The files in this series contain materials relating to the research, writing and publishing of articles, chapters of books, and books by Professor Morton (applications for research grants and leaves of absence are documented in series 7). Most of the manuscripts have accompanying correspondence files, some voluminous, though there are a few manuscripts with no covering correspondence and some correspondence files for works for which the manuscripts have not survived. The manuscripts themselves
consist primarily of ‘clean’ typescripts, along with some annotated drafts, copyedited typescripts, and galley proofs. A few of the typescripts are annotated. Some typescripts are of writings that have not been published.
The supporting correspondence files document the interactions between Morton and his publishers. It provides, in passing, interesting insights into the state of book publishing in Canada. The files contain any or all of the following: correspondence, contracts, memoranda, notes, partial drafts of manuscripts, readers’ reports with comments thereon, reviews, addresses (generally at readings), and royalty statements. For any particular work, the correspondence addresses issues arising from the writing of it, including the collection of research material, the hiring of research assistants, and the completion of drafts of the manuscript, publicity and financial matters. The files on books relating to World Wars I and II contain, in particular, extensive correspondence between the author and veterans or their offspring including, occasionally, original documents and a photograph or two.
In addition to his writings that were published in academic journals, by the NDP, and in journals devoted to military and political matters, and elsewhere, Dr. Morton served as a columnist for or had articles commissioned for a number of newspapers and magazines. These included the United Church Observer, Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, Globe and Mail, Mississauga Times, Mississauga News, Montreal Gazette, Maclean's Magazine, National Network News, National Post, Canadian Speeches, and Confluences.
Dr. Morton was also much sought after as a book reviewer, primarily for his expertise but also because he always responded promptly if he committed himself. His reviews have appeared in The American Historical Review, Armed Forces and Society,
Books in Canada, Business History Review, Canadian Defence Quarterly, Canadian Historical Review, Canadian Military History, Canadian Transport, Dalhousie Review, History and Social Science Teacher, International History Review, International
Journal, Labour and Industrial Relations Review, Labour/Le Travail, Literary Review of Canada, Military Affairs, Military History, National History, Ontario History, The Globe and Mail, The Montreal Gazette, The Toronto Star, Revue d'histoire de l'Amérique française, and the Canadian Association of Labour Media.
The series begins with number of files of general correspondence relating to Professor Morton’s publishing activities, followed by files on specific issues such as public lending rights, writings for magazines such as the National Network News and the United Church Observer, and for encyclopedias, yearbooks and other reference books. Next are a large number of files containing the articles and columns Dr. Morton wrote for the Toronto Star and the Ottawa Citizen, along with smaller files on his articles and letters in the Globe and Mail, the Winnipeg Free Press and several University of Toronto student newspapers.
Then come a number of files entitled ‘Political and academic manuscripts’, covering the years 1968 to 1973. At the beginning of each year there is a list of contents. These files contain typescripts of articles, chapters of books, whole books, book reviews, a few letters to the editor, scripts for media productions, political briefs and reports, and addresses, with the occasional offprint. Manuscripts that were eventually published are normally noted with an asterisk; those with more than one draft are likely to be spread over more than one year. The political writings relate primarily to current events at the federal level (e.g., the FLQ crisis of 1970), to social democracy generally, and the New Democratic Party in particular. The scripts for media productions include ones on the North-West Rebellion of 1885 and the Winnipeg general strike of 1919.
The arrangement of the ‘political and academic manuscripts’ files is generally chronological. There are variations within each year; for example, the scholarly papers tend to be grouped together. Covering correspondence for these typescripts may be found later in the series under the appropriate title of the work.
These files are followed by several files of book proposals and outlines. The remaining files, which form the bulk of this series, contain correspondence, drafts, and other information relating to specific manuscripts. They are grouped according to the format used in Dr. Morton’s curriculum vitae: scholarly and professional work – articles; scholarly and professional work – books and chapters/ articles in books; non-refereed publications; and book reviews. Many journal and newspaper articles and most pamphlets of a political nature are found in series 8. Some reports may be found in series 7. Media productions are filed in series 12.
As a part of his research, teaching, and writing activities, Dr. Morton has assembled a large and well-known collection of photographs and slides, most of which remain in his possession. Only a small number of photographs, relating largely to his political activities, are found in this fonds.