Fonds Mss 140, Pc 148, El 30, Tc 111 (A.95-64, A.98-25, A.99-74, A.00-39, A.01-28, A.03-51, A.05-42, A.07-23, A.08-92, A.11-50, A.12-32, A.14-86) - Carol Matas fonds

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Carol Matas fonds

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CA UMASC Mss 140, Pc 148, El 30, Tc 111 (A.95-64, A.98-25, A.99-74, A.00-39, A.01-28, A.03-51, A.05-42, A.07-23, A.08-92, A.11-50, A.12-32, A.14-86)

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  • 1940, 1960, 1970-2014 (Creation)
    Matas, Carol, 1949-
    Winnipeg (Man.)

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15.26 m of textual records and other material.

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Carol Matas was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1949. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario in 1970. She then pursued a theatrical career, graduating from the Actor's Lab in London, England in 1972. She began writing as she simultaneously pursued an acting career until 1976 when she embarked on a literary career. Her first book was published in 1982. She has won international acclaim for her books for young people. The Holocaust and other facets of Jewish life are common themes in Matas's work. As well she writes fantasy, science fiction, contemporary and other works of historical fiction. She is also the author of several works of fantasy in partnership with Perry Nodelman. Her books have been translated into over a dozen different languages and boast a worldwide readership.

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Perry Nodelman is Professor Emeritus in the Department of English at the University of Winnipeg and is involved in the University's Centre for Research in Young People's Texts and Cultures. He is the author of "Words About Pictures: The Narrative Art of Children's Picture Books" and "The Pleasures of Children's Literature". He is also the author of several children's and young adult novels, often in collaboration with Carol Matas.

Custodial history

The fonds was donated to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Carol Matas in several accessions between 1995 and 2014.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of personal and professional correspondence, fan mail, publicity (print and online reviews, newspaper clippings, and posters advertising her appearances), photographs, awards material. research, drafts of some of Matas's novels, and copies of her published work. The fonds also contains a DVD copy of a short documentary on Matas and an audiobook of "Daniel's Story".

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  • English

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See individual finding aids for addition language listings, as some accessions contain translated copies of books or other material.

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Certain files have been identified as confidential and are restricted.

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Finding aids

Print finding aids for the 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, and 2005 accessions are available in the Archives' reading room. Electronically available finding aids for the 2003 to 2014 accessions can be found via the following links:
MSS 140, PC 148 (A.03-51)
MSS 140, PC 148, TC 111 (A.05-42)
MSS 140 (A.07-23)
MSS 140 (A.08-92)
MSS 140, PC 148 (A.11-50)
MSS 140, EL 30 (A.12-32)
MSS 140 (A.14-86)

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University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

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Created by Elizabeth-Anne Johnson on 4 May 2012.
Revised by Elizabeth-Anne Johnson on 8 May 2012.
Revised by Tyyne Petrowski 15 December 2014.

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  • English

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