Eileen Sykes:

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

Inventory prepared by Jeff Long
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Finding aid encoded by Julianna Trivers (November 2002)
Finding aid written in English.

Revision History

  • July 26, 2005 - MSS 107, TC 71 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).

Collection Summary

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

Eileen Sykes

Eileen Sykes fonds


0.4 m of textual records

MSS 107, TC 81


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Biography of Eileen Sykes

Eileen Sykes was raised on a farm in La Vallee, Ontario, but spent most of her adult life in Winnipeg. Her farm childhood is credited as the source of her fantasies of forest animals and the world of nature. Her imagination, when coupled with her literary abilities, led her to publish several short but fairly popular books of children's literature including The Gay Garland (1954) and Fanella and the Forest Folk (1978). She has also written short stories and poetry.

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Scope and Contents of the Papers

The collection consists of literary manuscripts to her books, poems, tape recordings of her interviews, and some scattered correspondence. As a participant in Dr. T. Glendenning Hamilton's experiments on parapsychology, Syke's few notes on those studies are included here.

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Organization of the Papers

This collection is organized into 6 series

  • Personal
  • Children's Books
  • Other Literary Works
  • Correspondence
  • Other
  • Tape Collection (TC 71)

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Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on this collection.

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Restrictions on Use

Users must abide by relevant copyright legislation.

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Custodial History

Donated by Mrs. Sykes between 1984 and 1991

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Detailed Description of the Collection

11 Personal résumé, volunteer award; bazaar invitation.
2 Photograph of Eileen Sykes, [19-?]

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Children's Books
13 Résumé of children's book; business card re: Eileen's books, list entitled books by Manitoba Authors, 1960, Catalogue of Library Books, 1959-60 (Dept. of Education Library).
4 Two autographed copies of The Gay Garland , 1954.
5 "How the Book The Gay Garland was Written"
6 "How the Book The Gay Garland was Written"
7 How Fanella Book I and Fanella Book II became Published.
Fanella and the Forest Folk , Book I (Drafts):
18 Chapter I.
9 Chapter II.
10 Chapter III.
11 Chapter IV.
12 Chapter V.
13 Chapter V.
14 Fanella and the Forest Folk , Book II, (autographed).
Fanella and the Forest Folk , Book II, (autographed).
115 Chapter I.
16 Chapter II.
17 Chapter III.
18 Chapter IV.
19 Chapter V.
20 Typewritten draft.
21 Final Typewritten draft.
22 Penultimate draft from publisher.
23 Last draft from publisher.
24 Galley Proof.
25 Publisher's last shiny proof.
Fanella and the Forest Folk , Book III (Drafts):
126 Chapter I.
27 Chapter II.
28 Chapter III.
29 Chapter IV.
30 Chapter V.
21 Chapter VI.
2 Chapter VII.
3 Chapter VIII.
4 Chapter IX.
5 Draft of Book III, chapters 1-7.
6 Book III, miscellaneous.
7 Illustrations by Andrew Valko for Fanella and the Forest Folk , # 33, # 36 and no #.

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Other Literary Works:
28 "The Uninvited Christmas Guest", 5 versions, 1979 & 1992.
9 "Autumn Leaves", Vol. VI, 1979-80.
10 "Autumn Leaves", Vol. VII, 1981-82.
11 "Autumn Leaves", Vol. XII, 1991-1992.
12 "Musings", by the Silver Plumes, 1984, see pp. 7, 30, 106-7 & 115 for Sykes' work.
13 Riverview Reflector, May 1992

(see pp 6-7).

14 Brooklands School Poetry & Story Writers, 1990-91.
15 "Flight To Jupiter".
16 "Scraps" and "Reminiscing - Bits & Pieces".

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217 1955-1961.
18 1970-1979.
19 1980-1987, 1992.
20 [19-?]
21 Letters from Eileen Sykes to Lillian Hamilton, [ca. 1954]
22 Letter to Lillian Hamilton, 1946-1948.

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223 Invoices re: book publications, 1954-1982.
24 Sitting notes of seances with and without ouija board, 1946, 1954-56, 1958, 1962, 1982-86.
25 Newspaper clippings, 1948-1982.
27 Reviews and replies on various works

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Tape Collection (TC 71)
Biographical interview conducted by Tom Ashmore.

Includes some brief references to Eileen Sykes' time as a secretary to Thomas Glendenning Hamilton. 1 side blank.

Interview with Dr. R. E. Bennett, Archives & Special Collections, University of Manitoba, April 6, 1984.

Biographical and literary interview. References to her time as Thomas Glendenning Hamilton's secretary including comments on psychic work of the Hamilton group. Refer to side 2.

Lecture/workshop re: the effects of sound upon the human healing process.

Second side contains biographical interview conducted by Mike Ward of CKRC radio, "In Touch with Today", 1979.

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