Birk Sproxton:

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

Inventory prepared by Andrea Martin
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(2010)

Finding aid encoded by Andrea Martin (2010)
Finding aid written in English.



Collection Summary

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

Creator:
Birk Sproxton

Title:
Birk Sproxton fonds.

Dates:
1916-1985; predominant 1971-1985.

Quantity:
0.63 m of textual records, -- 9 photographs.

Identification:
Mss 334 (A.05-79, A.10-07)

English

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Biography of Birk Sproxton

Birk Sproxton was born in 1943 in Flin Flon, Manitoba. He was educated at United College, now the University of Winnipeg, and at the University of Manitoba where he earned both a Master of Arts degree and a Ph.D in Modern Literature. He taught high school in Boissevain, Manitoba and also taught at the University of Regina, the University of Winnipeg, the University of Manitoba, and at Red Deer College. Sproxton edited a number of volumes, including, Great Stories from the Prairies; Trace: Prairie Writers on Writing; and Sounds Assembling: The Poetry of Bertram Brooker . Sproxton also authored a number of monographs including The Red Headed Woman with the Black Black Heart , which won an Honorable Mention for Best Historical Fiction in 2000 from the Manitoba Historical Society. Sproxton was directly involved in founding The Sphinx: A Magazine of Literature and Society in Regina. He served on the editing staff of the journal from its inception in 1974 until the early 1980's. Sproxton passed away on March 14, 2007.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The first accession (A.05-79) consists of two series: Reserach and Writings regarding Bertram Brooker, and Research Materials and Notes. The second accession (A.10-07) consists of correspondence regarding The Sphinx magazine and sixteen issues of The Sphinx .

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged into two series, and a 2010 accession (A.10-07).

  • 1. Research and Writings regarding Bertram Brooker
  • 2. Research Materials and Notes
  • A.10-07

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Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on this material

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Related Materials

Bertram Brooker fonds: Mss 16, PC 16, TC 76 (A.80-53, A.88-52, A.03-119).

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Custodial History

The fonds was donated to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections in 2005 (A.05-79) and 2010 (A.10-07) by Mark Sproxton.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Research and Writings regarding Bertram Brooker, [ 1916-1975 ]
BoxFolder
11 Newspaper clippings, correspondence, drafts, 1916-1930, 1948
2 Correspondence re: The Robber , 1950-1953
3 Correspondence re: The Robber , 1949-1950
4 Bernard Book - First Copy
BoxFolder
21 Yearbook of the arts in Canada, 1928-1929
2 Essays and Drafts, 1929-1930
3 Man from Beyond, [c.1944]
4 Diary, Mementoes, Personal, 1920-1936; predominant 1920-1923
5 Drafts, 1938, 1952
6 B. B Humour
7 Marketing, 1922-1927; 1929-1930
8 Untitled poem in 13 parts, "Consider" etc.,
9 Drafts and Correspondence
10 Drafts and Correspondence, 1929-1945
11 Personal, 1925, 1927
12 Western Expressions
13 Biography
14 Bibliography, 1927-1975
BoxFolder
115 Hart House 1926; Canadian Literature in English

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Research Materials and Notes, [197-?]
BoxFolder
31 Notes and copied sections of Playwrights of the New American Theatre
2 Notes and copied sections from Psychoanalysis and the Drama
3 Notes and copies from The Provincetown: A Story of the Theatre
4 Notes and copy of piece by Sproxton
5 Notes and copy of "Point of View in Modern Drama"
6 Review of Criticism - notes and drafts, [ [197-?] ]
7 Notes
8 Notes and copies from Myth and Modern American Drama
9 Notes and unidentified research materials

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A.10-07, 1971-1985
BoxFolder
11 Correspondence: re: starting, planning, and organizing The Sphinx , 1971-1974
2 Correspondence: re: Issues 1 & 2, 1974
3 Correspondence: re: Issue #3 & 4, 1974-1975
4 Correspondence: re: subscriptions and membership, 1974-1975
5 Correspondence: Random Letters, 1974, 1999; predominant 1974
6 Correspondence: re: Issue #5, 1975-1976
7 Correspondence: re: funding, costs and reviews, 1976-1977
8 Correspondence: re: Issue #6 & 7, 1976
BoxFolder
21 Correspondence: re: Issue #7, 1977
2 Correspondence: re: Issue #8-12, 1977-1980
3 Correspondence: re: Issues #13-17, 1981-1983
4 The Sphinx , No.1, Winter 1974
5 The Sphinx , No.2, Summer 1974
6 The Sphinx , No. 3, Winter 1975
7 The Sphinx , No. 4, Summer 1975
8 The Sphinx , Vol. 2, No. 1, Winter 1976
9 The Sphinx , No. 6, Vol. 2, No. 2, Summer 1976
10 The Sphinx , No. 7, Vol. 2, No. 3, Winter 1977
11 The Sphinx , No. 8, Vol. 2, No. 4, Summer 1977
12 The Sphinx , No. 9, Vol. 3, No. 1, 1979
13 The Sphinx , No. 10, Vol. 3, No. 2, 1979
14 The Sphinx , No. 11, Vol. 3, No. 3, 1980
15 The Sphinx , No. 12, Vol. 3, No. 4, 1981
16 The Sphinx , No. 13, Vol. 4, No. 1, 1981
17 The Sphinx , No. 14, Vol. 4, No. 2, 1982
18 The Sphinx , No. 15, Vol. 5, No. 3, 1984
19 The Sphinx , No. 16, Vol. 4, No. 4, 1985

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