Fonds SC109 - Ann Saddlemyer fonds

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Ann Saddlemyer fonds

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  • 1922 - 2005 (Creation)

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10.5 m of textual records and other materials

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Ann Saddlemyer received her B.A. from the University of Saskatchewan, her M.A. from Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario), and her Ph.D. from Bedford College, University of London. She has received fellowships from the Canada Council and the Guggenheim Foundation, and has lectured at the W.B. Yeats International Summer School in Sligo, the University of Toronto Irish Studies Seminar, and for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. In 1965 she collaborated with Robin Skelton on the symposium, The World of W.B. Yeats: Essays in Perspective, which was held at the University of Victoria in honour of Yeats' centenary in February-March of 1965. She and Skelton also contributed their own essays to this symposium and edited the published proceedings.

Professor Saddlemyer's other publications include In Defence of Lady Gregory (Dublin: Dolmen Press, 1966), Lady Gregory: Collected Plays, in four volumes (Gerrards Cross: Colin Smythe, 1971), Letters to Molly: John Millington Synge to Maire O'Neill, 1906-1909 (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1971), and numerous other works on various Irish writers.

Professor Saddlemyer was appointed Professor of English, University of Victoria, in 1963. In April 1971 she left U. Vic. to join the English Department of Victoria College, University of Toronto, where her specialty was English drama. In 1988 she became the first woman to be appointed Master of Massey College, University of Toronto, a position she still holds. In 1990 the University of Victoria awarded her an honourary Doctor of Literature degree. Professor Saddlemyer continues to teach, write and publish; although based in Toronto she makes regular visits to the West Coast.

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The records of Professor Ann Saddlemyer were first acquired by the University Archives in 1971 and 1978, and document her editorial work on the letters of John Millington Synge and the plays of Lady Gregory, other material on Anglo-Irish writers, and her collaboration with Robin Skelton on the symposium, The World of W.B. Yeats: Essays in Perspective.

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The fonds consists of records relating to Saddlemyer's research on "Letters to Molly: John Millington Synge to Maire O'Neill" (1971), "Lady Gregory: Collected Plays" (1971), "Anglo-Irish Writers, 1911-1969", and the W.B. Yeats Symposium. The fonds include typescripts, galley and page proofs, correspondence, and a complete set of the typescripts of essays presented at the Yeats Symposium.

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This fonds is open for research.

Some of the materials (floppy disks, mini audio cassettes, film reels) are restricted due to lack of compatible equipment. Consult Special Collections for information about these materials.

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Many of these records complement those of Robin Skelton, and researchers may also wish to consult the inventory of Robin Skelton's records.

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Revised by JF, June 14, 2013.

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