Fonds - Ken Mitchell fonds

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Ken Mitchell fonds

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  • 1959-1993 (Creation)

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11.64 m of textual records and other materials

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Kenneth Ronald Mitchell was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and received his elementary and secondary education there. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1965 and a Master of Arts (English) in 1967 from the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus. He has taught English at the University of Regina and it's predecessor University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus, since 1967, specializing in Canadian Literature. He has also travelled to China, the Philippines, Korea, Mexico, and Scotland for various colloquia and teaching stints, and has instructed at the University of Victoria (1975-76), the Banff School of Fine Arts (1977,1978,1980), and the Saskatchewan Summer School of the Arts (1970-75). As a writer, whose work deals chiefly with prairie themes, Mitchell has tackled many genres (novels, poetry, drama, short stories, film scripts, and criticism), and he has also worked as an editor and actor. He is the author of several published works including, "Wandering Rafferty" (1972), "Sinclair Ross: a Reader's Guide" (1981), "Cruel Tears: a Country Opera" (1976), "The Shipbuilder" (1990), and "Stories for the Dalai Lama" (1993). His poems, interviews, stories and plays have been published in over 45 anthologies and collections, and in numerous journals. He has written more than 20 plays, which have been produced in Canada, the United States, England, Germany, New Zealand, China, and Ireland, and his work has been adapted for radio, television, and film. His play "Gone the Burning Sun" won the 1985 Canadian Authors Association Award for Drama, and was nominated for a Governor General's Award. Besides giving literary readings and creative writing workshops internationally, Ken Mitchell has participated in a number of professional activities, most notably as a founding member and frequent executive officer of the Saskatchewan Writers Guild, founding editor of the literary journal "Grain", and a founding member of the Saskatchewan Writers' Colony.

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Fonds consists of the personal and professional papers created by English professor and writer, Ken Mitchell. Although the series arrangement varies from accession to accession, the great bulk of the records relate to his prolific literary career. These include drafts, correspondence, notes, revisions, proofs, reviews, publicity materials, research materials, manuscripts, scripts, outlines, contracts, publications, scrapbooks, posters, audio visual materials, background information, and financial records which fully document the development of Mitchell's writing projects, dramatic performances, and radio, film, and television productions. Complimenting the literary papers are business correspondence, as well as files relating to Mitchell's involvement with various professional associations and professional activities such as speeches, readings, workshops, and tours. Correspondence class materials, student papers and other records document Mitchell's teaching activities, chiefly with the English Department at the University of Regina. The fonds also includes personal correspondence, personal financial records, biographical information, daily planners, and files relating to Mitchell's political activities with the New Democratic Party.

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Creator's arrangement adhered to within series; series have been arranged alphabetically. Also, there have been minor alterations. Chronological order was imposed where possible.

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Open for research.

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Copyright retained by the donor.

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Preliminary inventory for 85-89 available. Inventories for 89-79 and 94-51 are avilable; photo index available for 89-79.

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Includes 153 photographs, 375 slides, 68 audio cassettes, 43 audio reels, 7 videocassettes, 1 film reel, 1 artifact, 1 computer diskette, 3 sketches, 3 audio discs, and 19 oversize items.

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