Beatrice Fines Collection.

An Inventory of Her Records at the University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Jeanette Mockford
University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections
330 Elizabeth Dafoe LibraryUniversity of ManitobaWinnipeg, MB.R3T 2N2
(August 2009)

Finding aid encoded by Jeanette Mockford (August 2009)
Finding aid written in English.

Collection Summary

University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections
330 Elizabeth Dafoe LibraryWinnipeg, MB.R3T 2N2

Beatrice Fines

Beatrice Fines Collection

ca. 1958-2008

.4 m of textual records


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Biography of Beatrice Fines

Beatrice Ellen Morton-Sturdy was born in 1917 in Fort Frances, Ontario. She married Charles Elwood Fines in 1939. Early in her career she was an elementary and high school teacher in Ontario and Manitoba. Between 1967 and 1987 she held a variety of writing positions like Editor of the newsletter for the Winnipeg General Hospital, Staff Writer for Health Sciences Centre, and Assistant Editor for Indian Record.

Since 1958, Fines has been a successful freelance writer and has published hundreds of stories and articles for which she has won several awards. Among other awards she has received the Margaret McWilliams medal for her book on the history of the Winnipeg General Hospital in 1976, the Nellie Anderson award for fiction, and first prize in the Margaret Laurence Home fiction contest in 1998.

Along with painting and acrylic painting, Fines spends her time as part of the Penhandler’s Club, the Canadian Authors Association, the Manitoba Writer’s Guild, the Emmanuel United Church, and the Centennial Seniors Club. She currently resides in Winnipeg.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection consists of biographical material, unpublished manuscripts, scrapbooks with published article clippings, copies of published works, and correspondence.

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Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on access of this material.

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Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions on use.

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Custodial History

The fonds was donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Beatrice Fines in 2008.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Correspondence and Published Works of Beatrice Fines [ ca. 1958-2008 ]
11 Biographical Information 1998
2 Rejection Letters and Feelers to Various Publishers 1984-1997
3 Vision Quest: Outlines for Manuscript, Feelers, and Rejection Letters 1992-2002
4 Unpublished Vision Quest Manuscript and Rejection Letter [ca. 2001]
5 Correspondence with Publisher and Copies of Short Stories in Green's Magazine 1985-2003
6 Unpublished Manuscript of Islands of Discovery and Publisher Correspondence [ca. 1996]
7 Published Book: Christmas: The Annual of Christmas Literature and Art 1993
8 Published Article and Note: Winnipeg World: Facing the Bitter Truth 1969
21 Copy of Published Short Story: Neighbours in Short Story International, published copy in this box. 1986
Published Books 1980-2004
  • Seedling Short Story International, Volume 2, Number 8, December 1982
  • Seedling Short Story International, Volume 7, Number 26, June 1987
  • Seedling Short Story International, Volume 11, Number 44, December 1991
  • Student Short Story International, Volume 3, Number 9, March 1983
  • Student Short Story International, Volume 5, Number 18, June 1985
  • Student Short Story International, Volume 5, Number 19, September 1985
  • Student Short Story International, Volume 6, Number 21, March 1986
  • Student Short Story International, Volume 9, Number 34, June 1989
  • Student Short Story International, Volume 12, Number 48, December 1992
  • Student Short Story International, Volume 13, Number 49, March 1993
  • Short Story International, Volume 4, Number 19, April 1980
  • Short Story International, Volume 6, Number 30, February 1982
  • Short Story International, Volume 10, Number 58, October 1986
  • Short Story International, Volume 15, Number 89, December 1991
  • Short Story International, Volume 18, Number 107, December 1994
  • Singing Under Ice, ed. by M. Grace Mersereau, 1974
  • The Penhandler’s Almanac, 1988
  • As Good As Her Word: The Penhandler’s Collection, 2004
  • Winner’s Cirlce: A Collection of Ten Winning Entries From The Metropolitan Toronto Branch of The Canadian Authors Association Third Annual Short Story Competition, 1994
  • W.G.H. & H.S.C. School of Nursing: A Century of Excellence, 1887-1987, 1988
  • Canadian Christmas Stories in Prose & Verse, ed. by Don Bailey and Daile Unruh, 1990
  • Of The Jigsaw: A Multicultural Anthology for Young Readers, 1986
  • The Dakota Sioux in Canada, Gontran Laviolette, 1991
31 Published Book Reviews and Correspondence ca.2000
Scrapbooks with Published Clippings 1958-2008
  • Scrapbook: Publicity, etc., [ca. 1958-2000]
  • Scrapbook: Western Producer, Co-operative Consumer, Scottish Magazines, and 1982 published article clippings, [ca. 1960-1983]
  • Scrapbook: Chatelaine, Saturday Evening Post, Canadian Homes, Onwards, and Scottish Magazines published article clippings, [ca. 1963-1978]
  • Scrapbook: Hi-Venture and other Religious Country Guides, Family Herald, Winnipeg World, Manitoba Business Journal, Education Manitoba, and Pitch Pipe published article clippings, [ca. 1962-1970]
  • Scrapbook: Free Press, Tribune, Panorama (Star Weekly), Canadian Pr. Messenger, Rapport published article clippings, [ca. 1959-1979]
  • Scrapbook: Articles and Stories published clippings, 1983-1988
  • Scrapbook: Published article clippings, 1979-1981 & 1988-1989
  • Scrapbook: Published article clippings, 1988-1996
  • Scrapbook: Published article clippings, 1996-2006
  • Scrapbook: Publicity and writing clippings, [ca. 2006-2008]

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Books (A13-80)

Books are located in The Archives & Special Collections RBR room.

  • Fines, B. Neighbours. Teulon: Aivilo Press, 2000.
  • As good as her word. The Penhandlers' Collection. Teulon: AiviloPress, 2004.
  • Penhandlers' Almanac. Peguis Publishers Limited, 1988.
  • Back Then: Voices of Memory 1915-45/ ed. by D. Helwig. Oberon Press, 1993.
  • Christmas in Minnesota/ ed. by M. Ziebarth and B. Horrigan. Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2005.

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