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Else Lübcke Seel fonds
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- Multiple media
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1839 - 1973 (Creation)
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2.3 m of textual records and other material
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Name of creator
Else Lubcke Seel was born in 1894 in Schivelbein, Pomerania. After the end of World War I, she moved with her mother and aunt to Berlin, where she worked in the archives of a bank. In 1927, she immigrated 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.
Scope and content
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.
Immediate source of acquisition
Gift of Rupert Seel, 1978-2015.
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See also UVic Libraries Digital Collections.
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Inventory available with series and file level control.
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Includes ca. 1,000 photographs; 7 sound tape reels; 4 drawings.
Subject access points
- Authors, German--Correspondence
- British Columbia--Photographs
- Clark, Jim. Jackpot for a life
- Frontier and pioneer life--British Columbia
- German literature--20th century
- 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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- birth certificates
- carbon copies
- clippings (information artifacts)
- drafts (documents)
- drawings (visual works)
- landscapes (representations)
- letters (correspondence)
- marriage certificates
- music (performing arts genre)
- notes (documents)
- photograph albums
- prose poems
- reviews (documents)
- scores (documents for music)
- translations (documents)
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Revised by JF, June 27, 2013.
Inventory completed by Dietrich Bertz, July 1991.
Inventory updated by JF, March 2009.
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