Fonds - Lorna Crozier fonds

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Lorna Crozier fonds

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  • 1971-1995 (Creation)

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7.14 m of textual records and other materials

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Lorna Crozier was born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan in 1948. Her parents were Emmerson and Peggy Crozier. She graduated from W.A. Beatty Collegiate in Swift Current in 1966. She studied at the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus (now the University of Regina) and obtained her Bachelor of Arts (with Distinction), from the University of Saskatchewan in 1969. She received a Master of Arts from the University of Alberta in 1980. In addition to her university education, she attended creative writing courses at the Saskatchewan Summer School of the Arts at Fort San (1974-1977), and took courses in Advanced Writing and Speech Writing from the Public Service Commission in 1982 and 1983 respectively. Crozier taught high school English in rural Saskatchewan from 1970 to 1973, and taught English (both composition and Canadian literature, variously) at the University of Regina (1976), the University of Alberta (1978-1979), and the University of Saskatchewan (1986-1991). Since 1991, she has been Associate Professor in the Department of Writing at the University of Victoria. She has also been Writer-in-Residence at the University of Toronto (1988, 1989-1990), Douglas College, British Columbia (1989), University of Lethbridge (1987), and the Regina Public Library (1984-1985), among others. Crozier has nine published books of poetry to her name, including 'The Garden Going On Without Us' (1985), 'Angels of Flesh, Angels of Silence' (1988), and 'Inventing the Hawk' (1992). Her poetry has been included in dozens of journals and magazines, including NeWest Review, Quarry, Border Crossings, and Poetry Ireland. Crozier's work has also been featured in numerous anthologies, and her poetry and writing have resulted in her winning many prizes, such as First Prize in the CBC Radio National Poetry Competition (1987), the Western Magazine Award for Nonfiction (1989), the Governor General's Award for Poetry (1992), the National Magazine Gold Medal for Poetry (1995), among others. She has conducted many readings and has lectured widely in Canada and the United States, as well as England, the former Yugoslavia, France and Chile. She has been heavily involved in the writers profession, and has served on various juries and judging panels. Crozier currently resides outside of Victoria, in Saanichton, British Columbia, with her husband, poet Patrick Lane.

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Fonds consists of personal papers throughly documenting the private life and literary career of Canadian poet & writer, Lorna Crozier. While the arrangement of series varies somewhat among the accessions, as a whole the fonds contain the following series: Correspondence (personal and professional); Writings/Drafts (by Crozier & other writers); Professional Activites; Publications (buy and about Crozier and other authors); Personal files; Employment and Education files; Photographs; Posters; and Audio Visual Tapes. Beginning with her early student works a substantial portion of the papers is made up of drafts, revisions, gallery proofs, manuscripts, reviews, and published versions of poems, plays, short stories, and reviews written by Crozier, providing a detailed reflection of her development as a writer. Also noteworthy is the extensive personal and professional correspondence with family, friends, publishers and colleagues including such important Canadian writers as Susan Musgrave, John Newlove, Anne Szumigalski, Eli Mandel, and her husband Patrick Lane, as well as many others. Crozier's varied activities as an editor, teacher, speaker, interviewer, jurist, speech writer, and student are well represented in the papers, as are her associations with numerous literary and cultural organizations. The audio visual materials provide aural and visual glimpses into her life and work, and include audiotapes of interviews with various artists conducted by Crozier and of her and Lane's appearances on CBC Radio.

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86-67: New file order and file titles generated and collection reorganized. Starred (*) files indicate that information was supplied by Lorna Crozier after the collection was arranged and described, creating some anomalies in the filing. 92-23: Where original order existed it was maintained as closely as possible. Original file titles provided by Crozier which are unusual were retained and placed in quotation marks to distinguish them from titles generated by the archivist.

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Open for research.Six files in accession 86-67, 5 files in Accession 90-103, 10 files in Accession 92-23, and 3 files in Accession 94-95 are restricted.

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Inventories for 86-67, 90-103, 92-23,94-95 are available, photo index is available for 86-67.

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Includes 119 photographs, 19 posters, 23 audio cassettes, 1 audio reel, 1 videocassette, and 64 oversize items.

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