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Sound recordings

Series consists of 36 audio cassettes and 1 audio reel of interviews and readings prepared for radio broadcast by Brian Fawcett and others.

Secretary of State

Subseries consists of correspondence and accompanying informational material related to the Secretary of State of Canada and Canadian cultural issues. Records include speeches by the Secretary of State, press releases, brochures, reports, newspaper clippings, memoranda, grant requests, itineraries, and reference material. Includes correspondence regarding federal grants; Canadian flag distribution; participation in Canada Week; the status of women in the Public Service; public access to government information; the national anthem; the Open House Canada exchange program; human rights; financial cutbacks to the arts; the Canadian Constitutional Amendment Bill; the Canada Referendum Act; the Quebec separatist movement; Canada’s official languages; bilingual services and education; Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) programming and services to northern BC; complaints from Skeena constituents regarding radio and television service; the new citizenship legislation (Bill C-20); multiculturalism and ethnic communities; Canadian theatre and arts programs; the Northwest BC Art Council; the Canadian Conference of the Arts; Heritage Canada; Scientology; and northern BC museums and exhibits.

Notes and Miscellaneous Manuscripts

Subseries consists of notes, excerpts of miscellaneous fiction works, and project lists and proposals. Also includes drafts of "When Daddy Was a Little Boy", an unpublished children's book.

Zip Drives

Subseries contains Brian Fawcett's records on zip drives.

"Friends" (1971)

Subseries consists of draft manuscripts of "Friends", a poetry anthology.

"Creatures of State" (1977)

File consists of draft manuscripts of "Creatures of State", a poetry anthology, as well as a published version.

"The Secret Journal of Alexander Mackenzie" (1985)

Subseries contains draft manuscripts of short stories included in the "Secret Journal of Alexander Mackenzie" short story anthology. Also includes a published edition of the work and research notes.

Summerfest 1994

File contains slides depicting the Summerfest in Prince George, B.C. in 1994.

Essays, Articles, and Book Reviews

Subseries consists of clippings and draft manuscripts of essays, articles, columns, and book reviews by Brian Fawcett written for various periodicals. Also includes issues of published periodicals that contain Fawcett's work.

Hard Drives

File contains Brian Fawcett's digital records from his hard drive.


Subseries contains photographs created or accumulated by Brian Fawcett.

Small Press Publishers

Subseries contains material from small press publishers, predominantly from British Columbia, including book announcements, press catalogues, event announcements, and newsletters.

5.25 Floppies

File contains Brian Fawcett's records on digital media.

3.5-inch Floppies

Subseries contains Brian Fawcett's records on 3.5-inch floppies.

Miscellaneous Poetry

Subseries consists of miscellaneous poetry manuscripts and publications. Includes anthologies and periodicals in which Fawcett's poetry was published, such as "The Capilano Review". Fawcett stopped publishing poetry after 1982, although he did not stop producing it. These "suppressed poems" are also included. Many poems are untitled and unidentified.

"Permanent Relationships" (1975)

Subseries consists of draft manuscripts of "Permanent Relationships", a poetry anthology, as well as a published version.

"Aggressive Transport" (1982)

Subseries consists of draft manuscripts of "Aggressive Transport", a poetry anthology, as well as a published version.

"Capital Tales" (1984)

Subseries contains miscellaneous notes, table of contents, and excerpts of short stories included in the "Capital Tales" short story anthology.

"Cambodia: A Book For People Who Find Television Too Slow" (1986)

Subseries consists of research material, reviews, and correspondence relating to the short story anthology, "Cambodia". Also includes published editions of the work, a manuscript for a theatrical production of Cambodia, and a script for a "Cambodia" film produced by Peter Lynch.

Video Recordings

Series consists of video recordings created or accumulated by Brian Fawcett.

Group of Seven

File contains slides depicting photographs of the art works of the Group of Seven.

"Robin Blaser" (2010)

Subseries consists of material related to Fawcett's 2010 work "Robin Blaser" jointly written with Stan Persky.

"Human Happiness" (2011)

Subseries consists of material related to Fawcett's 2011 work "Human Happiness", a memoir of his parents Hartley Fawcett and Rita Fawcett.

CD-ROMs and DVDs

File contains Brian Fawcett's records on CD-ROMs and DVDs.

"Sex @" Poems

Fawcett began a project in 1975 when he was 31 with the premise of summarizing his understanding of sex at various ages. Manuscripts include "Sex at 31", "Sex at 34", "Sex at 38", and "Sex at 45". These manuscripts were the basis for "Gender Wars".

Caledonia Writing Series and Gorse Press

Subseries contains records related to Barry McKinnon's publishing houses Caledonia Writing Series and Gorse Press. Includes bibliographies, catalogues, correspondence, grant applications, financial records, and material regarding literary prizes received by material published by McKinnon.

Northern BC Post-Secondary Politics: CNC and UNBC

Subseries contains material related to post-secondary politics in Northern British Columbia, particularly between the College of New Caledonia and the University of Northern British Columbia. Major themes include the upheavals and labour disputes at the College of New Caledonia in the early 1980s, the controversial layoff of Barry McKinnon from the College of New Caledonia, and the development of the new University of Northern British Columbia and its affect on the region.

Collected Manuscripts

Subseries contains manuscripts and drafts written by authors and students collected by Barry McKinnon for the purposes of review, publication, or reading.