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Articles and reviews

Series documents Hunter's work as a reviewer of poetry and novels, as well as literary criticism of Hunter's own works. Series consists of book and poetry reviews, articles, poems, correspondence, interview transcripts, and event posters and notices.

Family history

Series documents Hunter's research into his family history and the history of Scottish immigrants to the Calgary area, which he used in his writing. Series consists of published histories, photographs, diary pages, maps, certificates of title, freehold reports, land title searches, articles, notes, and correspondence.

Writing and publications

Series illustrates Hunter's work as an novelist, poet, and writer of short stories. Series contains one subseries of Hunter's books, and also consists of short stories, poems, manuscript drafts, notes, editorial feedback, newspaper clippings, media articles, correspondence, reviews, interviews, contracts, event posters, diaries, photographs, and newsletters.

Letters

Series consists of Hunter's personal and professional correspondence and contains letters, postcards, and greeting cards from friends, family members, fellow authors and poets, and publishers. Series also contains some poems, short stories, royalty and title-earning summaries, newspaper articles, obituaries, forms, student essays, contracts and agreements, and event notices and posters.

Bruce Hunter fonds

  • CA MRUASC F0046
  • Fonds
  • 1950, 1960-2020

Fonds documents Hunter's career as a novelist, poet, and writer of short stories. Fonds consists of correspondence, books, poems, short stories, manuscript drafts, research notes, contracts and agreements, posters, articles, reviews, interviews, photographs, and diaries. Fonds is arranged into 4 series: letters; writing and publications; family history; and articles and reviews.

Bruce Hunter

Gladys and Dinton through the years

Item is a history of the Gladys and Dinton districts of Alberta and contains biographies of the main settlers in the area. Item was used by Hunter in researching his own publications.

Memories of a Scottish emigrant

Item is a self-published memoir detailing Elliott's immigration to Canada and subsequent life there, including his participation in World War I and World War II. Hunter used the book as research for his own works.

Benchmark

Item is a collection of poetry published by Thistledown Press.

Country Music Country

Item is a collection of linked short stories about working class Canadians. Item was published by Thistledown Press Ltd.

Country Music Country

Item is a collection of linked short stories about working class Canadians. Item was published by IslandCatEditions.

In The Bear's House

Item is a fictional novel about Scottish immigrants raising a deaf child in Calgary, Alberta. Item was published by Oolichan Books.

Reviews of Hunter

File contains reviews of Hunter's works, newspaper articles, event posters, an interview transcript, brochure, student essay, and an author biography. File also contains copies of Hunter's poems "The Beekeeper's Daughter," "Tidal Bells," and "Palomino Prairie, Rattlesnake Summer."

Writers' Quarterly

File documents Hunter's work as a reviewer and editor of the literary periodical Cross-Canada Writers' Quarterly. File contains book and poetry reviews, letters from the editor, and an article.

Novel research file

File documents Hunter's research for a new book. File contains notes, newspaper clippings, newspaper and magazine articles, business cards, correspondence, excerpts from articles and book reviews, and a postcard.

Reviews of Hunter

File contains reviews of Hunter's works, newspaper articles, a resume, and a book launch invitation. File also contains copies of Hunter's short stories "Private Property" and "Ballet on Stone."

Reviews by Hunter

File contains book reviews, correspondence, an interview transcript, style sheet, and a contract.

Title search, maps, surveys

File documents Hunter's research on the Dunbow Ranche which was established in 1886 by his great-great-grandfather. File contains reproductions of detailed freehold reports, land title searches, certificates of title, and maps.

Begg family photos

File documents the donation of the Begg family records to the Glenbow Archives and Hunter's genealogical research. File contains photocopies of photographs, reproductions of Begg family records from 1869 to 1917, biographical information on Alexander Begg, negatives, correspondence, articles, notes, a list of donated items, and a donation transfer form.

and negatives and photocopies photographs of Hunter's ancestors, the Begg family, from the Glenbow Archives.

Alex. Begg diaries

File contains copies of pages from the diary of Alexander Begg, Hunter's paternal great-great-grandfather.

Diary

Item is Hunter's personal diary.

Benchmark - draft

Item is a draft version of Hunter's published collection of poetry, Benchmark. Item contains the following poems not included in the published version: "On Spring and Death,” "Valentine,” "The Now Poem,” "This Stranger and the Prairie a Woman,” and "Witches Wind."

Draft poems

File contains draft versions of Hunter's poems: "The Potbelly Sequence,” "The Music of the Hands,” "Going Down in History or the Aerodynamic Carrot,” "The Bear's Story,” "Four Poster Sailing Ship,” "Spring Opening - Lock Four,” "Deep in the South of my Country,” "The Mower Man,” "Song for the Quarrymen, Gone,” "Hawk on a Shrouded Urn,” "Magnolia Fraseri Walt."

Conch

Item is a draft version of Hunter's published novel, In The Bear's House.

Tulip Soup

Item is a draft version of Hunter's published collection of story stories, Country Music Country. Item contains two stories not included in the published version: "Capital Punishment" and "Hogs!".

The Beekeeper's Daughter

Item is a draft version of Hunter's published collection of poetry, The Beekeeper's Daughter. Item contains one poem not included in the published version: "Love in the Latter Part of the 20th Century".

Publisher letter

Item is a letter from the publisher Thistledown Press, regarding final proofreading for Hunter's collection of poems, The Beekeeper's Daughter.

Coming Home From Home

Item is a draft version of Hunter's published collection of poetry, Coming Home From Home. Item contains one poem not included in the published version: "Code 2222."

Publisher correspondence

File contains correspondence from the publisher Thistledown Press, regarding final changes to Hunter's collection of poems, Coming Home From Home.

Homewords: new and selected poems

Item is a draft version of Hunter's published collection of poetry, Two O'Clock Creek. Item contains several poems that were not included in the final published version including: "Benchmark,” "Wishbone,” "Slow Learner,” "If It Weren't for Glen,” "Cardiac Midnight,” and "Let us Pray."

Selected Canadian Rifles

Item is Hunter's first published book of poetry containing a sequence of poems regarding incidents in Canadian history where the militia was mobilized against Canadian citizens. Item was published by Unfinished Monument Press.

Book photographs

File contains portraits of Hunter taken for his book Country Music Country.

Letters - 2004-2006

File contains correspondence, title earning summaries, cards, ink sketches, a poem, royalties statement, statement of subsidiary rights, writer in residency agreement, newspaper article, biography, obituary, prospectus preparation guide, medical report, and adoption application. File also contains Hunter's poem "And I Lay Down in a Field of Wheat."

Letters - 2002

File contains correspondence, cards, editorial notes, a program, event registration form, receipt, royalties statement, and an article. File also contains Hunter's poem "John/John."

Letters - 2001

File contains correspondence, cards, postcards, poems, newspaper articles, reviews, a funeral service program, memorial card, plot synopsis, purchase agreement, obituary, poster, list of poetry winners, royalties statement, advertisement, statement of subsidiary rights, digital rights agreement, and a poetry newsletter.

Letters - 2000

File contains correspondence, cards, poems, publishing agreements, salary change forms, a photograph, eulogy, convocation address, promotional broadside, postcard, and a newspaper article. File also contains Hunter's poems "Why the Fields Lie Fallow," "Palomino Prairie, Rattlesnake Summer," and "In All the Churches."

Letters - 2000

File contains correspondence, poems, a book synopsis, invoice, promotional broadside, speech, and a resume. File also contains a draft version of Hunter's poem "The Death of the Black Cat."

Letters - 1997

File contains correspondence, photographs, postcards, cards, poems, newspaper articles, event notices, invoices, royalties statement, title earning summary, resume, review, and an interview. File also contains Hunter's poems: "The Scottish Grandmothers," "Rage," "Seasons of the City," "The Night You Died," and "Coming Home From Home."

Letters - July '96 on

File contains correspondence, event notices, newspaper articles, poems, a publishing contract, poetry review, trade book contract, and a promotional broadside for Hunter's book Country Music Country.

Letters - 1996

File contains correspondence, sketches, an event poster, card, income statement, copyright licensing affiliation agreement, and a royalties statement. File also contains copies of Hunter's poems "The Memory of Blood,” "The Beekeeper's Daughter,” "A Jar of Light,” "Why the Fields Lie Fallow,” "Tidal Bells,” "The Events Leading up to and Following June 23, 1973,” "January 1966 Snowshoeing into Paradise Valley,” "Palomino Prairie Rattlesnake Summer,” "Christmas 1959,” and "Sources."

Letters - 1995

File contains correspondence, postcards, cards, order forms, short stories, an obituary, funeral program, brochure, grant application, excerpted speech, agreement, royalties statement, and a title earning summary. File also contains copies of Hunter's poems "December Arson in Cabbagetown," "Slow Train Home," and "Idiot Leaves".

Letters - 1993

File contains correspondence, postcards, online message board posts, newspaper clippings, salary change forms, a book review, short story, promotional poster, event program, title earning summary, article, and a transcript of a news broadcast.

Letters - 1992

File contains correspondence, newspaper articles, student essays, an author biography, agreement, will, obituary, memorandum, royalties statement, and a title earning summary. File also contains a copy of Hunter's poem "The Electric Cats of China (an Absolutely True Story)".

Letters - 1990

File contains correspondence, postcards, cards, and an article by Robin Mathews.

Letters - 1989

File contains postcards, cards, correspondence, royalties statements, a title earning summary, and an obituary.

Letters - 1988

File contains postcards, correspondence, a permission form, photograph, and a newspaper article.

Letters - 1987

File contains correspondence, royalties statements, a card, poster, certificate, title earning summary, poem, and an advertisement.

Letters - fall/winter 1986

File contains correspondence, postcards, cards, poems, an invitation, and a list of correspondence from Thistledown Press.

Thistledown correspondence

File documents Hunter's interactions with the publisher Thistledown Press. File contains correspondence, newsletters, editorial notes, postcards, award information, a review, author biography, publishing agreement, broadcasting contract, and a press catalog.

Italian translations

File documents translation into Italian of some of Hunter's poetry. File contains English and Italian copies of the poems "What my Students Teach Me," "Between the Old and the Knowing," and "Visions of Concrete Boy."

Literary file 2017

File documents Hunter's involvement in the literary community. File contains correspondence, interviews, reviews, contracts, letters of reference, editorial suggestions, permission forms, event posters, contest rules, notes, information about the Calgary Public Library writer in residence program, a program, a biography of Hunter with a selected bibliography, a title earning summary, and a copy of The Plight and the Power of the Stoney Nakoda by Mary Graham. File also contains copies of Hunter's poems "Galestro,” "Killdeer,” "Senior Class Trip,” "The Hard Sweep,” "Masks,” "Sensitivia," and the short story "Trout."

Writer in residence Calgary Public Library

File documents Hunter's time as the Calgary Public Library Writer in Residence. File contains letters of reference, writing event and workshop proposals, an application for the writer in residence program, table host directory, contract, poster, editing tips, news release, and an event advertisement. File also contains the following proof short stories for an anthology: "Imagining Mothers," "Towards a Definition of Pornography," and "Death of the Black Cat."

2001-2002 letters, etc.

File documents Hunter's email correspondence with a former classmate from Western High School, Vona Priest, as well as with other acquaintances and literary organizations. File contains correspondence, greeting cards, an invitation, task force recommendations, and an essay.

2007 letters

File contains correspondence, greeting cards, editorial notes, writer-in-residence programs, obituaries, banking and pension information, a eulogy, summary of title earnings, essay on Hunter's mother, memorial program, plot synopsis, resume, and a list of library events.

Autograph book

Item is a notebook containing audience signatures and notes of congratulations from various public readings given by Hunter.

Country Music Country

File illustrates the promotion of Hunter's book Country Music Country. File contains a poster for a book launch and a recording of the broadcast of the CBC radio show Between the Covers.

Bibliography

File contains lists of publications that published Hunter's work, letters of reference, articles, a press release, and an event notice.

Elliott family history

Item is a summary of the ancestry of William Elliott and Robina Woods of Paisley, Scotland and Olds, Alberta. Item includes family histories of the Elliott, Woods, Kean, and Milligan families.

Articles, reviews

File contains reviews written by Hunter and reviewing Hunter's work. File also contains articles, event notices, a festival program, biography, letter, and a copy of Hunter's poem "Sardinia."

Letters. Mom

File contains letters from Hunter's mother, Joyce Hunter, and one letter by Hunter.

Fiction stories from magazines

File contains copies of short stories of fiction written by Hunter: "Tulip Soup,” "Country Music Country,” "Harker's Dam,” "Private Property,” and "Manitoba Maple."

Letters - 1998

File contains correspondence, cards, newspaper articles, postcards, contest rules, a political cartoon, book outline, radio literary licence contract, royalties and title earning summary, and student writing assignments about Hunter and his work. File also contains Hunter's poems: "The Last Days of Klein,” "Seasons of the City,” "Near St. Jamestown Cemetery,” "Savage Stones,” "Rage,” "When Love Was a Fist,” "Love,” "Skyhooks,” "The Night You Died,” "Coming Home From Home,” and "Coming Home."

Letters - 1994

File contains correspondence, newspaper articles, reviews, cards, photographs, press releases, event notices, a poem, divorce decree, invoice, author biography, and a brochure. File also contains a draft version of Hunter's short story "Harker's Dam".

Letters - 1991

File contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, a funeral program, card, project description, poem, and a title earning summary.

Letters 1985-1986

File contains correspondence, reviews, cards, and poems by Ralph Gustafson. File also contains copies of Hunter's poems "Palomino Prairie, Rattlesnake Summer," "The Beekeeper's Daughter," "Tidal Bells," and "The Worm."

2010 Peoples poetry medal

Item is an Acorn-Plantos People's Poetry medal presented to Hunter for his book of poetry Two O'Clock Creek.