Bryn Mawr College Library Special Collections

Mary Meigs Papers

Part II: Box and Folder List - Writings

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Collection Number: M 24

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Last Updated: February 12, 2004

Journals
Manuscripts
Other Writings

Journals
Box Folder Description Date:
4 1 Journal 1977 May 7 - 1978 Jan 3
Journal 1978 Jan 12 - 1978 Oct 16
  2 Journal 1978 Oct 18 - 1979 Feb 21
Journal 1979 Feb 21 - 1979 Jun 29
  3 Journal 1979 Jul 1 - 1979 Dec 6
Journal 1979 Dec 7 - 1980 Jun 17
  4 Journal 1980 Jun 29 - 1981 Mar 13
Journal 1981 Mar 13 - 1981 Dec 1
  5 Journal 1981 Dec 1 - 1982 Jan 26
Journal 1983 Jan 26 - 1983 Jul 12
  6 Journal 1983 Jul 13 - 1984 Apr 3
Journal 1984 Apr 10 - 1984 Dec 11
  7 Journal 1984 Dec 12 - 1985 Jul 6
Journal 1985 Jul 6 - 1986 Feb 4
  8 Journal 1986 Feb 1 - 1986 Jul 20
Journal 1986 Jul 21 - 1987 Feb 17
  9 Journal 1987 Feb 23 - 1987 Jul 21
Journal 1987 Jul 22 - 1987 Oct 27
  10 Journal 1987 Oct 28 - 1988 Feb 3
Journal 1988 Feb 4 - 1988 Jun 26
5 1 Journal 1988 Jun 26 - 1988 Nov 3
Journal 1988 Nov 4 - 1989 Feb 7
  2 Journal 1989 Feb 7 - 1989 May 16
Journal 1989 May 16 - 1989 Aug 26
  3 Journal 1989 Aug 27 - 1990 Oct 5
Journal 1990 Oct 23 - 1991 Jul 24
  4 Journal 1991 Jul 28 - 1992 Feb 27
Journal 1992 Feb 27 - 1993 Jun 1
  5 Journal 1993 Jun 6 - 1995 Feb 24
Journal 1995 Mar 6 - 1996 May 27
  6 Journal 1996 Jun 7 - 1997 Dec 14
Journal 1997 Dec 27 - 1998 Jun 24
  7 Journal 1998 Jun 27 - 1998 Nov 30
Journal 1998 Dec 1 - 1999 Jul 2
  8 Journal 1999 Jul 3 - 2000 May 22
Journal 2000 May 27 - 2000 Jul 24

 

Manuscripts

The Box Closet
In the Company of Strangers
Lily Briscoe: A Self Portrait
The Medusa Head
The Time Being

The Box Closet

Box Folder Description Date
    Materials  
6 1-2 Notes from journals and letters of Edward Browning Meigs and Margaret Wister Meigs. TD, AD. 118 pgs. n.d.
  3 22 photocopied letters. 1893 Feb 4 - 192-
  4 Photocopies of miscellaneous articles and photographs. 7 pgs. 1920 Jun - 1940 Nov 5
  5 Sketches by Theodore Roscoe (1926-1992). 11 pgs. n.d.
       
    Notes, Drafts  
  6-8 Notes with preliminary drafts. TMs, AMs. 211 pgs. n.d.
  9-11 Typed draft. TMs. 217 pgs. n.d.
  12-14 Typed draft. TMs. 186 pgs. n.d.
       
    Reception  
  15 Reviews. Includes many duplicates. 10 pgs. 1988 Mar - 1989 Mar 8
  16 Fan mail. 40 letters. TLS, ALS. 1986 Mar 6 - 1992 Apr 18

In the Company of Strangers

Cast and crew of The Company of Strangers. PBS party, ca. 1993. (Box 7, Folder 14)
From left to right: Winifred Holden, Cynthia Scott, Alice Diabo, Mary Meigs, Beth Webber, and Catherine Roche
Box Folder Description Date
   

Materials

 
    Demers, Gloria. The Bus: An Alternative Drama  
7 1 First draft. TMs. 9 pgs. n.d.
  2 First draft. TMs. 17 pgs. 1988 Mar
  3 Final draft. TMs. 64 pgs. n.d.
  4 Dramatic exercises for Bus characters. Photocopies. 53 pgs. 1988 Mar 30 - 1988 Apr 13
       
    The Company of Strangers: The Movie  
  5 Screenplay by Gloria Demers. Photocopy. TMs. 34 pgs. 1990
  6 Folder containing information about cast and crew of movie. TD. 29 pgs. 1991
  7 Advertisement posters and postcards. 14 pcs. 1991
  8 Obituary of Winifred Holden (d. 1996 Oct 3); several copies included. TD. 9 pgs. 1996
  9 Incoming letter of Cynthia Scott to Meigs concerning Gloria Demers. 1 letter. ALS. 4 pgs. n.d.
  10 Photographs taken on the set of the movie. Includes photographs of dogs. 44 pcs. n.d.
  11 Photocopied sketches of cast, artist unknown. 11 pgs. n.d.
       
    Reception  
  12 Press book. n.d.
  13 Reviews not listed in press book. 26 pgs. 1990 Sep 6 - 1994 May 21
  14 Fan mail concerning Meig's role in the Company of Strangers; includes photographs. 36 letters. ALS, TLS. 1991 Mar 6 - 1993 Jul 28.
       
    Meigs, Mary. In the Company of Strangers: Notes, Drafts  
  15 Journal excerpts. Two copies. TD. 34 pgs. 1988 Feb 11 - 1988 Sep 24
  16 Notes, character development. AD, TD. 58 pgs. n.d.
  17 Postpreamble, plus editing notes. AD, TD. 53 pgs. n.d.
8 1 Photocopied typed draft. TMs. 65 pgs. n.d.
  2-3 TMs. 110 pgs. n.d.
  4-5 Complete Ms copy. TMs. 129 pgs. n.d.
  6-7 Complete Ms copy. Copy 2. TMs. 129 pgs. n.d.
  8-10 Revised unpublished edition. TMs. 170 pgs.

1990 Dec 31

  11-13 Printed proofs. TMs. 170 pgs. 1991 May 6
       
   

Femmes dans un Paysage: French Translation by Marie José Thériault

 
9 1-3 Printed proofs. TMs. 230 pgs. 1995 Sep 21
  4 Book cover. 27 copies. n.d.
  5 Notes, letters between Meigs and Thériault concerning translation of book. TLS, AD. 20 pgs. 1994 Aug 1 - 1994 Aug 23
       
    Published Excerpts  
  6 "Contagious Harmony: Friendship in the Company of Strangers." Photocopy. 2 pgs. n.d.
  7 "The Forging of Friendship in The Company of Strangers." Incomplete essay. TD. 1 pg. n.d.
  8 "Interval." Published in Brick, pgs. 40-43. n.d.
       
    Correspondence with Publisher  
  9 Incoming letters from Talon Books, et al. concerning publication of In the Company of Strangers. Includes contract. 3 letters. TDS. Throughout the correspondence,Mary Schendlinger of Talon Books, Ltd. appears as Mary the Other, or M. T. O. 1991 Jun 28 - 1992 Aug 24
  10 Incoming letter from Édition Trois concerning publication of Femmes dans un Paysage. Includes contract. 1 letter. TDS. 1995 Jan 19
  11 Incoming letters from Coach House Press concerning publication of "Interval." 3 letters. TLS, ALS. 1991 Jul 15 - 1991 Jul 23
       
    Reception  
  12 Reviews of the book. 15 pcs. 1991 Aug 17 - 1994 Spring
  13 Folder concerning Meigs' 1992 award in nonfiction by the Quebec Society for the Promotion of English Language Literature (QSPELL) for In the Company of Strangers. 3 pcs. 1993 Spring - 1997 Dec 4
  14 Fan mail to Meigs concerning her book. 29 letters. ALS, TLS. 1990 Nov 23 - 1992 Mar 18

 

Lily Briscoe: A Self Portrait

Box Folder Description Date
    Notes, Drafts  
10 1 - 3 First draft. TMs. 213 pgs. n.d.
  4 Ms bound in black cover. TMs. 108 pgs. n.d.
  5 - 8 Final Ms version. TMs. 247 pgs. n.d.
  9 Book cover. n.d.
  10 Cover text. n.d.
       
    Lily Briscoe, un autoportrait: French Translation by Michelle Thériault  
  11 - 15 TMs. 305 pgs. n.d.
       
    Published Excerpts  
11 1 Excerpt published in Women's Peace Write booklet. 39 pgs. 1985 Jun - 1986 May
  2 "Mary Meigs: A Self Portrait." Clipping from Broadside. Includes duplicate. 4 pgs. n.d.
       
    Correspondence with Publisher  
  3 Correspondence with Talon Books, et al. 40 letters. TLS. 1979 Mar 19 - 1981 Dec 9
  4 Correspondence with Talon Books, et al. 42 letters. TLS. 1981 Dec 10 - 1992 Sep 9
  5 Correspondence with Women's Peace Write concerning publication of Lily Briscoe excerpt. 1 letter. TLS. 1985 May 29
       
    Reception  
  6 - 7 Reviews of Lily Briscoe. 39 pcs. 1981 Mar 11 - 1983 Winter
  8 Reviews of Lily Briscoe: un Autoportrait. 2 pcs. 1985 April - 1985 Spring
  9 Lequi, Lucie, and Morley, Pat. "Compte rendu de Lily Briscoe." TD. 10 pgs. 1984 Mar 27
  10 - 12 Fan mail. 162 letters. TLS, ALS. 1978 Sep 7 - 1985 Mar 30

 

The Medusa Head

Box Folder Description Date
    Notes, Drafts  
12 1-2 First draft. AMs, TMs. 134 pgs. n.d.
  3 Discarded pages. AMs, TMs. 44 pgs. n.d.
  4-6 Final draft. TMs, AMs. 187 pgs. n.d.
       
    Published Excerpts  
  7 Excerpt published in Broadside, Vol. 5, No. 4, p. 10-11. 1984 Feb
       
    Correspondence with Publisher  
  8 Incoming correspondence with Talon Books, et al. 41 letters. TLS, ALS. 1982 Aug 10 - 1985 Oct 23
       
    Reception  
  9 Reviews. Includes several duplicates. 24 pcs. 1983 Dec 17 - 1988 Jun 18
  10 Reviews of La Tête de Méduse, French translation by Pierre Desruisseaux. 3 pcs. 1987 Dec 17 - 1988 Feb 6
  11 Fan mail. 39 letters. TLS, ALS. 1979 Mar 22 - 1985 Mar 5

 

The Time Being                                                              

pen-and-ink sketch, ca. 1996 (Box 13, Folder 3)
Box Folder Description Date
    Notes, Drafts  
13 1 - 2 Notes from correspondence with Ruth Barratt. AD, TD. 94 pgs. n.d.
  3 Notes, including pen-and-ink sketch of Meigs walking a snail. AD. 367 pgs. n.d.
  4 - 7 Preliminary drafts, with notes. TMs, AMs. 289 pgs. n.d.
  8 Chapter 1, first typed draft. TMs. 37 pgs. n.d.
  9 Chapter 3. TMs. 39 pgs. n.d.
  10 Chapters 1 - 4. TMs. 68 pgs. 1996 Apr 23 - 1996 Jun 18
  11 - 12 Chapters 3 - 5, final drafts. TMs. 103 pgs. 1996 Apr 23 - 1996 Jun 18
  13 Chapter 5. TMs. 38 pgs. 1996 Jul 23
  14 - 16 Chapters 1 - 6, drafts and notes. AMs, TMs. 171 pgs. 1997 Feb 10 (?)
14 1 Chapters 6 - 7, corrected copy. TMs. 89 pgs. 1997 Feb 10 - 1997 Jul 30
  2 Chapter 8. TMs. 7 pgs. n.d.
  3 Chapters 8 - 10, corrected copy. TMs. 79 pgs. 1997 Feb 10 - 1997 Jul 30
  4 Discarded pages from The Time Being. TMs. 23 pgs. n.d.
  5 - 6 First corrected copy. TMs. 125 pgs. 1997 Feb 10 - 1997 May 16
  7 - 8 Complete draft. TMs. 152 pgs. 1997 Feb 10 - 1997 Jul 30
  9 Printed proofs. TMs. 160 pgs. 1997 Sep 22
  10 Editing notes from printed proofs. TMs. 57 pgs. 1997 Sep 22
       
    Published Excerpts  
  11 "Time Being." Excerpt for Geist, Vol. 17, pgs. 22 - 28. TMs. 27 pgs. 1995 Spring
  12 "The Meeting." Excerpt for Geist, Vol. 19 / 20, pgs. 54 - 58. TMs. 17 pgs. 1995 / 1996 Winter
  13 Chapter 4 of The Time Being with editing notes, for Geist, Vol. 26. TMs. 13 pgs. 1997 July
       
    Correspondence with Publisher  
  14 Incoming correspondence with Talon Books, et al. Includes contract. 12 letters. TLS. 1995 Fall - 1998 Spring
  15 Incoming correspondence with Geist concerning publication of "The Meeting." 4 letters. TLS, ALS. 1995 Jan 30 - 1997 Jul 10
       
    Reception  
  16 Review in Herizons, Vol. 12, No. 3. pgs. 38 - 39. 1998 Fall

 

Other Writings

 

Essays
Letters to the Editor
Reviews
Public Appearances

NB: Correspondence concerning publication of Meigs' short writings can be found directly following each work.

Essays

Box Folder Description Date
15 1 "About Being an Old Lesbian in Love." Published in Dyke Life : From Growing Up to Growing Old, A Celebration of the Lesbian Experience, ed. Karla Jay. TD. 5 pgs. 1994
  2 Incoming correspondence with Karla Jay concerning publication. Includes contract. 4 letters. TLS. 1994 Feb 8 - 1994 Aug 1
       
  3 "The Diary of a Lesbian Artist." Three copies. TD. 50 pgs. 1976 Mar 26 - 1985 Aug 11
  4 Incoming correspondence with Francis Rooney concerning publication. 2 letters. TLS. 1989 Jan 14 - 1989 Feb 22
       
  5 "The Dying Process." Four copies. AD, TD. 12 pgs. n.d.
  6 Incoming correspondence with Lynda Hall concerning publication. 3 letters. TLS. 1999 Jun 13 - 1999 Jul 3
       
  7 "Falling Between the Cracks." Two copies. TDS. 22 pgs. n.d.
  8 Incoming correspondence with Karla Jay, et al. concerning publication. 9 letters. TLS. 1988 Apr 4 - 1991 Nov 15
  9 Reviews of anthologies Lesbian Texts and Contexts: Radical Revisions, ed. Karla Jay and Joanne Glasgow, and InVersions: Writings by Dykes, Queers & Lesbians, ed. Betsy Warland, in which essay is published. 3 pcs. 1991 Feb - 1992 Mar
       
  10 "Lesbians in the Visual Arts." RFD / DRF, the Lesbian Issue Vol. 12, No. 1, pgs. 28 - 30. 1983 Mar
  11 "A Migrant to Montreal." For Women's Agenda. Copy. TD. 1 pg. 1988
  12 "On Aging." Published in Canadian Women Studies. TD. 8 pgs. 1983 - 1989
  13 Contract for "Pandora was a Feminist," published in Women and Words: the Anthology and Essays: Thought and Style. TDS. 2 pgs. 1986 Jul 13 - 1988 Sep 28
  14 "Witness to Wilderness." Includes printed proof. TD. 2 pgs. 1994 Jul 20
  15 Incoming correspondence to Meigs thanking her for her literary contributions. 5 letters. TLS. 1986 Apr 21 - 1991 Aug 8

Letters to the Editor

Box Folder Description Date
15 16 Photocopy of letter to Fireweed. TLS. 4 pgs. 1985 Jun 17
  17 Letter to Inner Circle, writer's union. TD. 1 pg. 1987 (?)
  18 Letter to Women's Review of Books. Vol. 3, No. 9, p. 4. 1986 Jun

Reviews by Meigs

Box Folder Description Date
15 19 No Immediate Danger? by Rosalie Bertell. TD. 3 pgs. n.d.
  20 Quiet Pilgrimage by Elizabeth Gray Vining. Published in Bryn Mawr Alumnae Bulletin, pgs. 11-12. 1 pg. 1971 Winter
  21 "None So Blind," a review of Henrik Ibsen's Wild Duck. 2 copies. Published in Bryn Mawr Alumnae Bulletin, Vol. 68, No. 3, pg. 9. TD. 46 pgs. 1987 Spring
       
  22 Readings from the Labyrinth by Daphne Marlatt. TD. 1 pg. 1998 May 15
  23 Correspondence with Jennifer Bellward concerning Meigs' review. 1 letter. TLS. 1 pg. 1998 May 6
       
  24 Heroine by Gail Scott. Three copies. TD. 8 pgs. 1988
  25 Correspondence with Laurie Ricou and Gail Scott concerning Meigs' review. 2 letters. TLS. 1988 Jul 19 - 1988 Sep 16
       
  26 What Holds Us Here by Betsy Warland. Three copies. TD. 6 pgs. 1998

Public Appearances

Box Folder Description Date
15 27 "Writing a Life," speech for Association for Canadian and Quebec Literatures, Inc. (ACQL). TD. 4 pgs. 1988
  28 Correspondence concerning ACQL speech. 2 letters. TLS. 1988 Mar 2 - 1988 May 10
       
  29 "Reflections of a Senior Lesbian." Speech for Gay and Lesbian Academic Society. TD. 1 pg. n.d.
  30 Speech for Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC). With French translation. TD. 5 pgs. n.d.
  31 Interview with Sylvie Audovin for Revue les Tribades. In French. Two copies. TD. 20 pgs. n.d.
  32 Flyers and article concerning public appearances. TD. 5 pgs. 1988 Oct 2 - 1993 Nov 8

PART I: Collection Description
PART II: Box and Folder List

  • Correspondence
  • Writings
  • Artwork
  • Other Materials

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