Treasures and Tea: Talking Back to The(ir) Archive: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes

Permalink 03/31/15 15:17 , Categories: Uncategorized

During each of their lifetimes, the poets Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) and Ted Hughes (1930-1998) amassed a significant archive. Collected and constructed in the years both before and after their marriage (1956-1962), their archives are noisy bodies of information that encompass multiple drafts, letters, financial documentation, photographs, and ephemera. But how do they correspond to each other? And how do they talk to the larger body of the archive itself? Using examples from the University of Victoria Libraries Special Collections, and discussing her own research with both Plath and Hughes’ archives, librarian and Plath scholar Christine Walde will discuss some of the features and unique characteristics of these important literary archives.

For more information about the Treasures and Tea series please see:

Date: April 2nd
Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Place: Room A003, Mearns Centre for Learning – McPherson Library

New UVic Libraries student scholarships

Permalink 03/26/15 16:40 , Categories: Uncategorized

The University of Victoria Libraries is proud to be an essential and integral part of the university’s research life cycle. To this end, two new student scholarships which recognize and honor the contributions and achievements of our graduate and undergraduate students, will enhance the sense of personal growth and accomplishment in our academic community.

Named in honor of donor David Flaherty and bequest donor William Petrie, The David Flaherty Undergraduate Student Library Scholarship and The William Petrie Graduate Student Library Scholarship will each annually award one academically outstanding student in any discipline who demonstrates how they have successfully utilized library resources, including any print, archival, music, multimedia, or digital resources for a class project, assignment or research paper.

To enter, eligible students must submit a 500 word essay explaining their use of library resources. As with other university scholarships, the window for submissions opens April 1 and concludes May 31st. Successful students will be awarded $500 for each scholarship.

In addition to the monetary award, the annual recipients will be recognized through a plaque in the library, and their winning essay will be featured on the Grants and Awards website page, with a link to their paper or project in our institutional repository.

For more detailed information about the scholarships criteria and application process, contact Christine Walde at or visit the Grants and Awards page on our website.

UVic visual arts professor wins GG Award

Permalink 03/24/15 14:49 , Categories: Uncategorized

Congratulations to Sandra Meigs who is the winner of a 2015 Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts. In 2008 she donated her papers to the University of Victoria Archives. The materials reflects Meigs’ artistic development, relationships with galleries, and teaching career, and consists of articles, brochures, correspondence, essays, lecture notes, notebooks, exhibit posters, photographs, scripts and other writings. You can view the UVic media release announcing her award here.

BC Book Prizes 2015 Shortlists announced

Permalink 03/17/15 16:37 , Categories: Uncategorized

Congratulations to the writers with strong UVic connections for being among the 35 finalists on the 2015 BC Book Prizes Shortlists. Julie Angus is shortlisted for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize for her book Olive Odyssey: Searching for the Secrets of the Fruit That Seduced the World. Aislinn Hunter is shortlisted for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize for her novel The World Before Us. Eve Joseph is shortlisted for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize for her book In the Slender Margin: The Intimate Strangeness of Death and Dying. Nancy J. Turner is shortlisted for the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize for her book Ancient Pathways, Ancestral Knowledge: Ethnobotany and Ecological Wisdom of Indigenous Peoples of Northwestern North America. Ian McAllister is shortlisted for the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize for his book Great Bear Wild: Dispatches from a Northern Rainforest. Kayla Czaga is shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize for her book For Your Safety Please Hold On.

Storify: Ideafest 2015

Permalink 03/12/15 11:01 , Categories: Uncategorized

A wrap-up of IdeaFest 2015 activities is now available online as a UVic Storify album. Click on The Ring article to revisit this year's festival of ideas.

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