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Accession Number: 99-005


Gordon Roper fonds. Additions. -- 1893-1998. -- 34 cm of textual records and other materials.

Biography / History

Gordon Herbert Roper was born in Brantford, Ontario in 1911. He is married to Helen Caddy Roper and they have two children, Susan Lawrence and Mark Roper. 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

This fonds was created by and in the custody of Professor Gordon Roper before it was donated to Trent University Archives via Quentin Brown.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists principally of research materials for a paper entitled "A Caddy Chronicle," written by Gordon Roper, in collaboration with Gordon Dibb, April 14, 1998.


Title based on the creator of the fonds.

Includes 18 photographs, 1 water colour, 1 pencil sketch, and 1 seal impression.

The Caddy family seal impression is very fragile. Handle with extreme care.

This fonds was donated by Professor Gordon Roper.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

This fonds along with 95-015 and 97-1000 is an addition to 87-002.

For related records see: 69-001, 69-1002, 85-010, 94-001, 95-1006, 95-1007, 95-1008, and 95-1009.

For a copy of "A Caddy Chronicle" please refer to [TC] FC 3095 .D68 Z48 1998 in the Trent Collection, Bata Library.

Map located in Map Cabinet - Drawer 10.

Finding Aid

Box 1


1. Bell family

2. Caddy, Agnes; includes one photograph

3. Caddy, Alexander(Douglas' son, India)

4. Caddy, Alured(1803-?)

5. Caddy, Arthur(1866-1933); includes wedding photo of Arthur and May, 1909

6. Caddy, Cyprian Francis(1823-1905)

7. Caddy, Douglas (1808-1854); includes two photographs

8. Caddy, Edward (1815-1897)

9. Caddy, Eliza Easton

10. Caddy, Frederick

11. Caddy, George (1813-1871)

12. Caddy, Grace

13. Caddy, Harrington

14. Caddy, Henry (1818-?)

15. Caddy, Herbert/Frank; includes one photograph

16. Caddy, James (1818-?)

17. Caddy, John R.E. (?-1798)

18. Caddy, John Herbert (1801-1887); includes one photograph

19. Caddy, John St. Vincent (1836-1924)

20. Caddy, John T. (1774-1850)

21. Caddy, Maria (Aunt Minnie)

22. Caddy, Maria (Servante) (1799-?)

23. Caddy, Reid

24. Caddy, Sarah

25. Caddy, Sarah (m. 1798)

26. Caddy, William

27. Caddy estate (Otonabee Township); includes copy of a Plan 1A for The City of Peterborough, Ashburnham, 1924

28. Caddy, family crest and coat of arms; includes two original impressions of family seal (very fragile), original water colour of coat of arms by Edward C. Caddy; also pencil drawing of coat of arms

29. Caddy landing (Lakefield)

Box 2


1. Denmark, A.; includes one photograph

2. Dodge, B. (correspondence)

3. Goddard family; includes six photographs

4. Good, John

5. Greeley, Susan

6. Jenks, E.B.

7. Langton, J. & A.

8. McKay, Amy (Goddard connection)

9. Moodie, Susanna (letters)

10. Rogers, James

11. Rogers family; includes five photographs

12. Rogers family

13. Shairp family

14. Smith, Frances (Hetherington Gallery)

15. Strickland family

16. Traill, C.P. (Mrs.)

Box 3


1. Bibliography

2. Cobourg and Grafton: Caddy/Rogers, from Robert Mikel

3. Douro and Peterborough contemporaries, c.1830s

4. Dunse (or Duns), Scotland

5. Maps

6. Photocopies of documents and letters

7. St. John's Anglican Church records, 1830-1845

Family trees - two family trees (two copies of each, rolled)

Map Cabinet - Drawer 10

"Map of the Town of Peterborough and Village of Ashburnham, compiled from registered plans and actual surveys, 1878. The Burland Desbarats Lith. Co. Montreal" (reverse, in handwriting: "Mrs. Helen Roper")