Fonds SC111 - Else Lübcke Seel fonds

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Else Lübcke Seel fonds

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    UVICSP SC111

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    • 1839 - 1973 (Creation)
      Seel, Else, 1894-1974

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    2.3 m of textual records and other material

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    Else Lübcke was born in Schivelbein, Pomerania, and moved to Berlin after the end of World War I. She began writing, becoming well-known in Berlin's literary circles. In 1927, she emigrated to Canada, where she met and married George Seel, a British Columbia trapper and prospector. They lived at Ootsa Lake, B.C., and had two children. Else kept a diary and wrote stories and poems about her experiences and the people she met at Ootsa Lake; her book "Canadian Diary" was published in Germany in 1964 and in translation in Canada in 1974. After her husband's death, Else Seel moved first to Victoria, later settling in Vancouver. In 1947, she began a correspondence with the American poet Ezra Pound, who was then in St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C. She died in Vancouver, B.C.

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    The fonds consists of birth and marriage certificates, household accounts and naturalization papers; diaries and notebooks kept by Else Seel, including prose fragments, poetry, notes, draft letters to and about Ezra Pound, and ideas for stories and poems; carbon typescripts of works by Jim Clark and H.E. von Wittgenstein; music and lyrics written by Seel and others; coloured drawings of Else Lübcke, Gloria Seel, landscape scenes and copy of Emily Carr's "D'Sonoqua"; correspondence with family, friends and fellow writers, including Ezra and Dorothy Pound; photographs and photo albums of Else Seel with family and friends in Germany and Canada; transcripts and carbons of Seel's prose work, including stories in German and variant drafts of "Kanadisches Tagebuch" (Canadian Diary), and book reviews written by Seel; transcript drafts of German and English poems by Seel and translations by Seel of other poems; transcripts and clippings of Seel's published poems and prose and reviews of her work; German books on history and literature, musical scores, audio tapes of works read by Seel and others, and tape of family gatherings; scrapbooks of visits to California and mementos of Victoria.

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        Authors, German--Correspondence; British Columbia--Photographs; Clark, Jim. Jackpot for a life; Europe--Photographs; Frontier and pioneer life--British Columbia; German literature--20th century; Germany--Photographs; Ootsa Lake (B.C.)--Photographs; Seel, Else, 1894-1974. Kanadisches Tagebuch; Seel, Else, 1894-1974--Musical settings; Von Wittgenstein, H.E.. Kanada: Romantisches Mosaik; Wistaria (B.C.)--Photographs

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        includes ca. 1,000 photographs; 7 sound tape reels; 4 drawings

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        Revised by JF, June 27, 2013.

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