|The William Ready Division of|
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Farley Mowat fonds. -- 1924-2011; predominant 1947-2010. -- 48.57 m of textual records and other material.
Farley Mowat was born on 12 May 1921 in Belleville, Ont. and educated at the University of Toronto. In 1952 he published People of the Deer, a book about the Ihalmiut people of the Barrenlands, the first of his many books with a northern theme. Other popular Mowat themes are stories that involve the sea, Newfoundland and the protection of the environment and all living creatures. He is a man of strong opinions who has described himself as a "rampant nationalist" and a "story-teller who is more concerned with reaching his audience than with garnering kudos from the arbiters of literary greatness." Among the many honours and awards that he has received is an honorary doctorate from McMaster University in 1994.
The fonds consists of manuscripts, research materials, correspondence, financial documents, photographs, maps, audio reels, and video cassettes. There have been seventeen accruals. The first accrual is organized into the following series: manuscripts, research material, miscellaneous files, correspondence, personal papers–journals and financial records. The second accrual and third accruals have been combined and consist of manuscripts, research files, speeches, reviews, printed materials, correspondence. The fourth accrual is roughly organized into the following series: manuscripts, research materials, correspondence, financial material, printed materials, photographs. The fifth accrual is arranged into the following series: correspondence, financial, manuscripts. The sixth accrual is arranged into the following series: correspondence, business files, manuscripts. The seventh accrual (01-1992) is arranged into the following series: manuscripts, correspondence, financial. The eighth accrual (02-1993) is arranged into the following series: manuscripts and correspondence. The ninth accrual (10-1997) is arranged into the following series: correspondence, research, manuscripts, typescripts and proofs, manuscripts by others, photographs, printed materials and video cassette, financial. The tenth accrual (08-2000) is arranged into the following series: correspondence, financial, graphic illustration, photographs and printed materials, manuscripts, typescripts and proofs, manuscripts by others, personal and journals. The eleventh accrual (38-2000) consists of 67 letters from Mowat to his son, Robert Alexander (Sandy) Mowat, written between 1961 and 1978. The twelfth accrual (10-2001) consists of letters between Mowat and his editor, Peter Davison and the thirteenth accrual (20-2001) consists of the following series: correspondence, personal, research material, manuscripts, and published material. The fourteenth accrual (18-2003) consists of the following series: manuscripts, correspondence, research material, and manuscripts by others. The fifteenth accrual (17-2006) consists of correspondence, financial material, manuscripts, causes and invitations, reviews, fan mail, audio reels, a video cassette, and artwork. The sixteenth accrual (72-2009) consists of manuscripts and research notes, permissions for reprinting and general financial information, a master's thesis and interview with Mowat, correspondence, fan letters from schoolchildren, and pamphlets. The seventeenth accrual (79-2011) consists of manuscripts, permissions, correspondence, and miscellaneous materials.
Books have been catalogued separately. A listing of books that accompanied the fifth accrual is available in the master file. A listing of books that accompanied the fourteenth accrual is also available.
Title based on content of fonds.