Fonds 1346 - Ray Shankman Fonds

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Ray Shankman Fonds

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CA JPL-A 1346

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  • 1959-2015 (Creation)
    Shankman, Ray, 1940-2016

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3.33 linear feet of textual records and graphic material

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Ray Shankman (1940-2016) was a poet born in Toronto. He taught at Lakehead University, Ben Gurion University and for over twenty years at Vanier College, where he taught English and Jewish Studies. He published poetry in various journals and small magazines in the U.S. and Canada, as well as scholarly articles on the Bible. His collection of poetry “For Love of the Wind” was published in 1991 by Medicine Label Press. His correspondence includes letters with family, friends, and other writers. He was also actively involved in several countercultural movements in the 1960s, and in many ways, the collection is a window onto this period of Canadian history.

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Donated by Ray Shankman to the Jewish Public Library Archives in 2015.

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Fonds consists of manuscripts, correspondence, and photographs.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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See Allen Ginsberg Papers M0733 at Stanford University. Box 57, folder 37: Shankman, Ray 820923

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While evidence shows that Ray Shankman corresponded with fellow writers Allen Ginsberg and David Solway, further review of over 50 correspondence files is required to confirm their representation in this fonds.

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