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Archives of literary and music figures added to special collections

UToday HomeMay 1, 2013

By Bonnie Woelk

Special Collections announced that the records of a number of literary and music figures have been arranged and described and made available for research. The additions to the literary and music holdings are the records of E.D. Blodgett, Murdoch Maclean Burnett, and Howard Reid Cable.

E.D. (Ted) Blodgett (1935- ) is a Canadian poet, literary critic, and translator. He is professor emeritus of Comparative Literature at the University of Alberta, and has written 22 volumes of poetry, of which two have been awarded the Governor General’s Literary Award. Murdoch Burnett (1953- ) is a Canadian poet, performance artist and editor who has been active in the counter culture. He has lectured at the University of Calgary and been involved in literary collectives.

The addition of E.D. Blodgett’s archive and the accrual of Murdoch Burnett records to his existing archive have strengthened Special Collections’ growing holdings of poets. Blodgett is an illustrious literary figure in Canada, and his archive joins that of other significant Canadian poets such as Alden Nowlan and Robert Kroetsch in Special Collections. Researchers will be able to study Blodgett’s 40-year career and the development of his poetry. Although Burnett is not as well-known, his records reveal something of the local Calgary literary scene and its counter-culture diversity.

The arrangement and description of the latest accrual of Howard Cable records is a welcome enhancement to Special Collections. Howard Cable(1920- ) is a Canadian conductor, arranger, music director, composer, and radio/television producer. His association with many respected orchestras, bands, and choral groups, and his extensive work with musical theatre, radio, and television have put him in popular demand by musical groups across North America and around the world. This latest accrual adds to the records created by other musical figures involved in Canadian music broadcasting such as Norma Beecroft, George Fiala, and Allan Sangster, held in Special Collections.

Researchers interested in viewing these records may contact


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