Fonds - Carolyn Gossage fonds

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Carolyn Gossage fonds

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  • 1969 - 2006 (Creation)
    Gossage, Carolyn, 1933-

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6.5 cm of textual records

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Carolyn Gossage was born and educated in Toronto. After studying Modern Languages (French and German) at the University of Toronto, she spent a year at La Sorbonne in Paris. This was followed by seven years on the teaching staff of the Institute of Child Study (U of T) and subsequently at the National Ballet School. In 1977, her first book A Question of Privilege: Canadas Independent Schools was published and in 1979, at Jane Rules suggestion, she became a member of the newly-formed Writers Union of Canada. She has since written a number of works of non-fiction including Greatcoats & Glamour Boots: Canadian Women in Uniform 1939-45 and Double Duty which incorporated the wartime sketches and diaries of Molly Lamb Bobak Canadas first official woman war artist. Her lifelong interest in art eventually led her to become involved in an entirely different direction the little-known field of Ethiopian Art. In 2000 in collaboration with Professor Stanislaw Chojnacki, a major work, Ethiopian Icons, was published a editore in Milan. Gossage and Jane Rule began their extensive (and occasionally sporadic) correspondence over 30 years ago.

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The fonds consists primarily of 77 incoming letters from Jane Rule to Carolyn Gossage (1969-2002). It also includes a couple of incoming letters from Mary Meigs and Helen Sonthoff as well as miscellaneous published review articles of Rule's work.

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The bulk of the material was donated to the University Archives by Carolyn Gossage in 2006. The letters in file 1-5a were donated in 2010.


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