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Sheila Watson Finding Guide

Arranged and described by Anna St.Onge, Contract Archivist, June 2007

Part I : Fonds

Biographical Sketch

History of the Sheila Watson fonds

Extent of fonds

Scope and Content of the Sheila Watson fonds

Access, copyright and publishing restrictions

Note on Arrangement of materials

Related materials from other fonds and special collections

Part II : Series

Series 1.0. Diaries, reading journals and day planners

Files 2006 01 01 2006 01 29

Series 2.0 Manuscripts and drafts

Series 2.0 Manuscripts and drafts

Sub-series 2.1. Novels

Sub-series 2.2. Short stories

Sub-series 2.3. Poetry

Sub-series 2.4. Non-fiction

Series 3.0 General correspondence

Series 3.0 General correspondence

Sub-series 3.1. Outgoing correspondence

Sub-series 3.2. Incoming correspondence

Series 4.0 Publishing records and business correspondence

Series 5.0 Professional activities materials

Sub-series 5.1. Editorial, collaborative and contributive materials

Sub-series 5.2. Canada Council papers

Sub-series 5.3. Public readings, interviews and conference material

Series 6.0 Student material

Series 7.0 Teaching material

Sub-series 7.1. Elementary and secondary school teaching material

Sub-series 7.2. University of British Columbia teaching material

Sub-series 7.3. University of Toronto teaching material

Sub-series 7.4. University of Alberta teaching material

Sub-series 7.5. Post-retirement teaching material

Series 8.0 Research and reference materials

Sub-series 8.1. Reading notebooks

Sub-series 8.2. Reading, research and reference notes

Sub-series 8.3. Collected material

Sub-sub series 8.3.1. Bibliographic and archival finding guides

Sub-sub series 8.3.2. Wyndham Lewis memorabilia and photographs

Sub-sub series 8.3.3. Felix Giovanelli correspondence collection

Sub-sub series 8.3.4. Jessica Dismorr correspondence collection

Sub-sub series 8.3.5. Watson Library

Sub-sub series 8.3.6. Photocopied and duplicated articles, typescripts,

photographs and newspaper clippings

Series 9.0 Financial and legal records

Sub-Series 9.1. Tax records and returns

Sub-series 9.2. Banking records and personal loans Sub-series 9.3. Payments and honorariums

Sub-series 9.4. Pension and insurance records

Sub-series 9.5. Medical bills

Sub-series 9.6. Telephone records

Sub-series 9.7. Receipts and invoices for book dealers, art galleries and periodicals

Sub-series 9.8. Miscellaneous invoices and receipts

Sub-series 9.9. Land deeds

Sub-series 9.10. Last wills and testaments

Series 10.0 Personal photographs

Series 11.0 Personal records, artwork and artefacts...11

Series 12.0 Ephemera...12

Sub-series 12.1. Ephemera and memorabilia collected in Paris

Sub-series 12.2. Blank postcards

Sub-series 12.3. Loose notes, jottings and ephemera

Sub-series 12.4. Ephemera found in Watson Library books

White Pelican editorial material sous fonds.13

Series Level descriptions

Series 1.0. Editorial records

Series 2.0. Financial records

Series 3.0. Design and printing records

Series 4.0. Correspondence

Box list of Sheila Watson fondsC

Appendixes.D

Biographical timeline1

List of theses in the Watson library....2

Inventory of ephemera from Diaries, reading journals and day planners.3

Item list of photographs in the Watson fonds...4

Biographical Sketch

Sheila Martin Watson (nee Doherty) was an author, teacher and professor of English who lived between 1909 and 1998. Born in New Westminster, British Columbia on October 24 1909, Sheila was the second child of Dr. Charles Edward Doherty and Mary Ida Elwena Martin. Sheila attended St. Ann's Academy in New Westminster for her elementary and secondary schooling. She later attended the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Vancouver where she received two years equivalent of an undergraduate degree between 1927 and 1929. She also attended the University of British Columbia, earning a B.A. Honours in English in 1931 and her Academic Teaching Certificate in 1932. In 1933 she received her M.A. in English, her thesis concerning Addison and Steele. Watson would go on to teach in Dog Creek (1934-1935) in Cariboo Country and Langley Prairie High School (1936 - 1940) in the Fraser Valley and in Duncan (1940 1941) on Vancouver Island, where she met and married the poet and dramatist Wilfred Watson on December 29, 1941. Following her marriage, Sheila remained in Mission City, in the Fraser Valley, where she taught from September 1941 to the spring of 1945. Following World War II, the couple settled in Toronto, where Wilfred pursued his PhD. in English at the University of Toronto, while Sheila taught at Moulton Ladies College (1946-1949). The Watsons remained in Toronto from 1945-1948/49. From 1949-1951, the couple aught at the University of British Columbia, and for the academic year of 1951/52 Sheila taught at a public high school in Powell River, BC. Watson lived with her husband in Calgary from 1952-54, after which they briefly separated but then spent a year in Paris on a Royal Society of Canada fellowship between 1955 -1956.

Sheila returned to Toronto from September 1956 to August 1961 to pursue her Doctorate of Philosophy at the University of Toronto, supervised by Marshall McLuhan. Her thesis was titled "Wyndham Lewis and Expressionism.

Sheila went on to teach at the University of Alberta as a Professor of English, from 1961 to her retirement in 1975. From the early 1970s, Watson was a member of several juries of The Canada Council for arts grants and the Governor General's Awards for poetry and fiction. She and her husband moved to Nanaimo, B.C. in 1980, where she continued to advise former students and aspiring writers, occasionally giving public readings of her work. She died Sunday, February 1, 1998.

Watson is best known for her novel The Double Hook, published in 1959 by McClelland & Stewart; her series of short stories centring on the character of Oedipus (published in Canadian literary journals and later gathered in two anthologies Four Stories and Five Stories, published by Coach House Press), and her novel Deep Hollow Creek, which was written in the 1930s but was not published until 1992, when it was short-listed for a Governor General's Award for best new fiction. Watson was also co-founder of the literary journal White Pelican.

See Appendix I for a detailed biographical timeline.

History of the Sheila Watson fonds

Sheila Watson identified her friend Dr. Fred T. Flahiff as her literary executor and sent her archives to him between 1994 and 1998. Following her death in 1998, Flahiff donated the bulk of the Watsons' library to the John M. Kelly Library in 1998. The whole of the archival fonds was donated to the John M. Kelly Library Special Collection in 2006.

Extent of fonds

840 cm of textual material
1138 photographs, negatives and scanned images
4 microfilm
3 sound recordings : 2 audio cassettes; 1 1.5 mm sound reel

Scope and Content of the Sheila Watson fonds

Fonds consists of journals, literary manuscripts, correspondence, teaching and student materials, reference materials, business and financial records; and personal photographs and objects of the author and professor of English, Sheila Watson. Also consists of collections of correspondence purchased and preserved by Watson for the purpose of her doctoral thesis and personal interest in the painter and author Wyndham Lewis.
The Sheila Watson fonds series consist of:
1.0. Diaries, reading journals and day planners
2.0. Manuscripts and drafts
3.0. General correspondence
4.0. Publishing records and business correspondence
5.0. Professional activities materials
6.0. Student material
7.0. Teaching material
8.0. Research and reference materials
9.0. Financial and legal records
10.0. Personal photographs
11.0. Personal records, artwork and artifacts

  1. Ephemera

The White Pelican editorial material sous-fonds (the records of Watson's role as editor of her literary journal) series consists of :
1.0. Editorial Records
2.0. Financial Records
3.0. Design and printing records
4.0. Correspondence

Access, copyright and publishing restrictions

Some files have been restricted indefinitely to protect the privacy of third parties. These materials have been flagged on the file level.

Some archival materials are under publishing restrictions. In order to publish material from some files, researchers are required to fill out a detailed request form to obtain permission from the Literary Executor of Sheila Watson, Dr. Fred. T. Flahiff. As well, the Sheila Watson fonds contains photocopies of correspondence held by other research institutions. To reproduce and publish such material, researchers will be required to solicit permissions from the institutional body holding the original documents.

There are no restrictions to the material, save for some files containing personal information or third party information. However, in order to publish content from correspondence, researchers must obtain permission from the author (or their estate) or the primary institutional authority.

As well, a number of professional photographs fall under copyright restrictions.

Note on Arrangement of materials

The organization of the Watson fonds is an artificial creation by the contract archivist, as Watson did not seem to have any sort of logical or consistent system of organizing or preserving her archives. As such, all assumptions of dates of creation, authorship or context, as well as errors, are to be attributed to the archivist.

Related materials from other fonds and special collections

Additional materials related to Sheila Watson can be found in the Wilfred Watson fonds held at the University of Alberta Archives. An encoded finding aid is available at http://archive1.lse.ualberta.ca/FindingAids/WilfredWatson/WWatson.html. Additional material and correspondence from Sheila Watson can be found in the Fred T. Flahiff fonds, the Shirley Neuman fonds and material from the Wilfred Watson fonds held by the Special Collections at the John M. Kelly Library.

Series 1.0. Diaries, reading journals and day planners

Date range: 1954 - 1993
Physical Extent: 34 cm of textual material (4549 p.)
Scope and Content:
Series consists of 29 diaries, dated reading journals and day planners created and preserved by Watson during her adult life. These materials contain fragments of her creative writing; drawings in graphite, coloured pencil and ink; reading notes and language exercises; collected ephemera; recordings of her daily activities and financial transactions; and reflections on her experiences, emotions, relationships and surroundings.

In general Watson kept confessional and reflective diaries from 1954 (1955?) to about 1957. When she moved to Toronto in 1956 to pursue her doctoral studies, Watson began to keep what can be best described as reading journals: dated notes pertaining to books she was reading interspersed with short diary entries regarding her correspondence, her observations of her surroundings and her academic experiences. After she moved to Edmonton to teach at the University of Alberta, and upon her retirement in Nanaimo, Watson's recorded thoughts become more infrequent. In her later life, Watson appears to have purchased commercial day planners to record her daily activities and financial translations.

It is apparent that Watson kept journals during her early teaching career in Cariboo Country in British Columbia. However, it seems she destroyed these at a later period.
Notes:
No publication of this material, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Literary Executor.
Location: Files 2006 01 01 2006 01 29 Boxes 1 4

Series 1.0. File 2006 01 1

Title: Diary from Edmonton, Calgary and Paris
Date range: December 25, 1954 - September 2, 1955
Physical extent: 0.9 cm of textual material (120 p.) : 18 x 23 cm
Scope and content:
File consists of a notebook containing 64 pages of handwritten diary entries by Watson while in Canada and France, reflecting on her situation and her relationships, and reading notes in ink and pencil, three pages of drawings and several pieces of ephemera, including a draft poem "Only those who have known birds" and an reflection on The Double Hook.
Notes:
Title based on contents of the file.
No publication of this material, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Literary Executor.
Ephemera has been removed from notebook and placed in an adjoining envelope.

Location: File 2006 01 1 Box 1

Series 1.0. File 2006 01 2

Title: Diary from Vancouver and Paris
Date range : April 27, 1955 - May 16, 1955
Physical extent: 0.8 cm of textual material (32 p.) : 18.2 x 24.1 cm
Scope and content:
File consists of a notebook containing 32 pages of hand-written diary entries and line drawings in ink and pencil from the period when Watson was living apart from her husband Wilfred and staying with Ruth Humphrey in Vancouver, in which she reflects on her life, relationships and her surroundings. Watson again uses this notebook for diary entries, line drawings, collected ephemera (including a poem fragment "Let me love in winter..."), regarding her experiences in Paris beginning January 6, 1956 where she was living with Wilfred.
Notes:
Title based on contents of the file.
No publication of this material, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Literary Executor. Ephemera has been removed from the notebook and placed in an adjoining envelope.

Location: File 2006 01 2 Box 1

Series 1.0. File 2006 01 3

Title: Diary from New York City and Paris
Date range: August 16, 1955 - October 26, 1955
Physical extent: 1.1 cm of textual material (140 p.) : 13 x 20 cm
Scope and content:
File consists of a notebook containing 140 pages of diary entries made during Watson's short visit to New York City and her year-long stay in Paris, France, including reflections on her attempts to get The Double Hook published, experiences and ephemera from plays, art exhibitions and architectural sites she attended in Paris; her thoughts and emotions, and her reaction to books she was reading.
Notes:
Title based on contents of the file.
No publication of this material, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Literary Executor.
Ephemera has been removed from notebook into an adjoining envelope.

Location: File 2006 01 3 Box 1

Series 1.0. File 2006 01 4

Title: Reading journal from Paris
Date range: [between August 19, 1955 - 1958 ; 1955-1956 predominant]
Physical extent: 1.5 cm of textual material (282 p.) : 16.7 x 22 cm
Scope and content:
File consists of a notebook containing 172 pages of French language exercises, reading notes in French, ephemera and some personal reflections by Watson regarding her year in Paris.
Notes:
Title based on contents of the file.
No publication of this material, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Literary Executor.
Date range based on placement of dated entries in diary and associated ephemera.
Ephemera has been removed from notebook and placed in an adjoining envelope.

Location: File 2006 01 4 Box 1

Series 1.0. File 2006 01 5

Title: Notebook from Paris
Date range: [after August 15, 1955]
Physical extent: 0.8 cm of textual material (182 p.) : 16.8 x 22 cm
Scope and content:
File consists of a notebook containing 57 pages of early draft sequences of Watson's unfinished novel Landscape of the Moon, notes on The Double Hook, ephemera, and language exercises in what appears to be Italian and Old English.
Notes:
No publication of this material, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Literary Executor.
Title based on contents of the file.
Ephemera has been removed from notebook and placed in an adjoining envelope.
Date range based on the arrival date of the Watsons to Paris.

Location: File 2006 01 5 Box 1

Series 1.0. File 2006 01 6

Title: Diary from Paris
Date range: October 27, 1955 - May 5, 1956
Physical extent: 2 cm of textual material (246 p.) : 16.5 x 22 cm
Scope and content:
File consists of a notebook containing 225 pages of diary entries and line drawings by Watson, regarding her experiences of plays, art exhibitions, events and architectural sites she attended in Paris; her thoughts and emotions, and her reaction to books she was reading. The diary ends on the day she flew to London on May 5, 1956. Diary also contains a large amount of ephemera.
Notes:
No publication of this material, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Literary Executor.
Title based on contents of the file.
Ephemera has been removed from notebook into three adjoining envelopes.

Location: File 2006 01 6 Box 1

Series 1.0. File 2006 01 7

Title: Day planner from Paris and Toronto
Date range: January 1, 1956 - December 2, 1956
Physical extent: 1.7 cm of textual material (81 p.) : 11 x 16.5 cm
Scope and content:
File consists of a commercial day planner for 1956, including 44 entries in total, most in January and February and relating to music, Watson's experiences in Paris, her efforts to be published, the weather and her emotional state. There are some sporadic notes in November and December, when she was living in Toronto.
Notes:
No publication of this material, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Literary Executor.
Title based on contents of the file.

Location: File 2006 01 7 Box 1

Series 1.0. File 2006 01 8

Title: Notebook from Paris
Date range: [between March, 1956 and May, 1956]
Physical extent: 0.7 cm of textual material (150 p.) : 11 x 16.5 cm
Scope and content:
File consists of a spiral notebook containing 81 pages of line drawings of people and other street scenes observed by Watson while living in Paris, as well as contact information for friends and notes on various schools in Europe and Africa and her employment opportunities. Also includes four loose self-portraits by Watson in pencil.
Notes:
No publication of this material, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Literary Executor.
Title based on contents of the file.
Ephemera has been removed from notebook into adjoining envelope.

Location: File 2006 01 8 Box 2

Series 1.0. File 2006 01 9

Title: Diary from Paris, London, Vancouver and Toronto
Date range: May 9, 1956 - December 23, 1961; May -August 1956 predominant
Physical extent: 1.0 cm of textual material (188 p.) : 20 x 26.8 cm
Scope and content:
File consists of a notebook containing 172 pages of diary entries by Watson while in London, England, Paris, Vancouver and Toronto, including ephemera, reading notes and reflections on her emotional state, her surroundings and her attendance at plays and art exhibitions in Paris and London. Upon her return to Canada in August, 1956, Watson's entries become more sporadic and begin to focus on reading and research notes related to her PhD studies at the University of Toronto, her experiences in the city, and her correspondence and short visits with her husband Wilfred, who at this time is teaching in Edmonton.
Notes:
No publication of this material, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Literary Executor.
Title based on contents of the file.
Ephemera has been removed from notebook into adjoining envelope.

Location: File 2006 01 9 Box 2

Series 1.0. File 2006 01 10

Title: Diary from Toronto
Date range: December 21, 1957 - January 20, 1958
Physical extent: 1.4 cm of textual material (160 p.) : 12.8 x 20.3 cm
Scope and content:
File consists of a notebook containing 86 pages of diary entries made by Watson while pursuing her PhD at the University of Toronto, including one loose page of research notes. Diary entries focus primarily on her academic reading but also include reflections on her emotional state, her surroundings, her correspondence with her husband Wilfred and others and her academic experiences.
Notes:
No publication of this material, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Literary Executor.
Title based on contents of the file.
Ephemera has been removed from notebook into adjoining envelope.

Location: File 2006 01 10 Box 2

Series 1.0. File 2006 01 11

Title: Diary from Toronto and Edmonton
Date range: [after July 1958]
Physical extent: 0.5 cm of textual material (160 p.) : 12.8 x 20.3 cm
Scope and content:
File consists of a notebook containing 9 pages of reading notes and 36 pages of line drawings of bears, squirrels, plants and landscapes by Watson with her observations and reflections about nature. These entries may have been made while Watson was visiting her husband Wilfred during the summer months.
Notes:
No publication of this material, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Literary Executor.
Title based on contents of the file.
Dates based on dates of reading note subjects.

Location: File 2006 01 11 Box 2

Series 1.0. File 2006 01 12

Title: Diary from Toronto and Edmonton
Date range: January 13, 1959 May, 1962.
Physical extent: 1.5 cm of textual material (288 p.) : 16.5 x 21.9 cm
Scope and content:
File consists of a notebook containing 210 pages of diary entries, reading notes, line drawings and ephemera. Entries include reflections by Watson on her emotional state, her research on Wyndham Lewis, descriptions of wildlife (particularly birds), her experience of Toronto and Edmonton, her reaction to books she was reading, and her correspondence with her husband Wilfred and others.
Notes:
No publication of this material, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Literary Executor.
Title based on contents of the file.
Ephemera has been removed to an adjoining envelope.

Location: File 2006 01 12 Box 2

Series 1.0. File 2006 01 13

Title: Reading journal from Toronto
Date range: [ca. 1959]
Physical extent: 1.4 cm of textual material (160 p.) : 12.8 x 20.3 cm
Scope and content:
File consists of a notebook containing 103 pages of reading notes, class lists, contact information, bibliographic references and one piece of ephemera related to Watson's academic experiences at the University of Toronto. It is not clear if this material relates to a course that she taught, attended, or if it relates to her own research for her thesis.
Notes:
No publication of this material, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Literary Executor.
Title based on contents of the file.
Date has been estimated by annotations regarding an academic course.
Ephemera has been removed to an adjoining envelope.

Location: File 2006 01 13 Box 2

Series 1.0. File 2006 01 14

Title: Diary and sketchbook
Date range: May 13, 1963
Physical extent: 1 cm of textual material (128 p.) : 21.3 x 27.2 cm
Scope and content:
File consists of a notebook containing 13 pages of two diary entries, lists, ephemera and eight line drawings by Watson of landscapes, people, cars, and birds and ephemera relating to art, Watson's purchase of books from English book dealers, and a camping trip. The notebook has been annotated "From the point of view of [genius or senses?] | beware of the dog" in the front cover by Wilfred Watson. Although this notebook has been dated 1963, it may contain earlier material as one drawing is annotated "21 Sussex Ave.", Watson's address from 1959 to 1961 when she was living in Toronto pursuing her PhD.
Notes:
No publication of this material, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Literary Executor.
Title based on contents of the file.
Ephemera has been removed to an adjoining envelope.

Location: File 2006 01 14 Box 2

Series 1.0. File 2006 01 15

Title: Reading journal
Date range: [ca. 1963 - 1964]
Physical extent: 1.2 cm of textual material (136 p.) : 21.3 x 27.2 cm
Scope and content:
File consists of a notebook containing 56 pages of reading notes regarding the works of Wyndham Lewis, one piece of ephemera and one diary entry dated January 1964.
Notes:
No publication of this material, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Literary Executor.
Title based on contents of the file.
Date range based on location of diary entry in notebook.
Ephemera has been removed to an adjoining envelope.

Location: File 2006 01 15 Box 2

Series 1.0. File 2006 01 16

Title: Reading journal
Date range: January 8, 1965 - January 10, 1967
Physical extent: 1.2 cm of textual material (136 p.) : 21.3 x 27.2 cm
Scope and content:
File consists of a notebook containing 46 pages of dated reading notes on subjects including philosophy, literary criticism, and poetry; two pieces of ephemera, and one diary entry about chickadees.
Notes:

No publication of this material, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Literary Executor.
Title based on contents of the file.
Ephemera has been removed to an adjoining envelope.

Location: File 2006 01 16 Box 3

Series 1.0. File 2006 01 17

Title: Reading journal
Date range: February 6, 1965 - July 13, 1965
Physical extent: 0.9 cm of textual material (100 pages) : 27 x 20.8 cm
Scope and content:
File consists of a notebook containing 72 pages of dated reading notes on subjects including philosophy, avant-garde art, mythology, and architecture; line drawings in coloured pencil and graphite; two pieces of ephemera, and two diary entries.
Notes:

No publication of this material, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Literary Executor.
Title based on contents of the file.
Ephemera has been removed to an adjoining envelope.

Location: File 2006 01 17 Box 3

Series 1.0. File 2006 01 18

Title: Reading journal
Date range: July 20, 1965 - June 19, 1966
Physical extent: 0.9 cm of textual material (140 p.) : 18 x 21.3 cm.
Scope and content:
File consists of a notebook containing 90 pages of dated reading notes on subjects including Joyce, Sartre, psychology, and propaganda; transcriptions of conversations with her thesis supervisor Marshall McLuhan; a line drawing; and three diary entries regarding her correspondence with McLuhan.
Notes:
No publication of this material, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Literary Executor.
Title based on contents of the file.

Location: File 2006 01 18 Box 3

Series 1.0. File 2006 01 19

Title: Reading journal
Date range: [ca. September 1966]
Physical extent: 0.9 cm of textual material (140 p.) : 18 x 21.3 cm
Scope and content:
File consists of a notebook containing 63 pages of reading notes on subjects including Wyndham Lewis, Picasso, Matisse and art history, Ezra Pound, T.S.Eliot, and I Ching ; ephemera; and one diary entry from September 4, 1966.
Notes:
No publication of this material, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Literary Executor.
Title based on contents of the file.
Date based on location of dated diary entries in notebook.
Ephemera has been removed to an adjoining envelope.

Location: File 2006 01 19 Box 3

Series 1.0. File 2006 01 20

Title: Reading journal
Date range: [between November 13, 1966 and December,1967]
Physical extent: 0.4 cm of textual material (70 p.) : 17.7 x 23.2 cm
1 photograph : b&w ; 12.4 x 17.3 cm
Scope and content:
File consists of a notebook containing 66 pages of dated reading notes on subjects including Eliot, Pound, surrealism, the Renaissance, architecture, the city and philosophy; ephemera (including one photograph), and dated diary entries regarding her correspondence and the weather.
Notes:
No publication of this material, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Literary Executor.
Title based on contents of the file.
Ephemera has been removed to an adjoining envelope.
Photograph has been removed for preservation to Box 73.
Date based on location of dated diary entries in notebook.

Location: File 2006 01 20 Box 3
Photograph P1034 Box 73

Series 1.0. File 2006 01 21

Title: Diary 1969
Date range: January 13, 1969 - October 2, 1969.
Physical extent: 2.2 cm of textual material (19 pages) : 12.7 x 20.7 cm
Scope and content:
File consists of a 388 page diary containing 19 pages of entries, most recording financial transactions, contact information and reading notes and citations of books Watson was presumably reading at the time. Blank post-it notes were found on entries for January 14, February 26, March 15, and May 22. These were removed and discarded.
Notes:
No publication of this material, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Literary Executor.
Title based on contents of the file.
Date range based on location of dated diary entries in notebook.

Location: File 2006 01 21 Box 3

Series 1.0. File 2006 01 22

Title: Reading journal
Date range: [between May 1969 and September 1969]
Physical extent: 0.8 cm of textual material (136 p.) : 12.5 x 19.5 cm
Scope and content:
File consists of a notebook containing 66 pages of reading notes; bibliographic citations; contact information for colleagues, scholars and students; ephemera, and one dated diary entry for May 13, 1969.
Notes:
No publication of this material, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Literary Executor.
Title based on contents of the file.
Ephemera has been removed to an adjoining envelope.
Date range based on location of dated diary entries in notebook.

Location: File 2006 01 22 Box 3

Series 1.0. File 2006 01 23

Title: Reading journal from Edmonton
Date range: [between January 6, 1971 and February 2, 1974]
Physical extent: 1.7 cm of textual material (210 p.) : 20.8 x 26.3 cm
Scope and content:
File consists of a notebook containing 146 pages of reading notes on such subjects as W.B. Yeats, T.S. Eliot, Wyndham Lewis, art history and book reviews from the Times Literary Supplement; bibliographic citations; contact information for colleagues, scholars and students at the University of Alberta; ephemera, and two short diary entries for January 2, 1973 and February 2, 1974.
Notes:
No publication of this material, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Literary Executor.
Title based on contents of the file.
Ephemera has been removed to an adjoining envelope.
Date range based on location of dated diary entries in notebook.

Location: File 2006 01 23 Box 4

Series 1.0. File 2006 01 24

Title: Reading journal from Nanaimo
Date range: [ca. 1981 - 1982]
Physical extent: 0.4 cm of textual material (72 p.) : 18.1 x 22.7 cm
Scope and content:
File consists of a notebook containing 27 pages of reading notes on such subjects as Marshall McLuhan, avant-garde theatre, modern poetry and literary criticism; bibliographic citations; contact information for colleagues, scholars and students; and one short diary entry for January 10, 1982.
Notes:
No publication of this material, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Literary Executor.
Title based on contents of the file.
Date range based on location of dated diary entry in notebook.

Location: File 2006 01 24 Box 4

Series 1.0. File 2006 01 25

Title: Daily journal 1983
Date range: 1983
Physical extent: 2.5 cm of textual material (395 p.) : 13.3 x 20.2 cm
Scope and content:
File consists of a commercial day planner containing 17 entries in total, between January 5 and April 3, pertaining to her daily activities, reading, appointments, correspondence and financial transactions. Also includes some ephemera.
Notes:

No publication of this material, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Literary Executor.
Title based on contents of the file.
Ephemera has been moved to an adjoining envelope.

Location: File 2006 01 25 Box 4

Series 1.0. File 2006 01 26

Title: Day planner for 1988
Date range: 1988
Physical extent: 1 cm of textual material (112 p.) : 17 x 24.5 cm
Scope and content:
File consists of a commercial day planner featuring art from the National Gallery of Canada, containing 11 entries in total, between January 5 and February 17, pertaining to her daily activities, correspondence and financial transactions.
Notes:
No publication of this material, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Literary Executor.
Title based on contents of the file.

Location: File 2006 01 26 Box 4

Series 1.0. File 2006 01 27

Title: Diary from Nanaimo
Date range: [between 1989 and 1995]
Physical extent: 1.5 cm of textual material (360 p.) : 15.2 x 24.1 cm
Scope and content:
File consists of a notebook containing 191 pages of diary entries regarding her friendships, telephone calls she received, visitors, her surroundings, current events, and the publishing of Deep Hollow Creek; reading notes on subjects such as Wyndham Lewis, Ezra Pound, Glenn Gould, Marshall McLuhan, biblical studies, psychology and Greek; bibliographic references, and a large amount of ephemera.
Notes:
No publication of this material, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Literary Executor.
Title based on contents of the file.
Ephemera has been removed to an adjoining envelope.
Date range based on location of dated diary entries in the notebook.

Location: File 2006 01 27 Box 4

Series 1.0. File 2006 01 28

Title: Day planner from Nanaimo
Date range: 1992
Physical extent: 0.7 cm of textual material (126 p.) : 9.1 x 16.9 cm
Scope and content:
File consists of a commercial day planner containing 6 pages of 8 brief journal entries regarding Watson's visitors, correspondence, financial transactions and the publishing of Deep Hollow Creek. recorded between January 2 and February 26.
Notes:
No publication of this material, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Literary Executor.
Title based on contents of the file.

Location: File 2006 01 28 Box 4

Series 1.0. File 2006 01 29

Title: Diary while in hospital in Nanaimo
Date range: August 7, 1993 - October 5, 1993
Physical extent: 0.4 cm of textual material (80 p.) : 10.9 x 17.5 cm
Scope and content:
File consists of a notebook containing 5 pages of very brief journal entries regarding Watson's stay in the hospital following an accident, recording medical issues and financial transactions. Most entries are blank or very short.
Notes:
Title based on contents of the file.
No publication of this material, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Literary Executor.

Location: File 2006 01 29 Box 4

Series 2.0. Manuscripts and drafts

Date range: 1931 - 1997
Physical extent: 29.6 cm of textual material (2631 p.)
Scope and content:
Series consists of Watson's written material, including early drafts, manuscripts, typescripts, page proofs, metatext and relevant correspondence with editors, including the following sub-series:
2.1. Manuscripts of novels
2.2. Manuscripts of short stories
2.3. Manuscripts of poetry
2.4. Manuscripts of non-fiction
Notes:
No publication of this material, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Literary Executor.
No reproduction of this material without permission of the Archivist.
Location: Files 2006 01 30 2006 01 87 Boxes 5 7


Series 2. Sub-series 1. Manuscripts of novels

Title: Manuscripts of Novels
Date range: 1948 - 1992
Physical extent: 19.7 cm of textual materials (1909 p.)
Scope and content:
Sub-series consists of 20 files of handwritten and typed drafts and manuscripts, metatext and relevant correspondence with editors related to Watson's two published novels, namely Deep Hollow Creek and The Double Hook and her unfinished unpublished novel Landscape of the Moon. The files have been arranged by novel and then chronologically.
Detailed file- level descriptions are available in the Sheila Watson Fonds Manuscripts and drafts series Finding Guide.

Notes:
No publication of this material, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Literary Executor.
No reproduction of this material without permission of the Archivist.
Title based on contents of the sub-series.
Date based on estimated dates of composition.
Additional draft material of Watson's novels The Double Hook and Landscape of the Moon can be found in the Diaries, reading journals and day planner series.
Adaptations and translations by other authors of The Double Hook for theatre and film can be found in the Publishing records and business correspondence series.

Location: Files 2006 01 30 2006 01 49 Boxes 5 - 6

Series 2. sub-series 2. Manuscripts of Short stories

Title: Manuscripts of short stories
Date range: 1938 - 1980
Physical extent: 4.3 cm of textual material (325 p.)
Scope and content:
Sub-series consists of 13 files of handwritten and typed drafts and manuscripts of four of Watson's six published short stories, namely "Brother Oedipus", "Antigone", "The Rumble Seat" and "And the four animals..." and five unpublished short stories, featuring the characters Hania, Oedipus, Eurydice, Orpheus, Daedalus and Aesop, and a fragment of literary prose fictionalizing her experiences in Paris. There is no surviving documentation of Watson's first published short story "Rough Answer", which appeared in The Canadian Forum 18: 212 (September 1938): 178-180, nor "The Black Farm (A Modern Allegory)", which was first published in Queen's Quarterly 63:2 (Summer 1954): 220-228.
The files have been arranged chronologically, frequently relying on the publishing dates of the short stories.
Detailed file-level descriptions are available in the Sheila Watson Fonds Manuscripts and drafts series Finding Guide.

Notes:
No publication of this material, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Literary Executrix.
No reproduction of this material without permission of the Archivist.
Title based on contents of the sub-series.
Translations by other authors of Watson's short stories can be found in the Publishing records and business correspondence series. Translations by Watson of French short stories can be found in the Editorial and collaborative sub-series of the Professional activities series.
Location: Files 2006 01 50 2006 01 62 Boxes 6 7

Series 2. Sub-series 3. manuscripts of Poetry

Title: Manuscripts of poetry
Date range: [after 1931?]
Physical extent: 0.4 cm of textual materials (18 p.)
Scope and content:
Sub-series consists of four files of typescripts of a total of fourteen poems presumed to be Watson's.
There is no surviving documentation of Watson's only published poem,"The Barren Lands", (her name misspelled as "Theila Martin Doherty"), published in The Canadian Forum XV : 169 (October 1934): 20.
Detailed file- level descriptions are available in the Sheila Watson Fonds Manuscripts and drafts series Finding Guide.

Notes:
No publication of this material, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Literary Executor.
No reproduction of this material without permission of the Archivist.
Title based on contents of the sub-series.

Location: Files 2006 01 63 2006 01 66 Box 7

Series 2. sub- series 4. non-fiction manuscripts

Title: Non-fiction manuscripts
Date range: 1932 -1989
Physical extent: 5.2 cm of textual material (379 p.)

Scope and content:
Sub-series consists of 21 files of typed and handwritten research notes and draft manuscripts and typescripts related to 22 works of non-fiction, including articles she published about her academic research on Wyndham Lewis, and personal interest in art, as well as articles related to her role as an educator and professor of English, and reflections on her life as a writer. They have been arranged chronologically, frequently relying on the publication dates of individual pieces, and the publication dates of works cited by Watson. Many of the typescripts are tentatively attributed to Watson, as they do not contain any attributive annotations or comments by her and do not appear to have been published. Works that have been accurately dated to a particular conference or public reading have been filed under the Public readings and conference material sub-series of the Professional activities series. Works such as introductions, prefaces, endorsements and blurbs written by Watson for other authors and publications have been filed under the Editorial and collaborative materials sub-series of the Professional activities series. There does not appear to be any surviving documentation for four of Watson's published articles: "Swift and Ovid: The Development of Metasatire The Humanities Association Bulletin 18:1 (Spring 1967): 5-13; Michael Ondaatje : The Mechanization of Death, published in White Pelican 2:4 (Fall, 1972):56-64; "Gertrude Stein: The Style is the Machine" White Pelican 3 : 4 (Fall 1973): 167-189; and Wyndham Lewis and G.K. Chesterton The Chesterton Review 6 : 2 (Spring/Summer 1980): 254-271.
Detailed file- level descriptions are available in the Sheila Watson Fonds Manuscripts and drafts series Finding Guide.

Notes:
No publication of this material, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Literary Executor.
No reproduction of this material without permission of the Archivist.
Title based on contents of the sub-series.
The article "On Pelicans" written by Watson for the first issue of her journal White Pelican ("On Pelicans"), can be found in the White Pelican sous-fonds.

Location: Files 2006 01 67 2006 01 87 Box 7

Series 3.0. General correspondence

Date range: 1933 - 1998
Physical extent: 3.04 m of textual material
268 photographs and 2 negatives : b&w and col ; 27.4 x 20.4 cm and smaller
2 audio cassettes : 5 hours
1 audio disc (6:48 min) : vinyl
Scope and content:
Series consists of Watson's correspondence with others. It has been divided into two sub-series; namely:
3.1. Outgoing Correspondence
3.2. Incoming Correspondence.
Correspondence that relates directly to Watson's writing, publishing, academic responsibilities, editorial projects and collaborations have been filed in appropriate series, namely Manuscripts and drafts series; Publishing and business correspondence; Professional activities material series; Teaching material series; and Student material series.

Notes:
Access to some files may be restricted, due the presence of letters of recommendation, information of a sensitive nature contents, or in consideration of the privacy rights of third parties.
No publication of this material, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Literary Executor and primary author.
No reproduction of this material without permission of the Archivist.
Title based on contents of series.

Location: Files 2006 01 88 2006 01 542 Boxes 8 32

Series 3. sub-series 1. outgoing correspondence

Title: Outgoing correspondence
Date range: 1933 - 1998
Physical extent: 10.8 cm of textual material
Scope and content:

Sub-series consists of handwritten letter drafts and typed copies of Watson's outgoing letters, including letters of recommendation, correspondence with thesis students, letters to friends and family and letters to her husband Wilfred Watson. The sub-series has been arranged alphabetically by primary correspondent, and then chronologically.
Detailed file-level descriptions are available upon request.
Files include:
2006 01 88 Anderson, Paula Grace
2006 01 89 Angus, Anne
2006 01 90 Blott, Anne
2006 01 91 [Bowering], Angela
2006 01 92 Bruce, Elizabeth
2006 01 93 Gershater, [Jeanne]
2006 01 94 Marken, Ronald
2006 01 95 Masten, Cathy
2006 01 96 McLuhan, Elizabeth
2006 01 97 McLuhan, Marshall
2006 01 98 Meeker, Dr. Joseph and Robert J. Thaler
2006 01 99 Mitchell, Norah
2006 01 100 New York Herald-Tribune, The
2006 01 101 Sharpe, David
2006 01 102 Shemeluck, Myrna
2006 01 103 Singleton, Marvin
2006 01 104 Tiessen, Hildegard
2006 01 105 Watson, Wilfred
2006 01 106 [Watt], Sandra
2006 01 107 Unknown recipients
Notes:
Files 2006 01 88, 2006 01 90, 2006 01 92, 2006 01 101, 2006 01 102, and 2006 01 104, are restricted due to the presence of letters of recommendation.
No publication of this material, in whole or in part, without the permission of the Literary Executrix.
No reproduction of this material without permission of the Archivist.
Related fonds containing letters from Sheila Watson include the Fred T. Flahiff fonds and the Shirley Neuman fonds.
Title based on contents of sub-series.

Location: Files 2006 01 88 2006 01 107 Box 8