Fonds 08-011 - David Carley fonds. 2008 additions (1 of 2)

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David Carley fonds. 2008 additions (1 of 2)

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    • 1962-2006 (Creation)
      Carley, David

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    2.5 m of textual records
    ca. 10 photographs

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    Biographical history

    David Carley was born in Peterborough, Ontario in 1955 and educated at Trent University and Queen's University Law School. He was editor of the Kawartha Sun newspaper from 1981-1982 and is currently an editor at Scirocco Press. He is a playwright whose work has been staged internationally. His plays include: Susanna, Sister Jude, Writing With Our Feet, Into, After You, A View From the Roof, Losing Paradise (edited), Taking Liberties, South on Bay, Vanishing Point and many others. He was formerly drama editor for the CBC show "Morningside," editor of Stereodrama, and is now senior script editor for CBC Radio Performance. See also Dave Carley's website.

    Custodial history

    This fonds was in the custody of David Carley before it was forwarded to Trent University Archives in 2008.

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    Fonds consists of draft manuscripts, publicity materials, programs, and research notes pertaining to David Carley plays, articles and projects. Also included is Carley's personal correspondence, job and grant applications, and grade school essays and memorabilia.

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    Fonds acquired from David Carley in 2008.


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        See other Carley fonds accessions: 95-022, 98-003, 02-013, 05-010, 08-014, 13-004, linked below.


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        Box 1


        Correspondence re the Erika Ritter project

        Drafts and notes pertaining to the following plays and articles:
        Peace of My Heart
        Ogborn Opera / Opera on the Rocks
        Kicker: Developing the Child
        Hannah Moscovitch
        New Wesley Play
        Bohemian Embassy
        R & J Brampton
        Conservatives in Love (originally Lipstick on His Collar)

        Box 2


        Files pertaining to the CBC: the final years of Radio Drama, 1994-2005

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        Drafts, notes and correspondence pertaining to the following plays and projects:
        The Last Liberal, 2002 and onwards
        Sept. 11 - Deja Vu - When Innocence Ends
        Eva in the Underworld
        Burying Bill
        Real to Reel
        Meg's Story (Christmas 2006)
        Mrs. Smith
        The Vote
        Edible Woman (correspondence)
        Writing With Our Feet
        Writing With Our Feet (Stratford)
        A Downtown Parish
        A Canadian Romance
        Swing Era
        After You
        Party Druid
        The Worthy Man

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        Drafts, notes and correspondence pertaining to the following plays:
        First Strike (1984 and onwards)
        The Last Duel
        Friends of the Trent-Severn Waterway book proposal
        Taking Liberties
        Love in the Iron Age
        Spring Wedding
        Old Men in Cadillacs
        Cousin Terry
        Fleming's Place
        Too Much Wishing
        Lost in Translation
        Talking Country

        Box 5

        Miscellaneous files as labeled by David Carley:
        Miscellaneous Endeavors
        Short Story - rough
        Peterborough Workshop
        Toronto Star article re Other Voices, 1994
        Kids' Story, 1992
        Direct Action
        Playwright in Residence - Toronto Workshop Productions
        History Writing
        American Theatre
        General Promotion
        Another Pink Fish Story
        Playwrights Canada
        Script Reports
        Miscellaneous Writings - articles, poems
        "Cahoots," 1996-1997
        "Cahoots," 1998

        Box 6

        Miscellaneous files as labeled by David Carley:
        Play Notes (n.n.)
        Laura the Playwright
        Laura Learns to Fly
        Show Notes: Cult Show / Birdwatcher Show
        Someone Younger
        Vanishing Point #2
        Car Trip
        Solar Stage
        Theatre Stories
        Carley Gazette 1963
        Tarragon Theatre
        Playwrights Union
        Ryerson University Speech
        Holy Molar
        Port Joseph
        The Lady Who Fed Her Dog Chocolate Bars
        Father Rocky
        Magic Family
        Short Story Ideas
        During Tchaikovsky
        Burying Mama
        Bicycle Chain
        Robert on the Bridge / Elevator Sister
        Halifax Trip Notes
        Possibilities for Living
        Driving Into Toronto
        Pacific Couples
        J.F. in Montreal - The Trial of Fr. Rocky
        Anna Goes Down Under
        Theft Overs
        Sinning With Sugar

        13 notebooks

        Box 7

        Kawartha Sun, Ernie Fleming columns; 'Ernie for Mayor' play, photographs, drawings, 1976-1983
        The Leader (Lakefield, Ontario): notes, 1982-1983
        E. Caufield Fleming - Queen's Journal: notes & drafts
        Soap Prototype - Toronto Soap draft
        Harlequinade - notes for book article
        Job and grant applications
        Rejection letters
        Law 79 Permanent Executive Newsletter contributions, 1979

        Box 8

        Friends of Freddy fan club: The Bean Home Newsletter, scattered issues; correspondence, 1984-2004

        Activism files:
        Amnesty International Group 46, Group 74: notes, correspondence, etc. 1980-1987
        Vietnamese family sponsorship, sponsorship coordination committee, 1979
        Project Ploughshares: The Kawartha Ploughshares Newsletter, organizational material, 1980-1983

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        Playbills for David Carley
        Festival programs

        Box 10

        Published material by or about David Carley
        Diaries (4)
        Lease information re Toronto lodging

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        Photographs: Peterborough City Hall; unidentified mill (copy), ca 1900
        Personal correspondence, 1962-2006
        School essays & memorabilia

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