Fonds 82-016 - Ronald H. Perry fonds.

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Ronald H. Perry fonds.

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  • 1928-1974 (Creation)
    Ronald H. Perry

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Ronald H. Perry was born at St. Catharines, Ontario and was educated at Ridley College in England. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.A. in 1926. He then attended Columbia University, acquiring a M.A. in 1932. Perry was on the staff of Pickering College, Newmarket, from 1927 to 1940. During the World War II he served with the RCAF as a squadron leader. After the War, he was Dean and Supervisor of Residences, Ajax division, University of Toronto from 1946 to 1949. In 1950, he served as Director of Educational Programs, Hart House, University of Toronto. On June 1, 1950, he was appointed Headmaster of Ashbury College in Ottawa. By 1974, Perry was Headmaster of Rosseau Lake School in Muskoka, Ontario. Throughout his life, Ron Perry has been an enthusiast of camping, canoeing and the outdoors in general. He became a staff member of Taylor Statten Camps in 1923 and remained closely connected with Camp Ahmek for many years. Perry wrote many of the camp's internal camp and canoe policy statements and was editor of the Canoe Lake Camp Echoes periodical during the early 1930's. Ron Perry published works include "The Canoe and You" (J.M. Dent and Sons, Canada Ltd., 1948) and "Canoe Trip Camping" (J.M. Dent, 1953). "The Canoe and You" was revised and reprinted as "Canoeing for Beginners" (G.R. Welch, Toronto/Association Press, New York, 1967).

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This fonds was created by and in the custody of Ron Perry before it was donated to Trent University Archives.

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This fonds consists of correspondence in regards to camping, typescripts of books written by Ron Perry, and correspondence with publishers.

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For related records see: 92-005 (Ontario Camping Association fonds) and 82-010 (Mary S. Edgar fonds).

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Box 1


1: Typescript of Canoe Trip Camping.

2: Typescript of Canoe Trip Camping.

3: Handwritten and corrected typescript of Canoe Trip Camping.

4: Galley proofs of Canoe Trip Camping and letters May 14 1953 and May 15, 1953 from publisher J.M. Dent and Sons Canada to R.H. Perry.

5: Complete and correct typescript of Canoe Trip Camping.

6: Typescript marked #4 of Canoe Trip Camping.

7: Typescript - marked #5 - of Canoe Trip Camping

8: Typescript of Canoe Trip Camping.

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1: typescripts of articles by R.H. Perry
a) Camping and the Use of Canoes and Others Small Boats. 3 copies. Revised copy for Swimming and Water Manual of Canadian Red Cross Society.
b) Safety In the Canoe 2 copies. Article written for "Health" Magazine. Article and review attached.
c) Canoeing Article written for special editions of the Canadian Camp Training Bulletin.
d) Campcraft Article written for special edition of the Canadian Camp Training Bulletin.
e) Safe Camping.

2: Correspondence and book reviews relating to The Canoe and You. nd. July 20, 1948 - Feb 26, 1950.

3: Typescript (incomplete) of First Aide on the Trail. Chapter XV of Canoe Trip Camping and letter of comment to R.H. Perry from Dr. J.H. Ebbs, Aug 8, 1952.

4: Typescript of Chapters for Woodcraft Manual. The introduction was to by R.H. Perry with chapters contributed by others such as G. Blackford and H.P. Gauthier.

5: Correspondence between R.H. Perry and his publisher J.M. Dent regarding The Canoe and You and Canoe Trip Camping. June 23, 1948 - May 15, 1956.

6: Publishing agreement between R.H. Perry and J. M. Dent and Sons June 14, 1948. Account and Royalty statements issued to Perry by J.M. Dent and Sons, August 3, 1948 - March 29, 1949.

7: Camp pamphlets, newspaper clippings, 2 copies of Health magazine July - August 1948; blue-print plan of Ottawa Normal School; pamphlet written and illustrated by Carter B. Storr entitled Putting It Across published by the Boy Scouts Association, Ottawa 1949; camp counsellor's manual from Camp On-Da-Da-Waks; advertisements leaflets a=from various camping equipment and clothing suppliers including Peterborough Canoe Company.

8: Four issues of Canoe Lake Camp Echoes published by Taylor Statten Camps, Toronto, Ontario, May 1930, Feb 1931, April 1931, June 1931. Edited by R.H. Perry.

9: Correspondence regarding a motion picture that Dr. Carter B. Storr was producing: Camping - with a Canoe. August 1, 1946 - Jan 18, 1949.

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1: Reports, correspondence, staff lists relating to Taylor Statten Camps, Canoe Lake Algonquin Park. nd. June 1928 - July 1951.

2: Blank application forms, equipment lists, test papers for Taylor Statten Camps. nd.

3: Brochures on campcraft and canoeing standards; camping menus and recipes; articles on skills & requirements of canoe trippers; typescripts of articles written by R.H. Perry on Woodcraft, Canoeing, camp food, duplication sheets on campcraft requirements for various levels of campers. Most material seems to have been written by Perry during his association with Taylor Sattten Camps c. 1940's.

4: Correspondence and brochures on Easter Cruise led by R.H. Perry for boys at Pickering College, Newmarket where he was a teacher, 1936 and 1939. Cruise left from New York to West Indies during easter vacation period.

5: Copies of The Trading Post, a news bulletin issued at Taylor Statten Camps, by and for the staff. It contained articles on canoeing and camping and internal camp events, 1949-1950. Also included in this folder are copies of the Weekly Canoes Paper, 1948, which preceded The Trading Post.

6: Brochures and correspondence concerning a Camp Training centre at YMCA's Camp Pinecrest in 1948. The program was sponsored by the Extension Department of the University of Toronto, the Camping Association Canadian red Cross, Canadian Welfare Council Ontario Department of Education and the Department of Lands and Forrests. the purpose of the centre was to provide intensive training for camp directors and counsellors. The director was Professor Charles C.Hendry, School of Social Work University of Toronto.

7: University of Toronto Department of Physical and Health Education Course for camp Counsellors, May 1950. R.H. Perry was Chairman of that years program. Included are correspondence, lists of participants and printed schedules of events.

8: Correspondence concerning "Canoe Ontario" 1974.

9: Newspaper clippings re: "Christmas Cheer for British Children" fund raising drive. Activity by R.H. Perry, RCAF squadron leader.

Box 4


1: Miscellaneous correspondence between Ron Perry and other individuals primarily on camping and related matters. Included at the beginning of this folder are an automobile insurance card and permits to drive through Algonquin Park. The correspondence dates from march 10, 1937 to March 31, 1969.

2: Pen and ink, and pencil sketches by H.P. Gauthier, Carter Storr and J. Crosby.

3: Newspaper clippings, correspondence, minutes of meetings and itineraries for the 1967 Centenary Journey in which 400,000 youths took part in a project to cover traditional canoe routes from coast to coast with parts of the routes being assigned to various YMCA, YWCA, guides, scouts and private camping enthusiasts. Ron Perry was involved in publicity for the National Committee.

4: Correspondence between Ron Perry (member of the Red Cross Technical Committee) and the Canadian and American Red Cross Associations. nd. June 12, 1950 - Aug. 12, 1956.

5: Brochures advertising the Quebec Camping Association Spring Conference, 1951.

6: Rough notes for a Christmas presentation written by Ron Perry.

7: Correspondence between Ron Perry (as member of the Directors of Ottawa YMCA) and Arthur Buckley, General Secretary of same. April 26, 1952. Also included is a radio presentation "Small Craft Safety" by Ron Perry for CFRB in co-operation with YM/YWCA.

8: Correspondence, registration forms, and programs relating to the Ontario Camping association conferences of 1947, 1951, 1952 and 1967. Presentation to a discussion group of the Canadian Camping Association, April 9 1938 on Canoe Trips by Ron Perry. Also included is a brochure entitled "Camping Trips", May 1940, by F.A. McDougall, Superintendent of Algonquin park. This publication was sponsored by the Ontario Camping Association.

Books (interfiled in the Camping Books Collection in the Archives):

Administration of the Modern Camp ed. Hendley S. Dimock Association Press, New York, 1950.

Boys' Book of Canoeing, Elon Jessup E.P. Dutton, New York, 1926.

Camp Cookery, Horace Kephart Macmillan, New York, 1924.

Camping Horace Kephart Macmillian, New York, 1927.

A Camping Manual R. Alice Drought A.S. Barnes, New York, 1943.

Canadian Albacore Association 1963 yearbook Toronto, 1963.

The Canoe Robert Pinkerton Macmillan, New York, 1923.

Canoe Trip Camping Ronald H. Perry J.M. Dent Toronto, 1953.

Canoe Trips in Canada Department of Transport, Ottawa, 1938.

Canoeing, W. Van B. Claussen Boy Scouts of America, New York, 1931.

Canoeing, American national Red Cross, Washington, 1956.

Canoeing for Beginners, Ronald H. Perry Association Press, New York, 1967.

Le Guide du Moneteur, Mary L. Northway and Barry G. Lowes, Editions aries, Montreal, 1969.

Small Watercraft, Richard Lewis Fullerton, Toronto, nd.

Standard Tests of Achievement in Canoeing Canadian Recreational Canoeing Association, London, Ontario, 1977.

Wild Flowers, Jas. E. Jones National Boys' Work Board, Toronto, nd.

Woodcraft, Bernard S. Mason A.S. Barnes, New York, 1939.

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