Fonds reflects Valgardson’s career as a writer of fiction and non-fiction and a teacher of writing, and the records primarily illustrate his process of revising a work for publication and adaptation from one genre to another – from a short story to a radio play, for example. Most of the records are drafts, hand- or type-written, used for review and to make editing notes, accompanied by ancillary research or correspondence with publishers, reviewers, or the public. A portion of the records relate to his involvement in lecture series, workshops, and writing associations such as the Canadian Authors Association; and some records are comprised of articles, taken from newspapers and serials, and pamphlets, brochures, and bulletins, related to his own career, activities, and interests. Included in the fonds is a number of serial publications in which Valgardson’s writing was published, in some cases a piece not published elsewhere and for which no other record appears in the fonds. The records are arranged broadly by publication – the drafts of each piece and its accompanying material are contiguous, and the titles that went into an anthology are grouped together – but do not, on the whole, follow any particular chronological or categorical sequence. The fonds is arranged into boxes that reflect only spatial division, and files that reflect both item- and small series-level divisions.
W. D. Valgardson