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Kenneth Leslie fonds North America
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Paricutin Volcano : [draft manuscript]

File contains a handwritten draft manuscript written by Nora Leslie (then Nora Steenerson Totten), likely in the late-1940s or early-1950s. File relates Nora's experiences on an automobile trip in late-January and early-February, 1947, traveling with her husband, the Judge Totten and "Olga", driving from southern California to Paricutín volcano , Michoacán, Mexico. File includes a brief history of the volcano's most recent eruption in 1943, as well as a day-by-day travelogue of the trip to the base of the volcano, and the group's climb to its peak.

Press releases from The Protestant press service : [manuscripts]

File contains final drafts of three press releases prepared by Kenneth Leslie's press services at The Protestant. The press releases, undated, were released in 1943 and 1944.

The first release is a single-page handwritten note entitled 'Immediate break with Spain is urged : editor of The Protestant calls also for a Western Front', dated March 24, 1943, and bound for the New York Times.

The second release, typed, undated but shortly after The Protestant was denounced by the "American Jewish Committee [as following] the Communist 'party line'", was written by B.Z. Goldberg, entitled "A mysterious cure for anti-Semitism".

The third release, typed, undated but likely from the summer of 1944, was written by Elbert Aidline-Trommer, entitled "Hitler defeated in Chicago", and discusses Charles J. Anderson Jr.'s failed 1944 "run for Congress in the sixth district as a Republican on a Nazi platform".

Translations of Aslaug Vaa poems : [draft manuscripts]

File contains three undated (likely in the 1940s) partial translations of poems originally written by the Norwegian poet Aslaug Vaa (b. Rauland,25 August 1889; d. Oslo, 28 November 1965) and translated by Kenneth Leslie.

File contains translations of the following poems:

  • twenty-three lines of the poem "Skinnvengbrev," which begins "Eg tredde eingong du hadde gøymt deg, / at baade du og Gud ha gløymt meg, / og eg blei minst av dei skapte ting.", which Leslie has translated as "I thought one time you had forsaken me / that you and God had forgotten me / and I was least of created things." The header of this leaf has the title "So 6847 Pauline", and the English translation is written directly below the Norwegian original ;
  • eight lines of translation of a fourteen line untitled poem, also presumably by Aslaug Vaa, which begins "A, so det vesle båmet reeddest / når det møter det ukjende. / Ein gong i eit framandt land, / sto eg og var dette ukjende for ein liten kropp", which Leslie has translated as "Of course a little child is frightened / when he meets with an unknown one. / Once upon a time on strange soil / I stood and was this unknown one for a little body." The Norwegian text and English translation are written on separate leaves ; and
  • four stanzas of the poem 'Duva og Dropen,' which begins "Det kurra ei duve / med bekken Mahala / i skuggen av palmur / og driv kvite kala", which Leslie has translated as "A dove coos so warmly / where murmurs Mahala / In shade of the palm trees / and drifts of white kalla". This item also contains notes for a sermon about avarice written on the verso.

Reading notes on seminar on Romanticism

File contains a plain green notebook with red plastic spiral binding, used by Kenneth Leslie -- likely in the early 1940s (after 1936) -- for the purposes of compiling reading notes related to a seminar on Romanticism and the Romantic movement in literature. File largely contains Kenneth Leslie's densely-handwritten reading notes relating to his close study of Irving Babbitt's book 'Rousseau and romanticism'. File also contains a short bibliography of works on Romanticism (the latest entry dated 1936, with a reminder to purchase "the Modern Library giant -- Hawthorne" which was first published in 1937.

The stone god : a drama in four acts : [draft manuscript]

File contains an early draft manuscript of a four-act dramatic play entitled "The stone god", written by Nora Leslie (then Nora Steenerson Totten), likely in the 1950s. The play contains four characters: the protagonist, Ellen Maria; her husband, an archaeologist named Jens; Ellen Maria's cousin, a theologian named Johannes; and a forester named Steffa.

New man

File contains textual records pertaining to Kenneth Leslie's religio-political publication New-Man.

The Christian glacier : the spirit of Jesus in the Soviet people : [typed draft manuscripts]

File contains two drafts of typed manuscript for an article entitled "The Christian Glacier", written by Kenneth Leslie, presumably in 1958. The second draft, a six-page fragment, discusses the efforts of then-Alberta Premier [Ernest] Manning and Methodist Bishop Bromley Oxnam to "sell war to unsophisticated Christians" by comparing the Soviet Union to the Anti-Christ. File then discusses the evangelization of Madhya Pradesh in India through exploitation of "their poverty and suffering". File then discusses John Foster Dulles's anti-Communist (which Leslie sees as pro-Franco) beliefs, defending the "missionary" efforts of Communism by declaring that "when Spain lay bleeding under the blows of Mussolini and Hitler was it the atheistic Communist society that turned its face away and passed by on the other side, or was it the 'Christian' West?" Includes inked corrections and alterations in Leslie's hand. File also includes an earlier, heavily-annotated, 12-page typed draft with the title "The spirit of Jesus in the Soviet People".

The continuity between instinct and intelligence : [typed manuscript]

File contains a typed manuscript of an essay entitled "The continuity between instinct and intelligence", written by Kenneth Leslie while he was a student at Harvard University, likely in 1915. File also contains handwritten notes and remarks from Leslie's professor, "E.B.H.", presumably Edwin Bissett Holt, lecturer in Psychology.

Open publicity is the weapon of democracy : confused liberals get unconfused, now let them get going : [draft manuscript]

File contains a draft typed manuscript, undated (but probably from 1943) written by Kenneth Leslie. File consists of a letter to American liberals and those who wish "the world had joined together against Fascism", rallying them to join the Protestant's Textbook Commission to Eliminate Anti-Semitic Statements in American Textbooks.

Political and imperialism fragments : [draft manuscripts]

File contains two undated typed fragments, likely written in the 1940s, by Kenneth Leslie. The first fragment, a five-page selection, discusses religion in regards to imperialism, largely dealing with China and eastern Asia. The second fragment, one page long discusses politics and "one's objective obligation to history". Both fragments contain numerous annotated with corrections and alterations in ink.

My love she walks not with me : [manuscript]

File contains a handwritten manuscript of a song entitled "My love she walks not with me", with words and music by Kenneth Leslie, undated (but written presumably in the mid-1930s, after the collapse of his first marriage). The song is written in F-major, contains 24 bars of music in treble, and begins with the lines "The fragrance of the hawthorn and the rose after rain / Makes my misery completer". Music and words are written on only one page.

Sermon delivered at Abyssinian Baptist Church, Harlem, New York : [draft manuscript]

File contains an undated, untitled fragment (lacking the first of seven pages) of a sermon delivered by Kenneth Leslie at Abyssinian Baptist Church, Harlem, New York. The sermon was likely given October 24th, 1943, entitled "God -- Empty Church", a later version of which appeared in the December 1943 issue of The Protestant. File addresses the threat posed by both the Papacy and Martin Luther to the Baptists, stating that Luther was not "for the people" and that "Baptists ... were massacred with the people by both Luther and the Pope". File expresses the notion that since the success of the Russian Revolution and communism, "the opportunity for free religion is here, [...as] religion has not, nor can be free under capitalism". File also addresses the role in Leslie's 'The Protestant' (The pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., was serving on the editorial board of 'The Protestant' at this time) in ensuring the opportunity for free religion in a American capitalist socioeconomic system that prevents it.

Kenneth Leslie fonds

  • MS-2-232
  • Fonds
  • 1913-1975

Fonds consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, manuscripts, sermons, miscellaneous papers, poetry volumes and copies of The Protestant, a journal edited by Kenneth Leslie.

Leslie, Kenneth

Writings of Nora Leslie

File contains a play, poetic translations, and a travelogue written by Nora Leslie (née Nora Steenerson), fourth wife of Kenneth Leslie, likely in the 1940s or 1950s.

Aslaug Vaa translations : [draft manuscripts]

File contains several handwritten drafts of translations of two poems originally written by Aslaug Vaa, and translated by Nora Steenerson Smith (later Nora Leslie), fourth wife of Kenneth Leslie. The translations were likely written in the 1940s.

File contains six handwritten drafts of a translation of the Vaa poem "Duva og dropen" (with minor variations and corrections) which Nora has re-titled "The dove and the drop".

File also contains seven handwritten drafts of a translation of the Vaa poem Skinnvengbrev (with minor variations and corrections) which Nora has re-titled, intermittently, "The letter" and "Night's wingéd letter". A couple of these drafts contain notes in the margins about potentially setting this poem to music, with "Harold Lie, Op. 6" and a suggestion that "Kirsten Flagstad has the range of voice to sing this", among others. (Flagstad, b. 12 July 1895; d. 7 December 1962, a Norwegian soprano for the Metropolitan Opera in the 1930s and 1940s -- where Kenneth lived -- had also performed in southern California in the late-1930s -- where Nora lived.)

Cooperation and the whole man : [typed manuscript]

File contains a draft manuscript of an article with the inked title "Cooperation and the whole man", presumably written by Kenneth Leslie, at some point in the early-1940s, for potential inclusion in his periodical "The Protestant digest". File addresses the importance of the Cooperation Movement (in particular the Antigonish Movement) in "dealing with the whole man" when trying to make a difference in a world "full of revolution and war". File contains a few inked corrections and additions.

The importance of the Mindszenty case : [draft manuscript]

File contains a draft handwritten (in pencil) manuscript entitled "The importance of the M. case" [Mindszenty case], written in early 1949 by Kenneth Leslie, presumably for consideration of inclusion in his periodical 'The Protestant', or as research notes for his publication "Hungary -- Christian or Pagan? : an eyewitness report" (published in late 1949). File discusses the arrest in Hungary of Cardinal József Mindszenty for anti-Communist activities in late-1948 (after all religious orders had been banned in Hungary), and espouses Leslie's belief that "our American newspapers [...] responded like a well-trained pointer, [...touching] the well-established pro-Catholic nerve and the newer Truman cold-war nerve."

Radio interview fragments : [typed manuscripts]

File contains two fragments of radio interviews (one dated March 14, 1940, the other undated) involving Kenneth Leslie. The first, titled "Radio Script : Leslie-Merchant" -- discusses Leslie's involvement in the Protestant Digest, and Protestantism in general. The second untitled and undated fragment discusses science and mathematics.

To Armenian Americans : [draft manuscript]

File contains the typed manuscript text of an undated address made (presumably in late 1941 or early 1942) by Kenneth Leslie, to "Mr. Chairman, [...] Archbishop Hovsepian, learned doctors, brave Captain [Jim] Chankalian, [and the] Armenian people". File addresses the Armenian cause and the Russian War Relief effort in the months following the Atlantic Charter.

Essays and interviews of Kenneth Leslie

Subseries contains essays written by Kenneth Leslie when he was a student at both Dalhousie University and Harvard University. Subseries also contains interview transcripts, research notes, and brief biographical sketches written by Leslie.

Music notebook

File contains a bound notebook used by Kenneth Leslie for the purposes of writing musical notations and scores, presumably from the 1930s. The notebook is largely blank, with only four pages used by Leslie. The first page contains an untitled melody fragment four bars long in the F-major key, written in pencil, with notations in both bass and treble. The second page contains a fragment of a song entitled "Sheep and Lambs", with music by Kenneth Leslie and words by Katharine Tynan (misspelled "Katherine"), with treble notations, in 3/4 metre and the F-major key. The third entry is a song entitled "So It Rises So It Soars", with words and music by Leslie, written in G-major key, the first two lines being "Builder of my growing soul / Found in deeply as you must". The fourth and final entry is an eight-bar fragment, in G-major, following a leaf that was torn out.

God and the intellectuals : [draft manuscript]

File contains a typed draft manuscript (with a few inked corrections) of a sermon delivered by Kenneth Leslie, likely in the early 1940s, entitled "God and the Intellectual". File addresses the role of colleges in teaching metaphysics, before moving on to the threat posed by "the sickness of America [and the] whole modern world. [...] Call it transcendentalism. Call it idealism" during the Second World War, wherein the motto "transcendentalism : greed' was the antiphonal change for the burying of [early] New England", much as it has been in the run-up to war, and the efforts to prevent the acceptance of "absolute ideas as substitutes for organic thinking", as in fascism, which demands "all or nothing" answers.