Dorothy Livesay Archive

One of Canada’s leading twentieth-century poets, Dorothy Livesay (1909–1996) began writing at a very young age, and her first book of poetry—Green Pitcher (1928)—was published when she was only nineteen years old. The winner of two Governor General’s Literary Awards and the Lorne Pierce Medal from the Royal Society of Canada, she was also an Officer of the Order of Canada. Between 1951 and 1984, Livesay was an instructor and writer-in-residence at many Canadian universities, including the University of Alberta. The Dorothy Livesay Archive (or "fonds") in Bruce Peel Special Collections consists of approximately 1,470 manuscript poems, dated 1919–1974, in various formats—handwritten, typed, or mimeographed—many of which were never published, as well as book proofs and correspondence with Ryerson Press. Link to the finding aid in order to explore the collection. Also housed in the Peel library, the McKnight Collection showcases the publishing activities of Dorothy Livesay and her contemporaries.

Listen to a 1971 recording of Livesay reading selected poems here.

Note: Related collections include the Dorothy Livesay fonds at University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections, an extensive collection of manuscripts, family and business correspondence, photographs, and sound recordings, as well as a smaller collection of Livesay’s personal and business correspondence at Queen’s University Archives. Also of interest is the Livesay case study in the McMaster Library's Digital Collections and the Ryerson Press file on MacNair, Dorothy Livesay at Ryerson University Archives & Special Collections.

Collection Formats: 20th Century -- click to see other collections with this format