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Paul Yee fonds

  • AM1523
  • Fonds
  • 1864-2007

The fonds consists of Paul Yee’s personal correspondence and records of academic achievement, writing and research files, subject files, photographs, and sound recordings, as well as publications and ephemera that he collected. These records relate to Yee's activities as a writer, historian, activist, and archivist in Vancouver and Toronto.

In addition, the fonds includes photographs, correspondence, and other records of some of Yee’s immediate family members, including his Aunt Lillian and Uncle Foon Wong, and their close friends. The fonds also contains textual records, publications, ephemera, and photographs relating to the activities of the Chinese Cultural Centre in Vancouver and the Pender Guy Radio Co-operative, as well records relating to the functions of fraternal associations such as the Wong Kong Har Tong and Hoy Yin Association in Vancouver, and the Duncan, B.C., Branch of the Chinese Nationalist League (Kuo Min Tang).

Yee, Paul

Personal files

Series consists of Paul Yee's correspondence with friends, family members, editors, publishers, colleagues, and readers. The series also includes records of Paul Yee's primary, secondary, and university education; photographs of some of his friends and family members; and pamphlets and programs relating to the activities of various cultural organizations in Vancouver and Toronto.

Personal documents, 1957-1969

File consists of material from Yee's childhood and adolescence such as report cards issued by Strathcona School, Britannia Secondary School, and Chinese language schools in Vancouver, and a copy of Canadian Girl magazine that features a halftone print of a photograph of Yee when he was in foster care in Saskatchewan.

Personal documents, 1969-1981

File consists of records relating to Yee's education at Britannia Secondary School in Vancouver, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Alberta, including report cards and transcripts. This file also includes correspondence relating to scholarships awarded to Yee; a program from the Chinese Canadian Youth Conference '75: Identity and Awareness; and school photographs of Yee. In addition, the file holds records relating to the administration of Yee's father's estate.

Essays and Speeches

File consists of essays Yee wrote for undergraduate and graduate coursework in history and geography, and a speech Yee gave on the history of Chinese Masonic Lodges in British Columbia.

Correspondence, Chinese, 1976-1987

File consists of correspondence carried out between Yee and friends or family in Canada, China, and Hong Kong. The file also contains one photograph of one of Yee's family members in China.

Correspondence, 1980-1986

File consists of personal correspondence between Yee and his friends and colleagues, as well as other materials such as a note relating to Yee's Aunt Lillian, possibly written by a family member; a letter from Yee to his publisher relating to contract negotiations; notes by Yee that may relate to a piece of creative writing he was working on; a certificate of Yee's completion of the archives course offered by the Public Archives of Canada (PAC) in 1983; and a photograph of Yee's PAC archives course cohort.

Correspondence 1987

File consists of correspondence between Yee and his friends, colleagues, research interviewees, and publishers, as well as other materials such as a certificate of the shortlisting of The Curses of Third Uncle for a B.C. Book Prize in 1987; programs for cultural events and programs in Vancouver, Toronto, New York City, and San Francisco; a copy of Katari Taiko's October 1987 newsletter; correspondence relating to Yee's application for the Multicultural Coordinator position with the Archives of Ontario; a review of the Saltwater City exhibit at the Vancouver Chinese Cultural Centre; and related materials.

Correspondence June - December 1988

File consists of correspondence between Yee and his friends, family members, publishers, and readers as well as other materials such as notes Yee made to himself relating to his work and personal life, and correspondence relating to the launch of Saltwater City.

Correspondence January - March 1989

File consists of correspondence between Yee and his friends, family members, publishers, writer colleagues, and readers. Also included in this file are Yee's copy of his licensing agreement with the Canadian Reprographic Collective; drafts of speeches or essays written by Yee; notes Yee made to himself relating to his work and personal life; proposals made by Yee's friend Barry Wong for conferences relating to Chinese-Canadian community conferences; and a copy of a speech by Barry Wong relating to multiculturalism in Canada.

Correspondence April - August 1989

File consists of correspondence between Yee and his friends, colleagues, and publishers, as well as other materials such as correspondence relating to Yee's receipt of the UBC Alumni Association's Young Alumnus Award; an outline of a speech that Yee prepared about Saltwater City; and notes Yee made to himself relating to his work and personal life.

Correspondence September - December 1989

File consists of correspondence between Yee and his friends, family members, colleagues, and publishers as well as other materials such as a copy of the program for Katari Taiko's 10th anniversary concert; correspondence relating to Yee's speaking engagements; and a draft of the program for the Chinese Canadian National Council's national conference held in 1989.

Correspondence January - April 1990

File consists of correspondence between Yee and his friends, colleagues, and publishers, as well as other materials such as a certificate of the shortlisting of Saltwater City for a B.C. Book Prize in 1988; copies of letters from students at schools to which Yee paid author visits; drafts by Yee; drafts of the transcript of an interview of Yee by Geoff Hancock; and notes Yee made to himself relating to his work and personal life.

Correspondence May - August 1990

File consists of correspondence between Yee and his friends, colleagues, readers, and publishers, as well as other materials such as notes Yee made to himself relating to his work and personal life; correspondence relating to Yee's speaking engagements; notices of cultural events in Toronto and Vancouver; a copy of Saltwater Wounds, a play by Wayson Choy; and a certificate of Yee's receipt of UBC Alumni Association Young Alumnus Award.

Correspondence September - December 1990

File consists of correspondence between Yee and his friends, colleagues, and publishers, as well as other materials such as copies of letters from teachers and students at schools to which Yee paid author visits; correspondence pertaining to the shortlisting of Tales from Gold Mountain for the Canadian Children's Book Centre's Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People; a brochure pertaining to the construction of the library and museum of the Chinese Cultural Centre in Vancouver; public relations material about an exhibit Yee curated at Gallery 44 in Toronto entitled "Yellow Peril: Reconsidered"; and correspondence and documents relating to the Powell Street Festival Society's Sai Kai exhibit and book project.

Correspondence January - June 1991

File consists of correspondence between Yee and his friends, colleagues, and publishers. The file also contains promotional material for cultural events and organizations in Toronto and other North American cities.

Correspondence July - December 1991

File consists of correspondence between Yee and his friends, colleagues, and publisher. The file also contains promotional material for cultural events and organizations in Toronto and Vancouver.

Correspondence January - April 1992

File consists of correspondence between Yee and his friends, family, colleagues, and publishers. The file also includes promotional material for cultural events and organizations in Toronto and Vancouver.

Correspondence May - December 1992

File consists of correspondence between Yee and his friends, family, colleagues, and publishers. The file also includes promotional material for cultural events and organizations in Toronto.

Correspondence January - June 1993

File consists of correspondence between Yee and his friends, family, colleagues, and publishers. The file also includes promotional material for cultural events and organizations in Vancouver and Toronto, and a program for the National Forum on East Asian Youth and Alienation held in Toronto in 1993, for which Yee was a facilitator.

Correspondence July - December 1993

File consists of correspondence between Yee and his friends, family, colleagues, and publishers. The file also includes promotional material for cultural events and organizations in Toronto and New York City.

Correspondence 1994

File consists of correspondence between Yee and his friends, family, colleagues, readers, and publishers. The file also includes a program for the reunion of the Britannia Secondary School class of 1974 and a draft of a short piece Yee's classmates asked him to write the reunion; a draft of a short essay Yee wrote about his work as a writer, for publication in an anthology for young adults; correspondence relating to the protection of LGBT rights in Canada;

Correspondence 1995

File consists of correspondence between Yee and his friends, family, colleagues, readers, and publishers. The file also includes Yee's personal calendar; a typescript of Yee's story "Red", published by Arsenal Pulp Press in Queer View Mirror; a copy of the May-June 1995 issue of Emergency Librarian magazine, which contains a multi-page interview with Paul Yee; and a draft of the Emergency Librarian piece on Yee.

Correspondence 1996 [volume 1]

File consists of correspondence between Yee and his friends, family, colleagues, readers, and publishers, as well as drafts of articles about and interviews with yee. The file also includes a draft of the script for a comic book, "Nitro!" by Betty Quan.

Correspondence 1996 [volume 2]

File consists of correspondence between Yee and his friends, family, colleagues, readers, and publishers, including correspondence relating to Yee's receipt of the 1996 Governor General's Award for Ghost Train. The file also contains a copy of a legal agreement between Yee and a literary agent.

Correspondence 1997 [volume 1]

File consists of correspondence between Yee and his friends, family, colleagues, readers, and publishers, including correspondence relating to Yee's receipt of the 1996 Governor General's Award for Ghost Train. The file also includes documents pertaining to cultural events and organizations in Toronto and Vancouver, and a typescript of an essay about Yee's writing by John Ming Chen.

Correspondence 1997 [volume 2]

File consists of correspondence between Yee and his friends, family, colleagues, readers, agent, and publishers. The file also contains a text prepared by Yee for a reading in Vancouver in November 1997, and documents pertaining to cultural events and organizations in Toronto and Vancouver.

Correspondence January - May 1998

File consists of correspondence between Yee and his friends, family, colleagues, readers, agent, and publishers. The file also includes documents pertaining to cultural events and organizations in Toronto and Vancouver.

Correspondence June - December 1998

File consists of correspondence between Yee and his friends, family, colleagues, readers, agent, and publishers. The file also includes a copy of the first draft of Betty Quan's stage adaptation of Ghost Train, and documents pertaining to cultural events and organizations in Toronto and Vancouver.

Correspondence 1999

File consists of correspondence between Yee and his friends, family, colleagues, readers, agent, and publishers. The file also includes documents pertaining to cultural events and organizations in Toronto and Vancouver; correspondence relating to Yee's receipt of a grant from the Ontario Arts Council; and drafts of short essays about Yee and his writing.

Correspondence 2000

File consists of correspondence between Yee and his friends, family, colleagues, readers, and publishers. The file also includes notes Yee made to himself about his work and personal life; drafts of a review Yee wrote for BC Historical News about Wing Chung Ng's book "The Chinese in Vancouver, 1945-80; the pursuit of identity and power', and related notes; and documents pertaining to cultural events and organizations in Toronto and Vancouver.

Correspondence 2001

File consists of correspondence between Yee and his friends, family, colleagues, readers, and publishers. The file also includes writing by about his work and personal life; correspondence relating to the re-issue of Saltwater City by Douglas & McIntyre; comments Yee made about a script for a short animated film by Joe Chang, perhaps for the National Film Board; a copy of an unsigned agreement for the optioning of the film and television rights for Third Uncle; and documents pertaining to cultural events and organizations in Toronto and Vancouver.

Correspondence 2002

File consists of correspondence between Yee and his friends, family, colleagues, readers, and publishers. The file also includes writing by Yee about his work and personal life; correspondence relating to the proposed re-issue of Saltwater City by Douglas & McIntyre; and documents pertaining to cultural events and organizations in Toronto and Vancouver.

Correspondence 2003

File consists of correspondence between Yee and his friends, family, colleagues, readers, and publishers. The file also includes notes Yee made to himself about his work and personal life; records relating to Yee's participation as a judge for the Governor General's Award for Children's Literature in 2003; and a transcript and revised version of an interview Judi Saltman conducted with Yee.

Correspondence 2004

File consists of correspondence between Yee and his friends, family, colleagues, readers, and publishers. The file also includes writing by Yee about his work and personal life; documents pertaining to cultural events and organizations in Toronto; and a certificate of the shortlisting of Yee's book The Bone Collector's Son for the City of Vancouver Book Award in 2004.

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