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Roberts family fonds. - 1890-1966. - 80 cm of textual record and other material.

Biographical Sketch

Considered the father of Canadian literature and one of Canada's best known poets, Charles G.D. Roberts (1860-1943) grew up near Sackville, New Brunswick and studied at the University of New Brunswick. He began publishing his writing at age 20 with a collection of poems Orion and Other Poems (1880) and in 1883 became editor of the Toronto periodical the Week. He taught English literature at King's College, Halifax, Nova Scotia from 1885 to 1895. Following the publication of his first collection of highly popular animal stories, Earth's Enigmas (1896), Roberts supported himself through writing prose.

Roberts lived in England from 1907 to 1925. During World War I, he was a private in the British forces and later worked in the Canadian War Records Office. He returned to Canada in 1925 and spent the rest of his life in Toronto. Roberts was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 1890, was awarded the Lorne Pierce Medal for distinguished service to Canadian literature in 1926, and was knighted in 1935.

Scope and Content

The Roberts family fonds includes letters, poems, memorabilia, photographs and clippings by and about Roberts and members of his family: his sister Elizabeth Roberts MacDonald (1864-1922), his brother Theodore Goodridge Roberts (1877-1953), his son Lloyd Roberts (1884-1966), his son Douglas H.B. Roberts (1888-1974), his daughter Edith A.B. Roberts (1886-?), his niece Dorothy Roberts (1906-?), and his biographer, Elsie Pomeroy. Most of the material was found folded up in the books which formed the major part of the National Library's acquisition.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: The fonds was received from the Estate of Annaliese Rudoff Roberts (widow of Douglas H.B. Roberts) in 1985.

Language: material in the fonds is in English.

Restrictions: none.

Finding Aid: finding aid available.

Related Records Different Fonds: Elizabeth Roberts MacDonald fonds0137 [1987-05].

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