Fonds 95-016 - Douglas Sadler fonds. 1995 additions

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Douglas Sadler fonds. 1995 additions

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  • 1898-1993 (Creation)
    Sadler, Douglas

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Biographical history

Douglas Sadler was born in London, England in 1916. He served in the 7th Armoured Division (Desert Rats) during World War II and with the Queen's Royal Regiment in Holland. He spent six months imprisoned in Oflag 79, Germany. It was during the World War II that Sadler met his future wife, Joan, in England. They were married in 1942. After the War, he served as a Captain in the Army and one of his tours took him to Singapore in 1947. He came to Canada in 1950 to work on Governor-General Vincent Massey's farm near Port Hope, Ontario and later worked for the Port Hope Evening Guide in advertising. This was the beginning of his newspaper career which ultimately led him to the Peterborough Examiner and the City of Peterborough in 1953. Part of his work at the Examiner included writing his now famous outdoor column, "Come Quietly With Me," which he wrote for more than 30 years. Douglas has written close to 1500 columns on every conceivable aspect of the environment. Late in his life, Douglas decided to return to school. He attended the old Peterborough Teacher's College, and upon graduation, began teaching with the Northumberland Board of Education. He later became the vice-principal of Warkworth School in 1969 and worked there for twelve years before taking a job as an outdoor education consultant. He then moved to the Peterborough County Board of Education. When the outdoor education program was cancelled in 1975, Douglas continued teaching at the Bailieboro School. At about the same time, Douglas became a member of the Peterborough Field Naturalists. After two years, he joined the Ontario Federation of Field Naturalists and was a member for sixteen years, two of which were spent as the Federation's president. Douglas has won the Frank Kortright Award twice and is an honorary life member of the Peterborough Field Naturalists. He earned a degree in geography in 1978 from Trent University and, in 1988, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from the same university. In 1987 he authored the book "Reading Natures Clues."

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

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This addition to the fonds consists of articles and booklets written by Frank Morris; manuscripts and published articles by Douglas Sadler; correspondence, minutes of meetings relating to Sadler's involvment in environmental and naturalist issues and activities; correspondence relating to Teacher's College and several issues of the Young Naturalist.

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This fonds was donated by Douglas Sadler.


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For related records see: 81-008.


This fonds, along with 96-001, and 02-007 is an addition to 90-002.

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Series A: Frank Morris: published and unpublished articles, reviews, etc. Box 1 Folders 1-6

Series B: Douglas Sadler: published and unpublished articles, manuscripts, reviews, research material, etc. Box 2 Folders 1-12

Series C: Naturalist/environmental involvements with business organizations, government, etc.

Subseries a: The Outdoorsman Magazine Box 2 Folder 13

Subseries b: Campbell Productions Documentary Films

Box 2

Subseries c: Design Canada Education Seminar and Workshop Program Box 2 Folder 15

Subseries d: Hot Shots Stock Shots, Inc. Box 2 Folder 16

Subseries e: Ontario Department of Lands and Forests

Box 2

Subseries f: Provincial Waysides (Roadside) Conference

Box 2

Subseries g: Peterborough City/County Waste Management Study Box 3 Folders 2-13

Subseries h: Buckhorn Wilderness Centre Box 4 Folders 1-2

Series D: The Young Naturalist Box 4 Folder 3

Series E: Correspondence Box 5 Folders 1-2

Series F: Personal Box 5 Folders 3-5

Series G: Miscellaneous Box 5 Folder 6

SERIES A: Frank Morris: published and unpublished articles, reviews, etc.

Box 1


1: Day dreams (2 typed copies)

Algonquin Days (1 typed copy; 2 published copies, reprinted from The Nature Study Review, Jan.-Feb. 1922)

Man's Attitude to Nature (published - 3 copies)

A Master Mind, 1906 (published)

2: (Note: the following published articles were in a bundle entitled "Articles printed in Canadian Entomologist")

"Beetle-Haunts", by an Amateur Botanist

Some Guests at the Banquet of Blossoms

Beetles Found About Foliage

Chrysomelians of Ontario

Popular and Economic Entomology: The Centenary of Kirby and Spence's

Popular and Practical Entomology: Fresh Woods and Pastures New (2 parts)

Popular and Practical Entomology: A Visit to Niagara Glen

Second Day's Session - Friday, Nov. 3rd: The Wood of Desire

Popular and Practical Entomology: The Heart of a Wood-Pile

A Comedy of Errors

Popular and Practical Entomology: A Red- Letter Day

Popular and Practical Entomology: Dog Days

Popular and Practical Entomology: Familiar Haunts

The Life History of a Hobby Horse (parts 1,2,3)

A Breathing Spell (author unidentified - assumed Frank Morris)

3: (Note: the following articles were in a bundle entitled "Articles printed in Canadian Field Naturalist - [_pying in the __quin] not included - no extra copies")

Orchids of Ontario, 1910

Club Mosses

Fern Hunting in Ontario: [Pt.I] Wayside and Woodland (9th copy), (carbon copy)

Fern Hunting in Ontario (parts 2 & 3)

Gleanings in Fernland

Belated Guests

Bladderworts of Ontario (journal issue)

W.H. Hudson, The Naturalist (1841-1922) - (continued, in 2 journal issues)

Nature Lovers at Jasper (carbon copy)

4: Popular Science for the Public Library, Ontario Library Review, Nov. 1922

A Trip to Rondeau and Pelee, O.A.C. Review, June 1923 and continued in July 1923

Through Nature's Realm: A Survey of Science (reprint from Ontario Library Review, Nov. 1922)

Our Wild Flowers: A Plea for Protection (published)

booklet with hand-written title: "Writings of Francis J.A. Morris, Peterborough, Ont." - typed poems and stories (loose in booklet are three obituaries of Frank Morris, 1949)

5: Camping in Algonquin, Rod and Gun in Canada, June 1924

The Heart of Timagami, Rod and Gun in Canada, Aug. 1924

The First Hepatica (author unidentified - assumed Frank Morris), (typed copy)

A Nature-lover's Library

6: Reviews of Our Wild Orchids, 1930; newsletter of Federation of Ontario Naturalists

SERIES B: Douglas Sadler: published and unpublished articles, manuscripts, reviews, research material, etc.

Note: see also Buckhorn Wilderness Centre section for articles by Sadler published in BWC Call of the Wilderness)

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1: Reading Nature's Clues: A Guide to the Wild, c1987 - manuscript, photos used in the book, handwritten index

2: Mount Pleasant, Ontario - A Study of a Rural Community - manuscript, research material, notes

3: The Park Story: Primrose Provincial Park - manuscript, summary by J.S. Henderson, research material

4: Robert Frost: The Ecological Poet - final essay for Prof. Berkowitz, Trent University, 1975

5: plays (manuscripts) - Thine Only Son - Brother in Bondage - A Penny on Its Edge - Flowers Always Bloom Anew, 1956 - Shall We - Shan't We - Hey, What a Fiddle

6: articles written by Sadler for The Telegram, Toronto (includes manuscripts and published newspaper articles, correspondence with The Telegram, checklists for trees, shrubs, birds, flowers, etc. of various parks, etc., 1960-1963)

7: published articles - Plant Explorations at Winisk, Kenora District, The Plant Press, March 1985

  • Barred Owl and Northern Goshawk Co- occurrence, Ontario Birds, April 1993

  • We've Been Thinking, The Bulletin (Federation of Ontario Naturalists), June 1962

  • The Buckhorn Wilderness Centre, The Ontario Naturalist, December 1966

  • Essence of Orchids, Ontario Naturalist, June 1971

  • In Appreciation..., Ontario Naturalist, September 1974

  • Nature in the Kawarthas, Outdoorsman, 1968

  • The Bereavement, Stories of the Outdoors, 1970

  • What's Happening to the Woodlot, The Ontario Naturalist

  • What Good Is It?, The Ontario Naturalist, 1971

  • What Shall We Learn Today?, Peterborough Examiner, Sept. 13, 1975

  • letter to editors of Ontario Birds, October 1985

8: Our Heritage of Birds - research materials, correspondence with readers and publisher Peterborough Field Naturalists, financial data regarding sale of book, reviews, etc.

9: Our Heritage of Birds - research materials including checklists of birds, related correspondence, 1958, 1982; copy of "A check-list of the birds of Peterborough County, Ontario" compiled by J.L. McKeever, 1958

10: Our Heritage of Birds - research materials including photos of birds, bird sighting reports, correspondence 1958-1989, newspaper clippings, bird information 1992-1993

11: review in Seasons, Winter 1990 by Sadler of The Niagara Escarpment: A Portfolio, by P. and R. Keough, c1990

12: pollution - information on pollution from the 1960's and early 1970's, ie. newspaper clippings, correspondence, etc.

SERIES C: Naturalist/environmental involvements with business organizations, government, etc.

Subseries a: The Outdoorsman Magazine

13: correspondence, etc. regarding Sadler's appointment with The Outdoorsman Magazine as Director of Advertising and Tourist Promotion for the Kawartha Lakes district, 1968

Subseries b: Campbell Productions Documentary Films

14: correspondence, etc. regarding documentary films on wild flowers, animals, etc.; numerous transparencies of Sadler's wildlife photography were sent to Campbell Productions for consideration, 1960-1964

Subseries c: Design Canada Education Seminar and Workshop Program

15: Sadler was a participant as a resource person in the rural environment group in the seminar held in Kingston in 1971 - correspondence, workshop details, etc.

Subseries d: Hot Shots Stock Shots, Inc.

16: correspondence, lists, etc. regarding Sadler's transparency submissions, 1983- 1988

Subseries e: Ontario Department of Lands and Forests

17: Sadler worked for the Department of Lands and Forests laying out nature trails, writing interpretive booklets, etc. - includes correspondence, trail guides, summary of an Ontario Department of Lands and Forests South Eastern Region Land Use Planning Workshop held in Peterborough in 1960, etc., 1970-1971

Subseries f: Provincial Wayside (Roadside) Conference

18: Conference organized by Sadler and sponsored by Otonabee Region Conservation Authority and The Federation of Ontario Naturalists, held in Peterborough in 1965 - correspondence relating to roadsides and conservation, conference information, minutes of Roadsides Committee and of Conservation Council of Ontario, newspaper clippings, notes, etc. 1965-1966

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1: research material for Conference - brochures and pamphlets relating to roadsides and conservation 1964-1971, summary of the Conference, correspondence 1965

Subseries g: Peterborough City/County Waste Management Study (Note: The following folders contain minutes and related notes, clippings, correspondence, reports, etc. pertaining to the Public Liaison Committee which was founded to create communication channels between the public and the Waste Management Steering Committee. Drafts and discussion papers of the Peterborough City/County Waste Management Master Plan are also found here. Doug Sadler was the chairman of the PLC.)

2: 1987-1988

3: January - June 1989

4: July - December 1989

5: January - June 1990

6: July - December 1990

7: January - June 1991

8: July - December 1991

9: January - June 1992

10: July - December 1992

11: 1993-1994

12: undated

13: newsletters, ie. "City of Peterborough: The Recycling News", "Victoria County Waste Management News", etc.; newspaper clippings and articles regarding waste management in Peterborough and other areas, c1987-1993

Subseries h: Buckhorn Wilderness Centre (Note: Sadler was the founding president of the Buckhorn Wilderness Centre, established in 1965; the Otonabee Region Conservation Authority eventually became involved in operating, and later, in selling the Centre)

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1: - newsletters 1968 - ORCA meeting minutes 1971 and 1991 - newspaper clippings - correspondence 1969-1972 and 1985-1991 - agreement between ORCA and Males and Morgan 1991 - BWC history - audit report - BWC board of directors meeting minutes 1968-1971 - field trips information - letters patent incorporating BWC 1966 - constitution and by-laws - financial statement 1968

2: - correspondence 1967, 1972 - report 1981 - newspaper clippings and articles relating to BWC and other nature areas - map of BWC area

SERIES D: The Young Naturalist

3: The Young Naturalist, Vol.1-17 (1959- 1975), published by The Federation of Ontario Naturalists - (Note: some issues are missing)

SERIES E: Correspondence

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1: McGraw-Hill Ryerson Ltd. - correspondence, royalty statements, etc. regarding Studying Insects, Studying Plant and translated French versions (all part of The Ryerson Science in Action set), 1967-1989 - (also manuscript entitled "Sweet and Sour")

2: "Writing Correspondence", 1958-1971 - correspondence with newspapers, newsletters, etc. regarding the writing of articles; correspondence relating to Sadler's position in the Display Advertising Department, Peterborough Examiner, etc.; also some article manuscripts; photos of Sadler accepting Kortright award sponsored by the Outdoor Writers of Canada, 1965

SERIES F: Personal

3: Curriculum vitae, [1992]

4: Letter and note written by daughter, Heather, at summer camp, undated

5: Teacher's College - teacher's certificate 1978; newspaper clippings, cards of congratulations, and correspondence regarding Sadler's teaching performance and his award for top student, 1968-1969; 35 typed pages of notes on his experience at Teacher's College (written in diary form); correspondence from school boards, etc.

  1. Teacher's College - autobiographical notes entitled "Eight Months at Teacher's College 1968. Age 52" (35 typed pages)

SERIES G: Miscellaneous

7: Massey-Harris Illustrated: A Journal of News and Literature for Rural Homes, Vol.II, No.5, Sept.-Oct. 1898

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