - producer of Arts National re: Peace-Write

Tape #19 November 1985

D. Livesay - Prophet of the New World

Tape #20 May 1986

D. Livesay - CBC interview

Tape #21 May 8, 1986

D. Livesay - CBC - AM, interviewed Paul Grant

Tape #22 January 29-30, 1987

The Lake - one act opera (1952), music by Pentland, libretto by D. Livesay

Tape #23 October 11, 1987

D. Livesay - Ice Age, CBC FM

Tape #24 May 8, 1988

D. Livesay - State of the Arts - CBC

Tape #25 Spring 1988

D. Livesay - State of the Arts - CBC, interviewed by Paul Grant

Tape #26

D. Livesay - Music in my life

Tape #27 1988

D. Livesay - CBC Friday Night

Tape #28

D. Livesay - Lives, women; Music Bartok, viola

Tape #29 1989-90

D. Livesay interviwed by Erika Ritter; D. Livesay -The Women I am, music by M. Alexander

Tape #30 April 6, 1990

D. Livesay at RZBZ Books

Tape #31 April 18, 1990

D. Livesay speaking - Transcribed

Tape #32 January 2, 1987

D. Livesay - Early Edition

Tape #33 (2 tapes) 1984

D. Livesay - memoirs

D. Livesay - Keep up the poetry

Tape #34 1984

D. Livesay - poem reading "Riding the dark"; D. Livesay - feminism

Tape #35 1990

Emma Goldman; Transcribe for D. Livesay - E. Birney

Tape #36 February 1984

Evelyn Roth's poems for D. Livesay

Tape #37 1981

Music - Bartok (Joe Plaskett), re: Martin Hunter - Tamara (play)

Tape #38

Timothy Findly, CBC - re: Margaret Lawrence

Tape #39

Barker (age 83) - Group of Seven

Tape #40

Folk Music, Saskatchewan - Martin (folk songs, Denmark)

Tape #41

Music - Barbara Pentland

Tape #42

Music - Barbara Pentland

(poor sound)

Tape #43-44

Ballad of the Pedal Pushers

Tape #45

CBC - Ideas - re: Women & Family

Tape #46

CBC - 2 New Hours, pt.1

Tape #47

CBC - 2 New Hours, pt.3

Tape #48 March 1992

"Magic Breath" by Helen Greenberg, G. Anderson - voice, N. Antonocci - piano

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Commercial tapes
BoxFolder
2 Tape #49

Music - Marc Blitzstein - Songs

Tape #50 [ February 27, 1987 ]

Fine Lines (University of Victoria), Side Two: D. Livesay, interviewed and reading poetry from Self-Completing Tree

Tape #51 1988

Music - Windows - B. Prevedoros and M. Reher

Tape #52 1986

Music - Like grass through the pavement By Ernie Manera

Tape #53 1988

Continental Hug : Canadian Poetry set to Chilian Music

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