Fonds - James A. Taylor fonds

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James A. Taylor fonds

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  • 1945-2010 (Creation)
    Taylor, James A.

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2.53 m of textual records
4 photographs

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James Andrew Fair Taylor (Jim Taylor) was born in 1936 at Indore, in Central India. His parents, Dr. William S. and Mary Taylor were missionaries for The United Church of Canada. The family moved to Canada in 1947, and Jim’s father became Principal of Union College in Vancouver in 1948. Jim spent his youth in Vancouver, attended UBC, and worked in television and radio broadcasting with CBC Vancouver. He and his wife, Joan, and two children moved to Prince Rupert in 1964, where he continued broadcast work. While there, he pursued writing courses through correspondence, and developed and taught courses for The Canadian Institute of Speech. In 1968, Taylor moved to Toronto, where he served as Managing Editor for <em>The United Church Observer</em> until 1981.

With Ralph Milton, he co-founded Wood Lake Books in 1980. The enterprise became Canada’s largest independent religious publishing house. Taylor was also founding editor of the clergy journal, PMC: Practice of Ministry in Canada. In the field of editing, he is known as the originator and teacher of the Eight-Step Editing system. Taylor has authored over 20 books and has written countless articles and newspaper columns for well-known publications. He has also led writing and communication workshops for the United Church’s lay training centres, and for many other religious and secular organizations.

In 1993, Taylor moved from Toronto to British Columbia’s Okanagan region. In recognition of his ministry of writing and publishing, United Theological College in Montreal (an affiliate of McGill University) granted him an honorary Doctor of Divinity in 1991.

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Fonds consists of records relating to Jim Taylor’s writing, editing, and broadcasting work, as well as his liaison with colleagues and family members. Fonds comprises the following record series: Correspondence – JAFT to WST (1945-1998); Published articles and resources (1967-2006); Early writings (1959-1980); Personal correspondence (1966-1986); Academic writings (1958-1967); Newsletters (1984-1994); Regular newspaper columns (2007-2009); Manuscripts for monographs (1996-2001); Reference: books written or edited by James Taylor (1981-2010). Documentary forms include correspondence, research notes, interview transcripts, draft and published versions of magazine articles, play scripts, and full manuscripts of books. Also included is a copy of each published book.

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Records were obtained directly from the records creator in the following installments:

January 20, 2012
March 20, 2012
September 13, 2012


Original physical order has been preserved. Small adjustments have been made to conceptual arrangement, as reflected in the file list.

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Access to family correspondence is restricted until further notice, per Deed of Gift agreement

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File list available. Online Finding Aid

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W.S Taylor fonds

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Created April 23, 2013

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