Fonds 15-002 - Michael Peterman fonds

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Michael Peterman fonds

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  • 1996-2009 (Creation)
    Peterman, Michael

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30 cm of textual records (1 box)
1 computer disk

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Professor Michael Peterman was born in 1942 and taught in the English department at Trent University from 1972 to 2008. During this period, he served as Chair of the English Department, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, Principal of Traill College, and editor of the Journal of Canadian Studies. He is author and editor/co-editor of several articles and books focused on Canadian and American literature of the 19th and 20th centuries. His books include such titles as: Susanna Moodie: letters of a lifetime (1985); Robertson Davies (1986); Letters of a lifetime / Susanna Moodie (1993); Forest and other gleanings: the fugitive writings of Catharine Parr Traill (1994); I bless you in my heart: selected correspondence of Catharine Parr Traill (1996); James McCarroll, alias Terry Finnegan: newspapers, controversy and literature in Victorian Canada (1996); Susanna Moodie: a life (1999); My old friend the Otonabee: glimpses by Samuel Strickland, Catharine Parr Traill & Susanna Moodie (1999); Winona, or, The foster sisters (2007); Sisters in two worlds: a visual biography of Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill (2007); The elusive Isabella Valancy Crawford (2009); Flora Lyndsay; or, passages in an eventful life (2014); John Craig: stories from his Kawartha past (2016; Delicious mirth: the life and times of James McCarroll (2018), and others. Professor Peterman received Trent University's Distinguished Research Award in 2000 and was elected a Fellow of The Royal Society of Canada in 2006.

Custodial history

Fonds was created by and in the custody of Professor Michael Peterman before being donated to Trent University Archives in 2014.

Scope and content

Fonds is comprised of research material, notes, typescripts, manuscripts, and correspondence pertaining to Winona, or, The Foster Sisters, co-edited and published by Professor Michael Peterman and Professor Len Early (Peterborough: Broadview Editions, 2007).

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Fonds acquired from Professor Michael Peterman in 2014.


Folder labels have been maintained as received. All folders pertain to Isabella Valancy Crawford.

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Open, except for The Backwoods of Canada by Catharine Parr Traill (1836) which is restricted until 31 December 2024.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Most of the research material is comprised of photocopies of articles and chapters from various newspapers and publications; this material may not be reproduced or quoted directly without appropriate consent

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Other books received with this donation are cataloged and are searchable via OMNI, the Library catalogue; a list of the titles is located in the Archives donor file.


18-003 and 21-004 are additions to this fonds.

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Folder 1: Inevitable Winona” ACSUS November 1999 - notes and research on Isabella Valancy Crawford; two papers by Michael Peterman: ”Isabella Valancy Crawford and the illustrated papers” and, “The inevitable Winona”; draft introduction to the new edition of Winona (edited by Len Early and Michael Peterman. Peterborough Ont.: Broadview Editions, 2007)

Folder 2: Crawford / stories (also includes one computer disk (1.44 Mb) of “Poems, Winona”) - photocopies and typed transcriptions of a number of stories by Crawford; many published in Frank Leslie’s Chimney Corner; one story by Emma Naomi Crawford (Isabella’s sister) entitled “Li-Pang”

Folder 3: “Winona” - correspondence between Len Early and Peterman and various drafts and edits related to their new edition of Winona

Folder 4: Isabella - transcription of Crawford’s “Love amongst the roses” and her essay “Is thim kids?”

Folder 5: Crawford-Desbarats lawsuit (Peterborough Assizes, October 1873) - Crawford sued the publisher George E. Desbarats for money owed to her for stories she had written and which had been submitted and published in Desbarats’ The Favourite and The Hearthstone.

Folder 6: The Canadian Illustrated News (ca. 1869) - research on George Desbarats and his various publications - especially The Canadian Illustrated News; information on John Reade – writer of poems, essays and other items published in various publications including The Gazette

Folder 7: Winona; or, the Foster Sisters (notes), 1996 - notes on Winona as well as a photocopy of two installments of Crawford’s “Wrecked” in Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper: Nov. 2, 1872 (p. 118-119) and Nov. 16, 1872 (p. 154-155)

Folder 8: “Wrecked” - photocopies of installments of “Wrecked” in Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, 1872-1873

Folder 9: “Wrecked” - typed transcriptions of all the installments of Crawford’s “Wrecked”

Folder 10: Periodicals / Crawford stories - photocopies of many of Crawford’s stories – many published in Frank Leslie’s The Chimney Corner

Folder 11: “Hate” - typed transcriptions of the installments of Crawford’s “Hate”

Folder 12: printed copy of “Winona” - first textual typescript draft of “Winona”

Folder 13: photocopies of “Winona” chapters (from fiche) and rough draft “decipherings” - photocopies as well as handwritten transcriptions of installments of “Winona”

Folder 14: Louisa May Alcott – Crawford - research on the life and writings of Louisa May Alcott.

Folder 15: “Winona” intro (rev. Dec. 2003) - plus transcription of an article by E. Pauline Johnson entitled “A strong race opinion: on the Indian girl in modern fiction” (The Toronto Sunday Globe, 22 May, 1892 p. 1)

Folder 16: The Favorite (1873) – Desbarats – Phillips - notes re Debarats’ The Favorite which included stories by Isabella Valancy Crawford and her sister Emma Naomi Crawford; information on John Lesperance - an editor of The Canadian Illustrated News; information on author Rosanna Mullins Leprohon

Folder 17: Crawford talk, August 2000 – research

Folder 18: Isabella Valancy Crawford: research material

  1. Len Early correspondence: correspondence with Len Early regarding his and Peterman’s research on Crawford, her stories and the production of their edited edition of Winona ( Peterborough Ont.: Broadview Editions, 2007)

Black binder titled “Crawford’s stories”

The Backwoods of Canada / by Catharine Parr Traill (London: Charles Knight, 1836). This copy includes many notes throughout, some of which are believed to have been made by Catharine Parr Traill herself. (Note: this book is located in a white acid-free envelope)

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