MSS 216 (A.05-101)
Title: Donald K. Gordon fonds
Extent: 1 cm of textual records
Biographical Sketches: Born on September 27, 1935,
Donald K. Gordon attended High School at Calabar High School in
Jamaica from 1948-1953. In 1969 Gordon recieved his Ph.D. from the
University of Toronto in Spanish American Literature and went on
to be employed by the University of Manitoba from 1970-2001, becoming
a Professor in 1984 until his retirement on July 1, 2001. His publications
include two books, several chapters in books and numerous articles,
one notable article presented Roden's work for the first time in
the North American Journal, Afro-Hispanic Review. Currently,
Gordon lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and has been Professor Emeritus
at the University of Manitoba since 2004.
A. J. (Alderman Johnson) Roden, “tailor poet,” was
born March 28, 1893 in Jamaica, but his date and place of death
are unknown. On August 14, 1911, Roden moved to Limon, Costa Rica
where he was educated at a preparatory school whose headmistress
was Maureen O’Shaughnessy, a graduate of Dublin University.
Recognized as a good student, Roden began writing poetry at age
twelve and won a scholarship to attend St. George’s College,
but was prevented by his father who disliked Catholicism. Instead,
Roden became a tailor and set up shop in Port Limon, moving between
Matina and Bataan as economic conditions necessitated. Unable to
achieve his goal of publishing a collection of his poetry, in spite
of gaining support from Professor Donald K. Gordon and the important
Costa Rican writer Quince Duncan, Roden had a number of his poems
published in local newspapers.
Custodial History: The fonds was collected by
Donald K. Gordon and donated to the University of Manitoba Archives
and Special Collections in 2005.
Scope and Content: The fonds consists of A.J.
Roden's photographs, poems, and correspodence between A.J. Roden
and D. K. Gordon.
Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access
to this material.
Accruals: No further accruals to this fonds are
Finding Aid: A printed finding aid is available
in the Archives reading room and an electronic finding aid is available
at the link below: