Lovat Dickson fonds [textual record, graphic material]
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Lovat Dickson fonds [textual record, graphic material]Hierarchical level:FondsDate:1844-1986.Reference:R3608-0-3-E, MG30-D237Type of material:Textual material, Photographs, ArtFound in:Archives / Collections and FondsItem ID number:104825Context of this record:
Record Information – DetailsFonds includes:18 lower level description(s)View lower level description(s)Date(s):1844-1986.Place of creation:No place, unknown, or undeterminedExtent:6.45 m of textual records.
143 photographs chiefly b&w.
1 drawing brown pen and ink.Language of material:EnglishScope and content:Fonds consists of Lovat Dickson's personal papers as well as the papers of Una Troubridge and Radclyffe Hall, which Dickson inherited from Una Troubridge, and some of the papers of Richard Hillary, which Dickson acquired as Hillary's literary executor. The fonds also includes research material gathered by Dickson relating to Grey Owl, H.G. Wells, Charles Morgan, the Massey Family and the Royal Ontario Museum. Also included are files relating to the Macmillan publishing company. The textual records have been arranged in the following series: Radclyffe Hall and Una Troubridge - Papers and research material; Radclyffe Hall and Una Troubridge - additional material; Richard Hillary - papers and research material; Charles Morgan; Lovat Dickson - miscellaneous manuscripts; Lovat Dickson - publications; Grey Owl (2 series); Macmillan and Company Ltd.; Memoirs (2 series); H.G. Wells (2 series); Massey Family; Royal Ontario Museum - Museum Makers; and Correspondence (2 series), 1844-1986.
Also included in the fonds are photographs of Grey Owl (Archibald Belaney); photos of Dickson's youth in Alberta; publishing associates and other writers; photographs of or relating to Evelyn Gordon; photos of Richard H. Hillary and his family and friends; photos of Romaine Brooks, Radcliffe Hall, and Una Troubridge, 1900-[ca. 1980].
The fonds also contains a caricature of an unidentified person. This caricature was found among the correspondence relating to Dickson's biography of H.G. Wells; a letter suggests the drawing was done by H.G. Wells, n.d.Provenance:Biography/Administrative history:Dickson, Lovat, 1902- : Born in Australia and educated in England, Horatio (Rache) Henry Lovat Dickson immigrated to Canada at the age of 15, settling in Ottawa with his family. He worked briefly for the Famous Players Canadian Corporation in Toronto, before establishing and publishing The Brule District Weekly in Brule, Alta. In 1929, he graduated with an M.A. in English from the University of Alberta, shortly after which he returned to England to become associate editor of the Fortnightly Review. Lovat Dickson founded the publishing house, Lovat Dickson Ltd., in London in 1932, and in 1933 published Lovat Dickson's Magazine. In 1938, he joined the Macmillan publishing company where he was director from 1941 to 1964. Upon returning to Canada in 1967, he established Lovat Dickson Ltd. in Toronto. Lovat Dickson was the author of two biographies of the Canadian author and naturalist Grey Owl (Archibald Belaney 1888-1938), Half-breed: the Story of Grey Owl (1939) and Wilderness Man: The Strange Story of Grey Owl (1973). Dickson was also the author of a biography of the English poet and author Radclyffe Hall (1880-1943), Radclyffe Hall at the Well of Loneliness: a Sapphic Chronicle (1975), which he based in part upon papers he was bequeathed by Radclyffe Hall's companion Una Troubridge (d. 1963). Dickson also wrote a biography, Richard Hillary (1950), of the English poet and airman Richard Hillary (1919-1943), who was killed in action in the Second World War, for which Dickson collected some of Hillary's papers. Dickson was also the author of a biography of the English novelist H.G. Wells (1866-1946), H.G. Wells: His Turbulent Life and Times (1969), and a history of the Royal Ontario Museum, Museum Makers (1986). Lovat Dickson published two volumes of memoirs during his lifetime, The Ante-Room (1959) and The House of Words (1963), and was working a third volume when he died in 1986.Finding aid:Textual records (Electronic) The finding aid is a list of file titles within volumes 1-33. MSS1041 (90: Open)
http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000000164.pdf(Electronic) All or some of the documents described have been digitized and are available at the following address: (90: Open)
http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_mikan_104825(Electronic) Les documents décrits ont été complètement ou en partie numérisés et sont disponibles à l'adresse suivante : (90: Open)
http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_mikan_104825?usrlang=frAdditional information:General Note:Received in 1977, 1979 and 1984 from Lovat Dickson; additional material received in 1988 from Lovat Dickson's estate.Arrangement note:The arrangement of the Lovat Dickson fonds reflects Dickson's own filing system. Related material may be found in a number of different series, so the researcher is cautioned to check all series carefully when looking for material. It should be noted that while there are two series of Correspondence, correspondence is also found scattered throughout virtually all the series.Availability of other formats note:The Radclyffe Hall series, volumes 1 to 7, is available on microfilm reels H-1196 to H-1199. The Richard Hillary series, volumes 12 to 14, is available on microfilm reels H-2923 to H-2925.Subject heading:Source:Private
Drawing: Restrictions unknown. Copyright unknown. Credit: National Archives of Canada.
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