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Accession Number: 95-008


Peter Gzowski fonds. Additions. -- 1986-1993. -- 30 cm of textual records. -- 7 photographs. -- 1 audio cassette.

Biography / History

Peter Gzowski was born July 13, 1934 in Toronto but grew up in Galt, Ontario. His great grandfather was the engineer Sir Casimir Gzowski. He was educated at Ridley College in St. Catharines and the University of Toronto. During his time at the University of Toronto he edited the University's newspaper "The Varsity". He has worked for town newspapers in Timmins, Moose Jaw and Chatham. He became managing editor of Maclean's Magazine in 1962. In 1971 he worked for CBC's "This Country in the Morning" for three years. After this he hosted a radio show called "Gzowski on FM". He entered national late night television by hosting a show called "90 Minutes Live" from 1976 to 1978. In 1982 he started hosting CBC's "Morningside" radio show. Peter has written three books: "Spring Tonic" in 1979, "The Sacrement" in 1980 and "The Game of Our Lives" in 1981. He is the father of five children. (Taken from: "The Canadian Encyclopedia" Vol. 2. 1988 and "CBC Biographies".) In 1974, 1983 and 1985 Peter won ACTRA awards for best host-interviewer on radio. He has also won three National Magazine Awards one of which was in 1981 for his profile on Wayne Gretzky. Peter was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1986 and a Companion in 1999. Trent honoured him with an honorary doctor of laws degree October 31, 1988. He had an honorary doctor of letters from the University of New Brunswick. (Taken from: "Trent Fornightly." Vol. 18, No. 3, 1987.) Gzowski was installed as Trent's eighth Chancellor in 1999 serving until his death from chronic pulmonary obstructive desease in January, 2002.

Custodial History

This fonds was created by and in the custody of Peter Gzowski before it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This addition to the fonds consists of manuscripts, correspondence, permission forms, cassette tapes and interviews mostly relating to "The Fifth Morningside Papers" but also material relating to "The New Morningside Papers" and "The Fourth Morningside Papers".


Title based on creater of fonds.

This fonds was donated by Peter Gzowski.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

Associated material located at the Archives of Ontario and York University Archives.

This fonds, along with 98-010, 99-015, and 01-004, is an addition to 92-015.

For related records see: 95-022.

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Box 1


1. partial pre-production manuscript of "The Fourth Morningside Papers"

2. consent forms "The New Morningside Papers" (Closed)

3. "The Fifth Morningside Papers" pre-production annotated manuscript

4. letters received by the Morningside "Mailbag" specifically concerning animals two photographs of turkey vulture letters read on air - may be included in Papers V

5. letters received by "Mailbag" on being big. letters read on air - may be included in Papers V

6. letters received by mailbag concerning the entertainer Sarah Binks "Sweet Songstress of Saskatchewan" letters may appear in Papers V

7. letters received concerning Christmas remembrances some letters read on air - may appear in Papers V

8. correspondence from Cleo Paskal a Canadian student studying in Japan

9. letters from Chris Czajkowski of Nuk Tessli Nimpi Lake British Columbia letters may appear in Papers V    

10. partial transcribed interview between Gzowski and Donna Williams. two letters received by "mailbag" read on air concerning the interview

11. letters received from Donalda Badone while she lived in China

12. correspondence received by "mailbag" - some read on air - concerning "encounters" with notable people - may appear in Papers V

13. letters received by "mailbag" concerning the use of fountain pens - some read on air may appear in Papers V

14. transcribed interview with Gzowski, Linda McNutt, Dave Eddy, Candace Gregoris and Chris Trowbridge concerning Generation X letters received concerning the interview - some read on air - may appear in Papers V

15. Kathleen Winter's Journal appears in Papers V

16. Kitamat hydro electric site Gzowski's remembrances of working there - letters received by others associated with Site - some read on air may appear in Papers V 7 photographs of the site

16. letters from Michael Kusugak of North West Territories

17. letters from listeners regarding some of their nostalgic memories - some read on air - may appear in Papers V

18. letters received concerning Christmas - some read on air may appear in Papers V

19. letters received from mailbag concerning cooking sweets and receipts some read on air may appear in Papers V

20. letters received from mailbag entitled "theres no accounting for taste" a collection of idiosyncracies some read on air may appear in Papers V

20. letters received concerning technology, machines etc some read on air may appear in Papers V    

21. letters sent to mailbag concerning winter and thought of summer some read on air may appear in Papers V

22. "unsorted" section - transcribed interview with Gzowski, Mary Grant and her son, Regan who has AIDS - other letters on several different topics some read on air may appear in Papers V

23. letters received by mailbag on vegetables some read on air may appear in Papers V

24. letters received from the "Oh Heck" segment of Morningside which were not read on air and do not appear in Papers V

25. letters received by Morningside from Vivienne Anderson in 1986 on the topic of "Why I live here"

26. correspondence between Peter Gzowski, Edna Barker and Mclellan and Stewart on editorial aspects of the production of Papers V

27. collection of mailbag letters on various topics some read on the air

28. correspondence between Gzowski, Enda Barker and Shelly Ambrose on the production of Papers V

29. correspondence to/from Shelly Ambrose concerning guests to Morningside

30. cassette tape of interview with Gzowski and Stuart McLean on the topic of the child's toy "mechano"

31. Edna Barker's Macintosh computer disk with files for Papers V

32. Macintosh formatted disk with Gzowski book "Canadian Living" June 14, 1993