Fonds 95-022 - David Carley fonds

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David Carley fonds

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  • 1985-1994 (Creation)
    Carley, David

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2.1 m of textual records

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David Carley was born in Peterborough, Ontario in 1955 and educated at Trent University and Queen's University Law School. He was editor of the Kawartha Sun newspaper from 1981-1982 and is currently an editor at Scirocco Press. He is a playwright whose work has been staged internationally. His plays include: Susanna, Sister Jude, Writing With Our Feet, Into, After You, A View From the Roof, Losing Paradise (edited), Taking Liberties, South on Bay, Vanishing Point and many others. He was formerly drama editor for the CBC show "Morningside," editor of Stereodrama, and is now senior script editor for CBC Radio Performance. See also Dave Carley's website.

Custodial history

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

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This fonds consists of personal correspondence written by and to playwright David Langley Carley. It also includes draft manuscripts, playscripts and production notes for Hedges, Midsummer Nights Madness, Stranger in my House, Joyful Jim, Georgia, Booster McCrane M.P., Blizzard, Writing With Our Feet, Mother Gets Her Wings, South on Bay, Birthday Girl, Weinzweig, Spinning Jesus, Auntie Goes Down Under, Iron Age, Into, Susanna, Vanishing Point, Sanctuary, The Swing Era, What Friends Do, Ashburnham, Taking Liberties, Scoop, Kawartha, and Sister Jude.

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This fonds was donated by David Carley in 1995.


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See other Carley fonds accessions: 98-003, 02-013, 05-010, 08-011, 08-014, 13-004, linked below.

For related records see: Peter Gzowski fonds.


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Box 1


1: Theatre Ont

2: Stories for Greg

3: Laura and Liam originals

4: Laura Becomes Prime Minister

5: Understanding Ontario

6: Liam's Story

7: More Freddy

8: Parasol/Colby's

9: Miscellaneous writing and interviews

10: Correspondence, January 1989...

11: Correspondence, June 1990...

12: Correspondence, April 1991...

13: Correspondence June 1994...

14: Tax, 1986

15: Tax, 1987

16: Death Penalty

17: Merrickville Century Theatre

18: Monday Night Playhouse

19: Promotion, 1992...

20: Journalism

21: Morningside Drama

22: Equity

23: Carley publicity photographs

Loose in box 1: Miscellaneous Notes

Box 2

Drafts and notes on the following Carley plays:


Midsummer Nights Madness

Stranger In My House

Joyful Jim

Georgia Story

Booster McCrane


Writing With Our Feet

Mother Gets Her Wings

Birthday Girl

South On Bay


Spinning Jesus

Auntie Goes Down Under

Iron Age

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Drafts and Notes on the following Carley plays:


Swing Time


What Friends Do

Taking Liberties

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Drafts and Notes on the following Carley plays:



Sister Jude

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Drafts and Notes on the following Carley play:


Box 6

Drafts and Notes on the Following Carley plays:


Vanishing Point

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