Material relating to Charles G. D. Roberts

Title: Material relating to Charles G. D. Roberts
Dates of Material:
19161942
Extent:
5 cm of textual records
13 photographs: b&w
Biographical sketch

Charles George Douglas Roberts (1860–1943) was a poet and writer. He was born in Douglas, New Brunswick, the son of George Goodridge Roberts and Emma Wetmore Bliss. He was the brother of Theodore Goodrigde Roberts and cousin of Bliss Carman. He married Mary Isabel Fenety in 1880. They had three sons and a daughter. He married Joan Montgomery in 1943. He died in Toronto, Ontario.

Roberts was educated at Collegiate Grammar School in Fredericton. He attended the University of New Brunswick, where he received a B.A. in 1879 and an M.A. in 1881. He was Headmaster of the Grammar School in Chatham, New Brunswick (1879–82) and of York Street School in Fredericton (1882–83). He was editor of Goldwin Smith’s journal, The Week (1883–84). He was appointed Professor of English and French, and later of Economics at King’s College, Windsor, Nova Scotia (1885–95). In 1890 he was elected to the Royal Society of Canada. In 1897, Roberts went to live with Bliss Carman in New York City, where he worked as a freelance writer and was associate editor of the Illustrated American (1897–98). He moved to Europe in 1907 and to England in 1911. In 1914 he enlisted in the British Army as a private, and later served with Canadian forces. He returned to Canada in 1917 and lived for many years in Toronto.

Roberts was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1890. He was a member of the Royal Society of Literature and of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He was the first to be awarded the Lorne Pierce Medal in 1926 and was knighted in 1935. Along with Ernest Thompson Seton, he is known as the inventor of the modern animal story, particularly in books such as Kindred of the Wild: A Book of Animal Life (1902). His publications include: Orion and Other Poems (1880), A Sister to Evangeline (1898), The Watchers of the Trails (1904), and The Vagrant of Time (1927).

Scope and content

Series consists of correspondence including with Oscar Pelham Edgar (1934–1942), literary manuscripts (including a framed copy of his poem, A Mystic), photographs and other material.

NOTE(S)
Source of supplied title

Title based on contents of series.

Extent

The series is stored in 1 box.

Finding aids

File list available (see below).

BOX FILE TITLE YEAR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Box 8
Correspondence
860Edgar, Pelham: 8 in, 1934–1942; 1 letter incomplete1934-1942

Subjects: Canadian Authors Association; Leslie, Kenneth; Pratt, E.J. (Edwin John).

865Parsons, [Mrs.; of Canadian Authors Association]: 1 out (original), 19271927

Enclosing tickets to dinner honouring Mazo de la Roche.

Literary manuscripts -- Poetry
861A Mystic

ts., annotated and ts., cc., annotated; 1 copy inscribed to Pelham Edgar.

861A Song for Victory Delayed

ts., annotated and ts., cc., annotated

861As Down the Woodland Ways

ts., annotated and ts., cc., annotated. 1 copy inscribed to Pelham Edgar.

861Not Here Comes Spring

ts., cc., annotated

861Rebirth

galley proof, annotated

861Resurgant

ts., cc., annotated

861Taormina

holograph

861The Empire Speaks of Britain

ts., annotated. Inscribed to Pelham Edgar.

861Those Perish, These Endure

ts., annotated and ts., cc., annotated. 1 copy inscribed to “E.M.P.”

861Twilight Over Shaugamauk

ts., annotated and ts., cc., annotated

861Westcock Hill

ts., annotated. Inscribed to Pelham Edgar.

862A Mystic

ts., cc. Framed; inscribed to Mary J. Addison; annotated backing.

Literary manuscripts -- Fiction
859Heliodore of the Myrtles

ts., cc., annotated

866A Maid and Two Swords

tear-sheet, The Maritime Advocate and Busy East

866The Bull and the Leaping-Pole

tear-sheet, The Maritime Advocate and Busy East

866The Morning of the Silver Frost

tear-sheet, The Maritime Advocate and Busy East

Literary manuscripts -- Addresses
866An Acadian “Buche de Noel”tear-sheet, The Maritime Advocate and Busy East

tear-sheet, The Maritime Advocate and Busy East

866Of Canadian poetrytear-sheet, The Maritime Advocate and Busy East

tear-sheet, The Maritime Advocate and Busy East

Material about Roberts
860Leaflet: Advertisement for the Charles G.D. Roberts Jubilee Fund, established on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the publication of Orion [a Writer’s Benefit Fund]; committee chaired by Pelham Edgar.
864Journal: The Canadian Chautauquan, Muskoka Assembly, 19261926

Includes reference to Roberts.

865Program: for annual meeting of Canadian Authors Association (attended by Roberts as incoming President): 19351935

With related clipping.

867Articles: 8 tear-sheets, The Maritime Advocate and Busy East, 1938–51;1938-1951

Some articles written by Elsie Pomeroy.

Other material
8651 letter from Lorne Pierce to Elsie Pomeroy1944
868Material relating to Elizabeth Roberts MacDonald (sister of Charles G.D. Roberts)

2 articles by E.R.M., tear-sheets, The Maritime Advocate and Busy East; poems by E.R.M., tear-sheets [from?]; article about E.R.M., The Maritime Advocate and Busy East

Other material -- Photographs
8602 photographs (black-and-white): n.d.n.d.

Inscribed to Pelham Edgar.

863.11 photograph (black-and-white): n.d.n.d.

Inscribed to Kay Cammell. [Gift of William Onions.]

863.25 photographs (black-and-white): n.d, 1916–1928. Includes photographs of:1916-1928, 1916, 1928, 1928, 1931

Roberts, n.d.
Roberts, 1916.
Roberts with Robert Norwood, 1931. Inscribed to “Kay [Cammell?].”
Roberts, with unidentified persons, [1928].
Roberts, with unidentified persons, 1928. Inscribed to “Kay.”
Gift of William Onions.

863.31 photograph (black-and-white): 19391939

Inscribed to Pelham Edgar.

8644 photographs taken at Muskoka Assembly: [1926].[1926]

Includes: Roberts, with Bliss Carman, Robert E. Knowles and Wilson MacDonald.
Roberts, with unidentifed persons.
Gilbert Parker.
Roberts, with John M. Elsore, Wilson MacDonald and Marshall Saunders.
1 Christmas card with printed photograph of Roberts, December, 1927
Educational institution.
Printed photograph; signed by all of the subjects.
Inscribed.

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