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Accession Number: 05-005


Gordon Roper fonds. Additions. -- 1938-1998. -- 12 cm of textual records. -- 8 audio cassettes.

Biography / History

Gordon Herbert Roper was born in Brantford, Ontario in 1911. He married Helen Caddy and they had two children, Susan and Mark. Professor Roper was educated at Peterborough Collegiate Institute; George Williams College in Chicago and the University of Chicago (B.A. 1938, M.A. 1939 and Ph.D. 1944). He served in the Canadian Army from 1944 to 1946. Professor Roper taught English at Yale University from 1939 to 1940; at the University of Chicago from 1941 to 1944 and in 1946; at Trinity College at the University of Toronto from 1946 to 1969 and at Trent University from 1969 to 1975. He has researched and written extensively on a number of English Literature subjects including Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Robertson Davies. Roper was a founding member of the Melville Society and an advisor to the Centre for the Editing of Early Canadian Texts. He was a key figure in the building of the Shell Collection of Canadian Literature for Bata Library at Trent University.

Custodial History

Fonds was transferred to Trent University Archives from the estate of Professor Roper.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of publications and off-prints of Professor Roper, Roper's degrees of M.A. and Ph.D. from University of Chicago, and correspondence with Walter Blair, Margaret Laurence, Robertson Davies, and George Johnston.


Title based on the creator of the fonds.
Restrictions: N
This fonds along with 95-015, 97-1000, and 99-005 is an addition to 87-002.

Finding Aid

Box 1

1. Correspondence with Walter Blair (specialist in American literature, University of Chicago, and caricaturist)
2. Correspondence with Margaret Laurence
3. Correspondence with Robertson Davies
4. Correspondence with George Johnston
5. Miscellaneous correspondence
6. Publications and off-prints of scholarly articles by Prof. Gordon Roper
7. Miscellaneous items loose in box including: Roper's degrees from University of Chicago (M.A. and Ph.D.) plus audio cassettes of Robertson Davies reading from "Fifth Business"