Fonds - Myrna Kostash fonds

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Myrna Kostash fonds

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  • 1972-1990 (Creation)

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6.52 m of textual records
11 photographs
307 audio cassettes

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Myrna Ann Kostash is an investigative journalist and writer of regional and national acclaim. She was born in Edmonton, Alberta on September 2, 1944. She attended the University of Alberta, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in 1965, majoring in Russian. She then pursued graduate studies in Slavic language and literature at the University of Washington (1965-1966), and at the University of Toronto where she received a Master of Arts in 1968. Kostash is the author of four books: "All of Baba's children" (1977); "Long Way from Home: the Story of the Sixties Generation in Canada" (1980); "No Kidding: Inside the World of Teenage Girls" (1987); and "Bloodlines" (1993). Her articles and short stories have appeared in several anthologies, and extensively in periodicals such as "Chatelaine", "Maclean's", "Saturday Night", and "Canadian Forum". She has contributed radio, television, and film scripts to the CBC and the National Film Board, and has written stage plays. She has lectured widely in Canada and has taught courses, workshops, and seminars across the country. Myrna Kostash has been heavily involved with a number of professional organizations, serving on the executive of the Writers Union of Canada, the Periodical Writers of Canada, and the Alberta Writers Guild. She was on the Board of Directors of NeWest Press from 1982-1989. She was named Max Bell Professor of Journalism at the University ofRegina in 1989, and received the Alberta Achievement Award in 1989. Myrna Kostash resides in Edmonton.

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Fonds consists of personal and professional papers of Myrna Kostash. Included are personal and business correspondence, financial records, association files, teaching records, project files, and records relating to her extensive writing activities. The latter include background material, research files, articles, drafts, corrections, manuscripts, speeches, presentations and readings, interviews, newspaper columns, correspondence, scripts, notes, and reviews. Of particular note are audio cassettes and transcripts of interviews Kostash conducted during research for two books, "Long way from home: the story of the sixties generation in Canada" and "No kidding: inside the world of teenage girls". Kostash's involvement with NeWest Press (1983-1989), and with numerous professional organizations including the Writers' Union of Canada (1978-1994), the Writers Guild of Alberta (1980-1988), and the Periodical Writers Association of Canada (1976-1984), are reflected in records consisting of correspondence, minutes, agendas, membership lists, newsletters, constitutions, policy papers, committee files, and other material.

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Author's subject groupings maintained as much as possible. Arrangement is alphabetical.

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Open for research. Access to "Long way from home" interview tapes and transcripts require written permission from Myrna Kostash until the year 2016, at which time they will be opened.

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Copyright retained by the donor.

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Inventories for 90-81 and 94-55 are available.

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Includes 1 oversize item.

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