Correspondence

Title: Correspondence
Dates of Material:
[1915] - 1984
Extent:
3.8 cm textual records
1 photograph: b&w
1 photograph: sepia
Scope and content

Series consists of Viola Pratt's correspondence with friends and colleagues including Margaret (Peggy) Brown, Hugh Eayrs, and classmates from Victoria University; colleagues of E.J. Pratt such as David G. Pitt, Leonard W. Brockington, and Desmond Pacey; and E.J. Pratt researchers including Brother Conrad, Sister Helen Mahoney, and Sandra Djwa.

Previously recorded correspondence with Northrop Frye and A.B.B. Moore regarding the opening of The E.J. Pratt Room of Contemporary Poetry and the renaming of Victoria College Library to the E.J. Pratt Library, found in the E.J. Pratt fonds, Series 5, Box 14, file 16 and Box 17, file 6.

NOTE(S)
Source of supplied title

Title bases on contents of the series.

Extent

The series is contained in 1 box.

BOX FILE TITLE YEAR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Box 1
Letters to Viola Whitney Pratt
11Battenhouse, Henry M. January 8, 1948

Holograph; incoming correspondence from Henry M. Battenhouse regarding E.J. Pratt's Behind the Log

11Brandeis, Robert C.May 16, 1978

Typescript; incoming correspondence from R. Brandeis, Librarian at Victoria University Library, regarding a recent gift of E.J. Pratt papers and use of the Pratt Collection

11Brockington, Leonard W.October 31, 1962

Typescript; incoming correspondence from Leonard W. Brockington regarding accompanying pictures; enclosed pictures not with letter

11Butt, GraceFebruary 20, 1974

Typescript; incoming correspondence from Grace Butt regarding upcoming celebrations for the 25th anniversary of Newfoundland's confederation and asking permission to use lines from E.J. Pratt's "Newfoundland Seamen"; includes accompanying letter to Macmillan (February 19, 1974) asking permission to use the lines

11Button, Carman G.M.January 29, 1968

Typescript; incoming correspondence from Carman Button updating Pratt on E.J. Central High School in Newfoundland

See also: E.J. Pratt fond, Box 19, file 1 for additional correspondence from Button to Viola Pratt on the high school

11Djwa, Sandra[between 1962 and 1978]

Typescript and holograph; incoming correspondence from Sandra Djwa, professor in the Department of English at Simon Fraser University

October 16, 1962; regarding the English Department at a university

December 10, 1971; two letters, one regarding the progress of a book and the other asking questions about E.J. Pratt

Undated; regarding trips to Italy

May 15, 1973; informing Viola on the progress of a book

August 8, 1973; regarding a grant given by the Humanities Research Council

December 5, 1975; notifying Viola on an upcoming symposium on E.J. Pratt

January 12, 1976; notifying Viola of an upcoming visit to Toronto

March 15, 1976; asking questions about E.J. Pratt and some of his colleagues

May 4, 1976; regrets that Viola was unable to attend the Pratt Symposium

October 19, 1976; informing Viola and Claire of the publication of a Pratt Concordance

November 17, 1976; asking for xerox copies of certain poems by E.J. Pratt

July 12, 1977; regarding a Concordance she is co-producing

Sept. 20, 1977; regarding the possibility of producing an edition of E.J. Pratt's poetry

December 20, 1978; informing Viola and Claire of Macmillan's agreement to produce an edition of E.J. Pratt's poetry and with her as co-editor

February 8, 1978; regarding struggles in obtaining materials related to E.J. Pratt for an edition of his poems

February 21, 1978; regarding an edition of E.J. Pratt's poems she's working on

August 1, 1978; addressed to Claire; notifying both of copies of E.J. Pratt's poems in her possession

September 7, 1978; informing Pratt of an upcoming meeting and visit to Toronto

September 19, 1978; note with accompanying letter (September 19, 1978) to Douglas M. Gibson regarding costs for an edition of E.J. Pratt's Collected Poems with an included costing sheet

October 10, 1978; informing Pratt of her stay in Toronto

11Eayrs, HughFebruary 17, 1940

Typescript; incoming correspondence from Hugh Eayrs accepting an invitation to a birthday party given by Viola Pratt to a group of friends.

Accompanying note by Claire Pratt explains the letter and lists the people whose birthdays were honoured, which included E.J. Pratt

11Feder, AlisonSeptember 10, 1976

Typescript; incoming correspondence from Alison Feder (Mrs. H. Feder) regarding biographical information on Margaret Duley (1894-1968)

11French, Goldwin S.May 19, 1978

Typescript; incoming correspondence from Goldwin French, President of Victoria University, regarding recent gift of E.J. Pratt papers

11Gibbs, Robert J.July 13, 1971

Typescript; incoming correspondence from R.J. Gibbs, asking for permission to publish an article containing excerpts of E.J. Pratt's poem "Clay"; includes 2 accompanying letters to Gibbs from George Woodcock (June 29, 1971) and Miss Lorna D. Fraser (July 8, 1971).

11Gorak, AnitaMay 28, 1971; June 10, 1971

Typescript; 2 incoming letters from (Miss) Anita Gorak, Assistant Picture Editor, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.

May 28, 1971; asking Viola Pratt for a better picture of E.J. Pratt for his article in Encyclopaedia Britannica

June 10, 1971; thanking Pratt for the photograph of Professor Pratt she sent

11Holmes, Mary[between 1964 and 1984]

Holograph; incoming correspondence from Mary Holmes regarding a portrait of E.J. Pratt painted by Margaret Peake-Benton

11Ken[1964?]

Holograph; incoming correspondence from Ken? regarding Pratt's speech, possibly at the opening of The E.J. Pratt Room of Contemporary Poetry in Victoria College Library

11King, Jean L.May 3, 1971

Typescript; incoming correspondence from Jean L. King asking Pratt for a photo of E.J. Pratt that would be presented at the Jubilee Year of the Canadian Authors' Association

11Knight, CarolynMarch 10, 1968

Holograph; incoming correspondence from Carolyn Knight thanking Pratt for her letter and copy of E.J. Pratt's poem "The Osprey"; includes accompanying photocopied letter from Carolyn Knight to relatives of E.J. Pratt regarding producing a biography of E.J. Pratt (Feb. 5, 1968); includes a note to Lila L. Slucthless? (Feb. 21, 1968) regarding a program in memory of E.J. Pratt with an accompanying summary of the program, which included a poetry reading by Carolyn Knight

11MacLure, Millar[1963?]

Typescript; 2 incoming letters from Millar MacLure

Jan. 23, [1963?]; discussing correspondence with Dr. Ernest Sirluck

October 1, [1963?]; notifying Pratt on the opening of the "E.J. Pratt Room of Contemporary Poetry"

11Macpherson, JayJuny 14, 1969

Typescript; incoming correspondence from Jay Macpherson regarding her attempt to write a book about E.J. Pratt

11Mahoney, Sister HelenOctober 17, 1968

Holograph; incoming correspondence from Sister Helen Mahoney thanking Mrs. Pratt for help with her thesis on E.J. Pratt.

See Also: E.J. Pratt fond, Box 30 for a microfilm copy of Sister Helen Mahoney's thesis

11Meyer, Bruce[1977 or 1978]

Typescript; incoming correspondence from Bruce Meyer, Co-Editor of Acta 1977-78, thanking Viola and Claire Pratt for permission to publish E.J. Pratt's poems and noting them on the success of the issue

11Newton, K.B.July 19, 1972; August 25, 1972

Typescript; 2 incoming letters from K. B. Newton, Editor of Community Leaders of America

July 19, 1972; congratulating Pratt on her nomination for inclusion in the 1973 edition of Community Leaders of America

August 25, 1972; asking Pratt to send them biographical data to be included for the edition

11Pitt, David G.[between 1968 and 1978]

Typescript and holograph; incoming correspondence from Professor D.G. Pitt, Memorial University of Newfoundland

April 22, 1968; regarding progressing on a biography of E.J. Pratt he is working on

May 5, 1968; asking Viola when she will be visiting Newfoundland again

November 2, 1968; regarding a biography of E.J. Pratt he is working on

May 10, 1971; wishing Claire well after hearing of a recent illness

March 1, 1973; asking for letters written by Sir Charles G.D. Roberts to E.J. Pratt

September 12, 1973; asking permission to let students publish unpublished verse by E.J. Pratt

May 8, 1974; regarding letters Viola lent Pitt for a biography on E.J. Pratt and asking permission to include parts of letters in the biography

May 13, 1975; regarding letters he means to return to Viola and asking permission to include some letters in a biography on E.J. Pratt

December 17, 1978; regarding an event he was unable to attend

11Robarts, John P.June 12, 1969

Typescript; incoming correspondence from John P. Robarts regarding Pratt's gift of her F.H. Varley collection to the McMichael Conservation Collection.

11ShelaghApril 28, 1964; November 14, 1964

Typescript and holograph; incoming correspondence from Shelagh C. Ludig?

April 28, 1964; regarding a radio broadcast on the history of Canadian verse on Radio Singapore

November 14, 1964; regarding a script for a Radio Singapore broadcast on the history of Canadian verse; accompanying script not with letter

Originally unlisted in the E.J. Pratt fond

11Sinclair, DavidFebruary 4, 1971

Typescript; incoming correspondence from David Sinclair regarding E.J. Pratt's early poetry and published materials

13Brother Conrad[between 1963 and 1964]

Typescript; incoming correspondence from Brother Conrad, S.C. to E.J. and Viola Pratt

May 27, 1963; addressed to Mr. Pratt; asking Pratt permission to quote his verses in a thesis on Pratt's poetry

June 17, 1963; addressed to Mrs Pratt; thanking for permission to quotes E.J. Pratt's poetry in his thesis

July 27, 1963; addressed to Mrs Pratt; regarding his teaching work in the Philippines and asking Viola to find a typist to make duplicates of some articles on E.J. Pratt

August 15, 1963; addressed to Mrs Pratt; notifying Viola that University of Toronto Libraries can send him copies of articles

January 3, 1964; regarding progress on his thesis on E.J. Pratt

December 11, 1964; regarding Pratt's poetry and future visit to Canada

Includes an envelope from one of Brother Conrad's letters and 1 b&w photograph of Brother Conrad

See also: E.J. Pratt fond, Box 30 for a microfilm copy of Brother Conrad's thesis

 

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16Correspondence to Viola Pratt[1915] - 1984

Typescript and holograph; incoming correspondence to Mrs. Viola Pratt from: Helen Coleman (re. Acta, vol. 39, no. 6, pp. 332-341); Desmond Pacey; William B. Wiegand; Herman Boeschenstein; Elsie Willard Luhnhull?; Victoria College [to members of Class of 1913]; classmates from Victoria College, 1913: Marjorie Colbecj, Emily G. Speirs, Lela Ball, R.J. Birks, A.P. Scott, Harold Burwash, and Leslie Cox

Includes 1 sepia photograph of an assumed classmate of Viola

(Photos P1)
1 1Owen, Elsie[1952?]

Holograph; incoming correspondence from Elsie Owen regarding Pratt's review of The Harmony of Aeschylus by E.T. Owen

Letters from Viola Whitney Pratt
18Brown, Margaret [Peggy][1951] - 1977

Holograph; original correspondence from Viola Pratt to Peggy Brown; includes letters, Christmas cards and other material created by Claire Pratt, reproduction of "Inventory of Hades" by E.J. Pratt, and facsimile of holograph version of "Mother and Child" by E.J. Pratt

118Speirs, Mrs. Murray28 June 1969

Holograph; original correspondence from Viola Pratt to Mrs. Murray Speirs regarding her trip to England.

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