Fonds IN-23; 1994-2; 1994-6 - Robert N. Hallstead Papers

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Robert N. Hallstead Papers

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CA UWA IN-23; 1994-2; 1994-6

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  • [193-]- 1984 ; predominant [193-]- 1967 (Creation)
    Hallstead, Robert N.

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14 cm of textual records.

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Robert N. Hallstead (1906-1967) was a professor in the English department at United College in Winnipeg from 1946 until his death in 1967. Throughout his career he wrote poetry, short stories, and literary criticism. In 1954-55, Hallstead served as a full time member of the government sponsored Bracken Commission, which was created to research liquor consumption in Manitoba. Hallstead and his wife, Anne, were close friends with author Margaret Laurence—a student of his.

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The papers were donated to the University of Winnipeg Archives in 1994 through two different accessions. Hallstead's close friend, Walter Swayze, donated the first accession, and his wife Anne donated the second.

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The papers are arranged into three series, including Hallstead’s research on alcohol consumption in Manitoba; Hallstead’s fiction and non-fiction writing; and correspondence from author Margaret Laurence. The first series includes research and reports on alcohol consumption--and its social cost--from 1955 to 1956. As well as, newspaper clippings and journal articles on alcohol consumption, Manitoba’s liquor laws, and Hallstead’s beliefs on the subject. Also included is his address to the Manitoba Temperance Alliance. The second series contains Hallstead’s fiction and non-fiction writing, which includes poetry, short stories, literary criticism, lecture notes and addresses. This series is largely undated, but the material was likely created from the late 1930s until 1967. The third series contains originals and photocopies of incoming correspondence from author, and former United College student, Margaret Laurence. In her letters to Hallstead, dated from 1961 to 1967, Laurence discussed her writing experiences, the construction of her novels, her family life and separation from her husband. After his death, Laurence continued to write to Anne Hallstead. A letter, from 1984, to Margaret and Walter Swayze, a United College professor, is also included in the collection.

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No notes were made on arrangement or archival intervention at the time of accessioning.

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There are no restrictions on access.

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Researchers are permitted to photocopy and publish in accordance with standard copyright procedures.

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A hard copy finding aid is available in the Archives Reading Room.

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July 17, 2012

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