Fonds F00433 - Oberon Press fonds

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Oberon Press fonds

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  • 1966-2010 (Creation)
    Oberon Press

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Physical description

81 m of textual records, ca. 30 photographs

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During the early 1960s, the Ottawa literary scene was diffuse until, in 1967, Michael Macklem launched Oberon Press. Publishing a wide spectrum of Canadian poets and novelists, Oberon remains one of only a few presses which survived the 1960s. Oberon, unlike many other small publishing houses, does not print its own books. The text work and printing are done in England to take advantage of cheaper production costs. Oberon is a trade publisher. Dr. Macklem selects and edits manuscripts for publication. Ann Hardy (Mrs. Macklem) is responsible for promotional campaigns and sales. Oberon publishes once a year and normally issues six to eight books. Dr. and Mrs. Macklem also handle the sales and distribution of Oberon's publications.

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The fonds consists of correspondence, manuscripts, typescripts, galley proofs, author files, financial and other business records. Author files deal with all aspects inherent within the publication of that author's manuscript. The reseacher is able to trace the development and the forces that come to bear upon the publication, from the initial submission of a manuscript to the ultimate printing and sale of that manuscript. Manuscripts, typescripts, galley proofs and press proofs of most published manuscripts are included in the fonds.

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Purchased from Oberon Press through the Chancellor Richardson Memorial Fund - 1970


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  • English

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F3 B3.5

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Description created on 1999/08/27. Last updated 19/06/2015.
Archivist(s): George Henderson, Ken Willmott

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  • English

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  • Shelf: 2094
  • Shelf: 2267
  • Shelf: 2320.3
  • Shelf: 2322a
  • Shelf: 2322b
  • Shelf: 2322c
  • Shelf: 2322d
  • Shelf: 2322e
  • Shelf: 5080
  • Shelf: 5084.2
  • Shelf: 5092.1
  • Shelf: 5093.2
  • Shelf: F3 B3.5
  • Shelf: 5008.6
  • Shelf: 5084