Fonds F630 - Bliss Carman fonds

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Bliss Carman fonds

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  • [ca. 1880]-1929 (Creation)
    Carman, Bliss

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10 m of textual records, ca. 1000 photographs, 3 microfilm reels

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Bliss Carman was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, in 1861. He was educated at the University of New Brunswick (B.A. 1881; M.A. 1883; LL.D. 1906) and later studied at Edinburgh and Harvard Universities. In 1890 Carman went to New York to work as a journalist. He became an editorial writer for a religious weekly, the Independent, and then wrote for various literary magazines. From 1895 to 1900 he contributed a weekly literary column to the Boston Transcript. In 1925 he was elected corresponding member of the Royal Society of Canada, and in the same year was awarded the Lorne Pierce medal by the Society for distinguished service to literature. The medal of the Poetry Society of America was awarded posthumously. In his later years he was acclaimed Canada's "poet laureate". In addition to writing poetry, Carman was also the author of several volumes of essays. He died in New Canaan, Connecticut in 1929.

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The fonds consists of correspondence, manuscripts, diaries, research notes, memoranda, scrapbooks, photographs, critical commentaries, and news clippings. Correspondents include Rudyard Kipling, Alfred Noyes, Booth Tarkington, Willa Cather, Theodore and Eleanor Roosevelt, Vincent Massey and Odell Shepard, among others. The microfilm contains correspondence with Washington Irving Way, Mr. Yard, Miss Rittenhouse, J.R. Peck, Frederick Holland Day and W. Poillar.

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Gift of Dr. Lorne Pierce, Carman's literary executor, and Mr. H.P. Gundy 1967, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1991, Financial assistance also provided through Chancellor Richardson Memorial Fund.


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MF 581-583

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Description created on 1999/08/27. Last updated 19/06/2015.
Archivist(s): George Henderson, Ken Willmott

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  • Shelf: 2070
  • Shelf: MF 581-583
  • Shelf: QART-14
  • Shelf: QART-40.1