Fonds Mss 77, Mss Sc 77, Pc 7, Tc 67, El 18 (A.79-16, A.79-26, A.80-18, A.84-39, A.85-21, A.88-29, A.91-03, A.92-02, A.92-45, A.93-17, A.95-29, A.96-07, A.00-19, A.03-90, A.05-17, A.08-139, A.10-52, A.12-41, A.12-133, A 15-005) - Heather Robertson fonds

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Heather Robertson fonds

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CA UMASC Mss 77, Mss Sc 77, Pc 7, Tc 67, El 18 (A.79-16, A.79-26, A.80-18, A.84-39, A.85-21, A.88-29, A.91-03, A.92-02, A.92-45, A.93-17, A.95-29, A.96-07, A.00-19, A.03-90, A.05-17, A.08-139, A.10-52, A.12-41, A.12-133, A 15-005)

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  • 1942-2014 (Creation)
    Robertson, Heather

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23.4 m of textual records and other material. The A15-005 includes15 contact sheets, 191 photos, 260 negatives, 200 slides, 18 audiocassettes & 29 compact discs

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Heather Robertson received a B.A. from the University of Manitoba and an M.A. from Columbia University. She was a columnist for The Winnipeg Tribune and editor of the University of Manitoba student newspaper, <i>The Manitoban</i>. She went on to become a radio producer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Robertson has published several books, adding to her reputation as a distinguished and often controversial writer and journalist. Her publications include <i>Reservations Are for Indians</i> (1970), <i>Grass Roots</i> (1973), <i>Salt of the Earth</i> (1974), <i>A Terrible Beauty: The Art of Canada at War</i> (1977), <i>Willie: A Romance</i> (1983), <i>Lily: A Rhapsody in Red</i> (1986), <i>Igor: A Novel of Intrigue</i> (1989), <i>A Gentleman Adventurer: The Arctic Diaries of R.H.G. Bonnycastle</i> (1985), <i>More Than a Rose: Prime Ministers, Wives, and Other Women</i> (1991), <i>On The Hill: A People's Guide to Canada's Parliament</i> (1992), <i>Driving Force: The McLaughlin Family and the Age of the Car</i> (1995), <i>Writing From Life: A Guide for Writing True Stories</i> (1998), <i>Meeting Death: In Hospital, Hospice, and at Home</i> (2000), <i>Magical, Mysterious Lake of the Woods</i> (2003), <i>Measuring Mother Earth: How Joe the Kid Became Tyrrell of the North</i> (2007), and <i>Walking Into Wilderness: The Toronto Carrying Place and Nine Mile Portage</i> (2010). In the late 1990s and throughout the 2000s, Robertson stood as class representative in the class action lawsuit Robertson v. Thomson Corp., arguing that the digital reproduction of work produced by freelancers without the freelancers' consent or additional compensation was an infringment of the creators' copyright. Robertson passed away on her 72nd Birthday, March 19, 2014.

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The fonds was donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Heather Robertson in several accessions between 1979 and 2014. The A15-005 accession was donated by Robertson's husband Andrew Marshall in 2015.

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The fonds contains literary manuscripts of most of her books, personal and professional correspondence, material pertaining to both her literary and academic careers, 1000+ photographs, 33 audio-cassettes, 1 videocassette, and 3 computer diskettes. The A12-41 accession of the fonds consists of legal documents and correspondence relating to the Robertson v. Thomson Corp. class action lawsuit, as well as awards, portraits and other correspondence. The A12-133 accession consists of correspondence and a review of "A Terrible Beauty", a periodical on Heather Robertson and a National Magazine Awards Booklet, plus awards and portraits. The 15-005 is comprised of nine series. They include. Biographical & personal information, literary career, research material, publishing contracts, correspondence, areas of interest, photos, tapes & electronic records.

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Created by Elizabeth-Anne Johnson on 29 May 2012.
Revised by Elizabeth-Anne Johnson on 20 August 2012.
Revised by Chantel Banman on 20 August 2014
Revised by Lewis St. George Stubbs May 2015

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