Mss 13, TC 2, TC 24, PC 109 (A.80-17, A.86-47)
Title: Margaret Stobie fonds
Extent: 24 cm of textual records, 88 tapes, 15
reels, 3 photographs
Biographical information: Dr. Margaret (Peg) Roseborough
was born in Vermillion, Alberta on February 26th, 1909. She received
a B.A. from the University of Alberta in 1930. Margaret was awarded
an IODE Overseas Fellowship and did an Honours Degree in English
at King's College University of London in 1932. She returned to
Canada completing an M.A. in 1934, and a Ph.D. in 1937, at the University
of Toronto. The following year she published An Outline of Middle
English Grammar with MacMillan's, and taught at Victoria College.
In 1938, she married William Stobie. The couple moved to De Pauw
University in Indiania in 1938. From there, they moved to Missouri
where Margaret returned to teaching at Christian College a Women's
Instution. William and Margaret Stobie taught at Cornell University
for two years from 1944-1946 before joining the English department
at the University of Manitoba. Margaret was forced to retire from
teaching with the inception of the nepotism law in 1950. She spent
the next several years acting, producing and directing local theatre
as well as working for the CBC in various dramatic roles and as
a book reviewer on Critically Speaking. In 1958 she took an appointment
at United College, but resigned in protest over the dismissal of
Harry Crowe at the end of the year. In 1959 she was hired by St.
John's College. From 1962-1965 she was on the executive of the College's
Chapter of CAUT. In 1966 she attained the rank of full professor.
Two years later she became a member of Senate and in 1971 she was
appointed to the Research Grants Committee and Research Board. Margaret
was the first women appointed to the academic panel of the Canada
Council and was a board member of the Associations of Universities
and Colleges of Canada. She wrote two more books, A Critical Study
of Frederick Philip Grove Twayne Publisher (1973), and The Other
Side of the Rebellion (1986). She was appointed to Professor Emeritus
in 1975. Margaret Stobie died July 15, 1990. The University of Manitoba
holds a lecture in Dr. Stobie's memory.
Custodial History: The material was donated to
the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by
Margaret Stobie in 1978-1986 as na addition to the Frederick Grove
Scope and Content: Contains research material
used in writing her book Frederick Philip Grove (1973)*. Includes
correspondence, interviews (tapes and typescripts), research notes
and news articles. There are also copies of three articles on the
Graphic Press plus a paper on "Friedrich Hebbel" delivered
to the English Club in Simcoe, Ontario (1932). The fifteen tapes
have been transferred to the Tape Collection, TC 2.
The Collection gives a glimpse of the rural Manitoba towns in which
Frederick Grove lived and taught. The private interviews, although
based on somewhat vague recollections, reflect the communities'
attitude and feelings toward Grove, especially those of former students,
and show a more personal, intimate aspect of Grove's rather unique
character and lifestyle.
The tape collection (TC 24) consists of a description of the linguistic
study (the Scotch-Cree dialect called Bungi) ; transcriptions of
all tapes as made by the Indian History Film Project, and the spectrograms
and analysis of Margaret Stobie's dialectal study.
Restrictions: Some correspondence is restricted.
Accruals: No further accruals expected
Related material: See Mss 159 - Stobie
Finding aids available:
13, TC 2, PC 109