Sheldon Oberman

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

Inventory prepared by Brenna McGregor
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Winnipeg, Mantioba
(July 2010)

Finding aid encoded by Brenna McGregor (July 2010)
Finding aid written in English.



Collection Summary

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

Creator:
Sheldon Oberman

Title:
The Sheldon Oberman Fonds

Dates:
1972-2003: predominant 1980-2000

Quantity:
1.17 m of textual records – 22 photographs –16 negatives – 141 slides – 7 miscellaneous graphic materials – 24 cell illustrations – 7 video cassettes -- 156 rolls of film -- 18 film trims – 2 compact disks – 9 audio cassettes – 17 floppy disks

Identification:
Mss 328, Pc 293, Tc 151, El 23 (A. 10-13)

English

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Biography of Sheldon Oberman

Sheldon Oberman, known as Obie to friends and family, was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1949. Oberman grew up as an only child in the immigrant North End, where he lived with his parents above their clothing store on Main Street. After graduating from St. Johns High School, Oberman took a job as a dish washer and cook on the Canadian Pacific Railway Transcontinental. During the early seventies, Oberman continued to travel through Canada, as well as to Europe and the Middle East before returning to Winnipeg. In 1972, Oberman received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Winnipeg and a Certificate of Education from the University of Manitoba in 1974. Between degrees, Oberman married his first wife, Lee Ann Bloc, with whom he had two children, Adam and Mira. By 1975, Oberman was working as an English and Drama teacher at Joseph Wolinsky Collegiate, where he continued to work for the next 30 years. In 1985, Oberman met Lisa Dveris, the woman who was to become his second wife, life partner, and mother to his third child, Jesse. During his early married and working life, Oberman experimented with writing, attending a creative writing program taught by author W.O. Mitchell at the Banff School of Art. Throughout his life, Sheldon drew creative inspiration from interacting with children, as well as reminiscing on his childhood in the North End. Besides touring North America as a professional storyteller as well as writing countless short stories, poems, and articles, Oberman wrote lyrics for children’s entertainer Fred Penner. Five of the albums released by Penner that featured Oberman’s songs received Juno nominations. Especially well-known for his writing of children’s books, Oberman published 12 in his lifetime, including The Always Prayer Shawl, an award winning story about the inevitability of change and the importance of tradition. Oberman received many awards and honours for his writing, including a short-listing in 2000 for the Governor General’s Award for The Shaman’s Nephew, which went on to win the Norma Fleck Award. In the last years of his life, Oberman wrote and published The Island of the Minotaur (2003), a collection of myths about Crete. Oberman’s final project, a collection of Jewish folktales, has been published posthumously. Besides writing, Oberman acted and directed in films and plays throughout his lifetime. In the 1980s, Oberman produced the films Vind Hammen (House of the Wind) and The Amazing Creation of Al Simmons. These two films are distributed by the Winnipeg Film Group. A highly diverse individual, Oberman also received a certificate in hypnosis training and created art installations from objects found at local garage sales. Oberman’s creative spirit knew no bounds. On March 26, 2004, Oberman died of cancer.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The fonds consists of 16 series. They include personal/biographical materials, reviews and publicity, published materials, plays/musicals and songs, film scripts and notes, unpublished materials, correspondence, research materials, business related materials, miscellaneous, teaching materials, games, photographs and other graphic materials, films, audio tapes and floppy disks. The photographs and other graphic materials collection consists of 22 colour photographs, sixteen negatives, 141 colour slides, 7 miscellaneous graphic materials, 24 oversized cell illustrations and seven video cassettes. The film collection contains tiny trims from the film “Vind Hammen,” and 156 rolls of film. The Recorded Music and Interviews collection consists of 2 compact disks and nine audio cassettes. The electronic collection consists of 17 floppy disks.

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Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on this material.

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Custodial History

The fonds was donated to the University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections by Lisa Dveris on December 3rd, 2008.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Personal [ 1972-1974, 1982-2002 ]
BoxFolder
11 Biographical information, 1986-2004
2 Degrees, certificates, awards and honours, 1972-2002

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Reviews and Publicity 1985-2001, predominant 1990s
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13 Newspaper and Magazine Articles 1985-2003, predominant 1990s
4 Flyers and Posters 1990-2002, predominant 1990s
5 A Mirror of People 1985-1986
6 Julie Gerond and the Polka Dot Pony 1988
7 Lion in the Lake 1988-1989
8 TV Sal and the Game Show from Outer Space 1993-1994
9 This Business with Elijah 1993-1994
10 The Always Prayer Shawl 1994-1998
11 The White Stone in the Castle Wall 1995-1996
12 By the Hannukah Light 1997-1998; 2001
13 The Shaman’s Nephew 1999-2000
14 The Wisdom Bird 2000-2001
15 The Always Prayer Shawl Play 1995

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Published Materials 1984-2004
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21 Mrs. Slawic and My Lady of the Beanpoles [199-?]
2 Angel [199-?]
3 This Business with Elijah, draft [199-]
4 This Business with Elijah, Spin Master [1993]
5 This Business with Elijah, for Community Arts [1993]
6 New Boy 1995
7 The White Stone in the Castle Wall [1995]
8 The Shaman’s Nephew, proposal and storyboard [199-?]
9 The Shaman’s Nephew, draft [199-]
10 The Shaman’s Nephew, permission form [199-]
11 The Shaman’s Nephew, story of Kiviuq handwritten [199-]
12 The Wisdom Bird, handwritten translation of King Solomon Story 1998
14 The Wisdom Bird, draft with handwritten changes 2000
15 The Wisdom Bird 2000
16 Island of the Minotaur, typewritten draft [2002]
17 Island of the Minotaur, typewritten draft 2002-2003
18 Island of the Minotaur, draft with suggested changes by Tradewind [200-]
19 Island of the Minotaur, typewritten draft [200-]
20 Island of the Minotaur, downloaded and printed illustrations 2002
21 Island of the Minotaur, printed version [2003]
22 Book Covers 1984-1997
BoxFolder
31 Slice of Life column 1996-2002
2 Articles and Stories [199-?], 1996

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Plays/Musicals and Songs [1987] – 2003
BoxFolder
33 Professor Quaker, The Rainbow Maker, typewritten script [1987]
4 Professor Quaker, bound script [1987]
5 Professor Quaker, musical score 1987
6 Otto the Hippo, handwritten notes [198-?]
7 Otto the Hippo, typewritten draft [198-?]
8 Otto the Hippo, typewritten draft with cover page [198-?]
9 TV Sal, draft with handwritten notes [2003]
10 TV Sal, script [2003]
11 Songs 1980-1996

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Film Scripts and Notes [198-] -1989
BoxFolder
312 Ghost Town Script [198-]
13 The Amazing Creation of Al Simmons [1985]
14 Vind Hammen (House of the Wind) [1987-1989]

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Unpublished Materials 1980-2000
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315 Sometimes Grownups, illustrations and handwritten notes [1980]
16 Sometimes Grownups, typewritten draft [1980]
17 Free Fall 1980-1982
18 Free Fall Continued 1980-1982
19 Laurence of Arabia 1982
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41 Train Story 1982
2 The Second Visit 1982
3 The Stampede 1982
4 Toys 1982
5 Book of Pet Names [198-]
6 Professor Quaker the Circus Shrinker, typewritten [198-]
7 Dr. Quaker’s Rainbow Catastrophe, typewritten with illustrations [ 198-]
8 Professor Quaker’s Rainbow Catastrophe, typewritten [198-]
9 Shapes and Rhymes Good Times [198-?]
10 The Man in the Van [198-?]
11 The Perogy Princess [198-?]
12 Carl [198-?]
13 Lovers’ Walk [198-?]
14 Loose Stories and Ideas [198-?]
15 Moon [198-?]
16 Separation [198-?]
BoxFolder
51 Very Short Stories [199-?]
2 Poetry [199-?]
3 Public Acts [199-?]
4 The Story I Didn’t Write [199-?]
5 A Tourist Epiphanizes [199-]
6 Carnival [199-?]
7 Poems [199-?]
8 Who Cheers Up the Clown? [199-?]
9 How a Writer Gets Ideas [199-?]
10 The Boy with Seven Names 1991
11 Blowing Up the Left Side of the World 1991
12 Wannee, King of the Grass 1992
13 The Friendship Bird 1999
14 If You Try 2000

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Correspondence 1990-2003
BoxFolder
515 Misc. 1982-2003
16 Re: Professor Quaker 1990
17 Re: The Shaman’s Nephew 1991-2001; predominant 1991-1994
18 Re: White Stone in the Castle Wall 1993
19 Re: Poems 1994
20 Re: Moon book 2002
21 Re: Solomon and the Ant 2001-2003
22 Re: Workshop 2002
23 Re: Island of the Minotaur 2002-2003
24 Re: The Always Prayer Shawl 2003
25 Re: Agent Agreement 2003

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Research Materials 1978- [200-]
BoxFolder
61 Simon Tookoome 1978-1994
2 History – Wpg 1987
3 Field Trips re: Simon Tookome 1993-1994
4 Mailing Lists 1994-2000
5 Publishing and Workshop research [199-] – [2000]
6 Publishers 1993-[200-?]

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Business Related Materials 1981-2003
BoxFolder
71 Writing Contracts 1981-2003; predominant 1990-1995
2 Funding [199-?]-2003
3 Copyright Information 2000

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Miscellaneous [198-?]-[200-]
BoxFolder
74 Notes [ca 1990-2002]
5 Clippings [199-]-[200-]

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Teaching Materials 1980-2003
BoxFolder
76 Plays [198-?]-[200-]
7 Novels [198-?]-[200-]
8 Group Exercises [198-?]-[200-?]
9 Myth [198-?]-[200-?]
BoxFolder
81 Short Stories [198-]-[200-?]
2 Drama 1980-2001
3 Poetry [198-?]-2003
4 Workshops and Public Talks [199-?]
BoxFolder
91 Songs [198-?]-[200-?]
2 Video [198-?]-[200-?]
3 General [198-?]-[200-?]
4 General (continued) [198-?]-[200-?]
5 Journalism 1997-2003
6 Upcoming 2002

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Games 1985
BoxFolder
10 A Question of Scruples: Junior Edition 1985

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Recorded Music and Interviews (T.C. 151) 1981-2002; predominant 1990s
BoxFolder
1 Four Tape Cassettes: Music recording of Fred Penner 1981, 1983, 1993
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2 Music Appreciation: two CDs [199-?]
BoxFolder
3 Interviews and Reviews: five tape cassettes 1991-1998
BoxFolder
4 Al Simmons, tape #1 May 18, 1984
BoxFolder
5 Al Simmons, tape #2 May 18, 1984
BoxFolder
61 Al Simmons, roll #1 March 2, 1985
BoxFolder
7 Al Simmons, roll #2 March 2, 1985
BoxFolder
8 Al Simmons, roll #3 March 2, 1985
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9 Al Simmons, roll #4 March 3, 1985
BoxFolder
10 Al Simmons, roll #5 1985
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11 Al Simmons, Al’s horse act May 30, 1985
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12 Al Simmons, children’s festival June 1, 1985
BoxFolder
13 Al Simmons, roll #2 June 3, 1985
BoxFolder
14 Al Simmons, roll #3 1985
BoxFolder
15 Al Simmons, roll #4 1985
BoxFolder
16 ANAR V/O [198-?]
BoxFolder
17 Ghost Town, Roll #1 October 3, 1986
BoxFolder
18 Ghost Town, Roll #2 October 4, 1986
BoxFolder
19 Ghost Town, Sound Roll #3 October 4, 1986
BoxFolder
20 Ghost Town, Sound Roll #4 October 4, 1986
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21 Ghost Town, Sound Roll #5 October 5, 1986
BoxFolder
22 Ghost Town, Sound Roll #6 October 5, 1986
BoxFolder
23 Ghost Town, Shoot #2, Roll #1 October 11, 1986
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24 Ghost Town, Shoot #2, Roll #2 October 11, 1986
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25 Ghost Town, Shoot #2, Roll #4 October 11, 1986
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26 Ghost Town, Shoot #2, Roll #3 October 11, 1986
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27 Ghost Town, Shoot #3, Sound Roll #1 October 18, 1986
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28 Ghost Town, Shoot #3, Sound Roll #3 October 19, 1986
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29 Ghost Town, Shoot #3, Roll #4 October 19, 1986
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30 Ghost Town, Shoot #3, Roll #5 October 19, 1986
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31 Ghost Town, Shoot #4, Sound Roll #1, Fight in Train Station November 2, 1986
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32 Ghost Town, Shoot #4, Sound Roll #2, Fight in Train Station November 2, 1986

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Photographs and Other Graphic Materials (P.C. 293) [197-]-1997
BoxFolder
1 B.T.V. AL Rushton Video 1994-[1997]
CKY “Daytime” Feb 1994
Sunday Scope: Readint at Rosh Pina Spring 1995
Storytelling in Alabama 1995
Presentation 1996
Videon Cable 11 – Insight- 15 oct 1997, Writers in Winnipeg and some Ch. 11 doc. 1997
Full Tape Interview – Sheldon Oberman Original [199-?]
BoxFolder
21 1 black and white photograph of Oberman dressed-up; 22 colour photographs of Oberman and Tookoome at McNally Robinson [197-?], [199-]
2 Sixteen negatives of Oberman portraits [199-?]
3 114 colour slides of Tookoome’s art [197-]-[199-]
4 4 miscellaneous graphic materials [197-? -199-?]
5 Tiny trims from “Vind Hammen” film [1989]
6 27 - T.V. Sal Slides n.d.

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Films (P.C. 293) 1985-1989
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31 Vind Hammen, extra tracks and misc. footage (four items) [1987-1989]
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41 Vind Hammen, extra footage (five items) [1987-1989]
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51 Vind Hammen, extra footage (nine items) [1987-1989]
BoxFolder
61 Vind Hammen, footage from final shoots (16 items) [1987-1989]
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71 Vind Hammen, footage from final shoots (22 items) [1987-1989]
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81 Vind Hammen, “wild sound” (seven items) [1987-1989]
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91 Vind Hammen, “wild sound” (11 items) [1987-1989]
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101 Vind Hammen, “wild sound” (six items) [1987-1989]
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111 Vind Hammen, “wild sound” [(three items) 1987-1989]
BoxFolder
121 Vind Hammen, sync rolls 11A, 12, 13 (one item) [1987-1989]
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131 Vind Hammen, sync rolls 11A, 12, 13 (five items) [1987-1989]
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141 Vind Hammen, sync rolls 11A, 12, 13 (one item) [1987-1989]
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151 Vind Hammen, sync rolls 11A, 12, 13 (one item) [1987-1989]
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161 Vind Hammen, sync rolls 11A, 12, 13 (one item) [1987-1989]
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171 Vind Hammen, sync rolls 11A, 12, 13 (one item) [1987-1989]
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181 Vind Hammen, sync rolls 11A, 12, 13 (one item) [1987-1989]
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191 Vind Hammen, sync rolls 11A, 12, 13 (one item) [1987-1989]
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201 Vind Hammen, rough assembly 16mm picture (one item) [1897-1989]
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211 Vind Hammen, sync rolls # 3,5,6,7,8,9,10,11 (one item) [1987-1989]
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221 Vind Hammen, sync rolls # 3,5,6,7,8,9,10,11 (three items) [1987-1989]
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231 Vind Hammen, sync rolls # 3,5,6,7,8,9,10,11 (three items) [1987-1989]
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241 Vind Hammen, sync rolls # 3,5,6,7,8,9,10,11 (seven items) [1987-1989]
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251 Vind Hammen, sync rolls # 3,5,6,7,8,9,10,11 (six items) [1987-1989]
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261 Vind Hammen, sync rolls #14,15,17,18,19,20,21,23 (three items) [1987-1989]
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271 Vind Hammen, sync rolls #14,15,17,18,19,20,21,23 (one item) [1987-1989]
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281 Vind Hammen, sync rolls #14,15,17,18,19,20,21,23 (one item) [1987-1989]
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291 Vind Hammen, footage and final editing trims (7 items) [1987-1989]
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301 Vind Hammen, M.O.S. (six items) [1987-1989]
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311 Vind Hammen, M.O.S. (five items) [1987-1989]
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321 Vind Hammen, M.O.S. (three items) [1987-1989]
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331 Vind Hammen, M.O.S.(four items) [1987-1989]
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341 Vind Hammen, M.O.S. [1987-1989] (two items)
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351 Vind Hammen, M.O.S. (one item) [1987-1989]
BoxFolder
361 Vind Hammen, tiny trims and other trims [1987-1989]
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371 Vind Hammen, dial #1 (one item) [1987-1989]
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381 Vind Hammen, sync Ft-2 one item) [1987-1989] (
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391 Vind Hammen, track 3 dial (one item) [1987-1989]
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401 Vind Hammen, fine cut track 2 (one item) [1987-1989]
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411 Vind Hammen, WPG Film Group (one item) [1987-1989]
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421 Al Simmons, comixs 1985
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431 Al Simmons, [unlabeled] 1985
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441 Al Simmons, [unlabeled] 1985
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451 Al Simmons, cuttings/copy 1985
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461 Al Simmons, slash [point?] November 1985
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471 Al Simmons, Dial 1 Head 1985
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481 Al Simmons, Dial 2 Head 1985
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491 Al Simmons, V.O. Head 1985
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501 Al Simmons, Music 1 Head 1985
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511 Al Simmons, Music 2 Head 1985
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521 Al Simmons, SRX 1 Head 1985
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531 Al Simmons, SRX 2 Head 1985
BoxFolder
541 Al Simmons, SRX 3 Head 1985

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Electronic Collection El 23 [1991]-2002
BoxFolder
11 Wannee Travel, Stories etc. 1991
1 Prose [199-]
1 Before last two drafts, This Business with Elijah, Stories June 25, 1993
1 Stories August 25, 1993
1 Office, Stories pre 1994
1 Business [with Elijah?] [199-]
1 Misc. pre 1994
1 Studio, New Letters [199-?]
1 Kids Plays [199-?]
1 Studio, Newspaper [199-?]
1 Studio, Adult Plays [199-?]
1 Some Misc. [199-?]
1 Studio, Stories [199-?]
1 Office, Stories, Spare Elijah [199-]
1 Office, website [199-?]
1 Studio, Jewish before 2002
1 Jewish August 2002

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