Fonds P047 - Joyce Marshall fonds

Joyce Marshall Joyce Marshall (back left) with siblings Joyce Marshall as a young girl Joyce Marshall and St. Helen's School classmates St. Helen’s School basketball team Joyce Marshall Marshall family Christmas Joyce Marshall with friend

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Joyce Marshall fonds

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  • 1914-2005 (Creation)

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4.74 m of textual records. - 326 photographs. - 2 drawings. - 2 audio tape cassettes. - 1 audio reel.

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Author Joyce Marshall was born in Montreal on 28 November 1913, the eldest child of William W. Marshall and Ruth Chambers. After attending Westmount High School in Montreal she studied at St. Helen's School in Dunham from 1929 to 1932. She then went on to study English at McGill University, where she obtained her B.A. in 1935. Marshall had started to write fiction in her childhood and had her first publication, a short story, in 1936. In 1937 she moved to Toronto and continued to live there for most of her life, with a break from 1961 to 1963, when she lived in Denmark and Norway. Though her works consists mainly of short stories, Marshall has also worked in many other genres, including poetry, the novel, the essay, journalism, and criticism. Many of her stories have been produced for radio on the CBC program 'Anthology'. Marshall was a translator as well, and is known as an excellent translator of Quebec literature. In 1976, she won the Canadian Council award for translation for her version of Gabrielle Roy's "Cet été qui chantait". This translation and that of two other works by Roy gave rise to correspondence with Roy. Marshall's interests included work with national associations for the protection and promotion of writers and translators. In 1981-1982, Marshall was writer-in-residence at Trent University in Ontario.

Joyce Marshall passed away 22 October 2005.

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The fonds contains source material on the work, professional life, and personal life of Joyce Marshall from 1914 to 2005. It consists mainly of her manuscripts, records on related activities, correspondence, diaries, photographs, drawings, press clippings and research material. Correspondence with Gabrielle Roy is among the holdings. The fonds is comprised of the following series: Youth Writings ([192-?]-1932), Short Stories ([193-?]-1996), Novels ([after 1946]-1994), Radio Scripts ([194-?]-[1977?]), Articles ([after 1963]-2001), Reviews ([1958?]-1998), Translations ([196-?]-1980), Editing (1944-2002), Lectures and Writing Workshops (1967-1998), Manuscript Appraisals ([198-?]), Professional Life (1949-2003), Trent University (1980-1982), Correspondence with Writers (1946-2004), General Correspondence (1960-2005), Photographs ([1918?]-2002), Media (1954-2001), Personal Life (1914-2005), Non-Fiction Works (1988-2005), Television (1958), Education (1932-1996), Miscellaneous Writings ([1945?]-1998) and Miscellaneous Documents (1950-1976).

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The documents were donated in 1988 by Joyce Marshall as a result of efforts by Ken McLean, a professor of the English Department of Bishop's University. A new accrual to her material was received in 2009 and additional documents were donated by Anne Morris in 2019.


The arrangement of the records respects that devised by Marshall herself. It is important to note that the backs of many documents contain information on Joyce Marshall's life because she recycled her correspondence, manuscripts, etc.

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Most of the documents are in English, some in French.

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Joyce Marshall's article entitled "Remembering Gwendolyn MacEwen" (P047/005.15) was published in the literary journal Brick 45 (1993), pp. 61-65, which is available in print at the Bishop's University Library.

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Finding aid prepared using Rules for Archival Description (RAD).


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28 janvier, 2016

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