Fonds MG 106 - Allison Mitcham fonds

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Allison Mitcham fonds

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MG 106

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  • 1913, 1932-2015 (Creation)

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8.56 m of textual records
audio cassette
works of art on paper

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Elizabeth Allison Mitcham (nee Brown) was born in Tisdale, Saskatchewan. Her public and high school education was taken at schools across Canada: Saskatchewan, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, and Alberta. She earned degrees at the University of Saskatchewan (BA 1952) and the University of New Brunswick (MA 1954, PhD 1972). She taught at Mount Allison University, prior to accepting a position as professor of English and Comparative Canadian Literature at the University of Moncton in 1968. In 1978, when Mitcham was made full professor, she was one of the few women in North America at that time to have achieved that academic rank. Mitcham was a prolific author, having written over 30 fiction and non-fiction books and children’s literature, as well as scores of poems and articles. She received an honorary degree from the University of Moncton and was named professor emerita upon her retirement in 1989.

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This fonds includes extensive correspondence with family and colleagues, as well as materials relating to Dr. Mitcham's career as an academic and an author. It also contains manuscript drafts, research notes, and related materials regarding her books "The Last Utopia," "Taku," "Island Keepers," "Grey Owl's Favorite Wilderness," and "Ivan Hicks," among others. The fonds also includes biographical material.

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Some portions of this fonds have been arranged. Accruals that have been arranged have been organized generally in accordance with materials donated previously by Dr. Mitcham. Series titles include Personal, Research and Writing, Publications, Universities, and Memorabilia.

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Primarily English; contains materials in French.

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Some material is restricted by request of the donor. Family correspondence and all diaries/journals are restricted for a period of 10 years. Other restrictions are under review.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Dr. Mitcham retains copyright privileges during her lifetime for all of her published and unpublished poetry and manuscripts, both fiction and non-fiction. Two works are closed. Other than these, researchers may copy up to 10% of the whole for manuscripts; for copying requests above 10%, written permission from Dr. Mitcham must be obtained.

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