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Trans* Awareness Week

Trans* Awareness Week is being celebrated at the University of Saskatchewan from March 29 – April 4th, as part of a wider array of events taking place province-wide. Today, March 31st, marks the 7th annual International Trans* Day of Visibility which celebrates Trans* people, and raises awareness about discrimination.

Discrimination in all of its forms is best fought by understanding, accepting, and ultimately looking past differences. In recent years, we have seen the development of Trans* children’s literature aimed at doing just that. In honour of Trans* awareness week, UASC shares some examples of these books from its Neil Richards Collection for Sexual and Gender Diversity .

The first two books present two children, Morris and Bailey, who love dresses. Morris Micklewhite, in Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress feels wonderful in his tangerine dress, which goes “swish swish swish” and “crinkle crinkle crinkle”, and his little shoes that go “click click click”. Although Morris is initially made fun of by his peers, his powerful imagination and strong sense of fun eventually convinces them that  “it didn’t matter if astronauts wore dresses or not. The best astronauts were the ones who knew where all the good adventures were hiding.”sherrill005While Morris is given a hard time by his peers, Bailey, in 10,000 Dresses, finds herself with a different dilemma–being unable to find acceptance of her Trans* nature from her family. Although she dreams up beautiful dresses that she loves “with all her heart,” she is constantly told by her parents and siblings that “Boys don’t wear dresses.” The problem is, Bailey doesn’t feel like a boy. Like Morris, Bailey’s creativity earns her a friend, an older girl who tells Bailey: “You’re the coolest girl I’ve ever met!”

sherrill004Also featuring Trans* themes is Jacinta Bunnell and Nathaniel Kusinitz’s coloring book Sometimes the Spoon Runs Away With Another Spoon. This small, quirky volume is dedicated to “everyone who has ever felt left out,” and features an array of images of trans youths and queer fairy-tale figures doing the things that make them happiest. From tie-wearing little girls who love trucks and dinosaurs to dolled up little boys who would rather play house, the coloring book provides a healthy, creative space where gender norms are constantly challenged. It also includes a page at the end asking some questions about gender—questions which would do well being considered by the young and old alike.

sherrill006These texts not only foster awareness and acceptance of gender diversity in young people, but also provide assurance to young people who may be struggling with their gender identity that they are not alone. As children begin to explore their gender identities at younger ages, the production of media creating safe and supportive spaces for this exploration will become both more common, and more crucial.

See these and other Trans* youth books at the University of Saskatchewan Library!

Baldacchino, Christine and Isabelle Malenfant. Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress. Toronto : Groundwood Books, House of Anansi Press, [2014]

Bunnell, Jacinta and Nathaniel Kusinitz. Sometimes the Spoon Runs Away with Another Spoon. Oakland, Calif. : PM Press, 2010

Coyote, Ivan E. One in Every Crowd: Stories. Vancouver, B.C. : Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012.

Espejo, Roman. Transgender People. Farmington Hills, Mich. : Greenhaven Press, 2011.

Ewert, Marcus and Rex Ray. 10,000 Dresses. New York : Seven Stories Press, 2008.

Kilodavis, Cheryl. My Princess Boy. New York : Aladdin, 2011.

McLaughlin, Laureen. Cycler. New York : Random House, 2008.

Miles, Jeffrey A. The Princes and the Treasure. Handsome Prince Publishing, [2014]


Introducing: new additions to our holdings

Taking the opportunity to share some of the newest additions to our collections here at UASC, all of which are recently processed and ready for use! Apologies for the massively long post.

MG 151: Isabelle Mills fonds                                   

Dates: [ca 189?- 2013], predominant 1923-2013. – Extent – 2.3 m textual records (including 97 books), 69 color photographs,  4 CD-R, 11 audio cassettes, one 5” reel of audio tape, 3 awards

Isabelle Mills was an instructor in the Department of Music at the University in 1967.  Her special teaching and research interest was Canadian music, of which she was a strong proponent. This most recent accrual includes samples from Isabelle Mills’ personal library, including books and publications on a broad range of topics. Files containing correspondence with others—particularly with her peers and friends in Ukraine are included, as are numerous files featuring ephemera from her involvement in a variety of music-related organisations.

MG 504 : Alexander Dietz fonds

Dates: Copies of materials from 1763 – 2012. Predominantly 1970-1989. Extent: 13.8 m of textual records including ~80 books ; 7 photographs; 1 vinyl record; 2 audio cassettes; 2 vhs tapes, 3 IVC tapes; 31 reels microfilm; 5 folders of microfiche; 18.4 GB of digital records.

This fonds contains materials created and collected by Dietz, predominantly during his genealogical work with First Nations bands, organizations and individuals. It includes a substantial amount of copied reference material, including archival and published sources, from which Dietz compiled extensive genealogies and assisted with claims relating to historic band membership.

MG 502 : Christine Bornstein fonds

Deates: 1948-2013 (inclusive); 1950-2000 (predominant). Extent: 1.016 m of textual records, 132 photographs (103 colour, 28 b&w, 1 sepia), 1 postcard, posters.

This fonds contains material relating to theatre in Saskatchewan. In particular, productions from the University of Saskatchewan (Greystone Theatre) and Gateway Players are well represented, but there is also material from numerous other theatre groups, including The Actor’s Lab, New Theatre Co-op, and Saskatoon Community Players. This fonds contains programmes from various plays, concerts, and cultural events, together with numerous productions in which Chrisse Bornstein played a role, either as an actor or behind the scenes.

MG 369: Douglas and Novia Cole collection

Dates: 1948-1978. Extent: 5 cm of textual records, 76 coins/tokens.

Douglas and Novia Cole are residents of Saskatoon. Douglas Cole was a long-serving employee of the National Research Council on the University campus, and Novia Cole is an alumna of the University of Saskatchewan. This accrual adds to the collection of materials created by, or about, Canadian author Robertson Davies (1913-1995). Davies was editor of Saturday Night and the Peterborough Examiner prior to joining Trinity College, University of Toronto as professor of literature. The author of numerous plays and books, Davies is perhaps best known for The Salterton trilogy and the Deptford trilogy. He received both the Stephen Leacock medal for humour and the Governor General’s Award for fiction. In addition, it includes a variety of coins and tokens collected by the Coles.

MG 491: Grace Taylor Milne Collection

Dates: created and collected ca. 1933-1968, predominant 1937-1941 Extent: 1.42 m of textual records, books, 134 photographs, ~319 negatives, memorabilia.

Grace Elgin Taylor was born in Elgin, Manitoba in 1908, a child of home missionaries of the Methodist Church. The family subsequently moved to Saskatchewan, and after attending Nutana Collegiate, Grace received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Saskatchewan in Household Science in 1929 (one of the first two such graduates). She then attended the University of Minnesota where she received a Master’s degree in Home Economics in 1932. She taught high school for a few years (“everything but home economics”) and then went to Japan as a United Church missionary at a girls’ school in Tokyo, remaining there from 1937 to 1941. She returned to Canada when war with Japan appeared imminent. She married Mervyn Milne 15 July 1942; they had two children, Courtney and Bonnie. She lived in Saskatoon for the rest of her life, and died in 1993. This collection primarily contains materials acquired by Grace Taylor during the three years she spent in Japan, just prior to the outbreak of World War II. In addition, the collection includes diaries from Grace, her husband and their daughter; and numerous family photographs.

MG 499: Irene Poelzer fonds

Dates: ca. 1939-2005. Extent: 1.2 m of textual records, 407 photographs, 56 audio cassettes.

Irene Anna Poelzer was born on 21 April 1926 in Humboldt, Saskatchewan. She took vows as a Catholic nun, entering the convent in 1950 and becoming Sister Mary Ruth. She earned her BA (1950), B.Ed (1964) and M.Ed (1968) from the University of Saskatchewan, an MA (1969) from Seattle University, and PhD (1972) from the University of Oregon. Irene taught at the Loretto Abbey Girls’ School in Toronto, in Fort Erie, and was principal of Sedley High School prior to joining the University of Saskatchewan as an assistant professor of Educational Foundations in 1970. Other than one year at Dalhousie (1975-1976), she remained at the U of Sask for the rest of her career. She authored or co-authored three books, Saskatchewan Women Teachers, 1905-1920: Their Contributions (1990), Metis Women’s Perception of Social Reality in Seven Northern Saskatchewan Communities (1983) and In Our Own Words: Northern Saskatchewan Metis Women Speak Out (1986); published a book of poetry, Women of Exodus II, wrote several articles and chapters in books, and was regularly invited to speak at conferences. She was a founding member of the Women’s Studies Research Unit, and had helped to develop a course on women and education that ushered in feminist scholarship at the University. This fonds contains materials relating to Poelzer’s life, her religious vocation, and her career as a professor in Educational Foundations at the University of Saskatchewan. It includes materials relating to research, particularly on women in society; feminist Christianity; Metis and First Nations women in northern Saskatchewan, the impact of development and the retention of native culture.

MG 67: John Courtney fonds 

Dates: 1926-2014, predominant 1990-2014. Extent: 4.8 m. of textual material. – 4 slides. – 23 VHS tapes, 8 audio cassettes, 3 DVDs. – 1 3.5” disc

Dr. Courtney has served as president of the Canadian Political Science Association (1987-1988); councillor (1985-1991) and vice-president (1989-1991) of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; founding member and sometime chair of the Timlin Trust (1977-); member of the Saskatchewan Archives Board (1985-1990, 1992-1993); English language editor of the Canadian Journal of Political Science (1981-1984); expert witness in several constitutional challenges to federal and provincial electoral laws; and visiting professor at a number of universities in the United States and Europe. This fonds contains records pertaining to Dr. Courtney’s academic career, including instructional material; assessments and other referential material; research and publication activities, particularly in the areas of Canadian government and politics, political leadership, parties, electoral systems, constituency boundaries, etc.; addresses and conference presentations; associations and organizations; and other miscellaneous file and resource material.

MG 235: Peter Bietenholz fonds

Dates: 1964-2014. Extent: 12 cm of textual records

Peter Bietenholz was born 7 January 1933 in Basel, Switzerland. He received his Ph.D. from Basel in 1958. He came to Saskatoon in 1963 after having taught in the Sudan. He joined the faculty of the Department of History, University of Saskatchewan, in 1963, becoming a full professor in 1970 and serving as department head from 1974 to 1977. in recognition of the excellence of his scholarship on Renaissance humanism generally and on Erasmus specifically. From 1970 to 1986, he was on the editorial board for The Collected Works of Erasmus and annotated several volumes of Erasmus’ correspondence within that series. He was also the editor of Contemporaries of Erasmus: A Biographical Register of the Renaissance and Reformation (3 vols. 1985-1987). Other books authored or edited by Bietenholz include Basle and France in the sixteenth century; the Basle humanists and printers in their contacts with Franco-phone culture (1971); Thesaurus de la Littérature Interdite au XVIe Siècle (1996); History and Fabula: Myths and Legends in Historical Thought From Antiquity To the Modern Age (1994); and In Haereticis Coërcendis Quatenus Progredi Liceat : Poems Correspondence / Mino Celsi (1982). This accrual contains correspondence with various scholars, publishers, diplomats, etc.

MG 187: RNG Marken fonds

Dates: 1912-2014 (inclusive); 1964-2006 (predominant). Extent: 86 cm of textual records, 74 photographs, 1 CD, memorabilia.

Ronald Norman George Marken  joined the University of Saskatchewan English department in 1966; by 1980 he was full professor. He has served as Head of the department as well as acting head of the department of Native Studies. Marken has received a number of awards in recognition of his teaching ability. Marken has published a number of poetry collections, including Cycles of Youth & Age and Dark Honey, various articles and reviews, The Easterner’s Guide to Western Canada, and co-authored 1919: The Love Letters of George and Adelaide. He was author or co-author for theatre scripts “Dancing in Poppies” and “Flights of Angels.” This accrual contains materials relating to his teaching and writing; and in particular, includes letters to his family written while Marken was attending university.

MG 368: Robert Cole fonds

Dates:  nd, 1966-1982. Extent: 8 cm. of textual records.

Robert Cole earned his BA and MA from St. Thomas More College and the University of Saskatchewan, and his PhD from the University of Alberta. He currently works as Peel Bibliographer and Digital Content Coordinator at the University of Alberta Library. Previously, he served as a researcher and copy-editor for Chinook Multimedia in Edmonton. This accrual includes materials collected during Bob Cole’s high school and university student days.

MG 506: Tappert/Strack Lindner Collection

Dates:  [ca. 1927] – 1979. Extent: 5 cm of textual records, artwork, 4 photographs.

Johanna Tappert was a high school teacher at a Lutheran high school and college on the outskirts of Saskatoon from 1927 to 1933. She served as dorm mother for the girls, and taught English to German immigrants on the weekends. At these classes, she met Ernie Lindner, who was subsequently given a room at the dorm in order to do his artwork.  Ernest (“Ernie”) Linder was born in Vienna, Austria, on 1 May 1897. He emigrated to Canada in 1926, working initially as a farm labourer; but he soon earned recognition for his skill as an artist. His work encompassed watercolour, pencil, and various forms of printmaking; and his subject matter was often drawn from life, particularly the natural world around his cabin at Fairy Island, Emma Lake, Saskatchewan. He was elected as a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (1977) and was made an officer of the Order of Canada. He died in Saskatoon on 4 November 1988.  This collection contains Christmas cards, notes and letters, ephemera and clippings sent from Ernie to Johanna over a period of years. A small amount of material is from JWT Spinks.

MG 509: Vipen Sawhney fonds

Dates: 1965-2014. Extent: 3.2 m of textual records and photographs (prints, slides and negatives) and microscopic slides. – 2.57GB of graphic material

Coming to the University of Saskatchewan in 1972, Professor Sawhney went on to serve as the Rawson Professor of Biology and Department Head from 2003-2007.  Dr. Sawhney maintained a first rate research program throughout his career co-editing a book and authoring more than a hundred refereed papers. He is an internationally recognized plant geneticist focussing on understanding the processes and mechanisms controlling flower and pollen development in angiosperms using floral and male-sterile mutants in tomato, canola (Brassica napes) and Arabidopsis. By using microscopic, physiological (hormonal and environmental) and proteomic approaches, Dr. Sawhney has investigated the various factors, and their possible interactions, in plant developmental processes. His research on male sterility in tomato has been applied in the hybrid seed industry.

MG 216 : R. G. Williamson

Dates: 1939-2010 (inclusive); 1956-2002 (predominant). Extent: 3.77 m of textual records,, 48 postcards;400 – 2.5×3.5”negatives; ~400-35mm negatives;743 photographs, 2,377 slides, 25 laser prints; 3-45 rpm records; 14 – 8mm, 25 ft. films; 3 cassettes, 3 microcassettes, 9-150 ft., 21-600 ft., 12-1200 ft. reels; equipment; memorabilia

Robert Gordon Williamson began recording Dené folklore in 1952. This work was later published in Anthropologica, and Williamson’s extensive record of scholarship in cultural anthropology and ethnology can be dated from this period forward. Between July 1953 and October 1954 while based at Pangnirtung, Baffin Island, he learned Inuktitut and extended his ethnological experience by travelling throughout Cumberland Sound. During the summers while working toward his first degree, Williamson was employed with the Department of Northern Affairs. In 1958 he joined the Department of Northern Affairs on a full-time basis, where he established their Eskimology section, founded the first Eskimo language journal, Inuktitut; and became Welfare and Rehabilitation Superintendent for the district of Keewatin, dealing primarily with social issues. He resigned in 1963, remaining in Rankin Inlet doing private research on a Canada Council grant. His career with the University of Saskatchewan began at the Centre for Community Studies, with a study of Fringe Saulteaux near Kamsack, Saskatchewan; by 1964 he had joined the department of Anthropology as a lecturer and was an associate director with the Institute for Northern Studies and was a full professor by 1973. In addition, Williamson served for over a decade as the director of the University’s Arctic Research and Training Centre.   In 1966 he was elected by acclamation in the first of his two terms as member for Keewatin to the Legislative Council of the NWT.   Williamson has worked on behalf of numerous organizations, including the Inuit Tapirisat of Canada, the Canadian Eskimo Arts Council, the Inuit Circumpolar Conference, and the CBC Northern Service. He was invested into the Order of Canada in 1983.

MG 373: Davis Family fonds

Dates: 1885-2012. Extent: 0.6 m of textual records. – 574 photographs, 345 slides and 107 negatives.

Thomas Clayton Davis was born on September 6, 1889, in Prince Albert. His father, Thomas Osborne Davis, served two terms as a Member of Parliament and then several years in the Senate before his death. Davis was educated in Prince Albert before completing university at St. Johns’ College in Winnipeg and law school at Osgoode Hall in Toronto. He returned to practice law in Prince Albert where he began his political career in 1916 as a city alderman, serving two terms. Davis won the mayoralty in 1921 and served until 1924. Davis won the 1925 provincial election for the Liberals in Prince Albert. When James Gardiner replaced Charles Dunning as Premier, he appointed Davis as the province’s first Minister of Municipal Affairs. His contribution was mainly as Gardiner’s Minister for Northern Saskatchewan. When Prime Minister W.L.M. King lost his seat in 1926 and chose to run in Prince Albert, Davis was instrumental in convincing King to establish the Prince Albert National Park. In the 1929 election, Davis narrowly fought off a challenge from a young Prince Albert lawyer, John Diefenbaker. The government fell and Davis was vocal in Opposition. In 1934, he was again re-elected and was appointed Attorney General in the new Liberal government. He remained as Attorney General in the William Patterson government. Re-elected in 1938, Davis resigned in 1939 to take an appointment on the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal. His term on the bench was short-lived as the next year he was appointed Deputy Minister of War Services with the federal government. In 1943, he received his first diplomatic appointment as Canadian High Commissioner to Australia. He would serve in several diplomatic posts in China, Japan and West Germany until his retirement in 1957. Retiring to Victoria, he died on January 21, 1960. [From Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan]. This accession contains genealogical material related to the Davis family and includes documents, notes, clippings and slides/photos.

Davis collection – the story behind the bricks (From John Davis, donor) The bricks come from the chimney of the house that was built by our grandfather – Senator Thomas Osborne Davis – in about 1900 and built by a man who knew my grandfather where he was born –  south of Montreal – named Jonathan Tyson.  He came out west to build the house and then returned to Quebec.

MG 206: J.R. Miller fonds                                                     

Dates: 1959-2014 (inclusive). – Extent: 22 metres of textual records, 86 CDs, 136 audio cassettes, 9 DVDs, 27 VHS, 1 Betamax, 87 photographs, 24 negatives, 18 microfilm reels, microfiche, 10 floppy disks.

Dr. Miller is a nationally recognized historian and the author or editor of nine books and numerous articles in leading academic journals. Skyscrapers Hide the Heavens (1989), a history of Indian/white relations in Canada, was recognized as an 1993 outstanding North American book on the subject of human rights by the Gustavus Myers Centre for the study of Human Rights; Shingwauk’s Vision, widely regarded as a seminal work on Native residential schools, was named the co-winner of the non-fiction category of the Saskatchewan Book Awards (1996) and winner of the J. W. Dafoe Prize for the book which best contributes to the understanding of Canada or its place in the world (1997). He was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, was awarded the University of Saskatchewan Distinguished Researcher award, and in 2010 received the SSHRC Gold Medal for Achievement, that agency’s highest honour. Shortly before he retired in 2014, he was awarded the 2014 Killam Prize in the Humanities by the Canada Council for the Arts, and in December 2014 he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. His current research centres on reconciliation for residential school survivors, and education for Aboriginal youth.

MG 503 Russell/Walker/Hurley fonds

Dates: 1963-1978 (inclusive). Extent:  6 cm of textual records, 10 sketches, 14 cards, 31 photographs.

Robert Newton Hurley (1894-1980) was an artist widely known for his watercolour prairie landscapes. Hurley was born in London, England. He immigrated to Canada in 1923 and lived in Saskatoon (1930-1963) and Victoria (1963-1980). He was mainly a self-taught painter but did study briefly under Ernest Lindner. In Saskatoon he worked as a plant technician with the Dominion Plant Pathology Laboratory on the University of Saskatchewan campus alongside Dr. Ralph C. Russell. Hurley and Russell made many field excursions across the prairies. Russell (1897-1964) was married to Grace and the father to Ruth (m. Geoffrey Walker) and Lorna Russell. The fonds contains personal ephemera including cards, sketches, art, and photographs, from the Russell/Walker/Hurley families. A number of Hurley’s letters and cards include sketches and pictograms and “Hurleyniks”. The personal correspondence includes updates on personal achievements, activities and health concerns. Hurley’s failing eyesight is apparent in later letters.

MG 497: Raymond A. Stephanson fonds 

Dates: 1957-2014 Extent: 7.5 m of textual material, photographs, audio and video tape and compact discs.

Raymond Stephanson was a member of the faculty of the Department of English at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Stephanson’s field of expertise is 18th-century literature and culture, with a particular interest in the interdisciplinary aspects of literature and sexuality, science, medicine, crime, and homosocial communities. His interest in the history of the body led to team-teaching graduate seminars with Larry Stewart (History) on “Cultural Studies of the Body, 1650-1815,” and coordinating class visits to the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. Stephanson is author of The Yard of Wit: Male Creativity and Sexuality, 1650-1750 (UPenn, 2004). Other interests include a study of the reproductive biological issues in Laurence Sterne’s innovative 18th-century novel, Tristram Shandy. He collaborated with Roger Pierson (Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, U of S) to produce “Songs from the Womb,” a project which converts ultrasound data into music. He served as Director of Eighteenth-Century Studies Research Unit and was chair of the Graduate Program in the English Department. Dr. Stephanson is a jazz pianist and composer of note and has created several themed musical pieces based on his academic interests. He has also performed, recorded and collaborated with several Saskatchewan musicians and literary artists. This fonds contains material documenting Raymond Stephanson‘s personal and family life as well as his interests and activities during his career at the U of S.   Much of the material deals with Dr. Stephanson’s academic career including teaching, writing and the work of the Eighteenth-Century Studies Research Unit. There is also material documenting his work as a musician, performer and composer.