Fonds 18-003 - Michael Peterman fonds. 2018 additions

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Michael Peterman fonds. 2018 additions

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  • 2000-2014 (Creation)
    Peterman, Michael

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64 cm of textual records (2 boxes)

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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.

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Fonds was in the custody of Professor Michael Peterman before being donated to Trent University Archives in 2015 and 2016.

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Fonds is comprised of photocopied pages pertaining to W.O. Mitchell’s serialized novel, The Alien; first and last draft of manuscript for book Winona (published 2007) plus various edited pages related to the manuscript; correspondence with Len Early, co-editor with Peterman for Winona and The Collected Short Stories of Isabella Valancy Crawford; biographical and other research material related to Isabella Valancy Crawford and her works; correspondence with Tamar Dobozy regarding a Peterman article, “Writing for the Illustrated Story Papers in the 1870s: Individuality and Conformity, Isabella Valancy Crawford’s Stories and Serialized Fiction” (published in Short Story, Spring 2005); references to stories and books: Hearthstone, Hate, and Flora Lyndsay; research and manuscript material pertaining to the creation of the critical edition of Flora Lyndsay: Passages in an Eventful Life.

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Fonds acquired from Professor Michael Peterman in 2015 and 2016.


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This fonds, along with 21-004, is an addition to 15-002.

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1: W.O. Mitchell material

a. Photocopy of article by Mitchell entitled “Grace and Illusion”
b. Photocopy of story by Mitchell entitled “Elbow Room”, Maclean’s, 15 Sept. 1942, pp. 18-20, 39
c. Photocopy of a story by Mitchell entitled “The Alien”, issued in 8 parts in Maclean’s from 15 Sept. 1953 to 15 Jan. 1954
d. Photocopy of a story by Mitchell entitled “The Alien”. May be a chapter from Mitchell’s book entitled The Vanishing Point

2: Broadview Press proposals re Crawford/Moodie: correspondence with Broadview Press re publications related to Isabella Valancy Crawford’s Winona and Susanna Moodie’s Roughing it in the Bush

3: Paris Conference - documents related to the “Tropes and territory: reading postcolonial short fiction” conference held in Paris, 21-23 April 2005; includes Peterman’s presentation entitled “Isabella Crawford’s short and serialized narratives: crossing the Canada-US boundaries.” Includes copies of a story by James McCarroll entitled “The ruby cross of Oulart” published in Frank Leslie’s Chimney Corner 2 June 1877; article entitled “Tommaso Salvini, the great tragedian” published in Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper 20 Sept. 1873; transcription of a letter written by James McCarroll 12 May 1873 to “Lindsey” in which McCarroll talks about his press

4: Len Early update: book history; photocopies of items related to Crawford and her publications plus drafts of text related to the Early/Peterman edited book The Collected Short Stories of Isabella Valancy Crawford (Canadian Poetry Press, 2009)

5: Len Early: IVC [Isabella Valancy Crawford] short stories – various texts for the introduction to The Collected Short Stories of Isabella Valancy Crawford

6: Winona: corrections and proofs for the book Winona, or, The foster-sisters edited by Len Early and Michael Peterman. (Peterborough, Ont. Broadview Editions, 2007)

7: LRAU Conference, Cork, April/May 2004: text of talk presented by Peterman entitled “Isabella Valancy Crawford and the rise of the illustrated papers: a curious kind of Irish-Canadian literary life”

8: Crawford stories: text of stories to be included in The Collected Short Stories of Isabella Valancy Crawford

9: IVC [Isabella Valancy Crawford] short stories: correspondence between Early and Peterman re some short stories plus text of three stories

10: Association for Canadian Studies in the United States (ACSUS) Conference held in Portland, Oregon, 19-23 Nov. 2003: text of talk by Peterman entitled: “When there is so little ‘life’ to measure: rethinking Isabella Valancy Crawford and her curious literary life”

11: Winona introduction: final drafts of the text for Winona

12: Crawford biography: photocopies of articles related to Crawford; also a list of items related to Crawford located in Queen’s University Archives

13: Crawford: research material

14: Hearthstone: includes research on the history of this Canadian publication

15: Crawford – Len Early: research related to Crawford. Includes drafts of various parts of The Collected Short Stories of Isabella Valancy Crawford

16: Crawford’s Hate: photocopies of the 20 instalments in Frank Leslie’s Chimney Corner, 1 May 1875 to 11 Sept. 1875

17: Winona: draft text for Crawford’s Winona including notes on the novel

18: Crawford sourcing: research on various publications, especially American, in which Crawford’s work may have appeared

19: Tamas Dobozy: correspondence. Also copy of 2006 article entitled “Writing for the illustrated story papers in the 1870s: individuality and conformity in Isabella Valancy Crawford’s stories and serialized fiction” by Peterman. Also copy of article in Canadian Literature no. 173, Summer 2002 pp. 16-32 written by Richard Dellamora entitled “Isabella Valancy Crawford and an English-Canadian sodom*”

20: Meeting with Len Early, 6 May 2005 regarding the publication of Winona; correspondence April to August 2005

21: Winona: Canadian Studies Graduate Seminar, 2006; information and talks related to Crawford and Winona presented in various locations by Peterman: Friends of the Bata Library, 10 April 2003, on recent research into the popular fiction of Crawford; Friends of the Bata Library, 22 Nov. 2006 entitled “Winona: Isabella Valancy Crawford’s lost novel”; Lakefield Literary Festival, July 2007; Peterborough Historical Society entitled “Archival Dreaming”. Copy of Peterman’s article entitled “The inevitable Winona”: or “Don’t forget Winona” (May 2000), and another article: “The Elusive Miss Crawford” [2009]

22: Winona: photocopies of Winona and installments from January to March 1873 in The Favourite

23: Notes on Flora Lyndsay: or, Passages in an eventful life by Isabella Valancy Crawford (Peterman edited a new edition published by University of Ottawa Press, 2014)

24: Flora: textual variants

25: Emendations – “Trifles” to Bentley

26: Flora: endnotes



1: Flora: footnotes

2: Flora: corrections as of 13 Jan. 2009

3: Flora Lyndsay: text V.2 RB [Richard Bentley?] – Dewitt and Davenport: shows handwritten corrections to text

4: Flora: notes and handwritten corrections to the chapter “Critical introduction”; also a copy of the chapter “Textual notes”

5: Flora: copies of various chapters of Flora Lyndsay with handwritten changes by Peterman dated 8 Aug. 2008

6: Corrections for final copy text [of Flora Lyndsay] Fall 2009; includes handwritten changes by Peterman

7: Dean Irvine: correspondence regarding Flora with Dean Irvine and others from University of Ottawa Press as well as information on the Canadian literary collection edition of Flora Lyndsay

8: Flora Lyndsay (Bentley v. 1): photocopy of the first volume of the British edition of Flora Lyndsay published by Richard Bentley 1854?
(NOTE: Located in Special Collections, Bata Library, is the DeWitt and Davenport 1854 edition of Flora Lyndsay (PS 8476 .O63F5 1854)

9: Flora Lyndsay (Bentley v. 2): photocopy of the second volume of the British edition of Flora Lyndsay published by Richard Bentley 1854?

10: Moodie – Flora Lyndsay [notes]

11: Flora Lyndsay: readers’ reports/responses 2012

12: Literary Garland: Flora & Noah: includes photocopies of a number of works by Susanna Moodie published in the Literary Garland including “Trifles from the burthen of a life”, “Noah Cotton: a tale of conscience”, and “A Word for the novel writers”

13: Flora Lyndsay: typed copy text from the Richard Bentley edition of Flora Lyndsay of 1854

14: Flora Lyndsay: various versions of the text for Flora Lyndsay for the new publication

15: Winona: original draft of Winona (Peterborough, Ont. Broadview Editions, 2007)

16: Winona: final draft of the text proofed 4 Sept. 2006

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