Ken McRobbie:

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

Inventory prepared by Kathleen Hamilton and Joradn Bass
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(October 1991 and June 2008)

Finding aid encoded by Julianna Trivers and Jordan Bass (September 2002 and June 2008)
Finding aid written in English.

Revision History

  • July 26, 2005 - MSS 74 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).


Collection Summary

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

Creator:
Ken McRobbie

Title:
Ken McRobbie fonds

Dates:
1952-2008

Quantity:
3.75 m of textual records

MSS 74, A.08-69

Language
English.

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Biography of Ken McRobbie

Kenneth McRobbie was born in England in 1929. He attended the University of Liverpool, receiving his B.A. (Honours) in 1953. His education continued at the University of Toronto where he received his M.A. in 1956. He continued on with his doctoral work but did not complete his thesis. In 1962 he entered the History Department at the University of Manitoba where he remained for 28 years, retiring at the end of the 1990 calendar year.

His interests lay in medieval and modern European cultural history. He introduced two undergraduate level history courses to the university, Futurology, and History of Utopias, concentrating on the question "where's society going?".

In 1967 he was the founder of Mosaic , a university publication, and remained co-editor until 1974.

McRobbie's other passion was poetry, as this collection demonstrates, with a specific emphasis on Hungary, his wife's birthplace. He made regular trips to Hungary and maintained his contacts there, as can be seen in his collection through his correspondence and translation work.

Upon his retirement McRobbie and his wife moved to Vancouver. He taught part-time in the History Department at the University of British Columbia and his wife at Simon Fraser University. His two passions continued to be poetry and literature.

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Scope and Contents of the Papers

The collection contains McRobbie's poetic and historical endeavors. Included are his poetry, publications, activities and translations. Also included are articles and reviews on his work, and correspondence, which span more than three decades. This correspondence is with contacts, both foreign - mainly Hungarian, and domestic. His translations include novels by Laszlo Nagy, Miguel Angel Asturias and Maria Krisztinkovich, and poetry by Ferenc Juhasz, Gyorgy Petri and Miklos Radnoti to name but a few. The 2008 accrual includes two series; correspondance and drafts of poetry.

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Organization of the Papers

This collection is organized into 8 series:

  • Copies of Publications 1958-1990
  • Recent Poem Drafts 1956-1990
  • Activities [ca. 1951]-1989
  • Correspondence 1950-1990
  • Hungarian Translations - Novels [ca. 1973]-1989
  • Hungarian Translations - Ferenc Juhasz 1967-[ca. 1969]
  • Correspondence1979-2008
  • Drafts of Poems

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Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on access to this collection.

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Restrictions on Use

Users must comply with relevant copyright laws.

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Custodial History

This collection was donated by Kenneth McRobbie in 1991 and the A.08-69 was donated by Kenneth Mcrobbie in 2008.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

COPIES OF PUBLICATIONS 1958-1990
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11 History Lectures. New Quarterly Cave. v.2, no.2, 1977
2 Fire & Knowledge: A Story, by Peter Nadas. Cross Currents. 9 (1990)

translated by Kenneth McRobbie

3 Beyond Nature with a Human Face? Ferenc Juhasz's 3 "Homage to Karl Marx". Canadian Slavonic Papers, Sept. 1981
4 Differences, For Zita (From Budapest Poems). Dalhousie Review
5 Woman and Love: some aspects of competition in late 5 Medieval society. MOSAIC , v.2
6 Heinz Georg Frank, A Profile: A Memorial address by 6 Karl W. Maurer
7 All the ways they'll try to prove you wrong. Contemporary Verse Two , (CVII) v.3, no.1, 1977
8 Jupiter C for the Missile Age, 4 Poems. Contact Press 1958.
9 The martyrology of Toronto. Delta , Oct.-Dec., 1959
10 Hole. Fiddlehead Poetry Books , no.279, 1980
11 What is on fire is happening. Four Humours Press , 1975
12 Canadian Writers, excerpt - poetry reviews
13 Three Poems: after Zhivago, Caryatids, The World of Chirico, After Andre Breton. The Canadian Forum , Oct. 1959
14 His American Eyes. The Canadian Forum , June 1966
15 One Dozen Roses. Galliard , v.1,no.1 June 1966
16 Poetry Readings Programme - Poetry at the Mermaid
17 The Concept of Advancement in the Fourteenth Century & the Chroniques of Jean Froissart. Proceedings of the Linguistic Circle of Manitoba & North Dakota , v.8, no.1 Oct. 1968

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RECENT POEM DRAFTS 1956-1990
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118 University Poem 1990

(drafts)

19 Occasional Poem" Hershfield's Album 1989-1990
20 "Our Winter of 1989 began in July"
21 "Just Before Free Trade". 1989

(selection of poems)

22 Poems 1990
23 Poems 1990
24 Poems 1989 1/2
25 Poems 1989
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21 Poems 1989
2 Poems 1988
3 Poems 1988
4 Riel poem (drafts) 1986
5 Poems 1980-1985
6 Poems re: Apartheid 1988-1989
7 Long poem: "Borders, Borders" Hungary-Canada 1987-1989
8 "Borders, Borders" Dead 1989
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31 Morton Poem (drafts) 1982
2 Political poems (drafts) [ca.1980]
3 Hole final manuscript plus variants
4 Hole revised drafts
5 Hole revised drafts
6 Hole early drafts
7 Hole drafts
8 Hole drafts
9 "Mine" - Hole
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41 Hole What is on Fire is Happening - Alternate Versions
2-3 Poems on Hungarian Themes 1970-1980
4 Unpublished Poems
5 Poems: early, mostly unpublished 1949-1952
6 Poems notes 1956
7 "Jupiter C" 1958
8 "Eyes without a face" 1959

and some unpublished 1952-

9 "Eyes without a face" 1959

(printers copy & proofs)

10 "Eyes without a face" & unpublished poems 1950s
11 Pear Tree Poetry 1962
12 Competition Entry - Two Poems "- For all those who create" 1959
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51 Prairie Poems (drafts) 1967-1977
2 Prairie poems (drafts) 1967-1979
3 Prairie poems - Early Collections (later revised) 1969
4 Prairie Poems (drafts) 1965-1977
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61 Prairie Poems (drafts) 1965-1978
2 Prairie Poems

(revisions)

3 "What is on Fire is Happening"

(final version)

4 Occasional poem (to the Turners(sp?) on publication of "What is on Fire")
5 Rosie Douglas Poems
6 "Whale poem"
7 Poem drafts, "First Ghost to Canada"
8 "First Ghost to Canada" manuscript, pre-revision 1979
9 "First Ghost to Canada" (drafts)
10 "First Ghost to Canada" (drafts)
11 "First Ghost to Canada" (final and drafts)
12 "First Ghost to Canada" (final and drafts)

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ACTIVITIES [ca. 1951]-1989
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72 "Eyes without a face" - Reviews
3 Article on McRobbie
4 My Hungarian Translations - reviews
5 Under the sign of Gemini; prose and poetry of Miklos - Radnoti. Corres.
6 "What is on fire is happening" - reviews 1975
7 "First Ghost to Canada" 1979
8 Hole - review
9 Toronto Reading, 1963
10 "Jupiter C", 1958

- letters in response

11 Toronto Readings & Organizer, 1958-1959
12 New York Reading Organizer, 1960
13 Hungarian Reading, programme - Greenwich Gallery, 1959
14 On University reforms & poem drafts, [ca. 1951]
15 R.M. Rilke: "Notebooks of M.L. Brigge" radioscript
16 Three act play - "Hero, go Home", 1958
17 "Communism & the Intellectuals" radioscript, 1955
18 MOSAIC - corresp. 1967-1974
19 Art & Society - McRobbie's Courses. topics, essays, assignments
20 "Coexistence" - quarterly journal. activities, Winnipeg's Role in launching
21 Hungarian research: rationales, plans - U of M
22 Lecture to students: on secretarial union, on strike
23 Research on Piers Plowman - english poem - for M.A. 1956
24 Judge in Centennial poetry contest, poems entered, 1974
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81 Karl Marx Memorial Conference - U of M, 1983
2 Socialism & Culture, U of M seminar 1981
3 Colloquium critique of A. Waterman's Economics Paper
4 Ph.D. student (culture) - intellectual background (Bart Reid) 1986-1987
5 Ph.D. student (art & culture) - intellectual background (Aubrey Neal) 1980
6 Submission to History department. "...Education with respect to the Present and Probable Futures. 1987
7 Manitoba Peace Activities
8 Statement: University College - decline? 1988
9 University College - Provost nomination. 1981
10 MOSAIC Journal - Founding 1967
11 Church - St. Paul's. 1981-1989
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91 "Combustion" no.'s 4-13, 1958-1960
2 "Moment" no.'s 2-3, 1959
3 Address to Karl Polanyi Institute, Concordia University 1989:

"The Canadian Anthology of Hungarian Literature" "Only From a Clean Spring"

4 Juhasz's Homage to Karl Marx - Article "Nature with a Human Face"
5 Juhasz's Homage to Karl Marx - Article "Poetry and Pressure
6 East Europe - Article
7 Winnipeg Free Press - An Analysis - article re: 'Free Press'
8 Newspaper clippings [ca. 1981]
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101 Free Press - article [ca. 1980]
2 Free Press - article indexes [ca. 1980]
3 Free Press - article (drafts) "Industrialization of the Mind"
4 Free Press - articles (drafts) [19-?]
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111 Seamus Heaney - article 1977
2 Mexico: articles on it's life 1955
3 Another forced march, Radnoti in Translation article, [ca. 1983]

(incl. drafts)

4 Beyond His Nation, Beyond His Time - Sandor Petofi - article (incl. draft)
5 The Cultural Connection -review in Canadian Dimension by B. Ostry
6 Dream Town America, Silo Town America. - Review of two Architecture Books - City Magazine
7 Culture in Eastern Europe - Globe & Mail 2 articles (drafts) - Cultural Life in Poland and Hungary, 1961
8 Eastern Europe, Power to Build - article by Dean S. Rugg. review, 1985
9 Dylan Thomas. The Code of Night . by David Holbrook. review 1972
10 For all our children's sake - re: Radical film on history for children (unpublished) review
11 Eight editorials for Globe & Mail , (not all published), 1960-1961
12 History of Popular Culture, review appearing in U of M Alumni Magazine, 1967
13 Jonestown Massacre - Canadian Dimension article, "Jonestown: 900 Flowers, 900 Votes Against",newspaper articles
14 Gyorgy Petri - The New Poetry and its Setting. World Literature Today
15 Poems of Endre Ady:Something From Nothing - article
16 Poetry of D. Tandori - article
17 Laszlo Nagy. The Scorching Wind, Mr. Big. articles World Literature Today autumn 1978
18 Three Young Hungarian Poets - article
19 Towards Man With a Human Face - Ernst Fischer - article
20 The Writers Place - article: Interviews on the Literary Situation in Contemporary Britain. 1976

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Correspondence 1950-1990
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1121 George Amabile 1989
22 Artisjus 1972-1980
23 Margaret Avison 1958-1971
24 Earl Birney [19-?]
25 Claude Bissell 1958
26 George Bisztray - Hungarian Chair 1979-1980
27 Canada Council 1977-1982
28 Canadian publishers 1959-1990
29 Carleton University - (Reading 1981, Paul Varnai) 1879-1981
30 Fred Cogswell re: Hole 1958, 1978-1981
31 Leonard Cohen 1959
32 Columbia University - Reading 1981, Harold Segal, Istvan Deak, Ivan Sanders. 1973-1981
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121 Conferences - Eastern Europe
2 Conference - Society for Utopian Studies. 1982-1989
3 Canadian Correspondence 1979-1980
4 Corvina Publishers Budapest. 1970-1989
5 Cross Currents - East Central Europe, Yearbook of Culture 1986-1990
6 Contemporary Verse Two (CVII) 1977
7 Robertson Davies - Peterborough Examiner . 1958
8 Louis Dudek 1959-1990
9 Robert Enright 1982
10 Lawrence Ferlinghetti 1958
11 Robert Finch 1959
12 Ernst Fischer 1967-1980
13 Four Humours Press 1976
14 Greg Gatenby - Dreadnaught Publishing Editor 1976-1977
15 Allen Ginsberg 1958
16 Globe & Mail - Letter to Editor re: book reviewer, 1958-1962
17 George Gomori 1970-1980
18 Arpad Goncz 1973
19 Cy Gonick - Canadian Dimension [19-?]
20 Robert Graves - Mosaic. 1967
21 Kristjana Gunnars - Prairie Fire 1987
22 Mike Gnarowski 1958
23 Ralph Gustafson 1958
24 Greg Gatenby - Harbourfront 1978
25 Hungarian - various 1977-1989
26 Hungarian Literature Interview - University of Manitoba Bulletin. vol. 26 13, no.23. March 14,1979
27 Hungarian Embassy 1971-1977
28 Institute of Cultural Relations, Budapest. 1972-1979
29 Ivar Ivask -incl. "The Baltic Elegies". World Literature Today 1972-1990
30 Anna Jakabfi - Hungarian Scholar, guest speaker. 1985
31 Le Roi Jones [19-?]
32 Ferenc Juhasz - Hungarian clipping [19-?]
33 Countess Karolyi - wife of 1918 President
34 Kenyon Review 1980-1981
35 Jascha Kessler 1980-1984
36 Gyula Kodolanyi 1971-1989
37 Geza de Kresz 1970-1973
38 Maria Kresz 1989
39 Patrick Lane - League of Canadian Poets. 1982
40 James Laughlin - New Directions Publishers. 1966-1967
41 Irving Layton 1960
42 League of Canadian Poets , Henry Beissel, Robin Skelton. incl. newsletters. 1977-1982
43 Christopher Levenson - ARC Magazine , League of Canadian Poets. 1978-1987
44 Denise Levertov 1958
45 Manitoba Arts Council & Writers Guild. grant applications
46 University of Manitoba 1967-1990
47 Robin Mathews 1981
48 Jack McClelland - McClelland and Stewart Ltd. 1975
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131 Marshall McLuhan - Centre for Culture & Technology 1965
2 Marshall McLuhan - Centre for Culture & Technology 1965
3 Gaston Miron - Les Editions de l'Hexagone. 1959
4 John Miska 1965-1990
5 John Montague 1950-1970
6 New Hungarian Quarterly - Budapest. 1967-1981
7 Ohio University Press - "Under Gemini". Corvina Kiado Publishing, Budapest. 1979-1989
8 Outrigger Publishers. The New Quarterly Cave. 1975-1980
9 Miorita. New Zealand Romanian Cultural Assoc. 1974
10 Peter Owen 1969
11 Oxford University Press 1973-1981
12 Pekka Parkinen 1970
13 Andy Patton 1980
14 Partial Payments - royalties 1976-1990
15 Magyar P.E.N. Club - Budapest 1970-1990
16 Poetry Center - New York 1980
17 Karl Polanyi Institute - Concordia University, 1988-1990
18 Publishers 1974-1987
19 Al Purdy, [19-?]
20 Laurie Ricou 1975
21 Rick Salutin - This Magazine . 1980
22 Ivan Sanders - Suffolk County Community College. 1982-1983
23 Robin Skelton - The Sono Nis Press editor. 1978
24 Slavic & East European Arts - State University of New York. Edward Czerwinski. 1983
25 Canadian Slavonic Papers 1981-1987
26 Antoni Slonimski - Polish Writers' Union President. 1959
27 AJM Smith re: Ference Juhasz translation. 1967
28 Sidney Smith - Dept. of External Affairs. 1958
29 Raymond Souster 1958-1978
30 George Steiner - University of Geneva 1970-1980
31 Peter Stevens - The Canadian Forum. 1972
32 Anne Szumigalski's review & rebuttal
33 University of Toronto Press. 1987
34 Translation Center - Columbia University 1977
35 Tomas Transtromer 1970-1990
36 Turnstone Press - St. John's College, U of M. 1977-1983
37 Ukrainian Writers Address. [19-?]
38 George Walton 1958
39 Szabolcs Varady 1989
40 Daniel Weissbort - University of Iowa 1984
41 Carl Windstrand - Scandinavian Institute of African Studies. 1970-1975
42 Raymond Williams - Jesus College, Cambridge. [ca. 1981]
43 Milton Wilson - Trinity College, Toronto. The Canadian Forum. 1958-1969
44 Winnipeg Conference, Readings 1980-1989
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141 Jossef Lengyel's "Tolstoy" - Mosaic Jan. 1973
2 Miklos Radnoti's "Under the Sign of Gemini - A Diary Childhood"
3-5 Miklos Radnoti's "Under the Sign of Gemini - A Diary Childhood"
6 Szabolcs Varady - work sheets
7 Lajos Pinter - work sheets
8 Dezso Tandori - work sheets
9 Jossef Lengyel - "The Awaited One"
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151 Jossef Lengyel - "The Awaited One"
2 Gyorgy Petri - rough drafts
3 Gyorgy Petri - revised old drafts, 1985
4 Gyorgy Petri - dead drafts
5 Gyorgy Petri - drafts
6 Gyorgy Petri - drafts
7 Gyrogy Petri - new volume rough drafts
8 Four Hungarian Poets - old introduction, drafts
9 Four Hungarian Poets - introduction, drafts
10 Four Hungarian Poets - introduction, drafts
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161 Four Hungarian Poets - introduction, drafts
2 Four Hungarian Poets - old revised xeroxes
3 You think it's a curse, maybe it's a song: private sensibility and public themes in the work of younger Hungarian poets today: Gyorgy Petri, Lajos Pinter, Szabolcs Varady, Dezso Tandori - first draft
4 You think it's a curse ... first original
5 You think it's a curse ... old draft
6 You think it's a curse ... draft

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HUNGARIAN TRANSLATIONS - NOVELS [ca. 1973]-1989
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167-8 Laszlo Nagy translations [ca. 1973]
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171 Miguel Angel Asturias' "Legend of the Dead Bell" - Mosaic
2 Maria Krisztinkovich "Willing the Good in Budapest" - Portion of Final Version
3 Maria Krisztinkovich "Willing the Good in Budapest" - Summary
4 Maria Krisztinkovich "Willing the Good in Budapest" - Letters & Explanatory Materials 1984-1989
5 Maria Krisztinkovich "Willing the Good in Budapest" - Correspondence & Background [ca. 198l]
6 Maria Krisztinkovich "Willing the Good in Budapest" - Appendix
7 Maria Krisztinkovich "Willing the Good in Budapest" - Green Chapter
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181 Maria Krisztinkovich "Willing the Good in Budapest" - White Chapter
2 Maria Krisztinkovich "Willing the Good in Budapest" - Purple Chapter
3 Maria Krisztinkovich "Willing the Good in Budapest" - Red Chapter
4 Maria Krisztinkovich "Willing the Good in Budapest" - Black Chapter
5 Maria Krisztinkovich "Willing the Good in Budapest" - Blue Chapter

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HUNGARIAN TRANSLATIONS - FERENC JUHASZ 1967-[ca. 1969]
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186 Boy Changed into a Stag - Correspondence, Oxford letters. 1967-1969
7 Introductions. novel drafts
8 Introduction. Juhasz drafts
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191 Introduction. misc. rough, incomplete drafts
2 Proofs [ca. 1969]
3 Other poets versions Juhasz poems (AJM Smith, L. Dudek, M.Avison)
4 Supplementary materials. articles, worksheets
5 At Childhood's Table (drafts)
6 Black Peacock (drafts)
7 Boy Changed into a Stag Cries out at the Gate of Secrets. drafts, publication, short biographical outline
8 Brief Confessions about Myself (drafts)
9 Crown of Hatred and Love (drafts)
10 Fire-Lily in the Night (drafts)
11 Four Voices: Non-Maledictory, in Lament and Supplication (drafts)
12 Gold Twig of Past Time (drafts)
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201 Grave of Attila Juzsef (drafts)
2 Images of the Night (drafts)
3 In the margin of my years (drafts)
4 Man imposes his pattern upon a dream (drafts)
5 Power of the flowers (The force of the flowers) (drafts)
6 Seasons (drafts)
7 Sorrow bred to perfection (drafts)
8 Violet-eyed little sister (drafts)

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A.08-69 Accrual 2008

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CORRESPONDENCE 1992-2008
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11 Nina Ozols 2005-2007
2 Sylvia Rhodes 2005-2007
3 Friends and Relatives 2004-2007
4 Kirsten Anna Brenzinger 2005-2006
5 Anna Marka 2005-2006
6 Jimmy Hu 2007
7 Ilga Kalns 2004-2007
8 Victor Doerksen 1992
9 Arthur L. Cable (Esq.) 2001
10 Adam McRobbie 2003-2005
11 Jayne Warren 2004-2008
12 Brenda Markham 2004-2007
13 Noel McRobbie 2004-2008
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21 Kari Levitt Polanyi 2004-2007
2 Margie Mendell 2004-2006
3 Karl Polanyi Institute 2004-2007
4 Esin Turgut 2005-2006
5 Michele Cangiani 2004-2006
6 Ana Gomez 2004-2006
7 Judit Szapor 2006
8 Nandor Dreisziger 2005-2007
9 Marika Szecsi 1979
10 Herr Frank Becker-Bruggemann 2004-2007
11 Berkely Fleming 2005-2008
12 Immanuela van der Jagt 2004
13 Thomas G. Polanyi 2004-2005
14 Jean Richards 2007
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31 Hungarian Literacy-Political Correspondence 2004-2008
2 Baiba Biezina 2004-2007
3 Sandra Kalniete 2006-2007
4 Margita Gailitis 2005-2006
5 Valters Nollendorfs 2005-2007
6 Alfred Pfabigan and Claus Thomasberger 2007
7 Robert Rosner 2004-2008
8 Isabella Ackerl 2007-2008
9 Various 1987-2008
10 Brick Magazine 2005
11 CBC 2004-2005
12 Stand Magazine 2007
13 Leaf Press 2007
14 Black Rose Books 2004-2007
15 Contemporary Verse II 2006-2007
16 Canadian Journal of History 2005-2006

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DRAFTS OF POEMS 1990-2008
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41 Drafts of "Missing that star of yours" 1991-1993
2 A-E (Drafts of poems on the fall of communism in Hungary) 1990-2008
3 F-R (Drafts of poems on the fall of communism in Hungary) 1990-2008
4 S-T (Drafts of poems on the fall of communism in Hungary) 1990-2008
5 U-Y (Drafts of poems on the fall of communism in Hungary) 1990-2008
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51 A-D (Drafts of poems on Canadian themes) 1990-2008
2 E-H (Drafts of poems on Canadian themes) 1990-2008
3 I-M (Drafts of poems on Canadian themes) 1990-2008
4 N-P (Drafts of poems on Canadian themes) 1990-2008
5 Q-T (Drafts of poems on Canadian themes) 1990-2008
6 U-Y (Drafts of poems on Canadian themes) 1990-2008
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61 "Silent Surrender" and "The Canadian Way of Death" (drafts) 1995-1996
2 "Silent Surrender" and "The Canadian Way of Death" (drafts) 1995-1996

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OVERSIZE 1998
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11 Tribute to Raymond Souster Broadsheet ca.1998

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