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Arthur James Marshall Smith was born in Montreal, Quebec in 1902. He was educated at McGill University and received his B.A. in 1925 and his M.A. in 1926. In 1931 he received his Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. At McGill University Smith edited the "McGill Daily Literary Supplement" from 1924 to 1925. When is was discontinued, Smith, along with F.R. Scott, founded and edited the "The McGill Fortnightly Review" in 1925. This was the first journal to publish modernist poetry and critical opinion in Canada. Throughout his lifetime, Smith's works were published in anthologies, and he became recognized nationally as a poet, critic and anthologist. He taught English at several American colleges before accepting a position, teaching English, at Michigan State University from 1936 until his retirement in 1972. Michigan University, upon his retirement, created the A.J.M. Smith Award, given annually for a noteworthy volume by a Canadian poet. Among Smith's most distinguished awards were the Governor General's Award in 1943, for "News of the phoenix and other poems", and the Lorne Pierce Medal in 1966. (Taken from: "Poets Between the Wars." Toronto: McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1969.) In 1978 A.J.M. Smith received an honorary Doctorate of Letters from Trent University. Trent University received a number of books and papers from Smith and a room on the first floor of the Bata Library was dedicated to him. In 1980 A.J.M. Smith died.
The fonds was created by and in the custody of Arthur J.M. Smith until it was purchased by Trent University.
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The fonds consists of the literary and personal correspondence; literary and poetic manuscripts; and typescripts of reviews of anthologies, lectures and essays by and about Arthur J.M. Smith. Also included in the fonds are photographs and prints.
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The fonds was purchased from A.J.M. Smith with the assistance of a grant from Shell, Canada.
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Access to the fonds requires the permission of the University Archivist. Publication or quotation of literary materials can only be made with the permission of literary executor William Toye, Oxford University Press, Canada.
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Associated materials are located at the Library and Archives Canada (MG 30 - Glassco papers); the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto; and at the Rare Book Room, McLennan Library, McGill University.
For related records see: 80-005, 81-019 and 99-1001.
1: Correspondence from Bill Card, author of a literary column in the Daily Nebraskan. Card and Smith wrote under the names Claire Montesrey and Vincent Starr, respectively, n.d., 1925-1928
2: Literary letters, 1926-1943. Correspondents include Geoffrey Grigson, Allen and Caroline Tate, Desmond McCarthy, Mark Van Doren, Harriet Monroe, George Dillon, Geraldine Udall, The Dial, Hound and Horn, Guggenheim Foundation
3: "Old Letters", 1928-1950. Correspondents include the CBC, the Guggenheim Foundation, Rockefeller, University of Chicago, J. Morpugo, Ball State Teacher's College, also, assorted clippings from the National Observer, July 11, 1966
4: John Glassco. Correspondence, 1928, 1963-1974; Smith's typescript review of Glassco's "Montreal"; Glassco's typescript of "The Two Scribes" and other works; drafts of translated French-Canadian poetry by Michele Lalonde and others; draft Smith letter to Rina Lasnier, 8 April 1972, re: Molson Award and First Annual Canadian Poets' Prize; assorted clippings on Glassco; postcards; letter from Elizabeth to Smith, June 2, 1928
5: Correspondence, 1928-1929. Correspondents include H.C. Grierson (University of Edinburgh), The Dial, Richard E. Badger, Leon Edel; one piece of sheet music by Grant Sampson, to the Smith poem Anthea, performed 9 Jan. 1959 at Kingston, Ontario by the Inter- Faculty Choir of Queen's University, 1p.
6: Correspondence, 1973-1975. Correspondents include J.R. Colombo, William Toye (Oxford University Press), Leon Edel, Gordon Roper, George Woodcock, Desmond Pacey, Anne E. Burke, P.H. Devries and others
7: Correspondence, 1973-1975. "Not Important Letters". Correspondents include Al Purdy, Ralph Gustafson, Hugh McPherson, F.R. Scott, P.H. Devries, George Woodcock and others
8: Alphabetical Correspondence "A". Letters from Patrick Anderson, G.C. Andrew, Margaret Atwood, 1945-1970
9: Alphabetical Correspondence "B". Letters from Pat Martin Bates (also attributed to Pat Page), Ronald Bates, Munro Beattie, Henry Beissel (with typescript poem), G. Bennet, Earle Birney, A.S. Bourinot, George Bowering, Books in Canada, Anne Burke, Alfred Bailey, A.N. Blinq, and others, 1942-1977
10: Alphabetical Correspondence "C". Letters from Dink Carroll, Nicholas Catanoy, E.A. Collard, J.R. Colombo, Neil Compton, Susan Crawford et alia, Ed. Corbett, Alan Crawley, etc., 1963-1977
1: Alphabetical Correspondence "D", "E", "F". "D" letters from Roy Daniells, Robertson Davies, Jacques de Tonnancour, Kildare Dobbs, Louis Dudek, Michael Darling, Frank Davey, Sandra Djwa and others, 1956-1977 "E" letters from Leon Edel, R.N. Egudu, David Esplin and Ron Everson (with attached poetry), 1943-1971 "F" letters from Northrop Frye, Cynthia Farden, Mina Forsyth, John Ferns, Sheila Fishman, and John Ferres, 1961-1968
2: Alphabetical Correspondence "G". Letters from Mrs. John Garvin, Richard Greene, John Grobe, Robert Gibbs, Edythe Greissman, Joyce Grenfell, Gerald Godin, Ralph Gustafson (includes 1961 Poetry Pilot, translations of French-Canadian poetry, assorted clippings); Greg Gatenby, M. Gessner, J.W. Graham, Gage Publishing and John Glassco, 1962-1978
3: Alphabetical Correspondence "H", "J-K", "L". "H" letters from Alexander Hutchison, Victor Howard, Bruce Harkness, Jim Harltners, Ron Hambleton, John Hannat, Walter Herbert, Hudson's Bay Company, Robert Hogg, Alan M. Hollingsworth, 1956-1967; 1971 "J-K" letters from D. Jones and R. Krister, 1928; 1966-1967 "L" letters from Dorothy Livesay, Douglas Lochead, A. Levitt, Frank Ledwell, Joan M. Lawrence, Jim Lawrence, Irving Layton; Stephen Leacock first day of issue and Margaret Laurence brochure from Trent University, 1957-1976
4: Alphabetical Correspondence "M". Letters from Jay Macpherson, McGill News, Gene MacNamara, Arch. MacLeish, Alastair Macdonald, MacMillan Publishing, R.B. Nye (for Michigan State University), Seymour Mayne, Hugo Macpherson, Tom Marshal, Jim Milner, R.L. McDougall, Goodridge Macdonald (1928), G. MacEwen, Bryan McCarthy and others; A.J.M.S. draft letter re Wilson, MacDonald and B.C. Poetry, 1928; 1947-1977. Seymour Mayne material includes A.J.M.S. commentary on Mayne's thesis at the University of British Columbia
5: Alphabetical Correspondence "N", "O". "N" letters from Alden Nowlan, Eve Norton, John Newlove, Suniti Namjoshi; report to the Canada Council on the Anthology T.O. Now, with mss. comments on the poets and poems, 4p. Namjoshi material includes typescript poetry, 1p., 1966-1974 "O" letters from Michael Ondaatje (with 14 typescript poems), Kim Ondaatje, John Owen, Brenda O'Grady, Ann Orendoff, Oxford University Press, Padraig O'Broin, Walter O'Hearne, etc., 1960- 1972
6: Alphabetical Correspondence "P". Letters from P.K. Page (with six typescript poems), Ilona Polyani (with draft translations of Hungarian poetry), A.W. Purdy (with typescript and mss. poetry and clippings), Desmond Pacey, Allen Pearson, David G. Pitt, Edmund D. Pellegrino, Cyril Poole, Grace Wray Porter, County Potocki of Montalk, P.K. Page, writing as Pat K. Irwin; A.J.M.S. radio review of E.J. Pratt, Towards the Last Spike and Northern Review Pratt issue, n.d., 1952-1974 (Note: see also Box 1 Folder 9)
7: Alphabetical Correspondence "R", "S", "T". "R" letters from James Reaney, Bill Robbins, Robin Redern, Paul Rode, Robert Roussil, Susan E.R., George D. Robins, Malcolm Ross and others, n.d., 1943-1966 "S" letters from Peter Stevens (for Canadian Forum), William Sylvester, Ronald Sutherland, Guy Sylvestre, Herbert Steinhouse, Guy Sylvestre, F.R. Scott, (with A.J.M.S. notes on Scott article for Canadian Literature and notes on classification of F.R. Scott poetry); Alvin Sullivan, Stella Slade, Harry D. Smith, [W.E. Syrott], Leland Sapiro, Anne Stuart, Ron Seary, Mack Rosenthal, and anonymous postcard of medical doggerel (from Paris), n.d., 1958-1975 "T" letters from Donald F. Theall, Elizabeth L. Titus and Gerald Taaffe, n.d., 1966-1969
8: Alphabetical Correspondence, Miscellaneous S-Z. Letters from Brenda Walters, George Woodcock, John Thompson, Howard Sergeant, George Whalley, McGill Reporter (Vol.2 #11, 28 Nov. 1969, re F.R. Scott), Ronald Sutherland, F.R. Scott (typescript limerick), from A.J.M.S. to Jeannie Smith, Abelard- Schuman Ltd., Guy Sylvestre, Pat Sadavoy, Tamara Wallis, Frank Underhill, G.S. Whitby; revised and corrected typescripts of "Angels Exist, and Sonnets are not Dead," 3p., University of Victoria, University of New Brunswick (signature illegible), postcard from Evelyn, 1966-1972
9: Alphabetical Correspondence, Miscellaneous S-Z. Letters from B. & D. Williams, Anne Wilkinson (4 poems), Robert Weaver (for CBC), Eliseo Vivas, George Woodcock, Suzanne Weldon, Milton Wilson, Phyllis Webb (for CBC), Melvin B. Yoken, Thomas E. Tauskey, Myron Simon, A.J.M.S. to Alvin Sullivan, John Gray (re Anne Wilkinson), Mason Wade, P. Gregg Yurick; poem (author's signature illegible), Devendra P. Varma, "To A.J.M. Smith or his second-coming in the Manner of De la Mare!", 1939-1972
1: A.J.M.S. Professional - Michigan State University Pink Slips. Letters re annual salary increments, 1938-1969. Letter of appointment to Montreal Protestant School Board, 1928. Invitations to employment at various institutions, letters from students re classes and courses; correspondence re Visiting Professorship at U.B.C., 1971; letters to Gage Publishing re Volume 2 of Book of Canadian Prose, 10 Oct. 1971; paper on A.J.M.S. by Linnea Boese, with an A.J.M.S. bibliography of works; conference and seminar brochure, clippings
2: Book of Canadian Poetry, first edition. Correspondence, permission forms and applications, invoices, 1942-1944. Letters from the University of Chicago Press, Ryerson Press, W.J. Gage and Co. Ltd., McClelland and Stewart, The MacMillan Company of Canada
3: Book of Canadian Poetry. Reviews, clippings, typescript copies of reviews, correspondence, 1943-1952
4: News of the Phoenix. Reviews, clippings, typescript copies of reviews from journals and newspapers, correspondence, 1944-1955. Letters from Harry Levin and Ryerson Press re A Sort of Ecstacy; and from the University of Buffalo re donation of papers, 1954
5: Book of Canadian Poetry. Reviews from newspapers, journals, Canadian Literature Club and radio programmes; correspondence from University of Chicago Press, and W.J. Gage, 1947-1948; and from Michelle Guilbault requesting assistance for an essay, 1962
6: Oxford Book of Canadian Verse. Reviews from newspapers, journals, radio programmes. Letters from Frances Battle, Elizabeth P., B.S. Husband, J.G. Diefenbaker (copy) and Georges Vanier (copy), 1960-1961
7: Collected Poems. Reviews from newspapers, journals, etc. Letters from Oxford University Press, C.E. Eaton, Canada Council and Wm. Stafford (Lewis and Clark College), 1959-1964
8: Oxford Book of Modern Canadian Verse. Letters from Oxford University Press re production of the book. Photostatic copy of O.U.P. - Fernand Ouellette correspondence and poetry; I. McKenna's radio programme in Ottawa on Pauline Johnson. 1960-1961; 1966-1967
1: Oxford University Press. Letters from the Press, 1966-1967; assorted invoices from the MacMillan Co. of Canada, 1957- 1958; copy of letter from Mrs. Duncan Campbell Scott to William Toye, O.U.P., autumn, 1966
2: Reviews. "Interesting reviews of Modern Canadian Verse" and Poems New and Collected; Oxford University Press letters, 1967-1968
3: McClelland and Stewart - New Canadian Library and Canadian Criticism. Letters from M. & S., Malcolm Ross, George Woodcock, and carbon of Jack McClelland to Malcolm Ross, 1960-1961
4: University of British Columbia Press. Correspondence, royalty statements, contract re Towards a View of Canadian Letters, Selected Critical Essays, 1928- 1972; letter from George Woodcock re View mss. 1971-1975
5: Letters and report extracted from A.J.M. Smith Collection of Canadiana:
F.C. Emberson to Dr. Robins, n.d., in pencil, from F.C. Emberson, Immortality Proved, n.p., n.d. Book includes another Emerson to Robins letter, facing front cover
Jay Macpherson to A.J.M. Smith, 10 June 1968, 2p., from Jay Macpherson, The Boatman, Toronto, 1957
Irving Layton to A.J.M. Smith, 16 March 1956, 2p., from Irving Layton, The Bull Calf and Other Poems, Toronto, 1956
Gary Geddes to A.J.M. Smith, 25 May 1976, 1p., from Gary Geddes, Letter of the Master of Horse, Toronto, n.d.
Craig Campbell to A.J.M. Smith, 31 Mar. 1975, from Northern Journey, 4 June 1974
Larry Shouldice to A.J.M. Smith, 21 April 1976, 1p., from Ellipse, 17
Report to A.J.M. Smith and others by the editors of the Tamarack River (including Anne Wilkinson), on the journal's editorial policy, 18 Jan., 2 p., from Tamarack Review, #6, Winter 1958
Miriam Waddington to A.J.M. Smith, 7 Feb. 1971, 1p., from Miriam Waddington, A.M. Klein, Toronto 1971
Fraser Sutherland to A.J.M. Smith, 2 Dec. 1976, 1p., from Northern Journey 7 & 8, 1976
Note from Al [Purdy] to A.J.M. Smith, 20 June 1965, 1p., from Ivy Peyton, Lust, Where the Summer's Short, Upbank Press, n.d.
Postcard, Win and Roberts to Jeannie Smith, 6 June, 1p., from Frances Brooke, The History of Emily Montague, Toronto, 1961
Mrs. David Thompson to A.J.M. Smith, 24 Sept., 2 p., from D.L. Thompson, "Science and Poetry", offprint of Aberdeen University Review, XLVI, 1, #53, Spring 1975
Jerry Potts to A.J.M. Smith, 6 Oct. 1971, 1p., from Jerry Potts, Canada Drift II, Weaver Creek and Other Poems, Dawson Creek, B.C., n.d.
Micheline Saint-Marie to A.J.M. Smith, 19 May 1961, 1p., from Kline Saint-Marie, Les Poemes de la Sommeillaine, Ottawa, 1958
Floris Clark McLaren to A.J.M. Smith, 18 Aug. , 2p., from F.C. McLaren Frozen Fire, Toronto, 1937
Telegram from Michele Lalonde to A.J.M. Smith, 20 Sept. 1968, letter from Lalonde, 14 June 1956, 2p., plus cover; card from Lalonde, n.d., 1p., from M. Lalonde Terre Des Hommes, Ottawa, 1967
Note from Rina Lasnier to A.J.M. Smith, n.d., 2p., from R. Lanier, L'Arbre Blanc, Ottawa, 1966
Gael Turnbull to A.J.M. Smith, 12 Sept. 1955, 1p., from G. Turnbull, The Knot in the Wood, London, 1955
Russ to A.J.M. Smith, n.d., 1p., from Deborah Austin, The Paradise of the World, Pennsylvania, 1964
Note from F.R.S. (Scott) to A.J.M. Smith, n.d., 1p., re typescript report, E.K. Brown, "The Problem of Canadian Literature", from Manitoba Free Press, 15 March 1937
Donald Creighton to A.J.M. Smith, 1 April 1944, 1p.; 23 March 1947, 2p.; with typed extract from Goldwin Smith, The Political Destiny of Canada, p.61, 1p.
Brandon Conron to A.J.M. Smith, 3 Oct. 1973, 1p., from B. Conron, Morley Callaghan, New York, 1966
Note from Heather Spears to A.J.M. Smith, n.d., 1p., from H. Spears, Asylum Poems and Others, Toronto, 1958
John S. Mitchell to A.J.M. Smith, 14 Jan. 1971, 1p., from J.S. Mitchell, The Approximate Rings, n.p., n.d.
John S. Mitchell to A.J.M. Smith, 19 Sept. 1972, 1p., from J.S. Mitchell, Eyes That Shamed the Night, Montreal, 1972
P.K. Page to A.J.M. Smith, 26 March, 2p., from Page, The Metal and the Flower, Toronto, 1954
A.S. Bourinot to A.J.M. Smith, 26 Jan. 1947, 2p., from A.S. Bourinot, Under the Sun, Toronto, 1939
Note from Fred Beach to A.J.M. Smith, 19 March 1974, 1p., from Milton Wilson, ed., Poetry of Mid-Century 1940-1960, Toronto, 1964
Sandra Kolber to A.J.M. Smith, 9 Nov. 1967, 2p., plus cover, from S. Kolber, Bitter Sweet Lemons and Love, Toronto, 1967
Jana Veverko to A.J.M. Smith, 19 Jan. 1967, 3p., from The Mitre, 1, 1966-1967
J.C. Webster to A.J.M. Smith, 8 March 1946, 1p., from J.C. Webster, Historical Guide to New Brunswick, New Brunswick Government Bureau of Information and Tourist Travel, 1944
P.K. Page to A.J.M. Smith, 14 Jan., 1p., from P.K. Page, As Ten, As Twenty, Toronto, 1946
Postcard from Ralph Gustafson to the Smiths, 24 March, 196, from R. Gustafson, Ixion's Wheel, Toronto, 1969
A.D. Simmons to A.J.M. Smith, 7 July 1968, 1p., from Canada at Brussels, 1958, (souvenir booklet from Brussels Universal and International Exhibition, 1958)
John Fraser to A.J.M. Smith, 6 Oct., 1968, 1p., from offprint of J. Fraser, "A Dangerous Book? - The Story of O", Western Humanities Review, XX #1, Winter, 1966
Note from John Richmond to A.J.M. Smith re his article "Canadian Books Need a Push", n.p., n.d., from Patrick Anderson, The White Centre, Toronto, 1946
Ronald Bates to A.J.M. Smith, 12 Feb. 1966, 2p., from R. Bates, The Unimaginable Circus, Theatre and 300, London, 1965
Michael Freedman to A.J.M. Smith, 16 Oct. 1967, 2p., from M. Harris and M. Freedman, Poems from Ritual and Through the Telemeter, Montreal, 1967
C. Frederick Boyle to A.J.M. Smith, 8 March 1946, 1p., from C.F. Boyle, Prayers at a High Altar, Toronto, 1942
I.F. White to A.J.M. Smith, 21 June 1927, from Canadian Forum, #81, June 1927
C. James to A.J.M. Smith, 27 July 1977, from M.L. Rosenthal and A.J.M. Smith, Exploring Poetry, New York, 1973
Francoise Ewen to A.J.M. Smith, n.d., 1p., from Jacques Ferron, La Nuit, Ottawa, 1965
Note on greeting card from Rina Lasnier to A.J.M. Smith, from Rosemary Dobson, L'Enfant au Cacatoes, Paris, 1967
6: Blasted Pine. Assorted reviews, including Time, 6 Jan. 1958
7: Book of Canadian Prose (Vol. 1). Reviews, 1966
8: Oxford Book of Canadian Verse. Assorted reviews (Time, New York Times, New Yorker), 1960-1961
9: MFR Interviews, McGill News: "The Fortnightly's Forthright Four" (A.J.M.S., F.R. Scott, Leon Edel, Lew Schwartz), in McGill News, Autumn, 1963 (2 copies)
10: Reviews of Anne Wilkinson The Hangman Ties the Holly. Clippings, radio reviews, 1955-1956. "Three Poems" by Anne Wilkinson, from Canadian Forum, April 1959. Letter from E.J. Pratt to Anne Wilkinson, re "Counterpoint to Sleep", 2p., 24 Sept. 1951. Unidentified typed criticism of [Wilkinson's] work, "About Yr. Poems", 2p., July 1954
11: A.J.M.S. reviews of Margaret Avison from Canadian Forum, Sept. 1966; article on A.M. Klein, from Gants du Ciel (en francais); "Varia" by A.J.M.S. (autographed clipping) from Canadian Forum, Sept. 1927; "Wanted: Canadian Criticism" by A.J.M.S., Canadian Forum, April 1928
12: Irving Layton. "Gestetner" copy of Irving Layton's "An Open Letter to Louis Dudek", as published in Cataract, Winter, 1962, 4p.; June Callwood article on Layton, "The Lusty Laureate From the Slums", in Star Weekly Magazine, 6 Feb. 1970
13: Sydney Johnson article on a symposium at Bishop's University, "Value of Arts in Canada Real or Illusory?" from Montreal Star, 21 Jan. 1967, (signlined by A.J.M.S.)
14: The Nation, 15 June 1927 (Vol. 124, #3232); p.671 has A.J.M.S. poem "Shadows There Are"; New Yorker, 13 Mar. 1971; Geoffrey T. Hellman, "Profile of Leon Edel"
15: Can. Lit. Clippings on Canadian Literature; prospectus for a manuscript "A Literary History of Canada", 3p.; Earle Birney on radio programme Mainly About Books, 2 Mar. 1949, commenting on the best in Canadian Literature
16: Clippings extracted from the A.J.M.S. collection of Canadiana:
Page from Le Passe-Temps, juillet 1928, of assorted French poems and songs, from Louis Dantin, Poetes de l'Amerique Francaise, Etudes Critiques, Montreal, 1928
Robert Fulford, "A Very Special Poet", n.p., n.d., review clipping from E.A. Lacey, The Forms of Loss, Toronto, 1965
Sir Shuldham Redfern, "For a Beloved Canadian Poet", clipping re Duncan Campbell Scott, n.p., n.d., from D.C. Scott, The Circle of Affection, Toronto, 1947
Julian Symons, "The Old Enemies,", clipping from the New Statesman, 7 April 1967, excerpted from The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, #1, Sept., 1965
Dusty Vineberg, "Cohen Felt Like Punching Richler", clipping from Montreal newspaper [autumn 1964], from Louis Dudek, Laughing Stalks, Contact Press, 1958
Louis Dudek, "Irving Layton - a Vicarious rebel", clipping from Montreal Gazette, 23 Oct. 1965, from L. Dudek, Laughing Stalks, Contact Press, 1958
Louis Dudek, "Peripatetic Poets Show Their Wares", review of Cohen, Birney, Layton and Gotlieb, from Montreal Star, 31 Oct. 1964, from L. Dudek, Laughing Stalks, Contact Press, 1958
Irving Layton, letter to the editor, Montreal Star, 3 Nov. 1964, from L. Dudek, Laughing Stalks, Contact Press, 1958
Louis Dudek, "Keewaydin Poems", from Canadian Forum, August 1955, from Louis Dudek, Europe, Laocoon (Contact) Press, 1954
F.H. Underhill, "A Canadian Philosopher-Historian", from Canadian Forum, July 1947 (re A.R.M. Lower)
"The Creative Process - Is Topic of Guest Speaker", clipping on A.J.M. Smith from the Charlottetown Guardian, 15 April 1967
John Richmond, "Behind the Times with Canadian Writing", clipping from Montreal Star, 12 Sept. 1970, from M. Richler, ed., Canadian Writing Today, London, 1970
Malcolm Foster, "Richler's jaundiced look at Canada's Literature", clipping from Montreal Gazette, 24 Oct. 1970, from M. Richler, ed., Canadian Writing Today, London, 1970
Mary Blume "Leonard When and the Age of Song", clipping from International Herald Tribune, 22 May 1970
Paul Grescoe, "Cohen", from Montreal Gazette, 10 Feb. 1968
"Wealthy Squatters Find Rent-Free Beach Haven", clipping from Vancouver Sun, 1 Aug. 1947, on Malcolm Lowry, from M. Lowry, Under the Volcano, New York, 1947
Clipping, "John Newlove's Poems", from MacLean's Magazine, n.d., from J. Newlove, Black Night Window, Toronto, 1968
Clipping, "Poet's Progress", from Time, 6 Nov. 1964, from Irving Layton, Balls for a One-Armed Juggler, Toronto, 1963
Peter McLintock, "Quebec Opinion", from Winnipeg Free Press, 31 Oct. 1964, from F. Scott and M. Oliver, eds., Quebec States Her Case, Toronto, 1964
Clipping, "The Private World of Ray Souster", from Time, 12 June 1964, from R. Souster, The Colour of the Times, Toronto, 1964
Excerpt from "Books from Hungary", Nov. 4, 1965, from I. Duczynska and Karl Polanyi, eds., The Plough and the Pen: Writings from Hungary, 1930-1956, Toronto, 1963
Al Purdy, "The Horseman of Canada", from the Globe Magazine, 25 July 1970, from A. Purdy, Poems For All the Annettes, Toronto, 1962
Clipping, "Pre-Confederation Writing", review of A.J.M. Smith, The Book of Canadian Poetry, Winnipeg Free Press, 6 Nov. 1965, from A.J.M. Smith, The Book of Canadian Poetry, Toronto, 1965
Wilfrid Eggleston, "The Causerie", review clipping on A.S. Bourinot from Winnipeg Free Press, 30 June 1956, from Duncan Campbell Scott, The Witching of Elspie, Toronto, 1923
Editorial clipping, "The Ryerson Portrait", n.p., 15 Jan. 1930 (Toronto), plus newsprint copy of the portrait, from E. Ryerson, The Loyalists of America and Their Times from 1620- 1816, Toronto, 1880
James Ferrabee, "Young Writers in Search of an Outlet", Montreal Gazette, n.d., from David Chenoweth et alia eds., Snowmobiles Forbidden, Montreal, 1971
Emy Geggie, "Ixion's Wheel" review article, the Review, Seven, 28 Nov. 1969, from R. Gustafson, Ixion's Wheel, Toronto, 1969
John Richmond, "Memorial to Czech Nation", n.p., n.d., re R. Gustafson, Nocturne: Prague 1968, from R. Gustafson, Ixion's Wheel, Toronto, 1969
"An Uncultivated Persona", Time article on John Glassco, n.d.
"The Victory Book Sheet", published under the auspices of Preview Magazine, dedicated to the Support of Canadian morals, Summer, 1943, from Patrick Anderson, A Tent for April, Montreal, 1945. 2 copies
Patrick Anderson "Four Poems", Canadian Forum, June 1942, from P. Anderson, A Tent for April, Montreal, 1945
A.J.M. Smith, "Margaret Avison's New Book", Canadian Forum, Sept. 1966, from M. Avison, The Dumbfounding, New York, 1966
Clipping re Emily Carr, Annora Brown, Louis A. MacKay and the Governor-General's Literary Awards, Canadian Review, , from Emily Carr, Klee Wyck, Oxford, 1941
Alan Pearson, "Canadians Holding Forth", Montreal Star, 1 Aug. 1970, review of George Woodcock, Odysseus Ever Returning: Essays on Canadian Writers and Writing, from Claude Bissell, Great Canadian Writing: A Century of Imagination, Toronto, 1966
Pages 493-553 of a journal (n.p., n.d.) of reviews of various poets (Lampman, Birney, Smith, Sarah Binks, Klein, etc.,), articles on communications (McLuhan), and others. Signlined and annotated by A.J.M. Smith
Bertram J. Warr, "Four Poems", CPM, Dec. 1947, from Canadian Literature, #38, Autumn, 1968
Robert Coughlan, "What Manner of Morph Are You?", n.p., n.d., sent to A.J.M. Smith by Jacques de Tonnancour, St. Lambert, Quebec
Robert Fulford, "Anne Wilkinson: 1910-1961" obituary column form Toronto Daily Star, 23 May 1961
Obituary of A.M. Klein, Montreal Gazette, 22 Aug. 1972
1: "Duotang" bound typescript copy of News of the Phoenix, as submitted to the University of Chicago Press, for possible publication, n.d.
2: Blasted Pine, #2. Covering letter re return of manuscript; typescript, revised and corrected, with two offprint reviews; xerox copy of paste-ups. n.d., 1968
3: "Libations: a tentative ms. for a proposed anthology of light and satiric verse by Canadian poets (different from Blasted Pine) to be published by Oxford. Nothing came of it." Oxford University Press correspondence, 1965; typescript, revised and corrected; paste-ups. Poems by H. Spear - 2 batches. 1 poem by Jone Smart
4: "Libations: discards and possibles." Typescripts, paste-ups, 1965
5: "The Poetic Progress: work sheets, early drafts and 'sources' of some poems in Collected Poems." (see list, Appendix 3)
6: Typescript poetry by A.J.M.S.: a) bound, entitled Pardons and Indulgences, New Poems and Epigrams; b) bound, untitled, beginning with "The Devil Take Her - And Them." (see list, Appendix 3)
7: "Older Men ms." revised and corrected typescripts Ch.1: On Bald Heads and Wigs, 2p. Ch.2: On Love in a Frigid Place, 2p. A spoof on Stephen Vizinczey's In Praise of Older Women
8: Camp Oneida, 1924; typescript (revised, corrected) of "Thank Godiva! A Chronicle Play of Satan Times", "Red Dawn" and other early literary offerings
9: Tape recordings of poetry reading at Mount St. Vincent University, March 1967; lists of poems read at Mount Pleasant, 1960, Kellop Center, 1963, and Olivet, 1963; typescript of "Prologue: or Mountains into Molehills"; tape of Earle Birney
10: Poetry extracted from the A.J.M.S. Collection of Canadiana:
Norman Levine, "Longlining" and "Cathedral by the Sea", from N. Levine, The Tight-Rope Walker, London, 1950. Typescript, 6p., revised and corrected drafts
A.J.M. Smith, "The Detached Man", 2p.; "Souvenirs d'Enfance: the Dear Dead Days Beyond Recall"; "Surrealism in the Service of Christ"; "Quietly to be Quickly; or Other or Ether, a Song or a Dance", all from Canadian Forum, July 1944. Typescripts, 6p., revised and corrected
J.E. Morpugo, "Poem to Canadian Literature", Toronto, 1949, from Desmond Pacey, Ten Canadian Poets, Toronto, 1966. Manuscript, 1p.
A.J.M. Smith, typewritten introduction of Tom Wayman, n.d., 1p., from T. Wayman, For and Against the Moon: Blues, Yells and Chuckles, Toronto, 1974
Rick Hancox, "Misconception for Mr. Layton", from R. Hancox and K. Hodge, eds., Katharsis: Eastern Canadian Writing, Vol. 1, #1, April 1967. Manuscript
List of poems related to Charles Sangster, The St. Lawrence and the Saguenay and Other Poems, Kingston, 1856
Anne Wilkinson, "A Cautionary Tale", from A. Wilkinson, The Hangman Ties the Holly, Toronto, 1955. Typescript draft, 1p., revised with deletions
Standish O'Grady, "The Emigrant, a Poem in Four Cantos", 2p., from A.J.M. Smith, ed., The Book of Canadian Poetry, Toronto, 1958. Typescript copy, 2p., with deletions.
E.R., "On Angels"; "On the Supernatural"; "The Stream of Life" ( A Blake Drawing), from E.R., Sonnets, Toronto, 1932. Typescript drafts, 3p., 1929-1930, with revisions
Margaret Avison, "Conceit", from M. Avison, Winter Sun, Toronto, 1960. Typescript, 1p.,
A.J.M. Smith, "To Mr. Robert Finch on His Book of Poems"; "Lines Written During a Lecture on T.S. Eliot as an Anglo- Catholic", from R. Finch, The Strength of the Hills, Toronto, 1948. Typescripts, 1p., autographed
Frances A. Firth, "Madness", from Canadian Forum, Dec. 1944. (Gestetner copy)
Clipping from Montreal Gazette, 12 Nov. 197, re Mayor Jean Drapeau's Restaurant, Vaisseau d'Or, with typescript poem by John Glassco, from Paul Wyczynski, Emile Nelligan, Ottawa, 1967
A.J.M. Smith translation (1p.), n.d., of Sylvain Garneau's poem "La Bonne Entente", from S. Garneau, Objets Retrouves, Montreal, 1965
11: "Macleod Hotel"; typescript and ms. "Rules and Regulations (adopted unanimously by the Proprietor Sp.1/82:, from J.D. Higinbotham, When the West Was Young, Ryerson, 1933. Given to G.D.R. by A.J.M.S., Vancouver, July 25, 1947
12: Thompson - Char: translated poetry by Rene Char, in typescript, with term paper written by John Thompson, "Rene Char's Poetry", 24p. with 1p. Char bibliography
13: Translations of French Poems; "Old Song" (Jacques Prevert), 2p.; "The Important Personage and the Guardian Angel" (Prevert), 1p.; "The Cemetery by the Sea", 8p. typescript, revised, corrected, annotated, [A.J.M.S. original]; "The Keys of the City" (Prevert), 1p.; and "The Song of the Shoeshine Boys" (after Jacques Prevert), 2p.
14: "Snowy Phoenix": ms. of review of Klinck (UTQ) (re Klinck, Literary History of Canada); revised, corrected typescript, 47p.; correspondence with U. of T. Press (1960); receipt from Oxford U. Press for "Collected Essays on Canadian Poetry", 1964; application for M.S.U. research professorship, Spring 1964 (Feb. - Mar. 1963); typescript of article on the Canadian poetry of the 1950's, 14p.
15: A.J.M.S. exercise books, n.d.; notes on Traherne (including inserts), Herbert and Vaughan in 3 books
16: Research notes extracted from the A.J.M.S. Collection of Canadiana:
Three 3"x5" research cards re T.C. Haliburton, The Bubbles of Canada, London 1839, from T.C. Haliburton, The Bubbles of Canada, Philadelphia, 1839
Two 3"x5" errata cards, both sides re and from George Parker, ed., The Evolution of Canadian Literature in English, 1914-1945, Toronto, 1973
Research note, 1p., "Material in Brebner: Atlantic Triangle", from J.B. Brebner, The North Atlantic Triangle, Toronto, 1945
Research note, 1p., on "Jones, Myth, Fry and Can. Writers, from Canadian Literature, #55, Winter, 1973
Research note, 1p., on James Reaney re Contents of A.J.M. Smith, ed., Masks of Poetry, Canadian Critics on Canadian Verse, Toronto, 1962
Research note, 1p., re David Stock, "Notes on the Canadian Imagination", and typed note, 1p., on Humour, (copied from The Canadian Century, XII-XIII), Canadian Literature, #54, Autumn 1972
Research note, 2p., (on auto garage receipt form), from John Sutherland, The Poetry of E.J. Pratt, Toronto, 1956
Research note, 1p., from Northrop Frye, The Bush Garden, Essays on the Canadian Imagination, Toronto, 1971
Research note, 1p., re T.C. Haliburton, The Clockmaker, from T.C. Haliburton, Sam Slick, New York, 1924 (notes on back of bookmarker)
Research notes, 1p., from John Glassco, The Deficit Made Flesh, Toronto, 1958
Research note/commentary, 1p., typewritten, from George Bowering, Points on the Grid, Toronto, 1964
Two research cards re Charles Heavysege, Saul: A Drama in Three Parts, Boston, 1869
Manuscript index to The Dial, 1925-1929, 11p.
17: Page proofs of Gwendolyn MacEwen, A Breakfast for Barbarians (Ryerson, publication date April 1966)
18: Donne lecture; research notes, typescripts (revised and corrected drafts)
19: Fur-traders lecture; typescript drafts of lecture, (revised and corrected); selected Bibliography of Hudson's Bay Company; list of Champlain Society publications
20: "Old lectures on Canadian Poetry, mostly outdated or used elsewhere"; typescripts (revised and corrected); M.S.U. library bulletin; "Gants du Ciel" lecture on Klein; Queen's Quarterly article on Layton
21: "Lecture on Poetry"; typed draft, (revised and corrected), 10p.; final draft, (also revised and corrected), 8p.
22: Canadian Literature Course; "The Canadianism of Cdn. Poetry" - notes, lecture, typescript, etc.; Globe Magazine article by Joan Finnigan, "Canadian Poetry Finds its Voice in a Golden Age"; typed lecture, (revised and corrected) "On Canadian Poetry", 15p.; carbon of R. Gustafson, "The Canadian Poet and the North American Scene"; notes on Innis, Creighton, Lower, MacLennan for typed drafts for Book of Canadian Prose, Vol.2, Magog, Aug. 1968, 19p.; notes on Bailey, Haliburton, McGee, Riel, Moodie, etc. for B.C.P.; lecture drafts (Loyala-Stoney Brook 1968); draft introduction for Oxford Book of Canadian Verse; notes on Northrop Frye; early drafts and notes for introduction to Modern Canadian Verse; rebuttal to Professor Stewart (draft, typed, revised and corrected); miscellaneous course bibliographies and seminar lists, clippings and typescript copies of poems
23: First draft, Essay on Birney, written at Magog, Aug. 1966; "published in Canadian Literature", typescript, revised and corrected, 17p.
24: PKP - notes for C.L. article (on P.K. Page); foolscap typescript and ms., 12p.
25: Notes for Pratt lecture (in pen and pencil), n.d., 15p.
26: Modern Canadian Poetry - Pratt; lecture given at Memorial University, March 1969 - "Some Poems of E.J. Pratt, Aspects of Imagery and Theme", 26p., revised and corrected typescript, (as published in Canadian Poetry, 1964); correspondence and clippings re lecture, 1969; off- prints of Peter Dale Scott "The Mount of Love"
27: Poet-in-Residence, Michigan State University, English and Latin citation and curriculum vitae, note and clipping, March, 1961
28: State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1966, (Visiting Professorship); correspondence, final exams and students' examination books; clipping from Playboy (Alan Ginsburg interview and panel on student revolt). Photocopy of paper "Paterson: A Plan for Action" (summary of talk for conference on modern poetry, May 2, 1969)
29: Edmonton, 1975; correspondence, typescript of speech (revised and corrected) given at annual meeting and conference of the Association for Canadian and Quebec Literatures Inc.
30: Leeds, 1975, Canadian Literature Conference; correspondence, brochures, etc.; one letter from Jeannie Smith, 1973-1975
31: Duke, 1976; notes, etc., for paper read at Duke University International Bicentennial Conference, revised and corrected typescript; written and typed summary remarks on Crevecoeur, de Tocqueville, Melville, Hawthorne, Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman and others; programme report, conference paper by R.M. Brown (Lakehead University) and clippings
32: Duke, 1976; conference brochures; two copies of conference paper by A.J.M.S. "Evolution and Revolution as Aspects of English Canadian and American Literature" with comments by Sandra Djwa, 7 Feb. 1978
33: Trent, March 6, 1976; typescript first draft (revised and corrected) of A.J.M.S. literary autobiography (with photocopy) prepared for Roper Symposium, Jan. 1976; paper published in the Journal of Canadian Studies, May 1976, Vol. 9, #2, as "Confessions of a Compulsive Anthologist"; Arthur, March 1976; correspondence 1975-1976 (Trent and University of Ottawa)
1: John Ferns, paper, "Something Whole that was Broken: The Poetry and Criticism of A.J.M.S.", read before the British Association of Canadian Studies, April 1977; Ferns-Smith correspondence, 1978; A.J.M.S. chronology
2: Copy of Faye Maureen McCallum "To Capture Problems: A Study of A.J.M. Smith", Queen's University M.A., 1970, together with A.J.M.S. commentary
3: Student papers, etc., by Eve Norton, Cynthia Farden, Frank E. Bell (including examination books) and Mitchell Bloomfield (examination book only, with note)
4: Student papers by E.P. Hearsey (examination books only), D.E. MacLeod, A. James Lawrence (including examination book) and Shirley Loveland (examination book only), 1967
5: Student papers, etc., by Gary Roelop and Mitchell Bloomfield; photocopy of James Lawrence ms. "The Magic Tangerine Toilet #1: Ecstatic, Psychedelic Exponent of Love and Corruption", 1967
6: Student papers, etc., by D.E. MacLeod (examination book only), Margaret E. Wingard, Sandra Stock (including examination book) and Shirley Loveland, 1967-1968
7: Student papers, etc., by Winnifred Rowse, Stella Slade (including examination book), P. Hearsey and Tamara Wallis (examination book only)
1: Edinburgh Ph.D. 1931: clippings from Montreal press, convocation programmes, calendar, Ph.D. admission form; notice of graduation, 24 June 1931; diploma fee receipt, 1929; letters of reference from University officials, 1929-1930
2: McGill-Litt. D.; McGill Daily 50th Anniversary convocation programme, correspondence, citation by F.R. Scott, 1958; assorted clippings re BCP., 1958; McGill Daily Third Annual Staff Dinner, 1959, and 50th Anniversary Banquet, 1961; C.H.A. annual meeting programme, 1944
3: Queen's 1966; R.S.C. 1966; Bishop's 1967; Dalhousie 1969; photographs, correspondence, convocation programmes, citations (Queen's and Bishop's) for various honourary degrees or medals. Bishop's citation (5p.) is by Ralph Gustafson
4: A.J.M.S. citations, correspondence, clippings, etc. for Centennial Medal (1 July 1967) and Canada Council Medal (25 Nov. 1968)
5: A.J.M.S. certificates, citations, etc. for Canadian Silver Jubilee Medal (1977); Centennial Review Lecturer (MSU 1964); "Welcome from Board of Editors, Encyclopaedia Britannica, n.d.; Dedication of MSU Conference "Imagism and After: The Conference in Modern Literature", May 1973
6: Photographs and pictures extracted from the A.J.M. Smith Collection of Canadiana:
Two photographs of Leon Edel (3"x5", black and white), from Leon Edel, Literary Biography, The Alexander Lectures, 1955- 56, Toronto, 1957
8 1/2" x 11" portrait (pen & ink) of A.J.M. Smith, by M.S., from J. Russell Harper, Painting in Canada, Toronto, 1966
Three photographs of A.J.M. Smith with Malcolm Lowry and wife (3"x4", black and white), 1947-1948, from M. Lowry, Under the Volcano, New York, 1947
One photograph (3"x3", colour) of John Glassco, Christmas 1972, from A.J.M. Smith, The Canadian Century - English- Canadian Writing Since Confederation, Toronto, 1973
One photograph (2"x3", colour) of Earle Birney and A.J.M. Smith, Magog, July 1964, from E. Birney, Near False Creek Mouth, Toronto, 1964
One photograph (2"x3", colour) of Earle Birney et alia, n.d., from E. Birney Trial of a City and Other Verse, Toronto, 1925
Engravings of Archibald Lampman, from A. Lampman, Lyrics of Earth: Sonnets and Ballads, Toronto, 1925
One photograph of M. and F.R. Scott (2"x3", colour) at Expo '67, from correspondence file "T"
Three photographs of Pelham Bird and environs, from correspondence file "B"
One photograph of John Glassco outside "Smith's Arms", near Tolpuddle, Dorset, 1974
One photograph of John Glassco and A.J.M. Smith, n.d.
One group photograph of Canadian authors at Shanley House, July 1974. Included are Purdy, Birney, Jones, Smith, Everson, Glassco, Cogswell and Dudek
7: Extracted greeting cards. Of interest are the cards from Claire Pratt and Oscar Williams, Count Potock of Montalk, and the guest list from the F.R. Scott Seventieth Birthday Celebration Dinner, McGill University, 19 Sept. 1969. Sixteen items
Loose on shelf beside Box 7:
Tubed and rolled degrees: - B.Sc., McGill University, 1925 - Ph.D., Univeristy of Edinburgh, 1931 - Hon. D. Litt, McGill Univeristy, 1958 - Hon. LL.D., Queen University, 1966 - Hon. D.C.L., Bishop's University, 1967 - Hon. LL.D., Dalhousie University, 1969
Pamphlets from Smith's library including offprints of essays by McLuhan, Dudek, Scott, Edel, Kirk, Lampman, Ross (many inscribed)
also: The Brazen Tower: Short Stories by Ralph Gustafson (announcement only)
Life as a Werewolf is Never Easy / Roger Steffens
Under the Blood-Gorged Moon / Ronnie M. Lane
Selected Profane Verse & Sacred Poetry of A.J.M. Smith
Universe Into Stone / A.J.M. Smith (2 copies)
The Archer / A.J.M. Smith (2 copies)
Face / Seymour Mayne (inscribed by author)