Fonds MG 163 - David Carpenter fonds

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David Carpenter fonds

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MG 163

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  • 1834-2015, predominant 1976-1999 (Creation)

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20.4 metres of textual records

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Though born in Edmonton in 1941, David Carpenter's youth was spent in Edmonton, Jasper, Banff and Lake Louise. Graduating in 1964 with a B.A. and B.Ed. from the University of Alberta, he taught high school for one year before entering a M.A program in English at the University of Oregon. In 1967 he returned to Edmonton, M.A. in hand, and resumed his high school teaching career. Two years later he enrolled in the Ph.D. program at the University of Alberta, graduating in 1973. Dr. Carpenter spent the next two years as a post-doc at the University of Manitoba before accepting an appointment in Canadian Literature, Department of English, at the University of Saskatchewan. He was promoted through the ranks, becoming full professor in 1986. In the mid-1970s, Carpenter began to write seriously as a vocation. This early work was to become part of a series of interconnected works of fiction (Jokes for the Apocalypse, Jewels, and God's Bedfellows) published between 1985 and 1988. In the late 1980s, Carpenter began work on his first full length novel, Rider Wrong, and in 1994 published his first book of essays, Writing Home. 1995 and 1996 saw publication of his first how-to book, Fishing in the West, and his second book of essays, Courting Saskatchewan. Dr. Carpenter has received several literary awards, has taught creative writing at Fort San, Saskatchewan and is a frequent guest on CBC radio programs.

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This fonds contains correspondence, diaries, published and unpublished manuscripts by Carpenter, publications by Carpenter and others and photographs. Series I deals primarily with the genealogy and history of the Carpenter, Smith and Lawrence families.

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Received and described in ten major accruals, organized into series as follows:


I. FAMILY MATERIALS. - nd-1942. - 22cm. - 53 folders. 4
II. PERSONAL. -1935-1997. - 4.4m. - folders.
III. CORRESPONDENCE. - nd-1996. - 1.84m. - 238 folders.
IV. FICTION - Published. - nd-1995. - 2.25m. -141 folders.
V. FICTION - Unpublished. - nd-1994. - 68cm. -38 folders.
VI. ESSAYS. - nd-1994. - 42cm. - 34 folders. 31
VII. REVIEWS. - nd-1994. - 19cm. - 21 folders.
VIII. POETRY. - 1966-1995. - 20cm. -17 folders.
IX. EDITING. - 1977-1992. - 8cm. - 4 folders.
X. TRANSLATION. - nd-1985. -12cm. - 7 folders.

ACCRUAL #2 -Accession # 997-127.

II. Personal
III. Correspondence

ACCRUAL #3 - Accession 1999-052

I. Family Materials
II. Personal
III. Correspondence
IV. Fiction
V. Fiction Unpublished
VI. Essays
VII. Reviews
VIII. Poetry
XII. Non-Fiction – Published
XIII. Family/Misc.

ACCRUAL #4 - Accession 1999-092
I. Books
II. Folders
III. Photos
IV. Fallout/Survival Pamphlets
V. Certificates

ACCRUAL #5 - Accession 2000-016
*This small accrual contains books gifted to Carpenter, as well as materials relating to his personal and professional life from the late 1980’s to the late 1990’s.

ACCRUAL #6 – Accession 2004-089

  1. About Writing, Writers, Festivals, Awards, etc.
  2. Writing by Others
  3. Correspondence
  4. Writing
  5. Teaching
  6. Miscellaneous
  7. Books by Others


I. Alexson, Frances Mardelle
II. Subject- Nominal
III. Books
IV. Books – Chapters in Books
V. Books by others


  1. Books
  2. Works by Carpenter
  3. Professional correspondence / activities
  4. Other writers
  5. Misc. / personal

ACCRUAL #9 - 2010-029

  1. Books
  2. Works by Carpenter
  3. Professional correspondence / activities
  4. Other writers
  5. Misc. / personal

ACCRUAL #10 - Accession 2014-104
I. Correspondence
II. Personal
III. Events
IV. Writing
V. Writing by others
VI. Literary History of Saskatchewan Research

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  • English

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