This accession contains 5 poetry books. The titles include: 1. Earthly pages : the poetry of Don Domanski / selected with an introduction by Brian Bartlett ; and an afterword by Don Domanski. Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2007. 2. Poetic voices of the Maritimes : a selection of contemporary poetry / selected and edited by Allison Mitcham and Theresia Quigley. Lancelot, 1996. 3. & 4. The essential James Reaney / selected by Brian Bartlett. Porcupine's Quill, 2009 (2 copies) 5. Exterminate my heart / Shane Neilson ; wood engravings by George A. Walker. Victoria, BC : Frog Hollow Press, 2008.
Fonds consists of fiction, non-fiction and poetry manuscripts, a notebook, leaflets and periodicals, newspaper clippings, and a hardcover copy of The Growing Question, a gardening book published by Fillmore in 1957. Materials relate to Fillmore's interests in horticulture and political activism.
Item is a poetry copybook in which Colin Campbell and other family members and friends entered verses. Many are dated (1840-1842) and signed with place names, including those of Weymouth, Liverpool, and Horton.
Item is a manuscript of Hid Treasure, or The Labours of a Deacon and Other Poems dated April 29, 1919, which is possibly when the pages were taped into the bound scrapbook with the title embossed on the spine. A contents page lists both published and unpublished poems, including "Betula Nigra," "The Prince's Lodge," and the title poem, "Hid Treasure." The manuscript date is unknown, but the poems themselves range in date from ca.1839-1886. Robert R.J. Emmerson's name appears as co-author on the title page, but it has been scratched out along with the second of two epigraphs.
Fonds consists of records created and collected by the DeMill family, including Arthur DeMill, Anna DeMill, Nathan DeMill, Elisha Budd DeMill, Frederick E. DeMill, and Alfred DeMill. Materials include scrapbooks and journals, correspondence, business papers, photographs, and literary manuscripts by James De Mille.
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.
File contains correspondence sent to Nora Leslie (née Nora Steenerson Smith, Nora Totten), fourth wife of Kenneth Leslie, from the 1950s to the 1970s. File includes letters and cards sent by Emilie Laraway, Mary Lewis, Helene Mullins, and Elizabeth and John Robertson. File also includes an undated note written by Nora Leslie after Kenneth Leslie's death, regarding a disagreement with Kenneth's daughter Rosaleen. File also includes a photocopy of a clipping of Nora's obituary.
File contains two undated promotional leaflets (likely from the late 1930s or early 1940s, promoting Kenneth Leslie poetry readings and discussions. The earliest of the two leaflets, on off-white paper, is entitled "Kenneth Leslie / Poetry Readings -- Discussions / Mr. Leslie / Reads His Own Poetry / Discusses Contemporary Poetry / Helps you Develop Your Poetry" and contains a small portrait of a youthful Leslie wearing a fedora. It contains testimonials from Charles G.D. Roberts, Robert Norwood, and Lawrence H. Conrad on the verso. The second leaflet, printed on yellow paper, also undated, but after 1938, is entitled "Kenneth Leslie : Singer-Composer / Poet", contains a portrait of Leslie to the upper left corner, with a short bibliography (ending in "By Stubborn Stars". The front contains words promoting Leslie's talent from 'Voices', 'London Times', Sir Charles Roberts, 'N.Y. Herald Tribune', 'Halifax Chronicle', Reverend Sister Maura, 'Charlottetown Guardian', and Shaemas O'Sheel, while the verso has further testimonials under the heading "What they say of Kenneth Leslie's poetry...." with the sub-headings "In London, England", "In Toronto", "In New York", and "In Charlottetown".
File contains Kenneth Leslie's personal copy of his collection of poems, 'Such a din!', published in 1936. Leslie used this copy as a working copy when compiling his anthology of poems, 'O'Malley to the Reds and other poems" in 1972. File contains inked corrections, additions, and excisions in Leslie's hand (addition of dedications -- largely to Robert Norwood -- for a few poems, as well as a few title and spelling changes, with poems not be included in the anthology crossed out).
File consists of a letter (dated February 1, 1973, from Success, Saskatchewan) and an undated Christmas card [ca. early-1970s] written by Nanette Bowditch, daughter of Kenneth Leslie's brother Eric. The letter discusses the activities of her children George and Emily, the recent publication of his book of poetry, and whether Kenneth is still in touch with his sisters Marjorie and Emily. The Christmas card also contains a brief letter, and is signed by Nanette, with her husband Walter, and two children adding signatures.
File contains an undated Christmas card (early 1970s) written by Gloria McHugh, sent to her father, Kenneth Leslie. The card expresses hopes for "good health" and "satisfaction from your much needed work", while expressing regret about delays in writing due to her own illness over the previous summer.
File contains two pieces of correspondence, dated January 1973, sent to Kenneth Leslie by Lydia Abels (Mrs Alexander Hamilton Abels), from Boston, Massachusetts. The first piece of correspondence, dated January 5th, discusses Lydia's declining health. The second piece of correspondence, dated January 8th, mentions Lydia's excitement about receiving a copy of Kenneth Leslie's recent anthology of poems, and how the package "looked exactly like your old Protestant" when it arrived.
File contains handwritten correspondence written by Mrs. Ruth H. Ashley (of Wabash, Indiana), dated January 25, 1963, and sent to Kenneth Leslie. File mentioned Ashley's appreciation of Leslie's contributions to Protestant scholarship in his periodical publications The Protestant and The New Christian, and discusses her discovery of related publications and musings on the "close relationship between the philosophy of Jesus and the economic program of Marxism" as well as contemporary Chinese/Soviet relations.
File contains handwritten correspondence sent by Joseph Ashworth (of Calgary, Alberta) to Kenneth Leslie, dated September 5, 1972. File acknowledges a $5.00 payment for the purchase of one of Leslie's publications, as well as confirming a new mailing address.
File contains a piece of handwritten correspondence written by John Assenat (of N. Charleroi, PA), on January 29, , and sent to Kenneth Leslie. File acknowledges submitting payment for the December 1972 and January 1973 issues of The New Man, the recent publication of a book by New Man contributor Hugh Hester, as well as wishing Mr Leslie well after his "sick spell".
File contains the typed draft of a letter written by Harold J. Bass (of Tacoma, WA), post-marked November 18, 1972, and submitted to Kenneth Leslie for consideration for inclusion in the publication The New Man. The piece, entitled "Whose mistake?", addresses the horrors and "tragedy of Vietnam", suggesting that George McGovern was barely listened to on the campaign trail "because he declared openly that we have done wrong and we ought to acknowledge and correct that wrong", while Nixon appears to merely want to "cover the wrong and make it seem like a right" with his "peace with honor" promises.
File contains a piece of handwritten correspondence sent by Jim K. Bell (Halifax), dated December 28, 1972, to Kenneth Lesile. File acknowledges enclosure of a cheque covering the cost of four copies of Leslie's self-published poetry anthology "O'Malley and the Reds and other poems", as well as a new subscription to The New Man. File also praises Leslie's "determination to resist and fight the fascist bastards" through his continued social-minded publications.