Fonds 87-002 - Gordon Roper fonds

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Gordon Roper fonds

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    • 1948-1984 (Creation)
      Roper, Gordon

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    30.5 cm of textual records

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    Biographical history

    Gordon Herbert Roper was born in Brantford, Ontario. He married Helen Caddy and they had two children, Susan and Mark. Professor Roper was educated at Peterborough Collegiate Institute; George Williams College in Chicago and the University of Chicago (B.A. 1938, M.A. 1939 and Ph.D. 1944). He served in the Canadian Army from 1944 to 1946. Professor Roper taught English at Yale University from 1939 to 1940; at the University of Chicago from 1941 to 1944 and in 1946; at Trinity College at the University of Toronto from 1946 to 1969 and at Trent University from 1969 to 1975. He researched and wrote extensively on a number of English Literature subjects including Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Robertson Davies. Roper was a founding member of the Melville Society and an advisor to the Centre for the Editing of Early Canadian Texts. He was a key figure in the building of the Shell Collection of Canadian Literature for Bata Library at Trent University.

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

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    This fonds consists of clippings, correspondence and notes mostly concerning Robertson Davies. Materials include taped interview transcripts of Davies and Roper.

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    This fonds was donated by Gordon Roper.


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        Additions to the fonds include 95-015, 97-1000, 99-005, and 05-005.

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        Box 1


        1: 1948 Clippings: Premiere of "Fortune, My Foe"

        2: 1950 At My Heart's Core clippings and notes

        3: 1951 "The Theatre" and essay for the Royal Commission on Arts, Letters and Sciences (and notes)

        4: 1951 Letter from Robertson Davies to Gordon Roper regarding Moby Dick article

        5: 1952 "A Mosque for Aesop" clippings

        6: 1952 "Tempest-Tost" reviews and notes

        7: 1953 "King Phoenix" script and notes

        8: 1954 "The Double Life of Robertson Davies" article and notes

        9: 1954 "Ajig For the Gypsy" notes and clipping

        10: 1955 "Hunting Stuart" play script

        11: 1959 "General Confession" play script

        12: 1960 "Love and Libel" notes and clipping

        13: 1960 Biographical sketch for the Lorne Pierce medal

        14: 1960 Trinity College correspondence

        15: 1961 Massey College appointment

        16: 1962 Clippings

        17: 1962 "Literature and Medicine" reprint

        18: 1963 1963 Clippings

        19: 1963 Peterborough Examiner special issue

        20: 1964 Clippings; reprint on Garrick's letters; program on Confederation Centre

        21: 1965 Clippings and "A Theatrical Trip for a Wager"

        22: 1966 clippings

        23: 1966 "The Theory and Theatre of the Abound" by R.B. Parker

        24: 1967 Vincent Massey clippings

        25: 1967 Senator Davies will and estate, clippings

        26: 1967 Peterborough Examiner special issue

        27: Marchbanks Almanac, notes

        28: 1967 clippings

        29: 1967 Scenario for Centennial spectacle

        30: 1968 clippings

        31: 1969 clippings

        32: 1969 "Leacock the Humorist" and notes

        33: 1970 clippings and "The Heart of a Merry Christmas"

        34: 1970 "The Fifth Business" outline and notes

        35: 1971 clippings

        36: 1972 clippings

        37: 1972 Roper's article on "Fifth Business and Jung" Journal of Canadian Fiction

        38: 1972 Correspondence re introduction to book of 3 plays

        39: 1973 "Jung and the Theatre" text of speech

        40: 1973 Leaven of Malice clippings for 1973 and 1975

        41: 1973 clippings

        42: 1974 convocation address at Trent University

        43: 1974 Notes on CBC play

        44: 1974 clippings

        45: 1975 Penman interview with Robertson Davies for Sunday supplement

        46: 1975 clippings especially on World of Wonders

        47: 1975 Peterborough letter found (hoax)

        48: 1975 "Canadian Nationalism in Arts and Science" article by Robertson Davies

        49: 1976 clippings

        50: 1977 clippings

        51: 1977 Notes on CBC broadcast

        52: 1977 "A Davies Log" annotated

        53: 1977 "The All-Hallows Horrors" a ghost story by Robertson Davies

        54: 1978 "Delusions of Literacy" speech

        55: 1978 clippings especially regarding "One-half of Robertson Davies"

        56: 1979 "Robertson Davies and Fifth Business" revised article by Gordon Roper

        57: 1979 "Shamanstvo" speech by Robertson Davies

        58: 1979 clippings especially on Fifth Business and World of Wonders

        59: 1980 Notes on North Toronto lecture

        60: 1980 "A Return to Rhetoric" lecture by Robertson Davies

        61: 1980 Speech at the opening of the new Peterborough Public Library

        62: 1980 clippings, mostly book reviews

        63: 1981 clippings

        64: 1981 "Masque of Honor" program and clipping

        65: 1982 clippings including Galbraith on Robertson Davies

        66: 1984 clippings

        67: Play reviews and programs

        68: Notes on Robertson Davies as reviewer

        69: Notes on Diary of Samuel Marchbanks

        70: Notes on Table Talk of Samuel Marchbanks

        71: Further notes on Diary and Table Talk

        72: Notes on a "Writer's Diary"

        73: Notes on A Voice From the Attic

        74: Notes on Samuel Marchbanks Almanac

        75: book dust jackets

        76: Tayne's World Author Series correspondence

        77: table of contents for proposed book

        78: Bibliography for proposed book

        79: Notes on items to be checked

        80: background materials for book

        81: Robertson Davies' assumptions, values and general definitions (notes)

        82: interview tape transcripts, Gordon Roper and Robertson Davies

        83: Gordon Roper's early draft of parts of book and associated notes

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