John Glassco fonds [multiple media]
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John Glassco fonds [multiple media]
- Hierarchical level:
- R4070-0-8-E, MG30-D163
- Type of material:
- Textual material, Photographs, Art, Sound recordings, Objects (including medals and pins)
- Found in:
- Archives / Collections and Fonds
- Item ID number:
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Record Information – Details
- Fonds includes:
29 lower level description(s)View lower level description(s)
- Place of creation:
- No place, unknown, or undetermined
2.641 m of textual records.
354 photographs b&w, col.
13 drawings watercolour, pencil and pen.
1 printing plate steel
1 print photomechanical.
1 audio disc (4 min, 28 s).
1 leather portfolio.
- Language of material:
- Scope and content:
Fonds consists of personal papers and literary manuscripts of John Glassco including the following series: Personal material; Personal material and financial records; Correspondence; Foster Poetry Conference; Manuscripts-poetry; Manuscripts-plays; Manuscripts-prose; Manuscripts-prose, pornography; Manuscripts-miscellaneous; Manuscripts-translations; Poetry of French Canada in Translation; Review clippings; and Miscellaneous printed material, 1912-1981. Fonds also consists of photographs related to the life of John Glassco including photos of his family, friends, his land, 1870-1980; a group photo of poets, 1964; negatives of a four page letter addressed to André Malraux, Minister of State for France, by a group of Canadian writers including John Glassco, in support of French publisher Mourice Girodias, charged with obscenity in 1964; photographs of erotic illustrations for The Temple of Pederasty, [ca. 1970] and photos of a drawing by Philip Huber. Fonds contains portrait sketches of Glassco; a printing plate by Adolph Dehn; a print of J.L. Phillips, grandfather of John Glassco, [ca. 1900]; and a silhouette of Beatrice Glassco, mother of John, [ca. 1910]. Fonds also contains an audio recording of John Glassco's Anthem for the centennial of Canadian Confederation, [ca. 1967]. Fonds includes one leather portfolio retained for possible exhibition purposes.
- Biography/Administrative history:
Glassco, John, 1909-1981 : John Glassco was born in Montréal and educated at Selwyn House, Bishop's College School, Lower Canada College and McGill University. He left McGill for Paris with his friend Graeme Taylor in 1928. They spent three years in France, becoming friends with the American publisher, editor and author Robert McAlmon, and others of the so-called "lost generation". Glassco later described these experiences in his critically acclaimed Memoirs of Montparnasse (1970), a first chapter of which had been published in 1929 in This Quarter, a journal for expatriate writers edited by Edith Moorhead and Ernest Walsh in Paris. Glassco returned to Montréal in the early 1930s, suffering from tuberculosis. In 1935, after a spell in the Royal Victoria Hospital, he retired to a farm in Foster, Québec, which he shared with Graeme Taylor and where he raised horses. In 1951 he founded the Foster Horse Show. He married a dancer, Elma von Colmar, in 1963. In 1974 he married the journalist Marion McCormick and spent his last years dividing his time between Foster and Montréal. Glassco's first published poem, "Conan's Fig" appeared in in transition 1928, while he was in Paris. His first collection of poetry was published as The Deficit Made Flesh in 1958. Another collection, A Point of Sky, appeared in 1964 and his Selected Poems won the Governor-General's Award in 1971. He also published a collection of novellas, The Fatal Woman (1974), and a number of erotic works under pseudonyms, including The English Governess by "Miles Underwood" (eventually published under Glassco's name as Harriet Marwood, Governess in 1976), Fetish Girl by "Sylvia Bayer", and The Temple of Pederasty "after Ihara Saikaku". He also completed Aubrey Beardsley's Under the Hill (1959). John Glassco is well-known as a translator, his publications including translations of poems by Hector Saint-Denys-Garneau (The Complete Poems 1962) and of novels by Monique Bosco (Lot's Wife 1975) and Jean-Yves Soucy (Creatures of the Chase 1979). He edited The Poetry of French Canada in Translation (1970).
- Finding aid:
Textual records (Electronic) The finding aid is a descriptive list of vols. 1-5 and a file list of vols. 6-24. The finding aid includes a description of a leather portfolio and four photos. MSS0892 (90: Open)
http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000000136.pdfSound recording (Paper) See AV collection files for item-level descriptions. (Restrictions not set)
- Additional information:
- General Note:
- Received in 1973 and 1976 from John Glassco through a dealer and, after his death, from his widow Marion McCormick in 1983, 1984 and 1992 (the 1992 accession was received through John Glassco's literary executor, William Toye of Toronto).
- Custodial history:
- One file re translations by Gilles Vigneault, dated 1975, was sent by Bill Toye in 1985.
- Availability of other formats note:
- Copy negative number available for accession number 1983-133 (NPC) is PA-178057.
- Subject heading:
- Authors, Canadian, [1924-1975] The Poetry of French Canada in Translation, 1965-1969
- Poets, Canadian, [1924-1975] Jean LeMoyne
- Canada - Poetry, [1960-1974] Gertrude LeMoyne
- National songs - Canada, 1966 Canada Council Arts Fellowship
- Canada - Centennial celebrations, etc., 1966 Al Purdy
- Canada - Literary collections, [between 1924 and 1975] Michael Gnarowski, 1962-1972
- Poets, Canadian (French), [1924-1975] Ralph Gustafson, 1962-1972
- Poetry - Translating, [between 1924-1975] Geoffrey Wagner, 1966-1974
- Translating and interpreting - Canada, [between 1924 and 1975] Colloque Saint-Denys-Garneau, 1968-1970
- John Glassco - Finance, Personal, [1963-1964] Memoirs of Montparnasse
- John Glassco - Correspondence, [1924-1975] The Fatal Woman
- John Glassco - Manuscripts, [1924-1975] HaHarriet Marwood
- John Glassco - Biography, [1960-1975] Governess
- Pornography, [1960-1971] "The Art of Pornography"
- Pornography - Poetry, [1960-1971] Fetish Girl
- The Temple of Pederasty
- Squire Hardman
- The English Governess
- Former archival reference no.:
Ordering and Viewing Options
- Conditions of access:
Photographs: No restrictions except on 18 photographs of erotic illustrations where access will only be granted if researchers with a research topic that requires they consult this collection obtain permission from the Chief, Art Acquisition & Research Section, DAP. Researchers who have obtained permission to consult this collection may not normally obtain copies of it. Various copyright. Credit: Library and Archives Canada. Art: No restrictions. Various copyright. Credit: Library and Archives Canada.
Sound recording: Reproduction and use in any form requires the written permission of the copyright holder and the written permission of BMI Canada.
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