Heather Robertson:

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

Inventory prepared by Lewis St. George Stubbs
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
331 Elizabeth Dafoe Library
(2015)

Finding aid encoded by Lewis St. George Stubbs (2015)
Finding aid written in English.



Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
330 Elizabeth Dafoe Library

Creator:
Heather Roberstson

Title:
Heather Robertson fonds

Dates:
1912-2014

Quantity:
The fonds consist of 2.25 m of textual & other material, including: 15 contact sheets, 191 photographs, 260 negatives, 200 slides, 18 tapes & 29 discs.

Identification:
MSS 77 A 15-005, PC 7, TC 67, EL 18

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Biography of

Heather Robertson was born in Winnipeg in 1942. She received a B.A. (Honours) in English from the University of Manitoba in 1962. Robertson displayed a penchant for invoking controversy during her term as Editor of the University's student newspaper, The Manitoban. A column criticizing Bison football resulted in her being hung in effigy. She was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and studied Victorian Literature at Columbia University in New York, where she received an M.A. in English. Returning to Winnipeg, Robertson began a journalism career at the Winnipeg Free Press. She was quickly hired away by the Winnipeg Tribune, where she worked for two years. Robertson received $3000 to pursue her research on Aboriginal Peoples. The resulting volumnious study became the foundation for her first book, Reservations are for Indians, published in1970. Three years later she wrote Grass Roots, with Salt of the Earth appearing the following year. In 1975 Robertson profiled Barbara Frum and Judy Lamarsh in the book Her Own Women . Two years later she wrote A Terrible Beauty: The Art of Canada at War . In 1981, she chronicled the life of the infamous Winnpeg bank robber, Ken Leishman, in the screenplay The Flying Bandit. Robertson's literary career took a new direction in 1983 with the publishing of Willie, A Romance. The book marked the author's initial attempt at fiction, and she garnered a best first novel award, Books in Canada. The intimate look at the life of Prime Minister Mackenzie King was further developed in Lily, A Rhapsody in Red, published in 1986, and Igor, published in 1989. Robertson has published a number of other works of non-fiction. A Gentleman Adventurer: The Arctic Diaries of R.H.G. Bonnycastle , appeared in 1985. The bestseller More Than a Rose was released in 1991, followed by On The Hill (1992). Robertson also wrote Meeting Death (2000), The Road Well Kept: Branksome Hall Celebrates 100 Years (2001) and Driving Force: The McLaughlin Family and the Age of the Car (2003). In 2003, Robertson edited the autobiography of Angus Shortt, entitled My Life With Birds. Robertson's most recent book, which she co-wrote with Melinda McCracken, is Magical, Mysterious Lake of the Woods (2003). It received the Fred Landon award for the best work on Ontario regional history in 2004. Like most Canadian writers, Robertson has held a host of other jobs to supplement her literary career. She has worked for the CBC and writtne columns for Macleans, Chatelaine, Saturday Night, Canadian Forum, and Equinox. Robertson passed away on her 72nd Birthday, March 19, 2014.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The fonds are separated into 9 series. They include: Biographical & personal material, literary career, research material, publishing contracts, correspondence, areas of interest, photographs, tapes & electronic records.

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Restrictions on Access

Some files are restricted. Folders labelled with a "C" are confidential.

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Restrictions on Use

Some files are restricted

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Custodial History

The fonds were donated by Robertson's husband Andrew Marshall in 2015.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

BIOGRAPHICAL & PERSONAL MATERIAL [ 1979-2014 ]

BoxFolder
11 Robertson's obituary 2014
2 Robertson's memorial & letter's of condolence 2014
3C Personal diary 1987-1989
4 Journal regarding her father 1995
5 Meeting Death: In Hospital, Hospice & at Home Research Journal 1999-2001
6 Journal 2003
7 Diary from last year of her life 2013-2014
8 Reflections on her pregnancy 1974
9 Melinda McCracken eulogy 2002
10 Notes on her illness. 2013
11 Manitoban 75th Anniversary issue - includes article about Robertson 1989
12 University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections correspondence 1979-2008
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21 Robertson Honorary Degree from University of Manitoba includes Convocation Address 1998
2 Fred Landon Award for Walking into the Wilderness 2010
3 Speaker's Book Award for Walking into the Wilderness 2012-2013
4 King Mosaic article about Robertson 2013

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LITERARY CAREER 1963-2013
BoxFolder
31 Poetry 1963-1985
2 Early writing & poetry 1965
3 Reservations are for Indians - research material 1966-1967
4 Reservations: - Green Lake chaper draft ca.1968
5 Reservations: Utopia chapter draft ca.1968
6 Reservations : South Indian Lake - The Future of Paradise draft ca.1968
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41 Reservations draft chapter 1 includes 2 photos ca.1968
2 Reservations draft chapter 2 ca.1968
3 Reservations draft chapters ca.1968
BoxFolder
51 Reservations draft chapter 4 ca.1968
2 Reservations draft chapter 5 ca.1968
3 Reservations draft chapter titled Extinction ca.1968
4 Reservations draft chapter entitled The Hippies Meet the Indians ca.1968
BoxFolder
61 Flying Bandit research - Leishman's letters to his mother 1960-1969
2 Leishman research material 1966-1980
3 Articles about Leishman in True Detective, Men's Magazine & Inland Magazine 1966-1974
4 Ken Leishman's draft of an auotbiography 1966
5 Copy of the Flying Bandit hardcover copy to be placed in RBR 1981
6 Flying Bandit motion picture contract 1994-1995
BoxFolder
71 War Art - research material & chapter draft from Terrible Beauty 1965-1977
2 MacLean's story on Nuns 1978
3 Robertson's children stories ca.1980
4 Short stories ca. 1989-2000
5 Igor Gouzenko research material 1995-2007
6 Draft articles & research material on dying 1995-2012
7 Lake of the Woods chapter draft ca.2001
8 Joseph Burr Tyrell drafts 2008
BoxFolder
81 Tanya television movie draft & research material 1988-1989
2 I Am Tanya screenplay 1989
3 I Am Tonya contract with Glasnost Productions Inc. 1989
4 Scottish & Robert the Bruce research material 2001-2008
5 Robert the Bruce - research material ca.2002
6 Lady Ishbel Aberdeen - research material 1992
7 Isabel Buchan - research notes 2012
BoxFolder
91 Northwest Rebellion - research material 1987-1989
2 The Forks : Shaking the Spirit of Louis Riel - unpublished article ca.1990
3 A Fine Day for a Fight - Robertson article 2004
4 Cut Knife Hill - research material 2004
BoxFolder
101 Notes for an article on writing & a draft article What the Hell is Non-fiction 1994
2 The Runner - Native Magazine for Communicative Arts - research material 1994
3 The Gardner unpublished short story 1995
4 Making McHistory book reviews by Robertson in Canadian Forum 1996
5 The Morphine Mystique - Robertson article in Canadian Forum 1996
6 Heartbreak - Robertson article in Elm Street 1998
7 Dead Wrong - article in Elm Street 1998
8 An African Education - article in Canadian Forum 1999
9 A Line in the Water: The Struggle Over the Northeast Angle - Article in The Beaver 2003
10 Together Forever - Beaver article 2004
11 A Fine Day for a Fight - article in The Beaver 2005
12 Sculptor Richard Serra - article in Border Crossings 2005
13 After the Falls - article in Lake of the Woods News 2005
14 The Vanishing Patron - article in The Beaver 2006
15 Emperor of the North - book review in Canadian Geographic 2008
16 Beauty Buried Alive - article in The Beaver 2008
17 Lord Selkirk: A Life by J.M. Bumsted - reviewed by Robertson in The Beaver 2009
18 Writers's Testimonials about the Public Lending Right - includes Robertson 2011
19 Firebrand - Regan Reid article about Robertson in Ryerson Review of Journalism 2012
20 Review of Robertson's Walking into the Wilderness - Rupertsland Newsletter 2012
21 Heartbreak in Huronia - article in Canada's History 2013
22 Writers' Union of Canada - Founding the Union oral history interview with Robertson 2013

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RESEARCH MATERIAL 1984-2012
BoxFolder
111 Walking into the Wilderness ca.2009
2 Walking into the Wilderness ca. 2009
3 Walking into the Wilderness ca.2009
4 Walking into the Wilderness 2009-2010
BoxFolder
121 Africa - research material ca.1984
2 Uganda - research material ca.2012
3 Uganda - research material 2009

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PUBLISHING CONTRACTS 1980-2013
BoxFolder
131C Publishing contracts 1980-2004
2C Royalty statements & agent's correspondence 1985-2013
3 Salt of the Earth republishing correspondence 1998
4 Material for Class Action claim 2011

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CORRESPONDENCE 1912-
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141 Correspondence 1912-2013
2 Correspondence 1962-1978
3 James Lorimer 1962-1973
4 Baillie Klass 1962-1963
5 David Galloway 1962-1963
6 Clayton Ruby 1963
7 Correspondence 1967-1974
8 Myf Phillips 1970-2012
9 Correspondence 1971-1973
BoxFolder
151 David ca.1973
2 Correspondence with & regarding Donald Creighton 1977
3 Myf Phillips article about & correspondence 1977-2010
4 Correspondence 1979-1983
5 National Museum of Man 1982
6 Correspondence 1979-2008
7 Correspondence 1984-1989
8 John R. Gregg 1990-2007
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161 Anne Morton - re: James Isbister 1992-1993
2 Correspondence 1992-2012
3 Frank Sypher fellow Columbia graduate 1993-1998
4 George Broomfield R.C.A. correspondence & unpublished manuscript 1995
5 Mary Makonge 1998-2001
6 Correspondence 2001-2013
7 Center for Rupertsland Study correspondence & newsletter 2002-2005
8 Correspondence 2006-2011
9C Michele Catherine Gantois Chaben manuscript with Robertson's comments ca.2000
10 Workshop on Media Suppression - York University 2010

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AREAS OF INTEREST 1979-2010
BoxFolder
1611 Women's Spirit - Native Women's Resource Center 1996
12 Article on John Zubeck by Cecil Rosner in Canada's History 2010
13 Diana Thorneycraft 1999
14 To School in London - article by Anne Ellen Inkster - The Beaver 1979

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PHOTO COLLECTION PC 7 1945-2014
BoxFolder
11 Head shots of Robertson - 9 contact sheets 1975-1985
2 Body painting - 2 photos & 2 contact sheets ca. 1965
3 Walter Terry Tribune article - 2 photos & 4 contact sheets 1965
4 Freshie Parade - 1 photo 1958
5 Feed the Children visit to Uganda - 111 photos 1999
6 Flood - 4 photos 1950
7 Robertson childhood shots - 3 photos 1945-1952
8 Robertson - 5 photos 1995-2004
9 Battleford - Cut Knife - 16 photos ca.1980
10 Campervile - 25 negs. - 24 photos 1966
11 Polish Conference - 1 photo 1963
12 Uganda visit - 152 negatives 1999
13 Unidentified aboriginal - 22 negatives ca.1968
14 Various Ontario locations - 25 negatives 1965
15 Lake of the Woods - 25 negatives ca.1980
16 Computer main frame - 36 negs. ca.1980
BoxFolder
21 Uganda - 18 slides 1999
2 Terrible Beauty - 33 slides 1977
3 Salt of the Earth - 123 slides 1971
4 Reservations are for Indians - 23 slides 1967-1968
5 Robertson - 3 slides 1961-1964
BoxFolder
31 Oversize funeral shots - 4 photos 2014
2 Oversize portraits - 10 photographs 1977

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TAPE COLLECTIONS TC 67 1980-1990
BoxFolder
11 1-4 Willie a Romance 8 discs, 5. Mathew Halton C.B.C., 6. Stoty of 7Up, 7. More than a Rose, 8. Green Fields of Canada Talkie, 9. Dr. George Laurence, 10. B.B. Gabor live, 1981 11. Swampy Cree Legends, 12. Simply Folk/ War Art, 13-14 Typing lessons, 15-16 Rachel Belash ,17 bush pilot interview 18. snoring 1980-1990

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ELECTRONIC RECORDS EL 18 1990-2012
BoxFolder
11 1. Hurricane Hazel 50th Anniversary 2004 2. MacKenzie Rebellion Tour 2012 3. Heather's Lake Huron slide show 2012 4. Etienne Brule Park 2012 5. Humber River Watershed Plan 2008 6. Carrying Place Map Trail 2012 7. Meeting Death Draft 1 (2 discs) ca. 2000 8. Robertson vs. Thompson class action lawsuit emails ca.2005 9.Challener photo ca.2005 10. The Valley of Humber 2007 11. Percy floppy disc 12. O'Neal "Susan Correct Hill Home Murder floppy disc 13. Sun Eleanor School 14-15 Old computer discs 16. Walker 17. Tyrell photo CD 18-21 Tanya 22. House Guide 23. Short Stories 24. Garden 25. Vancouver for Toronto Life, 26. Biblio 27. C.V. 28 Suit libel 29. NASO, Africa 1990-2012

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BOOKS REMOVED FOR RBR
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11 Books by Robertson Igor A Novel of Intrigue, Writing for Life, L'Homme Qui Se Croyait Aime, Lily a Rhapsody in Red, Meeting Death, Magical Mysterious Lake of the Woods, A Terrible Beauty, Measuring Mother Earth, Grass Roots, The Flying Bandit & Walking into the Wilderness Articles in Books, From the Country, Canadian Newspapers the Inside Story, The Vintage Book of CAnadian Memoirs, Speaking in the Past Tense & Toronto Literary Guide Books edited by Robertson, I Fought Riel a Memoir by Major Charles Bouton, Taking Care of Business, A Gentleman Adventurer The Arctic Diaries of Richard Bonnycastle, My Life with Birds Angus Shortt Other Books Friends Horses & Countrymen, Isaac Bickerstaff, World University Service of Canada, Arts Manitoba 1977-2010

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