Fonds 21-004 - Michael Peterman fonds. 2021 additions

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Michael Peterman fonds. 2021 additions

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  • ca. 1970-2014 (Creation)
    Peterman, Michael

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3 m of textual records
10 vhs tapes
39 cassette tapes

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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 2018 and 2021.

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Fonds is a research collection comprised of handwritten notes, newspaper clippings, photocopies of published and primary materials, transcriptions of letters, video and cassette tapes. Subject areas pertain primarily to Catharine Parr Traill, Susanna Moodie, Robertson Davies, and a conference held at Trent University in honour of Timothy Findley (1997). Also included are handwritten notes, correspondence with researchers, publishers and editors, and copies of talks, papers and manuscripts by Professor Peterman.

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Fonds acquired from Professor Michael Peterman in 2018 and 2021.


Folder headings were maintained as received. Organization of folders was undertaken by Archives staff.

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  • English

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Some of the research material is comprised of copies of documents from other archival collections and from published books and articles; this material may not be reproduced or quoted directly without appropriate consent.

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This fonds is an addition to 15-002 and 18-003.

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Box 1


1-18: Timothy Findley conference, Trent University, 1997: correspondence, brochures, transcripts, itineraries, etc.; also, 6 VHS tapes & 36 cassette tapes of conference talks

Box 2


1-7. Journal of Canadian Studies: editorial board matters, 1995-1998

  1. Friends of the Bata: scattered meeting minutes and agendas, information about speakers, correspondence, funding, 2005-2009
  2. Edward S. Caswell: manuscript, correspondence, research material, ca. 1995
  3. Isabella Valancy Crawford book: reviews, 2013
  4. Alias Grace / by M. Laurence: notes and research, 1997-2008

Box 3


1-3. History of the Book, 2003

Box 4


1-50. Robertson Davies: research, correspondence, newspaper clippings, notes, manuscript material, articles, ca. 1970s-2006; also, loose items including a copy of CBC Home Video Life & Times Robertson Davies and 2 cassettes titled “Robertson Davies Ideas”

Box 5


1-25: Catharine Parr Traill letters (photocopies and transcriptions)

Box 6


1-2. Catharine Parr Traill letters (photocopies)

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1-3. Forest and Other Gleanings: The Fugitive Writings of Catharine Parr Traill / by Catharine Parr Traill; edited by Michael Peterman and Carl Ballstadt, 1994 (correspondence with publishers, research materials, reviews, manuscript material, notes, etc.; also 2 red binders of manuscript material)
4-24. The Backwoods of Canada / by Catharine Parr Traill; edited by Michael Peterman, 1997 (correspondence with publishers, research materials, reviews, manuscript material, ‘reader’s copy’ of the publication, notes, Centre for Editing Early Canadian Texts correspondence, etc.)

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1-6. I Bless You in My Heart: Selected Correspondence of Catharine Parr Traill / edited by Carl Ballstadt, Michael Peterman, Elizabeth Hopkins, 1996 (correspondence with publishers, research materials, reviews, manuscript material, etc.)

  1. Canadian Crusoes: A Tale of the Rice Lake Plains / by Catharine Parr Traill (correspondence, research materials, proposals for new editions, etc.)
    8: Female Emigrant’s Guide / by Catharine Parr Traill (correspondence, research materials, etc.)

Box 9


1-3. Traill – bibliographies

  1. Traill – “early works”
  2. Traill – Dictionary of Canadian Biography
  3. Traill – Rubidge family
  4. Traill – Jennifer Harris re a Traill autobiographical tale
  5. Traill – CSWS 275 course
  6. Traill – Newcomer Women’s Services Toronto awards, 2009
  7. Traill – Mt. Ararat, Rice Lake correspondence and articles, 2006-2010
  8. Traill – Catharine Parr Traill and the Picturesque Landscape / by Elizabeth Hopkins, 1998
  9. Traill – Canadian Authors Association, M. Peterman writing workshop re Traill, 1996
  10. Traill – letter to Canada Post Corporation suggesting that a commemorative stamp honouring Traill be issued, 1996
  11. Traill – Cobourg and District Historical Society: article by M. Peterman on Traill, March 1995
  12. Traill - emigration

Box 10


1-2. Sisters in Two Worlds: A Visual Biography of Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill / Michael Peterman, ca, 2006

  1. Articles about and by Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill
  2. SSHRC applications, 1993, 1998 (i.e. “A checklist of the writings by and about Susanne Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill” 1998)
  3. Traill & Moodie: new takes/conference
    6-11. Talks, lectures by M. Peterman: Art Gallery of Ontario (1991); Culinary Conference, Peterborough (2005); [Halpenny] Phi Betta Kappa; Waterwalk Talk/Book (“My Old Friend the Otonabee”), ca. 1999; Humber Talk, Cynthia Good, plus a folder of various talks “1985 forward”
  4. Heritage bus tour, Hamilton Township, 2009
  5. Moodie/Traill Royal Ontario Museum tour, 2002, 2012
  6. Otonabee literary tour, 1989
  7. Moodie/Traill (includes Moodie plaque discussion, Toronto, 2014)
  8. Correspondence re new Moodie/Traill material, 1980 forward
  9. Recent Moodie/Traill, ca. 1998-1999
  10. Archival research, Moodie/Traill
  11. Moodie/Traill, Jennifer Harris, 2011
  12. Moodie/Traill, Peterborough 1830s
  13. Photocopies of Moodie & Traill material
    22-30. Roughing It in the Bush / Susanna Moodie, (A Norton Critical Edition), ed. Michael A. Peterman), 2007 (includes contract, permissions, correspondence, research, publicity)
    31-34. Susanna Moodie: A Life / Michael A. Peterman, 1999 (includes permissions, correspondence, research, publicity)
    35-38. Susanna Moodie: Letters of a Lifetime / eds. Carl Ballstadt, Elizabeth Hopkins, Michael Peterman, 1985 ((includes contract, permissions, correspondence, research, publicity)
    39-40. Flora Lyndsay; or, Passages in an Eventful Life / Susanna Moodie (ed. Michael A. Peterman), 2014 (contract, correspondence; also, a talk by Professor Peterman on this topic)

Box 11


  1. “Patriotic Songs by Agnes Strickland and Susanna Strickland” / Michael Peterman, National Library Bulletin, July-August 2002, Vol. 34, No.4
  2. Toronto Botanical Garden lecture, 28 October 2009 (talk re Catharine Parr Traill and Susanna Moodie)
  3. Lakefield Literary Festival, 2014 (talks re John Craig; Susanna Moodie)
  4. Cobourg Lecture Series, 2012 (talk re Susanna Moodie, slavery)
  5. University of Ottawa, 1988 (talk re Catharine Parr Traill as naturalist)
  6. Université Rennes conference, 1995 (talk re Catharine Parr Traill)
  7. University of Edinburgh, 1987 (talk re Susanna Moodie and the 1837 Rebellion)
  8. Canadian Literature article, 2012 (review of “Reviewing Colonizers; Masculine Collaboration and Fraser’s Town and Country Magazine in Upper Canada” re Tiger Dunlop, John Galt)
    9-10. University of Idaho, 1989 (talk re Caroline Kirkland and Susanna Moodie)
  9. Summer Explorations in Canadian Culture, 2001 (Millbrook, Smith Township, Beaverton re the importance of Roughing It in the Bush, etc.)
    11a. Ontario Genealogical Society keynote address, 1990 (Pioneer Emigrant Authors)
  10. Early talks re Moodie
  11. Moodie lectures
  12. University of Texas Press, 1989 (re talk titled “Roughing It in the Bush in America”)
  13. University of Ottawa symposium, 2009 (talk re Susanna Moodie)
  14. Assessment notes re a paper on Moodie, 2009
  15. Essays on Canadian Writing, 1981 (re Susanna Moodie)
  16. Moodie essays
  17. Susanna Moodie essays, bibliographies, pictures
  18. Elderhostel, 1999 (re Literary Legends course)
    21-23. Moodie bibliographies
  19. “The Enduring Enigma of Susanna Moodie” by Chris Patrick Crowe (documentary on film) – includes one file of correspondence and research material, the film proposal, and a copy of the film in VHS format)
  20. “The Secret Life of Susanna Moodie” poster (re Peter Gzowski’s Morningside)
  21. “O Susanna!” (a musical by Dave Carley), 2007 (includes correspondence, script)
    27-28. Susanna Moodie: Roughing It in the Bush (Interactive Graphic Novel by Carol Shields)
    29-30. “Roughing It in the Bush” (a film based on the life of Susanna Moodie by Carol Shields and Patrick Crowe), 2001
  22. Photocopies of letters to or from Susanna Moodie & John Moodie
  23. Photocopies, transcriptions of Moodie letters
  24. Research file – the Moodie family in Belleville
  25. Research file – Moodie family biographies, genealogies
  26. Moodie – The Literary Garland, Victoria Magazine
    36-39. Moodie stories, poems, writings

Box 12


1-7. Moodie – spiritualism research

  1. Moodie/Traill/Fitzgibbon – botanical art
    9-10. Moodie research
    11-25. Moodie/Traill – research/website/bibliography, Reydon Hall, etc.
    26-28. Traill, Willie & Walter - research
  2. Strickland, Agnes - biography
  3. Strickland, Sam
  4. Strickland/Stewart families
  5. Peterborough families: Reid/Stewart/Armour
  6. Dunlop, Eleanor - letters (transcriptions only)
  7. Muchall, Mary (E) - published writings
  8. Rubidge, Alfred Richard
  9. Brougham, Henry
  10. Crofton, Walter C.
  11. Hope, Rev. Henry, & Settler’s Guide
  12. Names/families of Peterborough/Darlington/Cavan, etc.
  13. Douro families
  14. Early Peterborough documents
  15. Doctors in Peterborough/Ontario: Ranniff, Dobbin

Box 13


  1. The Bush Ladies / play by Molly Thom (Trent University 35th anniversary celebration, 1999)
  2. Dedication for Professor Gordon Roper, 1995
  3. Correspondence, memorabilia, 1983-1986
  4. Literary correspondence/reviews
  5. Annotated Bibliography for English Studies (ABES), 1998
  6. Centre for Editing Early Canadian Texts, 1983
  7. Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions (CIHM), 1994
  8. SSHRC application/assessment re History of the Irish-Canadian Book, 2009

Loose in box:

Cassette tape: “The Voice of Stephen Leacock, introduction by Peter Gzowski, recordings from 1938 & 1943, plus readings by John Drainie”, 1995

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