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Germaine Warkentin fonds Series
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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.

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.

Course files

This series documents Professor Warkentin's role as a teacher. Files include course materials such as course outlines, reading lists, assignments, tests, exams and essay topics. The most extensive file are lecture notes which include hand written notes that are accompanied by copies of articles and examples of literary works that Warkentin usually annotated. For some courses these are organized by lecture while for other courses they are arranged by the name of the author being studied. Also included in this series are course evaluations. These are anonymous questionnaires completed by students.

Of particular note are the files relating to course ENG 356F. They contain extensive notes on exploration authors as well as supporting documentation, often annotated by Warkentin. Warkentin eventually published a course anthology in 1993 titled Canadian Exploration Literature: an anthology. These notes would have served as the basis for this publication.

Finally, there is a manuscript of the first lecture Prof. Warkentin gave in 1958 early in her career at United College, Winnipeg.

Arrangement is by course with the evaluations placed at the end of the series. The courses for which there is documentation are listed below.

Administrative files

The files in this series document some of Professor Warkentin’s activities while a professor in the Department of English at Victoria College and director of the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies. They relate primarily to the activities of the Combined Departments of English (University College, Victoria College, Trinity College and St. Michael’s College) in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Also included is a portrait of Prof. Warkentin taken in her office in January 1984


This series consists of correspondence files, arranged alphabetically by name of correspondence or organization and chronologically within each file.