Fonds 98-010 - Peter Gzowski fonds. 1998 additions

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Peter Gzowski fonds. 1998 additions

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  • 1980-1997 (Creation)
    Gzowski, Peter

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3.39 m of textual records and other materials

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Peter Gzowski was born July 13, 1934 in Toronto but grew up in Galt, Ontario. His great-grandfather was engineer Sir Casimir Gzowski. He was educated at Ridley College in St. Catharines and the University of Toronto. During his time at the University of Toronto he edited the University's newspaper "The Varsity". He has worked for town newspapers in Timmins, Moose Jaw and Chatham. He became managing editor of Maclean's Magazine in 1962. In 1971 he worked for CBC's "This Country in the Morning" for three years. After this he hosted a radio show called "Gzowski on FM". Peter entered national late night television by hosting a show called "90 Minutes Live" from 1976 to 1978. In 1982 he started hosting CBC's "Morningside" radio show. He has written three books: "Spring Tonic" in 1979, "The Sacrament" in 1980 and "The Game of Our Lives" in 1981. He is the father of five children. (Taken from: "The Canadian Encyclopedia" Vol. 2. 1988 and "CBC Biographies".) In 1974, 1983 and 1985 Peter won ACTRA awards for best host-interviewer on radio. He has also won three National Magazine Awards one of which was in 1981 for his profile on Wayne Gretzky. In 1986 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Companion in 1999. Trent honoured him with an honorary doctor of laws degree October 31, 1988. He had an honorary doctor of letters from the University of New Brunswick. (Taken from: "Trent Fortnightly." Vol. 18, No. 3, 1987.) Gzowski served as Trent's eighth Chancellor from 1999 until his death in 2002 from chronic pulmonary obstructive disease.

Custodial history

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

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This fonds consists of letters addressed to Peter Gzowski and the CBC radio show "Morningside". It also consists of manuscripts, correspondence with publishers, etc.

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This fonds was donated by Peter Gzowski


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Personal letters may not be quoted without permission of the writer

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Associated materials

For related records see the David Carley fonds (95-022). Associated material located at the Archives of Ontario and York University Archives.


This fonds, along with 95-008, 99-015, and 01-004, is an addition to 92-015.

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Series A: Correspondence from Morningside listeners

Series B: Business and personal correspondence, etc.

Series C: Morningside scripts and related materials

Series D: "The right to read and right..."

Series E: Private Voice

Series F: Canadian Living

Series G: Morningside Papers (various)

Series H: Art and photographs from Mornigside listeners

Series I: Get well wishes for Peter Gzowski

Series J: Correspondence regarding Peter Gzowski's retirement

Series K: Correspondence regarding funding cuts in CBC

Series L: Correspondence regarding PGI Golf Tournament

Series M: Awards

Series N: Permission forms

Series O: Margaret Laurence

SERIES A: Correspondence from Morningside listeners

Box 1


1: 1980

2: 1982

3: 1983

4: 1984

5-6: 1985

7: 1986

8: 1987

9-11: 1988

12-13: 1989

14: 1990

15-19: 1991

20-22: 1992

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1-5: 1992

6-13: 1993

14-15: 1994

Box 3


1-17: 1995

Box 4


1-6: 1995

7-13: 1996

Box 5


1-16: 1996

Box 6


1-7: 1996

8-14: 1997

Box 7


1-10: 1997

Box 8


1: Undated

SERIES B: Business and personal correspondence, etc.

Box 9


1: Retailing of Morningside cassettes, 1993

2: Lakefield Literacy Festival (in memory of Margaret Laurence, 1995-1996)

3: PEN Canada, 1992-1994

4: Correspondence between Shelley Ambrose of Morningside and Manitoba correspondent, Fred McGuinness, 1997

5: Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, 1996

6: Gzowski & Co. - contracts with CBC, scripts, news releases, interview bookings, correspondence, Order of Canada correspondence, etc., 1986-1987

7: Morningside workload review, 1989-1990

8: Canadian Human Rights Commission case, 1991-1992

9: Miscellaneous business and personal correspondence, notes, contracts, etc., ie. letters from publishers, letters from CBC to Morningside listeners, etc., 1986-1997

SERIES C: Morningside scripts and related materials


10-14: Morningside scripts and related notes, schedules, transcripts of interviews, transcripts of letters read, etc.

SERIES D: "The right to read and write..."


15: "The right to read and write..." / The G. Allan Roeher Institute, with a foreward by Peter Gzowski, 1990 - typescript

SERIES E: Private Voice


16: Correspondence with publishers, photo of Gzowski at book signing reception, photo of image used for cover of the book, etc., 1988-1989

SERIES F: Canadian Living


17-18: Correspondence between Gzowski and publishers of Canadian Living, Canadian Living column scripts written by Gzowski, etc., 1988-1996

SERIES G: Morningside Papers (various)


19-20: The Latest Morningside Papers - typescript of manuscript, correspondence, computer diskette, etc.

21: The Fourth Morningside Papers - "Celebrations of the Canadian Landscape" section - typescripts with corrections, correspondence, notes

22: The sixth Morningside Papers - discussions, correspondence, etc. re the possibility of publishing a sixth Morningside Papers, 1996

SERIES H: Art and photographs from Morningside listeners

Box 10


1: Miscellaneous photographs and items of art sent to Morningside

2: Picture by Janni Belgum (handmade paper)

SERIES I: Get well wishes for Peter Gzowski

Box 11

Folder 1: Get well cards and correspondence, 1997

SERIES J: Correspondence regarding Peter Gzowski's retirement

Box 12

Folder 1-2: Miscellaneous correspondence from Morningside listeners regarding P. Gzowski's retirement, 1997

Box 13

Folders 1-3: Ditto

SERIES K: Correspondence regarding funding cuts in CBC

Box 14

Folder 1-2: Miscellaneous correspondence from Morningside listeners regarding CBC cuts and the impact on Mornigside, 1996

SERIES L: Correspondence regarding PGI Golf Tournament

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1: Miscellaneous correspondence and documents regarding Peter Gzowski's Golf Tournament for illiteracy.

SERIES M: Awards

2: Miscellaneous correspondence and documents regarding awards presented to Peter Gzowski

SERIES N: Permission forms

Box 16

Folder 1-2: Permission forms released by Morningside listeners for publication of their letters in Morningside Papers

SERIES O: Margaret Laurence

Folder 3: 2 letters re Margaret Laurence, including picture of a house, where she lived in Vancouver, 1987

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