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Wade, Henry Gerald, 1875-1953

Henry Gerald Wade fonds, 1920-1950

40 cm of tectual records and graphic materials (3 boxes)

Mss 38, Pc 40

Henry Gerald Wade was born in 1875 in Port Hope, Ontario. He grew-up on a farm and attended school at Bishop Ridley College. In 1910 he moved to Winnipeg where his uncle, Harry Willson, had established the Willson Stationery Company. He remained with Willson's until his retirement in 1947. Wade became an officer of the newly re-organized Winnipeg chapter of the Charles Dickens Fellowship and began collecting books and lecturing. He was one of the more ardent Dickensians to become a charter member of the Pickwick Club. Eventually Wade's literary interests expanded to encompass Canadian writers, several of whom became personal friends. His library included a notable collection of autographed editions and letters from such prominent writers in the 1920's and 1930's as Bliss Carmen, Willian Arthur Deacon, Frederick Philip Grove, Hopkins Moorhouse, Charles G.D. Roberts, and Robert Stead.

The collection consists mainly of books with attached photographs and correspondence. All loose inserts were removed. The material that could not safely be removed remains in the volumes in the Rare Book Collection and is noted briefly in the listing appended to the register. The donated library comprises some 425 titles. The majority are Canadian works, some historical or descriptive, with emphasis on the Maritimes. The remainder are largely works of or about Charles Dickens. The material taken from these volumes consists of letters and notes, press clippings, programs, and other memorabilia.

Donated by Rosemary Malaher, 1980-82

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