Raymond Knister

Fonds number:
Title: Raymond Knister
Dates of Material:
67 cm of textual records
4 photographs: b&w
6 (pencil) drawings
3 reels of 35 mm microfilm
Biographical sketch

Raymond Knister (1899–1932) was an editor, a writer and a poet. He was born in Essex County, Ontario, the son of Robert Knister. He married Myrtle Gamble in 1927. They had two children. He drowned on Lake Saint Clair near Stoney Point.

Knister attended Victoria College, University of Toronto (1919–20) and took courses at Iowa State University, Iowa City (1923–24). He became associate editor of The Midland in 1923. He contributed many short stories and poems to The Midland, This Quarter (Paris) and Transition, along with other American and Canadian avant-garde magazines.

Knister was the editor of Canadian Short Stories (1928) and the author of White Narcissus (1929), My Star Predominant (1934), and Collected Poems (1949).

Custodial history

The custodial history is unknown.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of Raymond Knister’s records pertaining to his activities as an editor, writer and poet, and to his personal life. The fonds includes correspondence, (annotated) manuscripts including a poem mounted on a drawing by Myrtle Gamble, copies of My Star Predominant, White Narcissus and several short stories, essays and reviews; photographs and drawings; and other material.

Source of supplied title

Title based on contents of the fonds.


The fonds is stored in 5 boxes and 3 folders.

Immediate source of acquisition

Acquired in three parts. First part acquired from Dr. Lorne Pierce, who obtained it from Myrtle Gamble Knister Grace (Mrs. Christy Grace), in 1949. Second part acquired from Imogen Knister Givens (Raymond and Myrtle’s daughter) in 1980. Third part consists of four letters and three clippings purchased from John Rush Books, Hamilton, in 1996.

Language of material


Access restrictions

Restrictions on access: No restrictions on access.

Terms governing use and reproduction

Part of the fonds is available on microfilm which researchers are requested to use unless an enquiry can be satisfied only by consulting original documents. For further information contact the Chief Librarian.

Finding aids

File list available.

Related material

University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections: Raymond Knister fonds (reference number: MSS SC 70). William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections, McMaster University Library: Raymond Knister fonds. Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario also has a certain amount of Knister material in their Lorne Pierce collection.


No further accruals are expected.

Access points

Provenance access point: Knister, Raymond, 1899–1932
Names as subject access points: Gamble, Myrtle

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