Fonds F1123 - George Woodcock fonds

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George Woodcock fonds

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  • [ca. 1928]-1995 (Creation)
    Woodcock, George

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29.27 m of textual records and other material

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George Woodcock was born in 1912 at Winnipeg. He attended Sir William Borlase's School and Morley College, London, England. Since 1946 Woodcock has been a professional writer. From 1946 to 1949 he was in England. Since that time he lived in Canada and the United States. In 1954/55 he taught at the University of Washington. In 1956 he accepted a teaching position at the University of British Columbia. He resigned his position of Associate Professor in 1963 to devote more of his time to writing. Professor Woodcock has been editor of several periodicals including NOW (1940-1947) and Canadian Literature (1959-1977). He is the author of approximately sixty-five books and hundreds of articles and book reviews. In addition he has contributed several hundred broadcasts and documentaries to numerous radio and television networks. Professor Woodcock has received numerous awards including the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Canada Council Killam Fellowship, the Molson Prize, the Canada Council Series Artists Award, the University of British Columbia Medal for Popular Biography and the Governor-General's Award for Non-Fiction. George Woodcock died in 1995 in Vancouver .

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The fonds consists of correspondence, manuscripts, writings, subject files, tape recordings, notebooks, photographs, and diaries. There is considerable correspondence with well-known writers and artists as well as with many publishing houses and periodicals.

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Purchased through Chancellor Richardson Memorial Fund - 1983. Donated by George Woodcock -1985, 1989, 1991. Donated by the estate of George Woodcock - 1996. Donated by Alan Twigg, Literary Executor - 2004.


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  • English

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2138.5 SE
F3 A3.3 005 I2

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Copyright is held by the Writers' Trust until 2045.

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See MI 93

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No further accruals are expected

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Description created on 5/19/2004. Last updated 19/06/2015.
Archivist(s): George Henderson, Brian Hubner, Ken Willmott

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  • English

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  • Shelf: 2095
  • Shelf: 2138.5 SE
  • Shelf: 2213.2
  • Shelf: 2303.22
  • Shelf: 2323.1
  • Shelf: 5097
  • Shelf: 5113
  • Shelf: 5148
  • Shelf: SR425-SR489
  • Shelf: F3 A3.3 005 I2
  • Shelf: MI 133