Fonds 286

Title: Frances Daunt Fonds

Creator: Frances Daunt

Dates of Material: 1914-2008

Physical Description: 40 cm, 3 boxes

Scope and Contents:
Typed manuscripts (some annotated and revised), correspondence, documents and books relating to Frances Daunt, together with archival and Xerox copies of correspondence of Austin Lane and Maggie Nickle. There are photographs dating from the early 1900’s as well as the 1900’s. Some of the typed manuscripts are annotated and revised for different occasions. The papers contain the manuscripts of key works such as “Sleeping Dogs”; “A Theatre has Been Erected”; her edition of letters from Austin Lane (A Very Different War – The Adventures of Austin Lane with the South Persia Rifles 1916-1919) and “Dear Maggie”.

Access Conditions:
Open to Researchers.

Finding Aids:
Attached.

Accruals:
None expected.

Custodial History:
The papers were donated to the Trent Valley Archives, 2010, by the Frances Daunt estate.

Biographical Sketch/Administrative History:
Frances Daunt (c.1930-December 28, 2008) was a teacher, author, historian, playwright. She earned an M.A. in History from Queen’s University (1955), and from 1955 to 1988 taught at various schools in Ontario and the United States. Frances co-wrote a play “Sleeping Dogs” with Alan Putman, as well as other plays. She has edited a numberof books including “A Theatre has Been Erected”. Frances edited letters from Austin Lane, written in Workd War I from Persia (A Very Different War- The Adventures of Austin Lane with the South Persia Rifles (1916-1919) and also letters from Maggie Nickle (Dear Maggie). She also wrote a short story, From the Heart.

Access Points:
World War I
The Law Society of Alberta
South Persia Rifles
Peterborough Theatre Guild

File List
1     0     Donation in Kind Offer Form

1     1     Valentine To my dear wife Valentine. From Pat to Helen

1     2     A Very Different War-South Persia Rifles-Lane Copies of a manuscript, A Very Different War-The Adventures of Austin Lane with the South Persia Rifles 1916-1919. Contains letters to and from Austin Lane and Helen Davis. Copies of a manuscript, Dear Maggie – Letters of the Eve of Canada’s Century 1891-1911.

1     3     Austin Lane with the South Persia Rifles Copy of a manuscript: A Canadian Solder Discovers the Middle East – The Adventures of Austin Lane with the South Persian rifles 1916-1919. Contains letters to and from Austin Lane and Helen Davis.

1     4     Notebook – Lane Notebook containing chronalogical historic notes on the South Persia Rifles. Notes Titles Folkstone During the War 1914-1919.

1     5     Operations of the South Persia Forces Xerox copy of Percy Sykes’ manuscript #C4061 on file at the Imperial War Musium, London and a typed transcript of the manuscript.

1     6     Beaver – Austin Lane An Editorial guidelines from the magazine “Beaver”, which is published by Canada’s National Historic Society in Winnipeg. A letter from an editor Rosemarie J. Bahr concerning an article on Austin Lane. A copy of the manuscript with editorial markups. Two xeroxed copies of articles from “The Beaver”. A mannuscript of facts about Persia during the period of World War I. A typed copy of an article from “Time” about the 1918 flu epidemic. A List of some abbreviations which might occur in First World War personell records. 2001

1     7     Austin’s Letter – Lane Xerox copies of Austin Lane’s letters to Helen Davis One original letter and typed transcripts of the letters. 1914 2000’s

1     8     Searching for Austin Lane Xerox copies of research material relating to Austin Lane. 1998 1999

1     8a    Austin Lane – Lawer in Alberta Original documents from file # 8. A statement of complaint against A. Lane by Mrs. Bucar. Correspondence between J. B. Corben Q.C. andd W. A. McGillvray Q.C. (The Law Society of Alberta) and Austin Lane concerning the complaint. Correspondence about a complaint by Mrs. Starke against Austin Lane. 1965

1     9     Letters from the Edge – Friends of Bata Library – Lane An announcement from the Friends of Bata Library for a presentation by Frances Daunt. A copy of the presentation “From the North Sea to the Persian Gulf: Letters from the Edge, 1916-1919. A receipt from the National Archives of Canada for copies. An original article cut from “The Beaver” April/May 1998, about World War I. Xerox copies of related information, including copies of letters from Helen Davis’s brother Millan, and Fred Nickle.

1     10     Letters from the Edge Xerox copy of a map of Persia and Afganistan with German Expeditions 1914-1918. Draft copy of presentation “Letters from the Edge”.

1     11     Imperial War Museum research Xerox copies of research material relating to Sykes. Receipts for copying at the imperial War Museum. 1997

1     12     On the Road to Mandalay Original sheet music for “On the Road to Mandalay”.

1     13     Queen’s University Archive – Lane Correspondence from Ian E. Wilson University Archivist and Archivist for the City of Kingson, to Frances Daunt concerning letters. 1974

1     14     Maggie Nickle Letters 1891-1918 (1 of 2) Copies of letters written and received by Maggie Nickle.

2     15     Maggie Nickle Letters 1891-1918 (2 of 2) Copies of letters written and received by Maggie Nickle.

2     16     Grandma’s letters 1946-48 notes Summary notes of Grandma’s letters

2     17     Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Peace Festival 1919 Folders and copies of the program for “The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir February 22, 1919.

2     18     Dear Magie – Maggie Nickle 1 of 2 Typed transcripts of letters received by Maggie Nickle with a few xeroxed copies of original letters.

2     19     Dear Magie – Maggie Nickle 2 of 2 Typed transcripts of letters received by Maggie Nickle with a few xeroxed copies of original letters.

2     20     Dear Maggie manuscript (partial) and submission letters. Partial manuscript for “Dear Maggie” with photos and a map and submission letters.

2     21     Fred to Helen Letters from Fred (?) to Helen dated 1917-1918 with a brief commentary.

2     22     Joy to the World Copy of a play “Joy to the World”.

2     23     Daunt, Frances A phot and a short biography of Frances Daunt.

2     24     Frances Putman and computers A paper with information on Frances H. Putman and the world of Computers. On the back is an info sheet on Shopping Centres dated October 31, 1995.

2     25     “Family Matters” a manuscript A manuscript for a play with a street layout for “Dullsville” and a room layout for the “Quiggs” house.

2     26     Untitled play manuscript A manuscript for a play set in a funeral home.

2     27     “Fathers Day” manuscript (loose pages) A manuscript named “Fathers Day” written by Frances H. Daunt.

2     28     “Man’s Best Friend may be a Liability while Travelling”. Kingston Whig-Standard (9 July 1983) An article written by Frances H. Daunt and published in Kingston’s Whig-Standard July 9, 1983. It concerns the problems while travelling with a pet and getting accomidations.

2     29     Frances H. Daunt – teacher A retirement notice in the paper “The Reporter” Gananoque Ontario, February 10, 1988. A copy of Frances Daunt’s retirement speech. Two different copies of Frances Daunt’s C.V. Copies of some articles written in the 1970’s by Fances Daunt. Original pages from various school newsletters with articles by Frances Daunt from the 1960’s and 1970’s. 1960’s 1988

2     30     Frances H. Daunt – C.V. 1953-2003 A copy of the C.V. for Frances H. Daunt.

2     31     “My Athletic Career” A copy of an article titled “My Athletic Career” by Frances H. Daunt.

2     32     “Missing in Action” (draft) A draft copy of the article “Missing in Action” with editorial notes. The story takes place in World War II.

2     33     Photo Album Xerox and prints of scanned copies of old photographs taken from the 1880’s to 1913.

2     34     Photo pages 1-15 Sleeves of old and newer photographs. Some have notes written on the back. 1a print of Smithville High School 1900; 1b,c,d Westminster College 148 Bloor Street West Toronto, Ontario; 2a,b old postcards; 2c photo of Helen; 2d print of Smithville Town Pump; 3a Helen Davis, McGregor Lake 1920’s; 3b,c Helen Davis; 3d Helen Davis camping Laurentians 1919; 4a Helen Davis Laurentians 1919; 10a dated 3-9-19; 10b, Caravan emerging from pass which turns right between mountains; 10c, Gate to Taj Mahal, Agra, typical of many in centeral India; 13c 87 Mansen Road Cambridge, where Austin Lane lived while attending Cambridge, photo c1998; c1919 c1998

2     35     Photo pages 16-31 Sleeves of old and newer photographs. Some have notes written on the back. 22a 1919 Peter House Cambridge; 25a Granville Hospital Offices; 25b RMS Adriatic; 25c Cousin George; 25d Uncle Millen Nickle; 26 Unidentified solder (Austin Lane); 31 b,c,d 3 postcards 1914, 1914, 1918 to Helen Davies. 1914 c1998

3     36     Putnam Family Letters 1917-1936 Letters from Helen Davis to her family in the 1910’s to 1930’s. Letters from Margaret Davies to her daughter. Some original letters on company letterhead and some newspaper clippings from 1980’s and 1990’s. 1934 1996

3     37     “A Theatre has Been Erected” 1 A copy of a manuscript.

3     38     “A Theatre has Been Erected” 2 A copy of a manuscript “A Theatre has Been Erected” the Evolution of Modern Drama, by Frances H.Daunt, The Rhodes School, New York and Mary E. Soloview, York Mills Collegiate, Toronto.

3     39     “A Theatre has Been Erected” 3 A copy of a manuscript “A Theatre has Been Erected” the Evolution of Modern Drama. Edited, with notes, commentary and questions by Frances H.Daunt, The Rhodes School, New York and Mary E. Soloview, Ridgemont High School, Ottawa Canada.

3     40     Sleeping Dogs by Alan Putman and Frances Daunt A manuscript called “Sleeping Dogs” by Alan Putman and Frances Daunt – A mystery-drama in 3 acts.

3     41     Sleeping Dogs by Alan Putman and Frances Daunt A copy of a manuscript called “Sleeping Dogs” by Alan Putman and Frances Daunt – A mystery-drama in 3 acts.

3     42     Sleeping Dogs floppy disk A floppy disk with manuscript “Sleeping Dogs” in Mac Format. Also includes a stage background mockup for the play.

3     43     From the Heart 2008 FROM THE HEART Anthology 2008. A book of Prose, Poetry and Story by Independent Writers and Poets that contains a story by Frances H. Daunt. The story is “Missing in Action” and starts on Page 58. 2008

3     44     In a Nutshell “In a Nutshell”, an anthology containing a short article by Frances Daunt, titled “My Athletic Career”. 2007