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Germaine Warkentin fonds
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Publishing projects

This series includes records created and collected while editing and/or writing literary works. Files contain correspondence with publishers and often with the authors of the original work. There is also correspondence relating to primary sources and with other academics or people familiar with the work being edited as well as with contributors. Files also contain research notes, bibliographies, reviews, publishing contracts and draft manuscripts.

Of particular note is correspondence with poet James Reaney along with his originally designed Christmas cards from him and his wife Colleen Thibaudeau. Early correspondence relates to his book Poems edited by Germaine Warkentin in 1972 but continues well into the 1990s and is often of a personal nature. Photographs of James Reaney at John Warkentin’s retirement party can be found in B2002-0006/001P (01).

In 1976 Uof T Press reprinted The White Savannahs by W.E. Collin as part of the series Literature in Canada: Poetry and Prose in Reprint. Warkentin wrote the introduction and in doing so corresponded with Collin as well as with poets Al Purdy, Leo Kennedy, A.J.M Smith, Frank Scott and Dorothy Livesay.

In 2001 Warkentin’s edited work Decentring the Renaissance: Canada and Europe in multidisciplinary perspective, 1500-1700 was published. This book was based on papers presented at a conference in 1976, organized by Warkentin and sponsored by the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies at Victoria College. Records in this series document the conference along with the subsequent publication and include files on funding, correspondence with contributors, readers and the publisher.

Warkentin was also involved in the publishing project, The History of the Book in Canada. Included is correspondence, reports, drafts and planning documents.

Research – other projects

This series contains research records on areas of research, that although resulting in published papers, did not materialize as books like similar records in Series 8. Files contain a varied of material including including annotated copies of articles, notes, related correspondence and draft articles. Two areas of on-going interest for Professor Warkentin are documented:
1) research on Italian renaissance poet Francesco Petrarch including notes filed alphabetical by source, draft articles including several files for a chapter in a book referred to as “Wilkin’s Material” (boxes 002-005)

2) research on French Jesuit, Louis Nicholas including draft papers, proofs, notes and essays (boxes 006-007)

Papers and Invited Lectures

This series contains typescript copies of papers and lectures presented at conferences, and meetings of professional associations many of which resulted in publications in journals. These are arranged chronologically and numbered according to their listing on Warkentin’s 2018 CV which has been files at the beginning of this series for ease of reference. Finally, filed at the end, are selective off-prints identified by Warkentin as having special significance to her. Each is accompanied by a short comments by way of providing context.

Germaine Warkentin fonds

  • UTA 1939
  • Fonds
  • 1951-2014

Records in this fonds document several aspects of Professor Warkentin’s career in the Department of English. There is extensive correspondence with colleagues and Canadian writers including James Reaney, Jay MacPherson, David Staines, William Blissett, Margaret Stobie, George Woodcock to list only a few (Series 1 and 6). There are also records relating to her teaching including lectures, course outlines and research files on Canadian authors – see series 4, 6 and 7. Her research interests and editing activities are documented in records found in series 1, 5 and 6 including correspondence, manuscripts, research notes, bibliographies, reviews and grant applications.

Also includes material relating to 1966-67 Survey On Married Women with Children in Graduate Studies and the Canadian Federation of University Women. Includes correspondence, clippings, reports and notes.

Warkentin, Germaine

Reports, Writings and Reviews

Series contains the drafts of some reports and miscellaneous writings as well an almost complete set copies or off-prints of Warkentin’s published reviews. The latter are arranged chronologically and are numbered according to the listing on her 2018 C.V. found in box B2018-0002/008.

Graduate students

This small series documents Prof Warkentin relationship two of her Ph.D. students and included mainly correspondence, manuscript revisions and critiques of their dissertations.

Grant files

Series documents successful grants received by Warkentin mainly to undertake research during her sabbaticals. Includes correspondence, applications, reviews and progress reports. There is one file on the Guggenheim Foundation which was a failed application.

Seminars and workshops

Series contains mainly files relating to a workshop Warkentin taught “Reading Manuscripts from Petrarch to Milton”. Included are course outlines, lecture notes and supporting material. There is also one file on a seminar relating to editing historical manuscripts and miscellaneous notes on manuscript research. Finally there is a file relating to a seminar class she did at York for Prof. Alison Bain

Research files - Canadian authors

Over the years, Warkentin compiled resource files on Canadian authors. They were used for teaching, writing articles and giving papers. They contain mainly notes and annotated articles. Many also contain bibliographies, biographies, correspondence (sometimes with the author), drafts of articles, talks and reviews by Warkentin. There is also correspondence relating to the search for primary sources relating to an author.

"The Collected Writings of Pierre-Esprit Radisson. Volume 1: The Voyages (2012) and Volume 2: The Port Nelson Relations, Miscellaneous writings, and Related Documents (2014)", Toronto: The Champlain Society and Montreal: McGill-Queen

Includes editorial files (boxes /004-/006); correspondence, permission files, grant applications (boxes /007-/008); research files with annotated photocopies ca. (box /009)

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