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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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

Box 9

Playbills for David Carley
Festival programs

Box 10

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

Box 11

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

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