Fonds - Terrence Heath fonds

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Terrence Heath fonds

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  • 1919-1996, predominant 1971-1993 (Creation)

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3.2 m of textual records
77 photographs
52 slides

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Saskatchewan writer, poet, cultural consultant, curator, museum and art gallery director, and historian, Terrence George Heath was born in Regina, August 25, 1936. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Art (Honours) in 1961; the University of Oregon with a Master of Arts in 1962; and Oxford University with a Doctor of Philosophy in 1966. He also studied Art History at the University of Munich in 1959-60. Terrence Heath taught as an Associate Professor of History at the University of Saskatchewan from 1966-1972, but left that institution to pursue a career as a writer and consultant. He was Executive Director of the Western Development Museums of Saskatchewan (1977-1980), and Director of the Winnipeg Art Gallery (1983-1985). Between these appointments and subsequently, Heath has worked as a freelance writer, curator, and cultural consultant. As a writer, Heath's articles and essays have appeared extensively in "Border Crossings", "C Magazine", "ArtsCanada" and other magazines from 1968 to the present. His poetry has been published in "Canadian Forum", "Waves", "Fiddlehead", "Descant", "Writing", "ArtsManitoba", "Prairie Fire", and "Grain". He is the author or co-author of seven books of poetry, short stories, fiction, and biography including: 1) The Truth and Other Stories (short stories, 1972); 2) Interstices of Night (poetry, 1979); 3) Wild Man's Butte (poems with Anne Szumigalski, 1979); 4) The Last Hiding Place (novel, 1982); 5) Uprooted: The Art and Life of Ernest Lindner (1983); 6) Journey/Journee (with Anne Szumigalski, 1988); 7) Memories of a Governor-General's Daughter (with Joan Michner-Rohr, 1991). Several of his radioscripts and filmscripts were produced and/or purchased by CBC and National Film Board. He has written catalogues for and/or curated over 20 art exhibitions for galleries in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Scotland and France, and has produced over 45 consulting reports for associations, agencies, individuals and government departments throughout Canada and in Nairobi, Kenya. Terrence Heath's professional activities and memberships include: Chair, Council of the Ontario College of Art (1993-); PEN International Conference (member, 1989); Harbourfront Public Programming Advisory Committee (member, 1989); Writers' Union of Canada, Copyright Committee (member, 1988); the Niagara Institute Taskforce on Buildings and Grounds (member, 1988-90); Public Lending Rights Commission (member 1987-88); Olympic Sculpture Commission (Judge, 1988) and others. He has received a number of grants, scholarships, and awards, including a Silver Medal in the National Awards for Poetry in 1986, and the Saskatchewan Award of Merit in 1984. From his first marriage Heath has three sons; Paul, Joseph and Simon. He married Louise Harris on August 16, 1986, and they reside in Toronto and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.

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Fonds consists of personal and professional papers created by Terrence Heath, a Saskatchewan freelance writer, cultural consultant, and curator. While the arrangement of series differs somewhat between accessions, as a whole the fonds contains corresspondence, financial records, personal files, publications, drafts and photographs, the bulk of which relate to Heath's writing and to his consulting activities. Of particular note is his vast correspondence with cultural organizations and galleries, government agencies, professional organizations, publishers and book dealers, universities, media outlets, writers, poets, artists, friends, family and others, which provide a wealth of information about the literary and cultural scene in Canada. The extensive series of Heath's writings and publications including articles, essays, reviews, books, exhibition catalogues, poetry, consultant's reports, manuscripts, plays, radio scripts and commentaries, filmscripts, short stories, student papers, and talks, provide insight into his development as a writer and his wide-ranging expertise in the cultural arena. Along with the writings and publications by other authors contained in the fonds, these records serve as a rich source for the study of Canada's cultural history chiefly during the 1970s, 1980s, and early 1990s. Small quantities of personal documents and financial records are also included.

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Access only with written permission of the donor or his heir until 30 years after the donor's death. Material is available for limited loan for exhibition purposes to accredited institutions upon written consent of the donor.

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Inventories for 87-82, and 95-33 are available.

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Includes 13 oversized items.

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