Fonds 92-010 - Dorothy Choate Herriman fonds

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Dorothy Choate Herriman fonds

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  • 1916-1970 (Creation)
    Dorothy Choate Herriman

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91 cm of textual records

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Dorothy Choate Herriman was born in September of 1901 at Lindsay, Ontario, the daughter of William Choate Herriman (Medical Director of the Ontario Hospital, Orillia) and Nellie J. Williams (daughter of Lewis Williams of Johnstown, Pennsylvania). Her family is related to the Choates who were early pioneer settlers in the area. She spent her childhood in Kingston, Toronto and Orillia. She was educated at the Model School in Toronto, Orillia Central School, Orillia Collegiate Institute, Havergal College in Toronto and the Ontario College of Art. She served, for a time, as secretary to the Canadian Author's Association. She was a poet and published a volume of poetry entitled Mater Silva in 1929 by McClelland and Stewart. She had numerous other poems published in newspapers and literary journals in Canada and England. Dorothy died in 1978.

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This fonds was in the custody of Doris Kennard of Grand Valley, Ontario, a friend of Dorothy Herriman, until it was donated to the Trent University Archives via Diane Choate.

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This fonds consists of poems, drafts of poems, clippings, and correspondence of Dorothy Choate Herriman, poet and author of Mater Silva.

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This fonds was donated by Doris Kennard of Grand Valley, Ontario.


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Box 1


1 Poems 1918

2 Poems 1919

3 Poems 1920

4 Poems 1921

5 Poems 1922

6 Poems 1923

7 Poems 1924

8 Poems, etc. 1925

9 Poems, etc. 1926

10 Poems 1927

11 Verse and prose 1928

12 Verse, clippings, etc. 1929

13 Verse, notes, prose, etc. 1930

14 Poems, etc. 1931

15 Verse, clippings, etc. 1932

16 Verse, prose, etc. 1933

17 Verse, notes, etc. 1934

18 Poems, etc. 1935

19 Poems, etc. 1936

20 Poems, etc. 1937

21 Poems, prose, etc. 1938

22 Poems, prose, etc. 1939

23 Poems, etc. 1940

24 Poems, etc. 1941

25 Poems, etc. 1942

Box 2


1 Poems, etc. 1942

2 Poems, etc. 1943

3 Poems, prose, etc. 1944

4 Poems, etc. 1945

5 Poems, etc. 1946

6 Poems, etc. 1947

7 Poems, prose, clippings, etc. 1948

8 Poems, etc. 1949

9 Poems, etc. 1950

10 Poems, clippings, etc. 1951

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1 Poems, clippings, etc. 1952

2 Poems, clippings, etc. 1953

3 Poems, clippings, etc. 1954

4 Poems, clippings, etc. 1955

5 Poems, clippings, etc. 1956

6 Poems, clippings, etc. 1957

7 Poems, clippings, etc. 1958

8 Poems, clippings, etc. 1959

9 Poems, clippings, etc. 1960

10 Poems, clippings, etc. 1961

11 Poems, clippings, etc. 1962

12 Poems, clippings, etc. 1963

13 Poems, clippings, etc. 1964

14 Poems, clippings, etc. 1965-69

15 Poems, clippings, etc. 1970's

16 "The Norsman" - prose 1920

17 "Forever After" - a play 1920

18 "Backward, Turn Backward or the Magician's Alarm Clock" - a story 1920

19 "Incense" - a story 1920

20 "The Hero of Prairie Top" - a story 1920-23

21 "Pegasus or the Fantastic Romance of a Circus Horse" - a story 1924

22 Short story ideas 1920's

23 "Serenade to a Rabbi's Daughter" - a poem 1929

24 Verse for the Royal Visit 1939

25 "Nicholas" - a poem (undated) 1940's?

26 Trees - poems and clippings (undated) 1930's?

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1 Limericks, humorous verses 1948-49 and and clippings 1950's

2 Poetry Group writings, criticisms, minutes and executive 1950's

3 Verse-handwritten undated

4 Miscellaneous: word lists, phrases, etc. undated

5 Poems in typescript - A to F undated

6 Poems in typescript - G to Q undated

7 Poems in typescript - R to Y undated

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1 Correspondence, rejection slips, 1923-43

2 Correspondence with Arthur H. Stockwell, publishers 1930

3 Correspondence with Agnes J. Foster 1938-44?

4 Correspondence 1949-54

5 Correspondence 1955-56

6 Mater Silva reviews 1929

7 "The Study of Semantics" - handwritten essay

8 Study notes dated and undated

9 Verse by other poets dated and undated

10 Clippings, etc. undated

11 Turgeon Committee on Reconstruction and Re-establishment-Arts and Cultural Submissions 1944

12 Submission and publication records and clippings

13 Criticism: including correspondence with Charles G.D. Roberts, Hector Charlesworth, and Wm. Arthur Deacon

14 Poetry markets

15 Autobiographical items

Box 6


1 Volume 1 of transcribed poems 1916-1921 with enclosures

2 Volume 2 of transcribed poems 1921-1924 with enclosures

3 Volume 3 of transcribed poems 1924-1932 with enclosures

4 Volume 4 of transcribed poems 1932-1936 with enclosures

5 Volume of transcribed poems "Poems to Galahad" 1936-1944 with enclosures

6 Looseleaf binder of poems in typescript 1941-47

7 Grey "MSS" binder of juvenalia-verse and prose, mostly loose

8 "Essays, Uncompleted Prose, Notes, etc. D.C. Herriman"-black binder with red spine-loose enclosures

9 Marbleized binder with wine spine with loose enclosures, mainly prose essays and stories

10 Small looseleaf binder of poems 1939-41 with enclosures

11 Black scribbler with fragments of prose writing 1918-20, etc.

12 Black scribbler with greeting card verses and enclosures

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