Professional Materials

Title: Professional Materials
Dates of Material:
1956-1976
Extent:
24.6 cm textual records
Scope and content

This series contains records regarding E.J. Pratt's professional materials as a writer and professor, including: his thesis, "The Demonology of the New Testament..."; addresses, lectures, essays; notebooks; course outlines and notes on English literature; reports; and licence agreements

NOTE(S)
Source of supplied title

Title based on contents of series.

Extent

The series is stored in 15 boxes.

Finding aids

File list available (see below).

BOX FILE TITLE YEAR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Box 1
Addresses, lectures, essays, and reviews
17Introductory remarks for a reading of The Great Feud at University of Western Ontario1958

Annotated typescript; typescript carbon copy

Box 2
211–12Introductory material for readings of The Roosevelt and the Antinoe[195-]

Annotated typescript; annotated carbon copy of typescript

Box 3
318Introductory material for a reading of The Titanic[between 1935 and 1964]

Annotated typescript; [The plan of the poem.] Address. Possibly introductory remarks given at Lawrence Park Collegiate, Toronto.

Originally filed with a script for broadcast of The Titanic (Box 3, File 26).

324Introductory material for readings of Brébeuf and his Brethren[between 1940 and 1964], 1940

One holograph; two annotated transcripts; one typescript document titled "An introduction by Dr. Pratt to an evening of a recital of Brébeuf and his Brethren

Memo to Prof. E.J. Pratt from C. A. Chant concerning the date of eclipses in 1635 and 1636. June 5, 1940

325Dr. Pratt's discussion of Brébeuf and his Brethren[between 1940 and 1964]

Corrected typescript (carbon copy). Introductory material for a reading the poem to his friends

Three typescript documents two titled "Dr. Pratt's discussion of Brébeuf and his Brethren"

Box 4
428Introductory material for Dunkirk[between 1941 and 1964]

Annotated typescript

Box 5
542Commentary to accompany addresses and readings of Behind the Log[between 1947 and 1964]

Annotated typescript; annotated transcript (carbon copy);

Box 6
649Introductory material for readings of Towards the Last Spike[between 1952 and 1964]

Corrected typescript, introductory material for readings of The Last Spike; corrected typescript and carbon copy, introductory material for a reading at a banquet at the York Club hosted by Sir Ellsworth Flavelle where Pratt was guest of honour, September 19, 1952

Also includes an empty notebook titled "The Last Spike"

See also: Box 8, File 63, Notebook, containing notes on Lorne Pierce and Dr. John Short;.

Box 7
Notebooks
751Notebook[1932?]

Holograph notebook containing drafts of: prose passages on Phelps, Shaw, Galsworthy, Bliss Carmen, May Adam; draft poems later forming a part of The Fable of the Goats including "The Empty Room," and "The Mirage"; explanation of the genesis of “The Depression Ends”; Introduction for a reading; draft poems "Bereft," "The Empty Room," "Mad"; miscellaneous lists and notes

Addresses, lectures, essays, and reviews
760Commentary on shorter poems[192-?-1964?]

Holograph and typescript comments on poems including: "Erosion," "The Fog," "The Way of Cape Race," “The Feline Silhouette,”

Holograph and typescript notes to accompany readings of poems including: "Ice Floes," "A Feline Silhouette," "The History of John Jones," "The Shark," "Old Harry," "Sea-Gulls," "On the Shore," "Erosion," "The Child and the Wren," "The Prize Cat," "Silences," "The Lee-Shore," "The Iceberg," "The Prize-Winner,"; drafts of "Under the Lens"

Box 8
Thesis
861The Demonology of the New Testament in its Relation to Earlier Developments, and to the Mind of Christ1912

Master of Arts thesis, University of Toronto, 1912; photocopy of transcript

Notebooks
863Notebook[between 1950 and 1964]

Holograph notebook containing drafts of: prose passage on Lorne Pierce and Dr. John Short; essay on 1930s English literature – Eliot, Hopkins, Auden; financial and income tax information; notes on the Fraser River for Towards the Last Spike; notes on a speech at Victoria College; notes on a letter re “In Absentia”; letter to the Awards committee of the Royal Society of Canada endorsing the application of Karl Klinck; notes for a reading of some Newfoundland poems; address on “The Great Feud”; essay on Paradise Lost; letter of thanks for a book received during his recuperation from a broken arm; poem on church union; address for Class of 2T6 reunion, 1956; welcome to Northrop Frye on the occasion of his installation as principal of Victoria College, 1959; introduction for a reading of “Angelina”; note on W.O. Mitchell and Mona Gould; introduction for a reading of "Towards the Last Spike"; address on the humanities; notes on Andrea del Sarto; address on the idea of a university; toast at St. George’s Day dinner

Notebook possibly also includes introductory note on Healey Willan; comments on an essay on his own poetry; notes on student essays; letter re lecture in Houston; letter in response to his receipt of a volume of poems; address for reunion dinner – highlights, lowlights and characters;; introduction of Roy Campbell; miscellaneous notes, letters, and addresses

864Notebook[between 1945 and 1964]

Holograph notebook containing drafts of: address on science as a form of poetry; notes for lecture on The Roosevelt and the Antinoe; introduction for a reading; lecture on Eugene O’Neill; introduction for a reading of poems of the sea and the land; introduction of Dr. C.T. Currelly to Senior Dinner, Victoria College; letter re. radio broadcast; course outlines; letter re. publishing new poets; poem on the occasion of Her Majesty’s visit to Canada, 1959

865Notebook[between 1927 and 1932]

Holograph notebook containing drafts of: miscellaneous prose; word lists; fragments from The Roosevelt and the Antinoe; radio talk on Moby Dick; questions on Orlando; address on Herman Melville; lists of definitions; address on literature and life; essay on style and expression, science and literature; miscellaneous poems; address on fundamental principles that underlie any literary composition (thesis); essay on the book on the Brontës; poem “Legacy” (leaf 9-65-109); poem “To an Old Nurse” (leaf 9-65-114); address on the origins of The Roosevelt and the Antinoe; introductory notes for “The Nurse,” “The Haunted House,” “Putting Winter to Bed,” “The Way of Cape Race,” and “Cherries” (leaf 9-65-126); poem “The Depression Ends” (leaf 9-65-134) 

Box 9
Addresses, lectures, essays, and reviews
966Address on Robert Burns delivered in St. John’s, NL to the St. Andrew’s Society between 1948 and 1949]

Two transcripts, annotated documents

Address, titled "The Immortal Memory" given at Burns Nicht on January 25, 1949, the 190th Anniversary at St. John's Newfoundland St. Andrew's Society

967Toast at St. George’s Day dinner[194-?]

Annotated typescript

968Addresses on Newfoundland[between 1927 and 1964], 1927, 1942, 1952

Annotated typescript addresses on Newfoundland including: [Newfoundland idioms and types], addresses at Banff (1952) and Assumption College, Windsor (1942); [Newfoundland idioms and types]; address to Canadian Authors’ Association dinner, etc.; [Newfoundland idioms and types], addresses (1952); [Newfoundland idioms and types] address; [The great seal hunt] address, manuscript title in another hand: "Ice floes"; [Call and answer on the sea], address to Women’s Canadian Club, Montreal (February 8, 1927), and unknown typescript pages; [Newfoundland dogs and their lifesaving habitats] address; [Marconi and the invention of wireless telegraphy] address

969Addresses on university and early life[between 1949 and 1964]

Annotated typescript addresses on university and early life including: [Reminiscences of university, highlights and lowlights. 1953]; [Highlight associations in my early life], radio broadcast in Newfoundland; [Reminiscences and reflections on university life], address at honorary degree ceremony, Queen’s University, October 19, 1949; A Personal Story [Reminiscences about publishing]; [Address at Assumption College, 1955?]; [Address to first-year students]

970Addresses on literature and poetry[between 1947 and 1964]

Annotated typescript addresses including: Ironies and Echoes [address on the relation between science and poetry, 1947?]; In Quest of the Humanities [1953?], [In Quest of a University], address given at Princeton, N.J.; The Relation of Source Material to Poetry [address at C.L.A. Conference Luncheon]; [draft addresses and address given to the Canadian Library Association]; [The Golden Mean in poetry]; [Principles of poetic art]; Pitfalls in Verse Composition [or, the relation between source material and poetry]; [Parodies]; [On human action and deeds]; manuscript of Advertising, a sample

As well, manuscript on recto of last leaf of a lecture on Parodies containing notes for a poetry reading.

Originally filed with other addresses now in Box 9, File 71.

971Addresses on literature and poetry[between 1947 and 1964], [194-?], [1947?] 1948, 1949, 1952

Annotated typescript addresses including: [The loss of The Titanic], address at Corpus Christi, Texas, 1952; [Science and poetry], address at Memorial College, St. John's, January 28, 1949; [The music of language]; [Difficulties in handling technical material] [ca. 1947]; The Outlook for Poetry [early 1940's]; Address upon the North American Martyrs, given at Queen's University, January 20, 1948; [excavations at Saint Maire], holograph and corrected typescript; [Brebeuf constructing a grammar; modern interpretation of Shakespeare]; [On the rescue of The Antinoe]

Originally filed with other addresses in Box 9, File 70.

972Tributes and introductions for friends and colleagues[between 1932 and 1959], [1932?], 1948, 1949, 1953, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959

Annotated typescript addresses including: [Tribute to J.W. Macmillan, 1932]; [Introduction of Prof. Pelham Edgar]; [Tribute to Pelham Edgar, 1948]; [Expression of appreciation for E.K. Brown, 1949]; Introduction to Roy Campbell, 1953; [Introduction of Roy C. with comments on student’s essays on verso]; In Memoriam -- Charles Trick Currelly (includes program for memorial service, May 7, 1957); manuscript, [Address at Canadian Club dinner, 1958]; [Welcome to Northrop Frye on his installation as Principal of Victoria College on October 21, 1959]; On Opening of Graphic Arts exhibition [April 14, 1956], includes 3 manuscript pages

Note: numbering in lower right-hand corner corresponds with order of addresses.

Box 10
Course notes and outlines
1072Notes and drafts for courses in English literature[between 1920 and 1953]

Annotated typescript and holograph notes and drafts on topics in English literature including: Ben Johnson (10-72-1 to 10-72-3); [Ben Johnson] (10-72-4 to 10-72-7); [Ben Johnson] (10-72-8); Jonson (10-72-10); [Ben Johnson] (10-72-12); [Beaumont and Fletcher] (10-72-13 to 10-72-14); [Beaumont and Fletcher] (10-72-16 to 10-72-17); [Duchess of Malfi] (10-72-18 to 10-72-19); [Spenser] (10-72-20); Pastoralism (10-72-21); Milton (10-72-22 to 10-72-25); Bunyan (10-72-26 to 10-72-29); Pepys (10-72-30 to 10-72-33); Fielding (10-72-34 to 10-72-37); Pope (10-72-38); [Swift] (10-72-39); Swift (10-72-40); [Swift] (10-72-42); Richardson (10-72-43); Swift (10-72-44); Boswell [Life of Jonson] (10-72-46); [Ben Johnson] (10-72-48 to 10-72-51); Burke (10-72-53 to 10-72-54); Newman (10-72-56 to 10-72-61); [Huxley] (10-72-62 to 10-72-64); Arnold and [Introduction to course work] (10-72-65); [Romanticism] (10-72-66); Hardy (10-72-67); [Pessimism] (10-72-68); [O’Casey] (10-72-70 to 10-72-82); Angry Penguins, Time. July 17, '44 (10-72-71); O'Casey's Use of Expressionistic Technique (10-72-78); [List of essay topics] (10-72-84 to 10-72-85); [The between-the-wars generation] (10-72-86 to 10-72-88); [Meaning in poetry--Symbolism, Dadaism, Poetry magazine, Gertrude Stein] (10-72-90 to 10-72-101); [holograph notes]  (10-72-96 to 10-72-97); [Outstanding movements in contemporary poetry] (10-72-102 to 10-72-109); [Eliot]  (10-72-110 to 10-72-119); Pottle on Ash Wednesday of T.S.E. (10-72-120 to 10-72-121); Murder in the Cathedral (10-72-122 to 10-72-123); Dela Mare (10-72-124 to 10-72-125); [Hopkins]  (10-72-126 to 10-72-131); Summary: Poetic Form of G.M. Hopkins (10-72-132 to 10-72-133); Gerard Manly Hopkins (10-72-134 to 10-72-135); [Influence of Auden, Spender, Lewis] (10-72-136 to 10-72-137); [Masefield] (10-72-138 to 10-72-140); Housman (10-72-142); [poem by Hugh Kingsmill with holograph notes] (10-72-142); [Tennyson] (10-72-146 to 10-72-150); [Yeats] (10-72-152 to 10-72-155); [Calendar list of contemporary poetry] (10-72-158); [fragment] (10-72-160); Contemporary Poetry, [Parodies] (10-72-162); [Introduction to a survey course on 20th century poetry and drama] (10-72-164);

Numbers refer to individual pages within the file labelled by a previous archivist.

Originally filed with other notes and drafts for courses in English literature in Box 10, File 73.

1073Notes and drafts for courses in English literature[between 1920 and 1953], 1926

Annotated typescript and holograph notes and drafts on topics in English literature including: [Shaw and Ibsen] (10-72-166); Two or three years ago [Shaw] (10-72-168 to 10-72-170); Extract from a Letter of Rilke --- 1906 (10-72-172); [Shaw] and [notes on The Wild Duck] (10-72-174); [analysis of Arms and the Man by Shaw] (10-72-176); [analysis of Major Barbara by Shaw] (10-72-178 to 10-72-182); [Shaw] (10-72-184 to 10-72-185); [notes on Shaw and analysis of Saint Joan by Shaw] (10-72-186 to 10-72-192); [analysis of Saint Joan by Shaw] (10-72-194 to 10-72-196); [holograph notes on Hardy] (10-72-198); [Auden] (10-72-200 to 10-72-202); [Yeats and J.M. Synge] (10-72-204 to 10-72-207); [Synge] (10-72-208 to 10-72-211); [The Plough and the Stars by O’Casey] (10-72-212); [O’Neill] (10-72-214 to 10-72-226); [Modern poets, O’Neill, Masefield, and Yeats] (10-72-228 to 10-72-233); [Maugham] (10-72-234 to 10-72-239); [D.H Lawrence’s primitivism] (10-35-7 to 10-35-8); [Lecture on contemporary English and American poetry] (10-35-9 to 10-35-12); [Introduction to course] (10-35-16); [holograph notes with press cutting of "Dream Pedlary" by T. L. Beddoes] (10-35-17 to 10-35-18); Lord Morley on Swinburne, press cutting, June 26, 1926 (10-35-19); [Domestic and naturalistic drama] (10-35-21 to 10-35-22); [The anti-Romantic in drama] (10-35-23 to 10-35-24); [Prosody in literature: Shakespeare, Milton, Masefield, Hopkins] (10-41.9-1 to 10-41.9-4); [Haiku; Essay topics, Fall 1950] (10-45-1); Style (10-46.9-7); [Realism in literature] (10-?B-3); [Fry’s A phoenix too frequent.]; [Notes; Eliot; List of essay topics]; Yeats; Hardy

Numbers refer to individual pages within the file labelled by a previous archivist, some leaves are unnumbered.

Originally filed with other notes and drafts for courses in English literature in Box 10, File 72.

1074Shakespeare lectures[between 1936 and 1953]

Annotated typescript and holograph notes and drafts for lectures on Shakespeare, including: Drama before Shakespeare, Elizabethan stage, Shakespeare's contemporaries, Shakespeare's English, aspects of Shakespearean idioms, Tragedy, Shakespeare's transmutation of his sources; Richard III; Henry IV, part I; Falstaff's speech on honour; Twelfth Night; Hamlet; Macbeth; Coriolanus; King Lear; Antony and Cleopatra; The Tempest; and Othello

1075Notes and drafts for courses in American literature [between 1920 and 1953]

Annotated typescript and holograph notes and drafts on topics in American literature including: E.A. Robinson (10-74-1); The Pasture (10-74-2); Frost (10-74-3); Sandburg (10-74-5 to 10-74-8); Free Verse (10-74-9 to 10-74-10); [MacLeish] (10-74-11 to 10-74-12); [holograph notes including notes on Edmund Wilson] (10-74-13 to 10-74-14); [Shapiro] (10-74-15); Street Scene, Elmer Rice (10-74-17 to 10-74-20); Moby Dick by Herman Melville [draft of radio broadcast] (10-74-21 to 10-74-27); Robert Frost (10-74-29 to 10-74-33); Jeffers (10-38-1 to 10-38-7); Lindsay (10-38-9 to 10-38-10)

1077Course lecture notes[between 1936 and 1953]

Annotated holograph and typescript notes for courses taught including: introduction to course; questions for classes; essay topics; comments on thesis

Addresses, lectures, essays, and reviews
1076Paradise Lost: With Special Reference to the first three books [between 1920 and 1953]

Annotated holograph notes and typescript lecture on Paradise Lost

Originally filed with C.B.C radio broadcast, "Andrea del Sarto" and address on William Wordsworth given at Cornell University.

1078Essays and book reviews[between 1933 and 1964]; October 1933

Annotated holograph and typescript notes on and drafts of essays and book reviews including: Twenty Years A-Growing [review of Maurice O’Sullivan's 1933 memoir published in Canadian Comment, 3, No. 1 (Jan. 1934)]; Synge, Riders to the Sea [review]; [Note on the revival of religious books after a calamity, and note on Housman]; Paul Vincent Carroll [review of play Shadow and substance] (with pasted press clipping on an Irish actress' encounters with fairies); [Sean O’Casey]; tearsheet of Pratt’s article on Housman, "The Nature of Poetry"  Canadian Comment, 2, No. 10 (Oct. 1933); [Humour in Literature]

1081Address on Wordsworth at Cornell[1943?]

Annotated typescript address on William Wordsworth delivered at Cornell University (ca. 1943)

Originally filed with "Paradise Lost: With Special Reference to the first three books" and C.B.C radio broadcast, "Andrea del Sarto" .

1084The Canadian Author & Bookman, Vol. XXi, No. 1March 1945

Bound copy of the journal containing article by Pratt, "Source Material and Poetry, From an Address to the Poetry Group, Montreal Branch, CAA", pp. 15

Box 11
Reports
11 /OS3The Application of the Binet-Simon Tests (Standford Review) to a Toronto Public School[between 1920 and 1921]

Encapsulated annotated holograph draft of "The Application of the Binet-Simon Tests (Stanford Revision) to a Toronto Public School"; report published in the Canadian Journal of Mental Hygiene, 3, No. 1 (April 1921), 95-116.

Box 15
1513Officers, Toronto Branch, Canadian Mental Health Association[195-?]

List of officers of the Toronto branch, Canadian Mental Health Association; n.d.; President: E.J. Pratt

Box 17
Addresses, lectures, essays, and reviews
1714Material related to 2T6 Victoria reunions[1933?] - 1976

Pratt was the Honorary President for the graduating class to 1926; includes: holograph speech and speech notes for a reunion; 2 copies of typescript speech for a reunion; Typescript of poems "MM and a Little Bit More" - Two Versions and "Like Mother, Like Daughter"; Programme for 2T6 Victoria Silver Anniversary, October 27, 1951; list of graduates of Class of 1926, dated August 1961; "Class of 2T6" by K. and D Bernhardt published in Victoria Reports, December 1966; leaf from a copy of Victoria Reports, "Twenty-Fifth Reunion, Class of 1926" by John A. Irving; Programme for 2T6 Victoria 50th Anniversary of Graduation, June 4. 1976; menu for undated reunion

Box 19
Notebooks
1911Loose notes and appointment book[before 1964]

Loose holograph notes by E.J. Pratt on his writings, awards, and friends

Licence agreements
199Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Contract and Licence to PerformMarch 11, 1960

Typescript, with holograph signatures, licence agreement allowing CBC to perform E.J. Pratt

199Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Contract and Licence to Perform The Cachalot June 20, 1961; June 21, 1961

Typescript, with holograph signatures, licence agreement allowing CBC to perform Pratt's poem The Cachalot; includes accompanying typescript letter to Pratt from (Mrs.) Marion A. Taylor, Contract Assistant, National Script Department of CBC

199Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Contract and Licence to Perform The CachalotMarch 2, 1964

Typescript, with holograph signatures, licence agreement allowing CBC to perform Pratt's poem The Cachalot

199Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Contract and Licence to Perform The TitanicSeptember 28, 1961

Typescript, with holograph signatures, licence agreement allowing CBC to perform Pratt's poem The Titanic

199Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Licence to Perform Written Material for "The Deed"May 6, 1954

Typescript and holograph licence agreement allowing CBC to perform Pratt's poem "The Deed"

Box 31
Addresses, lectures, essays, and reviews
312Canadian Poetry – Past and PresentOctober 1938

Reprinted from the University of Toronto Quarterly, Vol. VIII, No. 1, October 1938

312The Decay of Romance1935

Published in Quill & Quire, Vol. 1, No. 3, Summer 1935, pp. 11

312The Scientific Character of PsychologyMarch 1913

Published in Acta Victoriana, Vol. XXXVII, No. 6, March 1913, pp. 300-304

Fragile, handle with care

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