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Leon Edel Collection

  • CA RBD MSG 993
  • Collection
  • 1929-1995

The collection consists of correspondence, research files, manuscripts, journals, and ephemera created and accumulated by writer and scholar Leon Edel, who was notably the editor and biographer of Henry James as well as Edmund Wilson.

Edel, Leon, 1907-1997

Judith Fitzgerald Fonds

  • CA RBD MSG 940
  • Fonds
  • 1952 - 1995

The fonds document Judith Fitzgerald’s personal and professional activities as a journalist, poet, and country music enthusiast, put together by Fitzgerald herself, documenting her work from the years 1965 to 1995. The majority of the records consists of research about individuals and musical acts, as well as other work-related projects that Fitzgerald was involved in. These include notes, drafts, and published work written by Fitzgerald, as well as various publications that she collected about the subjects and projects she worked on. The fonds also notably includes Fitzgerald’s creative work, including notes, drafts, manuscripts, and copies of her published books of poetry. Other materials include correspondence between Fitzgerald and friends, publishers, and individuals and institutions that she covered in her research. In addition, the fonds includes some financial records and personal records relating to Fitzgerald’s day-to-day activities and significant events in her life. These records include her marriage certificate, scrapbooks containing collected publications on herself, and notes on her autobiography.

Fitzgerald, Judith

Ken Norris Fonds

  • CA RBD MSG 937
  • Fonds
  • 1960-1994

The fonds documents Ken Norris’s academic, professional and personal activities and career as an English literature teacher, Canadian writer and poet. There are also materials related to his university student life in Montreal. The records contains a wide variety of personal and professional correspondence between 1972-1990 with correspondents such as Endre Farkas, Margaret Atwood, Leonard Cohen, David McFadden, Cynthia Lapp, George Bowering, and James Polk. Manuscripts and notebooks document his writing activities and include rough drafts, edited drafts, final drafts, completed manuscripts, as well as published books, articles and his academic dissertations.

Norris, Ken, 1951-

Edward Murphy Irish Manuscripts Collection

  • CA RBD MSG 88
  • Collection
  • between approximately 1650 and 1812

The collection consists of four early Irish manuscripts assembled by the Montreal collector Edward Murphy as part of his private library. The manuscripts include a copy of The Midnight Court (Cúirt an mheán oíche) by Brian Merriman, the Life of St. Patrick by John Chambers, Tri Biorghaoithe an Bhais (Three shafts of death) by Geoffrey Keating, and a fragment of an Irish vocabulary (Nuadhfoclóir bogcruaideach).

Samuel Gale Fonds

  • CA RBD MSG 70
  • Fonds
  • 1816-1817

These papers comprise a fair copy, for the press, of "Gale on Redeemable Annuities", 1816, as well as copies of letters to his son concerning the supplement to his "Treatise on the Nature and Principles of Redeemable Annuities", 1817. Apparently neither treatise was published.

Gale, Samuel, died 1826

Unpublished manuscripts

This series consists of unpublished literary works, including typescripts for two unpublished novels written by Duncan: “Beyond & Back” (c.1933) and “Innocent Lambs” (c.1935), which was dedicated to Hugh MacLennan. Both novels were written before her marriage to MacLennan. “Beyond & Back” was written under the pen name “Judith Crimm.”

Dorothy Duncan fonds

  • CA RBD MSG 698
  • Fonds
  • 1907-1972, predominant 1930-1957

The fonds documents Dorothy Duncan’s personal and professional activities as an American-born Canadian writer and painter, primarily between 1930 and her death in 1957. Duncan’s career as a writer is represented by scrapbooks, clippings, and photographs related to her published works, two unpublished manuscripts, and contracts and correspondence with publishers and her literary agent in New York. Her activities as a painter are documented in clippings, lists of paintings, and contracts with art galleries. The fonds also contains personal correspondence, including letters from friends, family, fans, and a significant number of letters from her husband, Hugh MacLennan. Duncan’s notebooks and diaries also attest to her personal and professional activities. They document her early adulthood in Illinois and her later life in Montreal, and include notes, agendas, and a ledger. The fonds also contains two albums of personal photographs.

Duncan, Dorothy

Agostino Cerretari Fonds

  • CA RBD MSG 49
  • Fonds
  • between approximately 1670 and 1699

Fonds consists of a late seventeenth-century manuscript containing a critical commentary on Machiavelli's The Price, created for the use of Agostino Cerretari.

Masson Collection

  • CA RBD MSG 472
  • Collection
  • 1757, 1778-1845

The collection consists of documents amassed by Roderick Mackenzie. Among the Masson manuscripts there are other series of letters; as well as journals kept by North-Westers and various business documents. Some of this material exists as originals; others are contemporary copies - the George Keith letters for example are contemporary copies on paper watermarked 1827. The collection also includes some duplicate texts - contemporary copies or later nineteenth-century copies that in some cases represent edited versions of the texts. Samuel Wilcocke's account of the death of Benjamin Frobisher exists in a draft original (or contemporary copy) and in a late nineteenth-century clean copy. Of course Benjamin Frobisher did not die in the dramatic circumstances as recorded by Wilcocke, but peacefully in Quebec City in 1821.

Mackenzie, Roderick, approximately 1761-1844

Adolphus Washington Greeley Fonds

  • CA RBD MSG 213
  • Fonds
  • 1895

Greeley's papers comprise 15 letters, and the original typescript, with handwritten corrections of Chapters 11-18 of Arctic Discoveries.

Greeley, Adolphus Washington, 1844-1935

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