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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.

Snow and The Chickadee : [poems]

File contains two poems written by Joyce Barkhouse. The first, entitled "Snow," includes a handwritten and typescript copy and was written while Joyce was living in Montreal. The second, entitled "The Chickadee" was written for her granddaughter, Cece, and emailed to her daughter, Janet.

Poems by Joyce Barkhouse

File contains typescript and handwritten poems by Joyce Barkhouse: "Hostess" (unpublished); "The Happy Clam" (unpublished); "The Chickadee"; "Nostalgia" (rewrite); "Annapolis" (published posthumously in "Whispers of Mermaids and Wonderful Things," 2017); "The Shades of Night" (written at age 15); "Vengeance" (unpublished); "Little Hunter" (unpublished); "Snow" (published); "A Winter Prayer"; "The Frightened Witch" (published); "Little Hunter"; "First Pet"; and "After School." The file also includes a copy of "Obedience" by Isaac Watts (1674-1748).

Samuel Ernest Sprott fonds

  • MS-2-660
  • Fonds
  • 1929-1996, predominantely 1958-1978

This fonds consists of records created and accumulated by Dr. Samuel Ernest Sprott. Types of files include correspondence, class lecture notes and materials, reading lists, exams, notes and English department supplements, Library committee meeting minutes and reports and other committee papers Sprott was associated with, manuscripts and published journal articles and books and records from the Faculty of Arts and Science and Graduate Studies, such as events and meetings.

Series include Class Records ; Correspondence ; Dalhousie University Libraries ; Department of English ; Faculty of Arts and Science ; Faculty of Graduate Studies ; McGill University ; Microfilm ; Personal Papers ; Published Work ; and Slides

Sprott, Samuel Ernest

Andrew Merkel fonds

  • MS-2-326
  • Fonds
  • 1900-1954

Fonds consists of materials created and collected by Andrew Merkel. The fonds contains correspondence to and from friends and associates, including Charles Bruce, Kenneth Leslie, and Robert Norwood; manuscripts of articles, poems, and plays; Atlantic Radio and Aviation Magazine Papers; newspaper clippings related to his retirement and death; printed copies of The Song Fishermens’ Song Sheet and The Order of Good Cheer; and some other miscellaneous documents

Merkel, Andrew Doane, 1884-1954

Robert Keith Muir fonds

  • MS-13-65, SF Box 79, Folders 1-9
  • Fonds
  • 1982-1998

Fonds consists of poetry written by Dr. Muir, articles, correspondence, manuscripts, and a book of poetry.

Muir, Robert Keith

John Daniel Logan fonds

  • MS-5-1
  • Fonds
  • 1850-1932

Fonds contains music manuscripts and published scores, photographs, and autograph letters written by well-known composers such as Jacques Offenbach, Giuseppe Verdi, and John Philip Sousa.

Through his work as a music critic and journalist in Toronto, Ontario and Halifax, Nova Scotia, Logan communicated with many prominent Canadian musicians in the early twentieth century. Many of the scores, photographs, and autographs included in this collection are a result of his contributions to music criticism. The music and theatre programs are frequently annotated with comments for reviews, and most of his correspondence with musicians and actors relates to his work as a music and theatre critic. Some of the scores were given to Logan as gifts from performers while others were sent to him for review or publication in newspapers. The fonds includes several manuscripts of songs by Edith Jessie Archibald, a prominent social activist and suffragist in Halifax.

Letters sent to Logan also concern his poetic contributions, and the manuscript of one of his books, "Preludes: Sonnets and other Verses," (1906) is part of the fonds.

Logan, John Daniel

Thomas Donal Linehan fonds

  • MS-2-759
  • Fonds
  • 1946-2003

The fonds consists primarily of poems authored by Thomas Donal Linehan. The fonds contains published collections, annual files of unpublished manuscripts, and thematic files of unpublished manuscripts. This fonds also includes correspondence and a collection of unpublished prose and poetry.

Linehan, Don, 1924-2003

Roscoe Alfred Fillmore fonds

  • MS-10-1
  • Fonds
  • 1909-1970

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.

Fillmore, Roscoe A.

Draft four of After Swissair

File contains the fourth draft of Budge Wilson's book "After Swissair," an extended poem. A note on the original envelope that the draft was stored in indicates that the draft has three new poems and that it is the "Most recent draft before Eileen's [Eileen Richmond] latest [edits?], which, as of March 25, she's still working on. End of last poem very different."

New man

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

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.

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.

Charles Morse fonds

  • MS-2-254, SF Box 33, Folders 31-33
  • Fonds
  • 1896-1898, 1914-1915

Fonds comprises correspondence from William Marshall dated 1896-1898 and 1914-1915. There is also Marshall's illustrated original manuscript of his poem, "Ode to Keats," which he sent to Morse in 1896.

Morse, Charles

In Flanders Fields : [manuscript vocal score]

Item is a manuscript of "In Flanders Fields" by Edith J. Archibald, which sets the words of the poem of the same name by Colonel John McCrae. The piece is for solo voice and piano in F Major and was written at Archibald's home on Inglis Street in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The piece is 5 pages long with extra blank pages.

Archibald, Edith Jessie

Douglas Lochhead poetry collection

  • MS-14-45
  • Collection
  • 1959-2009

This collection contains 28 volumes of poetry written by Douglas Lochhead between 1959 and 2009. The volumes of poems are published, pre-publication and never published manuscripts. Most volumes are signed by the author and have an inscription to Peter and Mary Sanger. Mr. Sanger and Mr. Lochhead were colleagues and close friends.

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.)

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.

After Swissair draft five and handwritten notes by Budge Wilson

File contains the fifth draft of Budge Wilson's book "After Swissair," an extended poem. The draft was sent to Eileen Richmond at the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Halifax, Nova Scotia. A note at the top of the first page from Budge Wilson to Eileen indicates that it is the "Most final to March 5. Edited and returned to Eileen March 13."

After Swissair draft six

File contains the sixth draft of Budge Wilson's book "After Swissair," an extended poem. The draft was sent to Eileen Richmond at the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with annotations by Budge Wilson.

Reginald Eyre Watters fonds

  • MS-2-369, SF Box 41, Folder 13 ; SF Box 39, Folder 4
  • Fonds
  • 1972-1977

Fonds comprises 73 leaves of correspondence and a typescript essay by Wayne Kime called "The American Antecedents of James De Mille's A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder."

Watters, Reginald Eyre, 1912-1979

Hid treasure, or the labours of a deacon, and other poems : [manuscript]

  • MS-2-158, SF Box 19, Folder 7
  • Item
  • [before 1892]

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 pape, but it has been scratched out along with the second of two epigraphs.

Fenerty, Charles, 1821-1892

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.

Alan Creighton fonds

  • MS-2-701
  • Fonds
  • 1845-2001

Fonds includes Alan Creighton's diaries, which cover many of the years from 1920 to 2000. Writings from the period 1920 to 1954 (many undated) are mainly short stories and poems. These writings include handwritten and typed, complete and incomplete, and published and unpublished works. There is also some correspondence throughout as well as copies of his two books of poetry. The fonds includes writings with titles such as "About Poetry," "Poetry Courses," "Thoughts," "Music & Art," and "Bedford Basin." His notebooks include evidence of a variety of courses taken, including French and Greek, music, poetry, and art (both practice and history, including Chinese art). There is also a record of his art sales from 1964 to 1999. Personal and family documents are included in the fonds.

Alan Creighton's artwork is extensive and primarily in the form of sketches and watercolours, with a few oil paintings. Many of his sketches are in albums, many of which are used exclusively for one particular aspect of his studies. For example, album labels include "People," "Trees," "Skies," "Rock Formations," "Buildings," "Railway Sketches" (scenes from train journeys), and "Outdoors." Others identify a place and time and include such labels as "At the Zoo," "Nova Scotian Sketches 1951," "South Shore 1982," and "Toronto 1996." Still others contain a mixture of styles and themes. There are also numerous loose sketches and watercolours which have been loosely arranged into similar groupings such as "Clouds," "Boats," "Flowers," and so forth. Photograph albums include photos of family and of scenes taken by Alan as a reference for future paintings.

Included with Alan Creighton’s personal items are papers, writings, art, and memorabilia belonging to his friend and roommate Christine Eyles, who died without heirs. Some relate to her employment as a violinist in England and in Toronto, Ontario and some contain her poetry, plays, and artwork (in sketchbooks and on loose paper). Published and handwritten music scores, mostly for the violin, are also included. A photograph album contains many formal portraits of family and friends taken in England in the early 20th century. Records also include papers by and about her father, Charles Eyles, a famous violin-maker. Such materials include advertisements, brochures, and letters attesting to the high quality of his craftsmanship.

Creighton, Alan

Preludes : sonnets and other verses

File contains Logan's manuscript for "Preludes: Sonnets and Other Verses," dedicated to Elizabeth Gordon Logan. The manuscript includes "An Epistle in Criticism" and and essay, "The Rhythmical Dummy" in addition to 16 sonnets and 12 other poems. The sonnets are: "L'America et l'Avenir," "Sonata Tragica," "As a Wounded Bird," "Resignation," "In Honor of Homer," "To a Student," "Midnight in Dakota," "Apostate and Crowned," "Amor Mysticus," "Earth's True Lords," "To a Low Comedian," "Guide me as a Star," "Tenior Mundi," "Dei Philosophorum," "The Solitary," and "In Memoriam." The other poems include: "To Pallas: A Prayer," "Eros Athanatos," "An Incident of Lone Pine," "Said the Angler to the King," "The Men Behind the Guns," "The Secret," "If I were God," "De Mortuis," "Per Amica Silentia Lunae," "Renouncement," "Where Green Graves Lie," and "Mezzotints of Love."

The manuscript also includes press notices and critical reviews on Logan's "Sonnets."

Lover's meeting : [lyrics]

Item is the lyrics for a song by Edith J. Archibald entitled "Lover's Meeting," which was written at her house on Inglis Street in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The music is not included. The lyrics are typed with edits added in pen.

Archibald, Edith Jessie