Victor S. Cowie:

An Inventory of His Papers at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Michelle Rydz
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
331 Elizabeth Dafoe Library, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3T 2N2
(August, 2005)

Finding aid encoded by Michelle Rydz (August, 2005)
Finding aid written in English.



Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
331 Elizabeth Dafoe Library, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3T 2N2

Creator:
Victor S. Cowie

Title:
Victor S. Cowie fonds

Dates:
1950-2002

Quantity:
1.5m of textual records, 18 photographs

Identification:
MSS 204, A. 05-34

English

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Biography of Victor S. Cowie

Victor (Vic) Spiers Cowie was born on June 19, 1929 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Vic Cowie completed his B.A. (Hons.) in English Literature at the University of Manitoba. During this time he met his wife Geraldine (Gerry), to whom he was married for 48 years. They had three children, Laura, Paul, and John. He undertook post-graduate studies at the University of Toronto and graduated with an M.A. in 1966. In 1956, Cowie was hired by the Department of English at the University of Manitoba, where he taught until his retirement in 1995. He continued to lecture as a part-time instructor well after his retirement. Cowie specialized in the works of Shakespeare and Milton. In 1970, Cowie received the Olive Beatrice Stanton Award for excellence in teaching. He was also awarded the Certificate of Excellence in the Teaching of English by the Modern Language Association of America for the 1972-73 academic year. Aside from his academic achievements, Vic Cowie was actively involved in theatre and film, both at the local and national level. Cowie wrote, directed, and starred in And No Birds Sing (1969), the first feature film produced entirely by students and staff at the University of Manitoba. The film received the “Best Featurette”award at the 1969 Vancouver Film Festival and won a Canada Film Award in Toronto. In collaboration with Victor Davies, Cowie also wrote three hour-long children’s musical plays that were featured on the C.T.V. national network: The Magic Trumpet (1975), Reginald the Robot (1976), and The Curse of Ponsonby Hall (1981). Vic Cowie was deeply involved in the University of Manitoba Theatre Program and during his time there directed many productions for the Black Hole Theatre. At the professional level, Cowie acted in several Manitoba Theatre Centre Mainstage productions including: Volpone (1960), The Lesson (1960), Oh, Dad, Poor Dad (1961), The Dybbuk (1973/1974), Amadeus (1984), as well as his own adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV 1&2 entitled Falstaff (1989). Vic Cowie starred in several Guy Maddin films including Archangel (1990), Careful (1992), Cowards Bend at the Knee (2003), and The Saddest Music in the World (2004). His made for television movie credits include: The Challengers (1989), Lost in the Barrens (1990), Lost in the Barrens II: The Curse of the Viking Grave (1991), Heads (1993), The Diviners (1993), Trucks (1997), Escape From Mars (1999), We Were The Mulvaneys (2002), The Many Trials of Jane Doe (2002), and More Than Meets the Eye: The Joan Brock Story (2003). Other film credits include: Black Ice (1992), Bordertown Café (1993), Red Team (1999), and The Law of Enclosures (2000). Vic Cowie died on March 8, 2004.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

This fonds consists of records relating to the academic and artistic career of Professor Victor S. Cowie. Materials include personal and business related correspondence, research and lecture notes, and a variety of research-based newspaper clippings. Handwritten and photocopied drafts of the musicals The Magic Trumpet, Reginald the Robot, and The Curse of Ponsonby Hall are also included. In addition, the fonds also includes drafts and documents related to the film And No Birds Sing, as well as playbills, newspaper reviews and other documents related to theatre productions in which Cowie was involved. Also included are 18 photographs related to University of Manitoba theatre activities. This fonds consists of the series: Personal Records and Correspondence; Research and Teaching Materials; Musicals, Plays and Short Stories Written by Victor Cowie; Theatre and Film Records; U. of. M. Theatre Photographs.

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Custodial History

Fonds was donated to the Archives by Gerry Cowie in 2005.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Personal Records and Correspondence [ 1950-2002 ]
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11 "Letters to the Editor" Written by Victor Cowie, 1958-1969, 1999
2 Personal Correspondence Received by Victor Cowie, 1959, 1967-2002
3 "Thank You Letters and Cards" Received by Victor Cowie, 1968-2000
4 Poems and Related Correspondence Received by Victor Cowie, 1965, 1974-1991, 2001
5 Business Correspondence Written by Victor Cowie, 1965-1977, 1985, 1996
6 Business Correspondence Received by Victor Cowie, 1968-1992
7 A.C.T.R.A., Equity, and Writer's Guild Records, 1967, 1980-2001
8 Letters, Newspaper clippings, and Documents related to the film And No Birds Sing, 1967-1970, 2001

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Research and Teaching Materials 1945, 1956, 1961-2002, n.d.
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21 U. of M. Memos, Reports, Course Outlines, and Miscellaneous Documents, 1945, 1967-1997, 2002
2 "Academic Controversy" Articles and Newspaper clippings, 1986-1997
3 "The Professor Mulford Q. Sibley Case" newspaper clippings, 1965
4-5 Journal Articles and Pamphlets, 1958-1978, 1993
6 Articles and Reviews, 1988-1993
7 "English 110: Introduction to Literature" Research and Lecture Notes, 1956-1957
8 Sample English Exams, 1973-1996
9 Lecture Notes, n.d.
10 "Footnotes," n.d.
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31 "16th Century Prose" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
2 "17th Century Prose" Research and Lecture Notes, 1972
3 "Petrarchan Lyric" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
4 "Romantics" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
5 "Victorian World" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
6 "Canadian Literature" Lecture Notes, n.d.
7 "16th Century Poetry" Research and Lecture Notes, 1978
8 "Victorian Literature" Research and Lecture Notes, 1 notebook, n.d.
9 "Short Stories" Research and Lecture Notes, 1974-1993
10 "Yeats" Research and Lecture Notes, 1 notebook, n.d.
11 "Short Stories" Research and Lecture Notes, [1964?]
12 "17th Century Poetry" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
13 "20th Century Poetry" Lecture and Examination Notes, 1965
14 "Matthew Arnold" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
15 "Auden: Poetry" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
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41 "Auden: For the Time Being" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
2 "Bronte: Wuthering Heights" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
3 "William Blake: Book of Thel" Research and Lecture Notes, 1979-1980
4 "William Blake" Research and Lecture Notes, [197-]-[199-]
5 "William Blake" Research and Lecture Notes, [196?]-[199-]
6 "Sir Thomas Browne" Research and Lecture Notes, [196?], n.d.
7 "Robert Browning" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
8 "Samuel Butler" Research and Lecture Notes, [196?]
9 "Byron" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
10 "Thomas Carlyle" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
11 "Chaucer: Canterbury Tales" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
12 "Joseph Conrad" Research and Lecture Notes, [196?]
13 "Murder in the Cathedral" Research and Lecture Notes, [196-]
14 "John Donne" Research and Lecture Notes, [197-]-[199-]
15 "John Donne" University of Toronto Notes and Book Reports, n.d.
16 "T.S. Eliot" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
17 "Middlemarch" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
18 "Henry Fielding: Joseph Andrews" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
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51 "Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby" Research and Lecture Notes, [197-]-[199-]
2 "Forster: A Passage to India" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
3 "Graham Greene: The Heart of Matter" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
4 "George Herbert" Research and Lecture Notes, 1978
5 "Thomas Hardy" Research and Lecture Notes, [198-]
6 "G.M. Hopkins" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
7 "Ben Jonson" Research and Lecture Notes, [199-]
8 "John Keats" Lecture Notes and Course Outlines, n.d.
9 "Andrew Marrell" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
10 "John Stuart Mill" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
11 "Pinter: The Dumb Waiter" Research and Lecture Notes, 1990
12 "Harold Pinter" Research and Lecture Notes, [198?]
13 "Spenser" Research and Lecture Notes, [196-]
14 "Jonathan Swift: Gulliver's Travels" Lecture Notes and Course Outline, 1993-1994
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61 "The Playboy of the Western World" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
2 "Tennyson" Research Notes and Course Outline, n.d.
3 "Thackeray: Vanity Fair" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
4 "Henry Vaughn" Research and Lecture Notes, 1978
5 "Regeneration" Research and Lecture Notes, 1974
6 "Wordsworth" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
7 "W.B. Yeats" Research Notes and Course Outline, n.d.
8 "St. Augustine" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
9 "Eastern Religion" Articles, 1972
10 "History of the Early Church" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
11 "Ante-Nicene Christianity" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
12 "Kabbalah" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
13 "Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, Stoics" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
14 "Cicero, Boethus, Marcus Aurelius" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
15 "Stoic Thought" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
16 "Thomas Aquinas: Summa Theologica" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
17 "Nemesius, Ocellus, Lucanus, Macrobius" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
18 "Early Christian Thought" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
19 "Renaissance Studies Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
20 "Works of Jacob Boehme and William Law" Research Notes and Correspondence, 1991
21 "Renaissance Science/Psychology" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
22 "Renaissance Christian Thought" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
23 "The Courtier/Castiglione" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
24 "Renaissance Platonism" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
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71 "Du Bantas/Divine Weeks" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
2 "Mosaicall and Occult Philosophy" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
3 "Philosophy" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
4-5 Shakespeare Articles, 1956, 1961, 1988, 1992-1993, n.d.
6 "Shakespeare Studies" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
7 "Shakespeare: Tragedy/History" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
8 "Henry IV" Research and Lecture Notes, 1982-1988
9 "Henry IV" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
10 "Henry V" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
11 "The Pastoral" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
12 "BBC Series" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
13 "The Merchant of Venice" Research and Lecture Notes, [196?], 1974, 1985
14 "Sonnets" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
15 "Richard II" Research and Lecture Notes, 1981-1988
16 "Richard III" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
17 "Richard II and Henry IV" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
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81 "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
2 "Shakespeare: Comedy" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
3 "Much Ado About Nothing" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
4 "Troilus and Cressida" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
5 "The Taming of the Shrew" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
6 "As You Like It" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
7 "Macbeth" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
8 "Coriolanus" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
9 "The Tempest" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
10 "Milton: Paradise Lost I" Research and Lecture Notes, [197-]-[198-]
11 "Milton: Paradise Lost II" Research and Lecture Notes, [197-]-[199-]
12 "Milton: Paradise Lost III" Research and Lecture Notes, [197-]-[199-]
13 "Milton Paradise Lost IV" Research and Lecture Notes, 1974-1991
14 "Milton: Paradise Lost V" Research and Lecture Notes, 1979-[199-]
15 "Milton: Paradise Lost VI-VII" Research and Lecture Notes, [198-]-[199-]
16 "Milton: Paradise Lost VIII" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
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91 "Milton: Paradise Lost IX" Research and Lecture Notes, [1979?]
2 "Milton: Paradise Lost X, XI, XII" Research and Lecture Notes, 1981-1982
3 "Milton: Paradise Regained" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
4 "Milton: Prose Writings" Research and Lecture Notes, 1980-1991
5 "Milton: Comus" Research and Lecture Notes, 1970-1990
6 "Milton: Christian Doctrine" Research and Lecture Notes, 1972-1973
7 "Milton Studies" Research and Lecture Notes, [197-]-1990
8 "Milton" Research and Lecture Notes, 2 notebooks, [196?]
9 "17th Century and Milton" Research and Lecture Notes, 1977-[198-]
10 "Areopagitica" Research and Lecture Notes, [198-]-[199-]
11 "Samson Agonistes" Research and Lecture Notes, 1984, 1990-1991
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101 "Lycidas" Research and Lecture Notes, n.d.
2 2 newspaper clippings related to the Renaissance, 1975
3 "Nativity Ode" Research and Lecture Notes, 1983
4 "Neo-Platonism of William Blake" and "16th and 17th Century English Platonists" Research and Lecture Notes, [196?], [197?]

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Musicals, Plays and Short Stories Written By Victor Cowie 1965-1980, n.d.
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105 First Draft of "A Lover's Complaint" (what later became "And No Birds Sing"), n.d., and Miscellaneous Writings and Correspondence, [196-], 1965, 1974
6 "And No Birds Sing" Drafts, n.d.
7 "The Magic Trumpet" First Draft, 1968
8 "The Magic Trumpet" Script, 1969
9 "The Magic Trumpet" Master Copy, 1969
10 "Reginald the Robot" Draft Version, n.d.
11 "Reginald the Robot" Final Version n.d.
12 "The Curse of Ponsonby Hall" Handwritten Draft, n.d. n.d.
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111 "The Curse of Ponsonby Hall" Photocopied Draft, n.d.
2 "The Curse of Ponsonby Hall" Script and Related Documents, 1980, n.d.
3 Children's Musicals: Draft Writings, Newspaper Clippings, and Tickets, 1971
4 "Blake's Holy Word: Scriptural Themes in "Introduction" and "Earth's Answer" " First Draft. n.d., and 1 letter to Vic Cowie, 1977
5 "The Windchill Factor" Unfinished Play, n.d.
6-8 Unfinished Writings, n.d.

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Theatre and Film Records 1950-1998
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119 U. of M. Theatre: Correspondence, Newspaper Clippings, and Related Records, 1950-1965
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121 U. of M. Theatre: Black Hole Theatre Playbills, 1984-1991
2 Miscellaneous Theatre and Film Clippings, 1953-1961, 1973-1974, 1984, 1995, 2001
3 Calendar with image of the cast from "The Anniversary, 1956," 1998

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U. of M. Theatre Photographs 1964, 1967, 1986, 1990
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124 U. of M. Theatre - 2 photographs, 1964
5 "And No Birds Sing" Audition Shots, 2 photographs, 1967
6 U. of M. Theatre - Black Hole Theatre, 14 photographs, 1986, 1990

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