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Matrix magazine fonds

  • CA ETRC P220
  • Fonds
  • [1913-1921?], 1974-1995

The fonds contains primary source material pertaining to Matrix magazine (published in Lennoxville, QC from 1974 to 1988). The material in the fonds spans from 1913 to 1921, and from 1974 to 1995. It consists of correspondence, largely with Matrix editor Philip Lanthier, regarding the administration and content of the magazine. The fonds also consists of prints of work submitted to the magazine, 53 photographs (including 12 35mm negatives) from The Seventh Moon poetry readings, featuring Irving Layton, Lucien Francoeur, and Ralph Gustafson, as well as 55 miscellaneous photographs (including 18 35mm negatives). Other items found in the fonds include an award certificate for Joyce Marshall in Matrix (1984), transparencies of artworks, sketches for the magazine, a Seventh Moon Poetry Reading poster, and press clippings. The fonds is comprised of the following series: Correspondence ([1974-1991?]), Administration (1974-1988), Promotional Material ([1974-after 1985?]), Special Events ([1980?]-1995), Design Process ([1913-1921], [1974-1995?]).

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Photographs

The file contains primary source material on the graphic material submitted to Matrix magazine (published in Lennoxville, QC) sometime around 1974 to 1995. It consists of photographs - six of which are labeled as having been taken between 1913 and 1921, and the rest likely dating between 1974 and 1995. The photographs portray a variety of subject matter, including portraits, buildings, landscapes, and art pieces.

Jennifer Mitton

The file contains primary source material on the correspondence of Matrix editor Philip Lanthier (writing from Lennoxville, QC) and writer Jennifer Mitton (writing from Vancouver, BC) from about 1987 to 1991. It consists of six letters from Mitton to Lanthier, one novel synopsis, project description, and budget for an Explorations Grant, copies of Jennifer Mitton's stories "Coppertone," "With A Mother in Such Pain" and "Bring Rain, Bring Water," copies of her work in the New Quarterly, the Malahat, the Fiddlehead and the Moosehead Anthology, her resume, and two newspaper clippings with reviews of Mitton's work.

Other Types of Artwork

The sub-subseries contains primary source material on the artistic submissions to Matrix magazine (published in Lennoxville, QC) from around 1974 to 1986. It consists of transparencies, sketches, photographs of sketches, one explanatory note, and one collage of a cover layout.

Other Artists

The file contains primary source material on drawings by various artists which were submitted to Matrix magazine (published in Lennoxville, QC) from about 1974 to 1988. It consists of eleven sketches, some signed (by "Maxwell", for example,) and some unsigned, portraying a variety of subject matter including people, animals, and scenery.

G. Hatfield

The file contains primary source material on G. Hatfield's artworks which were submitted to Matrix magazine (published in Lennoxville, QC) around 1978. It consists of five pen-and-ink drawings done by the artist.

Margaret Bremner

The file contains primary source material related to the submission of Margaret Bremner's works of art to Matrix magazine (published in Lennoxville, QC) from sometime around 1985 to 1986. It consists of one postcard addressed to Matrix from Bremner, one photocopy of the envelope in which some of the drawings were donated, labeled "ART WORK, BREMNER, PURCHASED JAN 15 /86", and 8 pen-and-ink sketches by the artist.

Drawings

The sub-subseries contains primary source material on the drawings submitted to Matrix magazine (published in Lennoxville, QC) from about 1974 to 1988. It consists of a postcard, a photocopied envelope, and twenty-eight sketches done by various artists. The sub-subseries is comprised of the following files: Margaret Bremner ([1985-1986?]), G. Hatfield ([1978?]), K. Williams (1985), Other Artists ([1974-1988?]).

Artwork

The subseries contains primary source material on the artistic submissions to Matrix magazine (published in Lennoxville, QC) from 1913 to 1921, and from about 1974 to 1995. It consists of photographs, sketches, transparencies, a collage, and few textual records. The subseries is comprised of the following sub-subseries: Drawings ([1974-1988?]), Photographs ([1913-1921?], [1974-1995?]), Other Types of Artwork ([1974-1986?]).

Design Process

The series contains primary source material from 1913 to 1921 and from about 1974 to 1995, related to the design process of Matrix magazine (published in Lennoxville, QC). It consists of photographs, sketches, transparencies, a collage, and a variety of textual records including poetry and instructions for creating a magazine layout. The series is comprised of the following subseries: Artwork ([1913-1921], [1974-1995?]), Literary Submissions ([1974-1988?]), Layout ([1974-1988?]).

Advertising

The file contains primary source material on the advertisements of Matrix magazine (published in Lennoxville, QC) from approximately 1974 to 1978, and probably around 1985. It consists of Canadian Periodical Publishers' Association promotional material (one bookmark and one catalogue) advertising Matrix, one record of readers' positive comments about the magazine, one promotional flyer for the May 1978 double issue, one subscription form, and one group of notes and advertisement material.

Promotional Material

The series contains primary source promotional material related to the activities of Matrix magazine (published in Lennoxville, QC) from approximately 1974 to sometime after 1985. It consists of newspaper clippings, subscription forms, reviews, flyers, and Canadian Periodical Publishers' Association advertisements. The series is comprised of the following files: Press Clippings ([1984?]-[after 1985?]), Advertising ([1974-1978]-[1985?]).

Administrative History

The file contains primary source material on the administrative history from 1974 to about 1985 of Matrix magazine (published in Lennoxville, QC). It consists of six pages of handwritten notes (presumably written by editor Philip Lanthier) discussing the founding of the magazine and the years which followed.

Finances

The file contains primary source material on the finances of Matrix magazine (published in Lennoxville, QC) in 1987. It consists of one piece of correspondence addressed to Mr. Luc Jutras of the Canadian Council, discussing the financial state of Matrix as it pertained to the grant application to which it was to be attached.

Subscriptions

The file contains primary source material related to the subscriptions to Matrix magazine (published in Lennoxville, QC) from around 1988. It consists of four pieces of correspondence which discuss subscriptions to the magazine.

Move to Montreal

The file contains primary source material on Matrix magazine's move from Champlain Regional College - Lennoxville to John Abbott College in Sainte-Anne-de-Belluvue (Montreal, QC) in 1988. It consists of correspondence between Matrix editor Philip Lanthier and prospective future editors, one notice of a meeting regarding the fate of Matrix, two letters from Lanthier to the CRC-Lennoxville Campus Director Gerry Cutting informing him of the impending move, one proposal for the future of Matrix, one letter from new editor Linda Leith to Luc Jutras of the Canadian Council's Writing and Publications Section, one completed Application for Aid to Periodicals with supporting appendices, one letter from Lanthier to Jutras, one Metrolitho inc. receipt for Lanthier, one report on the New Editorial Board, and one budget justification for 1989.

Administration

The series contains primary source information on the administration of Matrix magazine (published in Lennoxville, QC) from about 1974 to 1988. It consists of correspondence, notes, budgets, and grant applications. The series is comprised of the following files: Move to Montreal (1988), Subscriptions ([1988?]), Finances (1987), Administrative History (1974-[1985?]).

Other

The file contains primary source material on the correspondence of the editorial team of Matrix magazine (located in Lennoxville, QC) with a variety of correspondents from about 1978 to 1989. It consists of letters to and from the editors of Matrix, for the most part regarding submissions to the magazine, but at some points also discussing finances.

Addresses

The file contains primary source material on the addresses of Matrix contacts across Canada and the United States from sometime around 1974 to 1985. It consists of lists of addresses and Change of Address Announcements.

Tsigane (Jo-Ann Baernstein)

The file contains primary source material on the correspondence of Matrix editor Philip Lanthier (writing from Lennoxville, QC) and writer Jo-Ann Baernstein (alias Tsigane, writing from Niagara on the Lake, ON) around 1982. It consists of three letters and one postcard addressed to Lanthier form Tsigane, and one resume of her publications.

Richard Sommer

The file contains primary source material on the correspondence of Matrix editor Philip Lanthier and co-editor Michael Benazon (writing from Lennoxville, QC) and writer Richard Sommer (writing from Abercorn, QC) from 1986 to 1987. It consists of three letters from Sommer to the editors of Matrix, and one short biography of Sommer.

Greta Nemiroff

The file contains primary source material on the correspondence of Matrix editor Philip Lanthier (writing from Lennoxville, QC) and writer Greta Nemiroff (writing from Westmount, QC and Richford, VT) from 1982 to 1983. It consists of seven letters from Nemiroff to Lanthier discussing her career and her work.

Irving Layton

The file contains primary source material on the correspondence of Matrix editor Philip Lanthier and Avrum Malus (writing from Lennoxville, QC) and writer Irving Layton (writing from Montreal, QC), sometime around 1978 to 1986. It consists of three letters and one Christmas card from Layton to Lanthier, one letter from Layton to Malus, one copy of Layton's poem "From the Nether World", one letter from Joy Bennett (Head, Interlibrary Loans and Librarian, Layton Collection) to Lanthier regarding the use of one of his own letters to Layton, and one Application for the Use of the Layton Collection.

Leo Kennedy and Patricia Morley

The file contains primary source material on the correspondence of Matrix co-editor Michael Benazon (writing from Lennoxville, QC), Leo Kennedy (writing from Montreal, QC), and Patricia Morley (writing from Manotick, ON) in 1984. It consists of one letter from each correspondent (Benazon, Kennedy, and Morley, and one contract signed by Benazon and Kennedy regarding the taping of Kennedy.

Geoff Hancock

The file contains primary source material on the correspondence of Matrix editor Philip Lanthier (writing from Lennoxville, QC) and Geoff Hancock of Canadian Fiction Magazine (writing from Toronto, ON) in 1985. It consists of four letters from Hancock, as well as one letter to Hancock from Montreal - Women and Words, a copy of which was sent to the editors of Matrix.

Cynthia Flood

The file contains primary source material on the correspondence of Matrix editor Philip Lanthier (writing from Lennoxville, QC) and writer Cynthia Flood (writing from Vancouver, BC) in 1981. It consists of three letters written by Cynthia Flood discussing her career and her work.

Ray Filip

This file contains primary source material on the correspondence of Matrix editor Philip Lanthier (writing from Lennoxville, QC) and writer Ray Filip (writing from Verdun, QC) in 1980. It consists of two letters written by Filip, one copy of his story "Rat Racist", and one page of handwritten notes referring to suggested changes in the story.

Merritt Clifton

The file contains primary source material on the correspondence of Matrix editor Philip Lanthier (writing from Lennoxville, QC) and writer Merritt Clifton (writing from Brigham, QC) from 1982 to 1986. It consists of two letters written by Clifton, as well as three copies of Samisdat, Clifton's own literary magazine, and one marked-up copy of Clifton's story "Dying in the Wool."

Brian Burke

The file contains primary source material on the correspondence of Matrix editor Philip Lanthier (writing from Lennoxville, QC) and writer Brian Burke (writing from Vancouver, BC) from 1985 to 1987. It consists of letters written by Lanthier, Burke, and Bob Hilderley, a representative of Quarry Press in Kingston, ON contacting Lanthier on Burke's behalf.

Correspondence

The series contains primary source material on the correspondence of the editorial team of Matrix magazine (located in Lennoxville, QC) with a variety of correspondents from about 1974 to 1991. It consists of letters to and from the editors of Matrix, for the most part regarding submissions to the magazine, but at some points also discussing finances, as well as a variety of documents pertaining to the correspondents, such as newspaper clippings and literary submissions. The series is comprised of the following files: Brian Burke (1985-1987), Merritt Clifton (1982-1986), Ray Filip (1980), Cynthia Flood (1981), Geoff Hancock (1985), Leo Kennedy and Patricia Morley (1984), Irving Layton ([1978?]-[1986?]), Joyce Marshall ([1975?]-1986), Jennifer Mitton ([1987?]-[1991?]), Greta Nemiroff (1982-1983), Richard Sommer (1986-1987), Tsigane (Jo-Ann Baernstein) ([1982?]), Addresses ([1974?]-[1985?]), Other ([1978?]-[1989?]).

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