Fonds F00445 - Joan Finnigan fonds

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Joan Finnigan fonds

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  • 1939-2007 (Creation)
    Finnigan, Joan

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7.64 m of textual records, ca. 500 photographs : b&w and col., 423 audio cassettes, 25 audio reels, 1 DVD-R

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Poet and author, Joan Finnigan was born Helen Joan MacKenzie, in Ottawa, on 23 November 1925. She was educated at Lisgar Collegiate, Carleton University, and Queen's University where she obtained a B.A. in 1967. Her writing career began at Lisgar Collegiate as contributor and editor of the school magazine. After one year in the journalism course at Carleton she went to work for the Ottawa Journal as general reporter. After her marriage to Grant MacKenzie, eighteen years of free-lance writing followed. Her film script, "The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar," won nine awards at the Canadian Film Awards in 1960. Her published work includes "A Dream of Lilies," "Entrance To The Greenhouse," and "It Was Warm and Sunny When We Set Out."

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Fonds consists of correspondence; subject files; manuscripts; playscripts; school notebooks; diaries; reviews; articles; typescripts of some of her writings; publications; photographs; clippings; and oral history tapes, with transcripts; one DVD-R of the National Film Board of Canada's production of "The Best Damn Fiddler from Calabogie to Kaladar,". There is considerable material relating to her book, 'Celebrate This City.' The photographs are from books on the Ottawa Valley, Kingston, and the Dalton Sailing Album.

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Purchases and gift from Joan Finnigan. Financial assistance provided by the Chancellor Richardson Memorial Fund.


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  • English

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2014.29 SE
MI 107
F3 A3.2 004
F5 D11
F5 E10

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Copyright held by Queen's University in all works of Joan Finnigan. No reproduction or publication without prior written permission of Queen's University via the University Archivist, Queen's University Archives.

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Sound recording records of Joan Finnigan are also located at the Library and Archives Canada; transcripts for these recordings are held at the Queen's University Archives.

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Further accruals are not expected.

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