Fonds 12.001 - Lloyd Siemens fonds

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Lloyd Siemens fonds

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CA UWA 12.001

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  • 1942-2012 ; predominate 1960-1996 (Creation)
    Siemens, Lloyd

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1.35 m of textual records.
45 photographs.
10 postcards.
9 drawing reproductions.
12 books.

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Lloyd Siemens was a professor in the University of Winnipeg’s English department from 1968 to 1996. Siemens attended United College and graduated with a B.A in 1956, and earned his graduate degrees at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. During his tenure at the University of Winnipeg, Siemens’ course lectures and research focused on Elizabethan dramas and nineteenth century novels and poetry, with a particular focus on the works of Thomas Hardy and H. Rider Haggard. After his retirement in 1996, he taught English literature to seniors at the University of Winnipeg and for Creative Retirement until his death in 2010.

Siemens was born in Kane, Manitoba on January 17, 1935 to Tina Siemens (nee Heinrichs) (1910-1957) and George G. Siemens (1902-1984). G.G. Siemens was the principal of the Kane Consolidated School from 1934 to 1944, and then taught at Winkler Collegiate until his retirement in 1967. Siemens had an older brother, Reynold, a professional cellist and English professor, and a younger sister, Kathryn. In 1944, at the age of nine, Siemens and his family moved to Winkler, Manitoba from Kane. He graduated from Winkler Collegiate and won the Governor-General’s Medal. Siemens, along with his brother Reynold, was a lifelong musician. He attended The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto in the late 1940s, and frequently performed as both a soloist and as part of an ensemble. As a youth, he played with the Manitoba Schools Orchestra, the Mennonite Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra.

In 1956, Siemens graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from United College. While working on his Bachelor of Paed degree at the University of Manitoba, Siemens taught English and Math in Miami and Altona, Manitoba. In 1957, Siemens married his high school sweetheart, Irene. They had two sons, Gerard and Rene, and three grandchildren. In 1960, after completing his MA in English literature at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Siemens taught English at United College Collegiate. Three years later, he returned to Madison to complete his doctorate in English literature on a senior post-graduate fellowship and a Canada Council Doctoral grant.

After graduation, Siemens accepted a position at the University of British Columbia, but in 1968, Siemens and his family returned to Manitoba where he joined the English faculty at the University of Winnipeg. For twenty-eight years, Siemens was a member of the English faculty. His academic focus lay with Elizabethan drama and Victorian literature, with a specific focus on the works of Thomas Hardy and H. Rider Haggard. He frequently visited the United States and England for research, and spent several sabbatical leaves with his wife Irene in Cambridge, England where he was a fellow at Darwin College and frequently visited Dorchester, London and East Anglia. His academic publications included dozens of articles that focused on Victorian literature, and, in particular, the works of Hardy. He was a frequent contributor to the journal English Literature in Transition 1880-1920. Siemens also served as chair of the provincial senior high school English Examination Committee and as a member of the Department of Education English Curriculum Committee during the early 1970s.

While Siemens retired from the University of Winnipeg in 1996, until 2010 he continued to teach courses in Shakespeare, the Victorian novel and poetry in the University of Winnipeg’s 55+ (Continuing Ed) program, at Creative Retirement Manitoba and at New Frontiers in Arizona during the winter. In his retirement, Siemens also returned to music and performing in public with the Consort of Friends, and the Winnipeg Seniors’ Chamber Ensemble.

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In 2012, Irene Siemens donated her husband’s records to the University of Winnipeg Archives.

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The fonds is arranged into seven series. The first series consists of twelve annotated books used in Siemens’ research and class lectures at the University of Winnipeg. The second series consists of forty-seven academic journals on English literature from the late 1960s to the late 1990s, and most contain an article or book review written by Siemens. The third series contains lecture notes created by Siemens, which were recreated and compiled frequently over the course of his career at the University of Winnipeg. The fourth series is comprised of Siemens’ academic writing from 1954 until the 1990s. The fifth series contains Siemens’ personal records from 1942 until 2011 and consists of three sub-series, which include memoirs and artifacts; correspondence; and records on his musical performances. The sixth series includes Siemens professional records from 1958 to 2012, which consist of three sub-series, including professional correspondence; grant applications and faculty reports; and conference programs and newspaper clippings. The seventh series contains reproductions of drawings and photographs, including photographs of the University’s English faculty and other staff members, and photographs related to prominent works of English literature, and were taken and collected by Irene and Lloyd Siemens. Included within each series are notations written by Irene Siemens that explain some of the significance and context of both individual records and entire series.

Series 1: Series one contains twelve annotated books. Lloyd Siemens frequently used the English literature books, which include the works of Shakespeare and many Victorian poets and novelists among others, in lectures and research. The notations created by Siemens were written extensively throughout the books and reveal Siemens analysis of each book, while also demonstrating, in part, Siemens’ process of critical analysis and his creation of research and lecture notes. These books serve as exemplars of Siemens’ reading and analysis process. Most books were brought into Siemens possession in the 1960s and 1970s, but the notations were continually updated as Siemens revamped his course work notes or research.

Series 2: Series two contains forty-seven literary criticism journals from the late 1960s to the late 1990s. Most of the journals contain an essay or a book review written by Siemens. He most frequently wrote about the works of nineteenth century English poet and novelist Thomas Hardy, and English novelist Henry Rider Haggard. Siemens frequently contributed to the journal English Literature in Transition 1880-1920. From 1985 to 1999 he collected most editions of The Thomas Hardy Journal.

Series 3: Series three contains Siemens lecture notes. Many of his lectures were first written when he began teaching in the 1960s, but up to the 2000s were constantly updated to reflect Siemens’ new readings of old texts and class needs. These lecture notes reveal the classes Siemens taught at the University of Winnipeg, and reveal some of Siemens’ teaching style and substance. This series is divided based on author, or literary genre. Much of the notes are hand written, some files include extracts of his primary sources, as well as programs for theatre productions of the literary work in question and related postcards. His lectures discuss literature ranging from the sixteenth century to the twentieth, but there is a specific focus on Shakespeare, Thomas Hardy, and nineteenth century poets and novelists.

Series 4: Series four contains Siemens academic writing from 1954 until the 1990s. Included in this series are his undergraduate course work from United College; his graduate school papers, exams and dissertation from the University of Wisconsin at Madison; and off-print book reviews and journal articles.

Series 5: Series five contains Siemens personal records and is divided into three sub-series, which include memoirs and artifacts, personal correspondence, and musical performances. The majority of the memoirs and artifacts sub-series contains records from the 1940s to the 1960s, and includes school report cards, convocation notices, school yearbooks, and university degrees. The sub-series also contains ephemera related to Thomas Hardy, which was collected in the 1970s, and memoirs written by Siemens in the 2000s. The memoirs, while incomplete, include some of Siemens’ memories of his childhood, family, education, and work. The personal correspondence sub-series contains letters and postcards from 1950 to the 2000s, and were mainly sent while Siemens was away at University or on sabbatical in Cambridge with his wife Irene. The letters were received and sent to family, including his parents G.G. and Tina, stepmother Barbara Siemens, his sister Kathy, as well as his friends, including Dave Dyck, Al Reiner, Margaret Swayze and Elfrieda and Erwin Hiebert. The third sub-series contains programs for musical performances and news clippings for Reynold Siemens, Lloyd’s brother and professional cellist, and Lloyd Siemens from the 1940s to the 1970s and from 2001 to 2011. Lloyd Siemens was an accomplished musician in his youth and performed with the Winkler Bible School, Winkler Collegiate Institute, Winkler String Quartette, Winnipeg Men’s Musical Club and Winnipeg Mennonite Children’s Choir. In his retirement, he began to again play in public with the consort of Friends and Winnipeg Seniors’ Chamber Ensemble.

Series 6: Series six contains Siemens professional records and is divided into three series, which include professional correspondence; grant applications, curriculum vitae, and faculty reports; and a collection of conference programs, and newspaper and magazine clippings. The first sub-series contains professional correspondence from 1958 to 2009. The correspondence consists of job applications, letters from colleagues from the University of Winnipeg English department, letters from former students, letters about publications, letters from the editors of the journal English Literature in Transition, letters about research projects, and letters about honours and awards. The second sub-series contains Siemens’ Faculty Activity Reports, Sabbatical Reports, research leave and grant applications and curriculum vitae from 1974 to 1996. The third-sub-series contains collections of conference programs and newspaper and magazine clippings, as well as High School Examination Board of Manitoba Exams from 1969 to 1970. The conference programs are from conferences Siemens attended from 1964 to 1993, and are mostly related to Victorian Studies or Thomas Hardy. From the 1970s to the 1990s Siemens collected clippings related to professional standards for professors, Hardy, as well as funny quotes from students.

Series 7: Series seven contains images collected or created by Siemens, including 45 photographs, 10 postcards and 9 drawing reproductions from the 1940s to the 1990s. Half of the images relate to English literature and history and were used in Siemens’ class lectures. The other half are personal photographs of Lloyd as a child, or with Irene Siemens in England, or socializing with the English faculty at the University of Winnipeg. Also included in this collection are 7 holiday cards sent from Kay and Harry Duckworth to the University faculty from 1971 to 1981, as well as, reproductions of drawings of the University of Manitoba’s University Centre circa 1969.

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