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Barry McKinnon fonds
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Barry McKinnon fonds

  • 2000.6
  • Fondo
  • 1958-2003

Fonds consists of a large and extended correspondence, manuscript materials (both his own and others), publications, proofs, financial records, transcriptions, audio tapes, lectures and preparation work for teaching. A large quantity of influential (and obscure) periodicals published in the west is also included. Includes material related to Barry McKinnon and The Caledonia Writing Series and Gorse Press. The audio collection consists of cassette and reel to reel tapes of poetry readings and interviews in Prince George and other locations within Canada, including Edmonton, Montreal, and Vancouver. Readings from the 1980 Writing Conference Words/Loves at the College of New Caledonia (CNC) are also included along with many Poetry Readings at CNC during the 1970s to the 1990s. Poets and writers in the audio collection include Barry McKinnon, Ken Belford, Earle Birney, Bill Bissett, George Bowering, Robert Creeley, Brian Fawcett, Gerry Gilbert, Arti Gold, Elizabeth Hay, Roy Kiyooka, Robert Kroetsch, Evelyn Lau, Irving Layton, Dorothy Livesay, Daphne Marlatt, Susan Musgrave, bp Nichol, Michael Ondaatje, Stan Persky, David Phillips, Al Purdy, George Stanley, Sharon Thesen, Fred Wah, and Tom Wayman.

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Personal correspondence with Andy Suknaski

File contains correspondence dating from July 25, 1970 to June 19, 1981 and from November 30, 1987 to September 5, 1989 concerning various personal topics and a review of Mr. McKinnon's I Wanted To Say Something. File also includes Andy Suknaski's introduction to I Wanted to Say Something, 1990, second edition printing; typescript of Suknaski poems, poetry manuscript drafts and photocopied pages from Mr. Suknaski's diary, newspaper clippings, photocopies of drawings by Mr. Suknaski and a letter to Dennis Lee from Mr. Suknaski regarding Barry McKinnon's poetry.

"The Ant's Forefoot"

File consists of issues of the literary periodical entitled "The Ant's Forefoot", including issue 2 and 7.

Writing and Editing

Series contains records related to the writing and editing work of author Barry McKinnon. Includes Barry McKinnon's manuscripts, published works, writing contracts, writing awards, and related records.

"The Caledonia Writing Series & Gorse Press"

File consists of two publication created by Barry McKinnon: (1) "The Caledonia Writing Series: 1972-1980 & Gorse Press (a bibliography)" and (2) "The Caledonia Writing Series and Gorse Press: A Chronicle and Bibliography" (ca.1994 ?). File also contains the following four poems: "October Poem" by Jamie Reid (1988); "Figmental" by Lissa Wolsak (1996); and "from the Walk" and "Envoi - " both by Barry McKinnon (1996).

Graphic Material

Series contains photographs taken and collected by Barry McKinnon of his family and colleagues. Also includes a small number of art prints and postcards.


Series contains records related to Barry McKinnon's work as a publisher with his Caledonia Writing Series (1972-1980) and Gorse Press. Also includes material collected from other small press publishers, including catalogues, promotional material, and correspondence.


Series contains records related to Barry McKinnon's teaching career at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George. Includes teaching material such as syllabi, curricula, and teaching notes. Also includes administrative records relating to McKinnon's teaching at the College, including records related to the controversy of his lay off from CNC and support received from the community to reinstate his position. Additional material consists of documents regarding the creation of the University of Northern British Columbia, the controversial need for a university in the North, and its clash with the established College of New Caledonia.

Collected Manuscripts

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

Collected Works

Series contains works collected by Barry McKinnon over the course of his literary and teaching careers. Includes collected literary publications, collected manuscripts of other authors, literary periodicals, reviews, and clippings.


Series contains correspondence created or received by Barry McKinnon. Includes the correspondence of prominent Canadian literary authors including Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, and Brian Fawcett, as well as many other northern BC authors and poets. Also includes business correspondence with publishers, grant programs, and literary institutions.

John Lent

File contains correspondence from John Lent and accompanying material.

Charles Olson

File contains a single handwritten document from Charles Olson.

Nancy Boyd

File contains promotional postcards for Nancy Boyd art shows, annotated with personal messages from Nancy Boyd.

Separated photographs

File consists of miscellaneous photographs separated from the textual files of Barry McKinnon, mostly photographs sent from fellow writers with their correspondence. Includes photographs of Barry McKinnon, Earle Birney, George Bowering, David Bromige, Stan Chung, Robert Creeley, Brian Fawcett, John Harris, Irving Layton, Dorothy Livesay, Daphne Marlatt, John Newlove, David Phillips, and Paul Shuttleworth.

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