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Accession Number: 16-001


Roy MacGregor fonds. -- 1966-2015. -- 1.5 m of textual records. -- 11 photographs.


Roy MacGregor is a journalist and author. He was born in Whitney, Ontario in 1948 and raised in Huntsville, Ontario. He was educated at Laurentian University and later acquired a degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario. He has worked for several magazines and newspapers including MacLean's, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, and the Ottawa Citizen. His more than 40 books include: Canoe Country: The Making of Canada, 2015; Wayne Gretzky's Ghost: And Other Tales from a Lifetime in Hockey, 2011; Northern Light: The Enduring Mystery of Tom Thomson and the Woman Who Loved Him, 2010; Canadians: A Portrait of a Country and Its People, 2007; The Dog and I: Confessions of a Best Friend, 2006; The Weekender: A Cottage Journal, 2005; A Life in the Bush: Lessons from my father, 1999; Home Team: Fathers, Sons and Hockey, 1996; Road Games: A Year in the Life of the NHL, 1993; and Home Game: Hockey and Life in Canada (co-authored with Ken Dryden), 1989. MacGregor is also the author of the Screech Owl mystery series for young readers. Roy MacGregor has been the recipient of many book and journalism awards. He was inducted into the Order of Canada in 2005, and received an honorary degree from Trent University in 2016.


Fonds consists of correspondence, research materials, drafts of books, articles, magazines, and biographical materials relating to the MacGregor family. Also included are letters of congratulations to Roy MacGregor upon his receiving journalism and book awards; reviews of books by MacGregor; and personal correspondence regarding his books.


Custodial History: Fonds was in the custody of Roy MacGregor until it was donated to Trent University Archives in 2015.

Immediate Source: Fonds acquired from Roy MacGregor in 2015.

Restrictions: Open, except for Box 1 Folders 20 and 21 which are restricted.


Box 1

1. Article, "Algonquin Park Hermit" by Ray Stamplecoski
2. A Life in the Bush, drafts
3. Photos for A Life in the Bush (19 black and white)
4. Outline for A Life in the Bush
5. Quotes re wilderness topics
6. Miscellaneous nature notes and related research
7. Reviews and comments on Canadians: A Portrait of a Country and Its People by Roy MacGregor (Viking, 2007)
8. A Life in the Bush, reviews and letters
9. Research, reviews, and letters re Escape: In Search of the Natural Soul of Canada by Roy MacGregor (McClelland and Stewart, 2002)
10. Genealogical materials relating to the MacGregor family. Research for A Life in the Bush. Research re Thomas Irvine McCormick. Five black and white photos unidentified
11. Magazine articles by Roy MacGregor 1990-2012 and a profile of MacGregor, 2006, by Shelagh Needham
12. CBC radio script, 1983. Not produced
13. ESSIAC material including biography of Rene Caisse
14. Photocopied articles, research notes and clippings re baseball
15. "A Loonie for Luck" clippings, 2002, 2003
16. Magazine and newspaper clippings re Muskoka
17. Clippings re George Selkirk, 1979, 1981
18. "Outtakes"
19. Research materials re Poland, 1981, 1982
20. Restricted File (pertaining to Jack Hodgins; restricted until 1 January 2020)
21. Restricted File (pertaining to Dr. Harry Ebbs; permission of Algonquin Park Archives and the Ebbs family required to access this file)

Box 2

1. The Pundit, Huntsville High School year book and Roy MacGregor's first by-lines, 1966, 1967
2. Financial Post Magazine, December 1972, Roy MacGregor's first published article: "The End of Roy MacGregor's Summer" p.11
3. Letters of congratulation from other writers, publishers, editors, hockey players, friends, and politicians to Roy MacGregor, 1972-1983. Letters re Roy MacGregor's employment at Saturday Night, Maclean's and Today
4. Letters as above, 1981-2012 plus congratulatory letters to MacGregor re Order of Canada 2005
5. Letters as above, 1983-2000. Three photos.
6. Letters and clippings re speeches given by MacGregor, 1992, 1996
7. Clippings, reviews and correspondence re The Last Season, 1983-1989, including an interview with MacGregor
8. Two copies of the script of The Last Season and letters on this T.V. production, 1986-1987
9. Reviews of Home Game by Roy MacGregor and Ken Dryden, 1989
10. Reviews and publicity materials for Chief: The Fearless Vision of Billy Diamond by Roy MacGregor, 1989, 1990
11. Reviews of The Seven A.M. Practice by Roy MacGregor, 1996
12. Reviews and correspondence re Road Games by Roy MacGregor, 1993, 1994
13. Reviews of Home Game by Ken Dryden and Roy MacGregor; 1989-1990
14. Correspondence re Road Games, 1993
15. Correspondence and congratulations to Roy MacGregor on winning National Newspaper awards and other awards, 1987:1998 mostly when R.M. was a journalist with the Ottawa Citizen
16. Toronto Star newspaper columns by Roy MacGregor, 1983-84
17. and 18. Unproduced plays

Box 3

1. Loose in box: original manuscript of "The Last Season" by Roy MacGregor. 1981-83
2. Typed scripts (2) CBC TV drama "The Last Season" 1985
3. Correspondence re the Screech Owl Series by Roy MacGregor, 1996-2001
4. Assorted publicity materials
5. Research materials re the bombing at the Canadian Parliament Buildings in 1966
6. Script for a film "The Red Fox" (not produced) 1987
7. Materials re miscellaneous awards
8. Reviews of Home Team 1995-96
9. "Heaven" scripts (2) by Roy MacGregor 1988
10. "Tyler" script (1) 1979, an award-winning CBC drama written by Roy MacGregor
11. "Every Person is Guilty" 1980, an award-winning CBC drama by Roy MacGregor
12. "Ready for Slaughter", a CBC drama for which Gordon Pinsent won best actor, n.d.
13. Materials re the Profession of journalism

Box 4

Three binders containing research for the Roy MacGregor book on Tom Thomson, Northern Light (2010)

Box 5

1. Correspondence from Lynda Grudén with detailed analysis of the life of Tom Thomson
2. Research re Tom Thomson influences: (William Morris, Bloomsbury Group); contemporary artist friends of Thomson; prints of Thomson art works and an article on Thomson's painting techniques, 2013, 2014
3. Print-outs of Globe and Mail articles, 1917, 1973
4. Maclean's Magazine, September 1973 (p. 30) the first article written by Roy MacGregor on Tom Thomson "The Great Canoe Lake Mystery"
5. Huntsville Forester newspaper notes and clippings re Tom Thomson
6. First draft of Northern Light by Roy MacGregor
7. Miscellaneous research notes on Tom Thomson
8. Research materials re Winnie Trainor 1914, 2012
9. Roy MacGregor correspondence with Dr. William Pocock 1972-1977 re Winnie Trainor
10. Research notes re Canada in 1917
11. Reviews of Shorelines by Roy MacGregor (published by McClelland and Stewart) a novelization of the life of tom Thomson, 1980. Also correspondence and letters of congratulation
12. Photographs (5 colour) and copies of photographs. Also material regarding copyright issues for photographs
13. Print-outs of "Death on a Painted Lake"
14. Script for a radio play by Roy MacGregor set in Algonquin Park ca. W.W.I
15. Published materials re Algonquin Park; the Group of Seven
16. Detailed amendments for Northern Light and memo re same from Random House publishers
17. "Voices" ms. re Canoe Lake, 2002

18. Clippings and notes re Huntsville, Ontario

19. Addie Sylvester interview notes re Winnie Trainor

20. Notes regarding Theosophy and the North by Terry Barker, 2008

21. Notes and official passes to the National Archives of Canada for Roy MacGregor, 2010

22. CD-R disks (2) of Phil Chadwick, 2009

23. Archival material re war record of Tom Thomson and Robert McCormick

24. Clippings, printouts, notes and correspondence regarding Tom Thomson, also Winnifred Trainor. Writers include: Robert Bateman, Brad. McLellan, J. Harkness, Charles Plewman, Mary Northway. Materials date between 1917 and 2011. Includes an article by Roy MacGregor for The Canadian "The Legend and Legacy of Tom Thomson" 1977.

25. Copy of an article "Jack Gervais" by Edmund H. Kase Jr.

26. Correspondence to Roy MacGregor from Tracy Thomson

27. Notes re the mystery of Tom Thomson compiled by Philip F. Hall, M.D., 2001, Includes a detailed list of all the people associated with Thomson before and after his death in 1917.

28. Notes re an interview with Jimmy Stringer, n.d.

29. Research file: correspondence with Joan Murray 2009, Lorne Briggs 2006; interview transcript of Joe Runner 1973, also Ray and Jean McEowen and Len Gibson; notes and correspondence with Daphne Crombie, n.d.; copy of a letter written by Mark Robinson, 1937; notes re Ralph Bice 2009

30. Correspondence with archaeologist Dr. Ron Williamson, facial forensic reconstructionist Victoria Lywood, Dr. Jim Hickman and Dr. Susan Pfeiffer all concerning the facial reconstruction of the purported Thomson skull

31. Miscellaneous research materials re Tom Thomson; list of people to be sent copies of Northern Light

32. (a). DVD labelled Tom Thomson, Screech Owls, Canada Book and Canoe Book (rough). Feb. 14, 2015 (b) DVD "Dark Pines" a documentary investigation into the death of Tom Thomson