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William Watson research

Series consists of records from Dr. Swayze’s research on the English poet Sir William Watson, that began during his PhD thesis at Yale University, 1948-1951, and continued in his career for years afterwards. His thesis was entitled, “The Early Career of Sir William Watson, 1858 – 1905,” and involved an extensive international search through several institutions and private collections for primary records that had not been collated before. The series contains the working drafts of that thesis, the published copy, and materials from his research: reproductions, original records, and correspondence with the various individuals who assisted him. Dr. Swayze formed a friendship with Sir William Watson’s widow, the Lady Maureen Watson, and provided a great deal of the material for his research; the series contains the many documents, photographs, and archival reproductions she sent to him as well as the correspondence between them. Lastly, the series contains ephemera from some events or exhibits, focusing on the work of Sir William Watson, in which Dr. Swayze played some role.

Swayze, Walter

Walter Swayze fonds

  • CA UWA 11.001
  • Fonds
  • 1879 - 2006

The fonds reflects Dr. Swayze’s long career as a writer and professor in the field of English literature, and an active contributor to academic associations and communities. Dr. Swayze studied and taught at several different institutions across Canada and USA; the records of these activities date from his undergraduate degree to well after his retirement as a professor. They include correspondence with colleagues, editors, and publishers; drafts of his papers, speeches, and articles, as well as published copies of some of his works; minutes and reports; research materials, including newspaper clippings and articles; some photographs; and ephemera from the various institutions with which he was affiliated. A large part of Dr. Swayze’s academic career was devoted to the study of the English poet, Sir William Watson. The fonds includes not only Dr. Swayze’s own research and writing on that topic, but also a quantity of original records and archival reproductions that he collected as part of his research dating from the late 19th and early 20th century. These materials mainly consist of Sir Watson’s correspondence, but include also poetry, music, photographs, and legal or financial documents.
The fonds is divided into five series that reflect different aspects of his research and career. The first series contains records related to Margaret Laurence, a colleague and personal friend of Dr. Swayze. The second, and largest, series is devoted to Sir William Watson, and contains Dr. Swayze’s research that began during his PhD in 1948 and continued throughout his academic career, as well as the materials from Sir Watson himself dating back to the late 19th century. The third series contains records from his professional career more generally: from his time as a student and a professor at several different institutions, and an active writer and member of professional organizations; it also contains some personal records and correspondence. The fourth series contains records generated during his tenure at United College and the University of Winnipeg that relate directly to that institution. The fifth and final series concerns the Crowe Affair, a controversial legal case at United College in which a professor was dismissed over a letter he wrote to a colleague; and also the Canadian Association of University Teachers that became involved in the dispute, of which Dr. Swayze was a formative member.

Swayze, Walter

Margaret Laurence research

Series consists of records related to Margaret Laurence, who was a long-time colleague and friend of Dr. Swayze. Dr. Swayze also made her life and work a frequent subject of his research and writing. Series consists of research materials gathered about Margaret Laurence, such as published articles and newspaper clippings; notes and drafts of Dr. Swayze’s own writing about her career; records from conferences or associations devoted to her; correspondence, both with and about Margaret Laurence. Dr. Swayze also served as advisor for Masters students who wrote on Margaret Laurence, and the series contains drafts of their theses. There is also a typescript of her book, A Jest of God, which Dr. Swayze proofread.

Swayze, Walter

Professional records

Series consists of records from Dr. Swayze’s career as a student and an academic who taught and published regularly on the subject of English literature, and served in a variety of scholarly committees and associations. The records include serial publications from several different institutions that Dr. Swayze attended or taught at; research materials, such as published articles and newspaper clippings; drafts of essays, book reviews, or addresses that he wrote; correspondence among fellow scholars and writers; and records from meetings, conferences, or of which he was a part. The records in this series date from Dr. Swayze’s time as an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto until well after his retirement as a professor at the University of Winnipeg.

Swayze, Walter

United College and University of Winnipeg

Series consists of records from Dr. Swayze’s career with United College and the University of Winnipeg as a professor of English literature, 1953-1987, Head of the Department of English, 1953-1977, and a member on several faculty committees; as well as an active writer and speaker in the University of Winnipeg community after his 1987 retirement. The records include several United College and University of Winnipeg publications; minutes and reports from committees; copies of the addresses or speeches he gave in the context of the University, particularly citations at Convocation ceremonies on behalf of honourary degree recipients; ephemera from University events; and correspondence related to College and University affairs.

Swayze, Walter

The Crowe Affair

Series consists of records related to the Crowe Affair, a controversial legal case at United College in which a professor, Harry Crowe, was dismissed over a letter he wrote to a colleague criticizing the College’s administration. The controversy surrounding the dismissal grew into a scandal with international attention, and the Canadian Association of University Teachers conducted an official investigation which eventually resulted in Harry Crowe being reinstated. Dr. Swayze was keenly interested in the affair, and the records reflect his professional and personal investment. They include various reports and publications from the CAUT, Dr. Swayze’s correspondence with various colleagues, reports and research materials gathered from other organizations or publishers, and records from the United College Association and Faculty Association.

Swayze, Walter