Fonds - Cherie Smith fonds

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Cherie Smith fonds

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  • 1947, 1952, 1982-1997, photocopied 1986 (original 1941) (Creation)
    Cherie Smith

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20 cm of textual records
9 maps
1 floppy disk

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Cherie Smith was a publisher, editor and author who lived in Vancouver. Smith was the founder and editor of publishing company November House as well as the author of Mendel’s Children: A Family Chronicle.

Cherie Smith was born in Kamsack, Saskatchewan to Dr. Iser Steiman and Laura (Shatsky) Steiman. Smith graduated from the University of British Columbia. Before founding November House in 1968 she worked in sales for PRISM Magazine. Smith was also one of the founding members of the Western Canadian Publishers Association. After retiring from November House Smith founded the Jewish Book Fair in 1984, now known as the Cherie Smith JCC Jewish Book Festival. In 1997 Mendel’s Children: A Family Chronicle, a memoir about her and her family in Kamsack, Saskatchewan.

Cherie and Buddy Smith were married in 1951 and had two children. Smith died in Vancouver in 1999.

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Fonds consists of records created or compiled by Cherie Smith relating to her writing of books about her family’s history. Records include drafts of books, research and publicity.

Draft manuscripts include copies of Mendel’s Children: A Family Chronicle that have been heavily annotated by people reviewing them as well as copies of unpublished manuscripts. Also included are flyers and reviews for Mendel’s Children.

Research material for the books include maps of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Pale of Settlement; correspondence and copies of published materials.

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