Material relating to Pelham Edgar

Title: Material relating to Pelham Edgar
Dates of Material:
1897-1967, predominant 1897-1948
39 cm of textual records
7 photographs plus 1 album: b&w
2 audio reels
Scope and content

Series consists of records pertaining to Pelham Edgar's activities as a teacher and academic. The series includes correspondence, literary material, professional material, photographs, a sound recording of Encore, a radio broadcast by Pelham Edgar for the CBC, and other material.

Source of supplied title

Title based on contents of series.


The series is stored in 3 boxes and 1 folder.

Location of originals

The Marjorie Pickthall fonds contains original letters send by Marjorie Pickthall to Pelham Edgar.
The Raymond Knister fonds contains original letters send by Raymond Knister to Pelham Edgar.

Finding aids

File list available (see below). Check Scope and Content.

Box 2
212.1Bennett, R.B.: 2 in, 1938, 19411938, 1941
212.1Binyon, Laurence: 1 in, 19271927
212.1Birney, Earle: 1 in, 19351935
212.1Brown, Audrey Alexandra: 2 in, n.d., 1942; 1 out, 1942n.d., 1942

(fragment), [original; not sent?]

212.1Brown, E.K.: 2 in, 1946, 19481946, 1948

Subject: Duncan Campbell Scott.

212.1Bush, Douglas: 2 in, n.d., 1946n.d., 1946
212.2Carman, Bliss: 2 in, 1921, 19251921, 1925

Includes photograph.

212.2Child, Philip: 1 in, 19431943
212.3De la Roche, Mazo: 1 in, [1929?][1929?]

Addressed to Pelham and Dona Edgar.

212.4Edgar family: 3 in., n.d., 1889n.d., 1889
212.5Falconer, Robert: 3 in, 19431943

Subject: Canadian Authors’ Foundation.

212.5Macmillan Company of Canada: 1 in, 19431943
212.5a–b.Frye, Northrop: 1 in, 1936 (original); 2 in, 1937, 1948 (photocopies); 1 out, [1948], (photocopy)1936, 1937, 1948, 1948
212.6Frechette, Louis: 7 in, 19011901
212.7Galsworthy, John: 4 in, n.d., 1919, 1926n.d., 1919, 1926
212.7Grove, Catherine [Mrs. F.P.]: 1 in, 1947; 1 out (copy, holograph), [1947]1947

Includes clipping. Subject: Canadian Authors’ Foundation.

212.7Grove, Frederick Philip: 1 in, 19341934
212.7Houghton Mifflin Co.: 1 in, 19421942
212.8King, W.J.: 1 in, 19441944

Includes drafts of poems.

212.8King, William Lyon Mackenzie: 2 in, 1939, 19421939, 1942
212.8Knister, Raymond: 4 in, 1925–311925-1931

Photocopies; originals transferred to Knister collection.

212.9Lee, Sidney: 4 in, 1911, 19121911, 1912
212.9Lyttleton, Edith: 1 in, n.d.n.d.
212.10Leacock, Stephen: 3 in (to Pelham Edgar), n.d., 1916; 4 in (to Helen Edgar), n.d., 1919, 1923n.d., 1916, n.d., 1919, 1923

Includes a leaflet (holograph) advertising a Leacock reading.

212.11MacDonald, Wilson: 5 in, n.d., 1919–45n.d., 1919-1945

Includes poems (holograph and printed).

212.11Mackay, Isabel E.: 1 in, 19221922

Subject: Marjorie Pickthall.

212.11Macphail, Andrew: 2 in, 1933, 19381933, 1938
212.11McClung, Nellie L.: 1 in, 19481948

Subject: Audrey Alexandra Brown.

212.12Meynell, Alice: 6 in, 1901–141901-1914

Addressed to Dona Edgar. Subjects: [Helena?] Coleman; Marjorie Pickthall.

212.13Mann, Thomas: 1 in, 19381938
212.13Mansfield, John: 1 in, 19141914
212.14Newbolt, Henry: 1 in, 19241924
212.14Nichols, Robert: 4 in, n.d., 1919, 1934n.d., 1919, 1934

Includes annotated copy of printed poem.

212.15Osler, William: 3 in, n.d., 1906, 1910n.d., 1906, 1910

Subject: Matilda Ridout Edgar.

212.15Pickthall, Marjorie: 2 in, 1903–041903-1904

Photocopies; originals transferred to Pickthall collection.

212.15.aPerry, Martha Eugenie: 15 out, n.d., [1938]n.d., [1938]

Photocopies; originals held in the Archives of British Columbia. Subjects: Association of Canadian Bookmen; Audrey Alexandra Brown; Canadian Poetry Magazine; Charles G.D. Roberts; Duncan Campbell Scott.

212.15.b. Perry, Martha Eugenie: 31 in, 1936–481936-1948

Subjects: Audrey Alexandra Brown; Canadian Authors Association; Alan Crawley; Anne Marriott; Nellie McClung; Floris McLaren; E.J. (Edwin John) Pratt; C.P. (Charles Perry) Stacey [nephew of Martha Eugenie Perry].Photocopies; originals held in the Archives of British Columbia. File also contains 3 original letters from Perry to Edgar, 1942, 1943.

212.15.pPeacock, E.R.: 1 in, 19461946
212.16Pratt, E.J. (Edwin John): 20 in, [1929]–45[1929]-1945

Subjects: Earle Birney; Canadian Poetry Magazine; Charles G.D. Roberts; Duncan Campbell Scott.

212.17Pratt, E.J. (Edwin John): 6 in, 1946–481946-1948

Included is 1 letter to Edgar from J.C. Robertson, 1947, forwarded by Pratt. Subjects (of Pratt correspondence): Charles G.D. Roberts; Duncan Campbell Scott.

212.18. aRoberts, Charles G.D.: 1 in (photocopy), 1942; 2 in (originals), 19431942, 1943

Includes draft of Resurgant (a song for the defeated), ts., inscribed for Pelham Edgar. Subjects: Elsie Pomeroy; Duncan Campbell Scott.

212.18.bRay, Margaret V.: 2 out (original), n.d.n.d.
212.19Stringer, Arthur: 1 in [1946][1946]
212.19Swinnerton, Frank: 5 in, 1934, 19351934, 1935
212.21Woolf, Virginia: 1 in, 19341934
212.22Wrong, George M.: 1 in, 19431943
212.23a–b.Canadian Authors Association: 14 in (photocopied; from various officials), 1921–34; 1 out (photocopied), [1933]; 1921-1934
212.24Ray, Margaret V.: 2 out (from Dona Edgar), n.d.n.d.

Subject: Lorne Pierce; purchase by Victoria University Library of portait of Pelham Edgar.

212.25.fRay, Margaret V.: rom Dona Edgar and Lorne Pierce, 1948–19491948-1949

Subject: Pelham Edgar material at Victoria University Library.

212.aBowles, [Chancellor]: 1 out, 19211921


212.aBurwash, Nathanael: 1 out, 18971897

Original; accepting appointment as Lecturer in French.

Other material -- Miscellaneous
212.19Correspondence of John Sargent: 1 letter to Harris Brown, n.d.n.d.
Box 3
Literary manuscripts -- Notes
317Notebook (literary)[ca. 1920s–30s]

Includes draft material for The Art of the Novel; and notes on: poetry; fiction; various authors; Canadian Authors’ Foundation.

317.1Notebook (academic)n.d.

Includes notes on French literature.

Literary manuscripts -- Articles, addresses and books
313Famous Men and Famous Books: William Morris: poet, socialist, artist

holograph; [Author: Pelham Edgar?]

314.1The Alleged Third Manner of Henry James


315The Quarrels of Voltaire


316John Galsworthy–artist and prophet


318[Matthew Arnold as a writer of prose]

ts., cc., annotated. Incomplete.

319The Poetry of Duncan Campbell Scott


320[On Duncan Campbell Scott]


321.[On Duncan Campbell Scott]

ts., annotated. Later draft of item in Box 3, File 20



324Fashions in Books


324.1[On Canadian humourists]

ts., annotated. Incomplete.

324.2C.W.F. [Canadian Writers’ Foundation]

ts., annotated. Incomplete.

324.3Canadian Poetry [address for broadcast, 1934, sponsored by Canadian Authors’ Association]1934

ts., annotated; plus photocopy. Includes opening and closing remarks of announcer (ts., cc.).

325William Butler Yeats


325.1Creative Criticism in Canada: Frye’s Fearful Symmetry

ts., annotated. Portion of a proposed chapter of Across My Path.

326 Across My Path

tss., annotated, and tss., cc., annotated. Incomplete. Includes material omitted from the final draft. Subjects: autobiography; history of Edgar family; Arnold Bennett; W.B. Yeats.

326.1Across My Path

tss., cc., annotated. Subjects: autobiography; history of Edgar family; Helen Edgar; A.J. (Andrew James) Bell; G.M. Dawson. Includes material omitted from the final draft. Continuation of File 26.

Professional material
317.1Notebook (academic)n.d.

Includes notes on French literature.

Material about Edgar -- Reviews
314.2Review of Henry James: Man and Author, by Raymond Knister

ts., photocopied. Original is in Knister collection.

323[Material relating to reviews of The Art of the Novel]n.d.
Other material -- Miscellaneous
326.2Printed poetry


Box 4
435Birney, Earle: 1 in, n.d.n.d.


Other material -- Photographs
433.11 group photographn.d.

Group includes William Deacon, Pelham Edgar, Hugh Eayrs and other persons.

433.11 portraitn.d.

Signed by Edgar (on a separate piece of paper, formerly on back of frame).

433.4Album of photographs of services held upon the death of Louis Hemonn.d.

Included are photographs of Hugh Eayrs, Pelham Edgar and John Murray Gibbon.

Literary manuscripts -- Articles, addresses and books
427aThe Changing Aspects of Poetry

offprint, Queen’s Quarterly

427bSir Andrew Macphail

offprint, Queen’s Quarterly

427cSir Andrew Macphail

reprint, Proceedings, Royal Society of Canada

427dThe Enigma of Yeats

offprint, Queen’s Quarterly

427eMatthew Arnold as Poet

Transactions, Royal Society of Canada (possibly a reprint though not explicitly stated)

427fThe Comedy of Shakespeare and Molière

reprint, University Magazine

428The Centenary of Byron

offprint, Dalhousie Review

429Duncan Campbell Scott

offprint, Dalhousie Review.

430Edwin John Pratt

offprint, Gants du Ciel. Written in French.

431Lawrence J. Burpee

reprint, Proceedings, Royal Society of Canada

432The Royal Ontario Museum

reprint, University of Toronto Quarterly

Material about Edgar -- Notes by students
434Accounts by students of literature classes conducted by Pelham Edgar: 1924, 19251924, 1925

tss. Subjects include: Marjorie Pickthall; Wilson MacDonald.

Material about Edgar -- Articles
433.13 articles (including 1 sketch and 1 portrait)


Material about Edgar -- Bibliography
435bProfessor Pelham Edgar: a Chronological Bibliography of His Writings

photocopied. Student project by Sandra Campbell.

Material about Edgar -- Clippings
Material about Edgar -- Transcript of printed description of Pelham Edgar by Arnold Bennett
Other material -- Sound recording
435a. Encore [radio broadcast by Pelham Edgar, for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation]1967

2 sound tape reels. Gift of Kathleen Coburn, 1967.

Other material -- Miscellaneous
433.3Correspondence between Lorne Pierce, E.J. (Edwin John) Pratt and Margaret V. Ray and various persons (including H. Bennett and A.B.B. Moore of Victoria University): 1953, 19541953, 1954

Relating to contributions towards the purchase of a portrait of Pelham Edgar By Allan Barr.

435Annual Report of Authors’ Club1942-1943

Printed, 1942–43.

435Letter from Northrop Frye to [Lorne Pierce]: 19671967

Relating to a manuscript by Pelham Edgar.

435Photographs: 2 photographs, unidentifiedn.d.
435Poem by E.J. (Edwin John) Pratt, Creation and procreation, inscribed to Pelham Edgar

holograph, photocopied. Original is held in the Pratt collection.