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Accession Number: 15-002


Professor Michael Peterman fonds. -- 1996-2009. -- 30 cm of textual records. -- 1 computer disk.


Professor Michael Peterman was born in 1942 and taught in the English department at Trent University from 1972 to 2008. During this period, he served as Chair of the English Department, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, Principal of Traill College, and editor of the Journal of Canadian Studies. He is also author and editor/co-editor of several articles and books focused on Canadian and American literature of the 19th and 20th centuries. The books include such titles as: Susanna Moodie: letters of a lifetime (1985); Robertson Davies (1986); Letters of a lifetime / Susanna Moodie (1993); Forest and other gleanings: the fugitive writings of Catharine Parr Traill (1994); I bless you in my heart: selected correspondence of Catharine Parr Traill (1996); James McCarroll, alias Terry Finnegan: newspapers, controversy and literature in Victorian Canada (1996); Susanna Moodie: a life (1999); My old friend the Otonabee: glimpses by Samuel Strickland, Catharine Parr Traill & Susanna Moodie (1999); Winona, or, The foster sisters (2007); Sisters in two worlds: a visual biography of Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill (2007); The elusive Isabella Valancy Crawford (2009); Flora Lyndsay; or, passages in an eventful life (2014); and others. Professor Peterman received Trent University's Distinguished Research Award in 2000 and was elected a Fellow to The Royal Society of Canada in 2006.


Fonds is comprised of research material, notes, typescripts, manuscripts, and correspondence pertaining to Winona, or, The Foster Sisters, co-edited and published by Professor Michael Peterman and Professor Len Early (Peterborough: Broadview Editions, 2007).


Custodial History: Fonds was created by and in the custody of Professor Michael Peterman before being donated to Trent University Archives in 2014.

Immediate Source: Fonds acquired from Professor Michael Peterman in 2014.

Restrictions: Open, except for The Backwoods of Canada by Catharine Parr Traill (1836) which is restricted until 31 December 2024. Most of the research material is comprised of photocopies of articles and chapters from various newspapers and publications; this material may not be reproduced or quoted directly without appropriate consent.


Box 1

NOTE: Folder labels have been maintained as received. All folders pertain to Isabella Valancy Crawford.


1. “Inevitable Winona” ACSUS November 1999
2. Crawford / stories (also includes one computer disk (1.44 Mb) of “Poems, Winona”
3. “Winona”
4. Isabella
5. Crawford-Desbarats lawsuit (Peterborough Assizes, October 1873)
6. The Canadian Illustrated News (ca. 1869) – George Desbarats
7. Winona; or, the Foster Sisters (notes), 1996
8. “Wrecked” in Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper, 1872-1873
9. “Wrecked”
10. Periodicals / Crawford stories
11. “Hate”
12. Printed copy: “Winona”
13. Photocopies of “Winona” chapters (from fiche) and rough draft “decipherings”
14. Louisa May Alcott – Crawford
15. “Winona” intro
16. “The Favorite” (1873) – Desbarats – Phillips
17. Crawford talk, August 2000 – research
18. Isabella Valancy Crawford
19. Len Early correspondence

Black binder titled “Crawford’s stories”

The Backwoods of Canada / by Catharine Parr Traill (London: Charles Knight, 1836). This copy includes many notes throughout, some of which are believed to have been made by Catharine Parr Traill herself. (Note: this book is located in a white acid-free envelope)

(Note: Other books received with this donation are cataloged and are searchable via TOPCAT, the Bata Library catalogue; a list of the titles is located in the Archives donor file).

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