Fonds 18 - Raymond Knister fonds

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Raymond Knister fonds

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CA ON00399 18

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  • 1921-1949, predominant 1924-1931 (Creation)

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50 cm of textual records
3 photographs : b&w
6 pencil drawings
3 reels of 35 mm microfilm

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Biographical history

Raymond Knister was an editor, a writer and a poet. He was born in Essex County, Ontario, the son of Robert Knister. He married Myrtle Gamble in 1927. They had two children. He drowned on Lake Saint Clair near Stoney Point.

Knister attended Victoria College, University of Toronto (1919-20) and took courses at Iowa State University, Iowa City (1923-24). He became associate editor of The Midland in 1923. He contributed many short stories and poems to The Midland, This Quarter (Paris) and Transition, along with other American and Canadian avant-garde magazines.

Knister was the editor of Canadian Short Stories (1928) and the author of White Narcissus (1929), My Star Predominant (1934), and Collected Poems (1949).

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The fonds consists of Raymond Knister’s records pertaining to his activities as an editor, writer and poet, and to his personal life. The fonds includes correspondence, (annotated) manuscripts including a poem mounted on a drawing by Myrtle Gamble, copies of My Star Predominant, White Narcissus and several short stories, essays and reviews; photographs and drawings; and other material.

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Acquired in three parts. First part acquired from Dr. Lorne Pierce, who obtained it from Myrtle Gamble Knister Grace (Mrs. Christy Grace), in 1949. Second part acquired from Imogen Knister Givens (Raymond and Myrtle’s daughter) in 1980. Third part consists of four letters and three clippings purchased from John Rush Books, Hamilton, in 1996.


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No restrictions on access.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Part of the fonds is available on microfilm which researchers are requested to use unless an enquiry can be satisfied only by consulting original documents. For further information contact the Chief Librarian.

Associated materials

William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections (McMaster University Library, Hamilton, Ontario) holds Raymond Knister fonds (reference code: RC0121).

University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections (Winnipeg, Manitoba) houses Raymond Knister fonds (reference number: Mss Sc 70 (A.81-10)).

W.D. Jordan Rare Books and Special Collections (Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario) also has a certain amount of archival material related to the poet in the Edith and Lorne Pierce Collection of Canadiana.

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No further accruals are expected.

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The fonds is stored in 6 boxes.

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