Inventory of the Henry Franklin Gadsby papers

Finding aid prepared by Beaudry Allen
Hoover Institution Archives
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Stanford University
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Title: Henry Franklin Gadsby papers
Date (inclusive): 1897-1950
Date (bulk): 1915-1940
Collection Number: 78096
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 7 boxes, 7 oversized boxes (14.6 linear feet)
Abstract: Writings, correspondence, printed matter, and memorabilia, relating to Canadian and British politics, primarily in the interwar period, and to British Empire war efforts during World War I.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Gadsby, Henry Franklin, 1869-1951.


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Henry Franklin Gadsby papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1978.


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Biographical Note

Henry Franklin Gadsby was born in St. Catharines, Ontario in 1869. In 1889, he graduated from the University of Toronto and became a journalist. He had a fifty-year literary career as a liberal political satirist examining Canadian and British parliamentary politics and Home Rule struggle in Ireland during the inter-war period. He was a feature writer for Toronto Star, Toronto Saturday Night, Montreal Standard, and frequent free-lance contributor to other various Canadian and US newspapers and magazines. In the early 1920's, Gadsby served as President of the Parlimentary Press Gallery in Ottawa. In addition, Gadsby was a war correspondent for the Boer War, Mexican War, and World War I. Though known for his humorist satires, Gadsby was also a poet and playwright. In 1951, Gadsby died.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Henry Franklin Gadsby papers document his literary career as a political satirist, poet, and war correspondent, through correspondence, typescript, and his published works.
The collection is arranged into five groups, including Biographical file, Correspondence, Writings, Subject file, and Printed matter. The Biographical file is comprised of personal identification cards, family documents, biographical sketches, and press mentions of Gadsby. Correspodence mainly reflects Gadsby’s professional relationships with the House of Commons, Office of the Prime Minister and various editorial and publishing organizations. Writings consist of typescript and published works, mainly of Gadsby’s political satire columns in the Toronto Saturday Night and Montreal Standard.The Subject file predominantly focuses on Gadsby’s association with the Press Gallery and research materials relating to the Canadian Military, which consists of pamphlets, correspondence, and manuscripts.The remainder of the collection is Printed matter which consists mainly of travel mementos that consist of booklets, maps, and travels guides; also included, is a scrapbook of poems, news-clippings, and notes.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Canada--Politics and government--1914-1945.
Great Britain--Politics and government--1910-1936.
King, William Lyon Mackenzie, -- 1874-1950.
Political satire.
World War, 1914-1918--Great Britain


Biographical file, 1912-1949

Scope and Contents note

Contains identification documents, news clippings, photographs, membership records, and family documents that detail Gadsby’s personal life and participation in various associations. Arranged by subject in alphabetical order.
Box-folder 1:1

Biographical sketches, 1943-1949

Box-folder 1:2

Family records, undated

Box-folder 1:3-4

Farmhouse records, 1937-1949

Box-folder 1:5

Invitations, 1918-1932

Box-folder 1:6

National Liberal Club membership, 1912-1918

Box-folder 1:7

Passport and National Registration, 1918,1942

Box-folder 1:8

Photographs of family, circa 1920's

Box-folder 1:9

Press mentions, undated

Box-folder 1:10

University of Toronto alumni activities, 1935-1949


Correspondence, 1908-1949

Scope and Contents note

Contains letters received from associates and colleagues mainly regarding Gadsby's literary endeavors. Arranged by subject, and then chronologically.

General correspondence, 1909-1949

Box-folder 2:1


Box-folder 2:2


Box-folder 2:3


Box-folder 2:4


Box-folder 2:5


Box-folder 2:6


Box-folder 2:7


Box-folder 2:8


Box-folder 2:9

Letters from Prime Minister's Office, 1908-1947

Box-folder 2:10

Editorial and publishing correspondence, 1910-1949

Box-folder 2:11

Letters from House of Commons, 1913-1934

Box-folder 2:12

Syndicate correspondence,1915

Box-folder 2:13

Letters from Canadian National Railways and Canadian Pacific Railway Company, 1921-1933

Box-folder 2:14

The American Universities Club of London, undated


Writings, 1897-1949

Scope and Contents note

Composed of typescript and various published works that relate to British and Canadian politics as well as Gadsby's poetry. Most of the works are working typescript drafts and published articles for the Saturday Night, The Toronto Star, and Montreal Standard. The writings are organized mainly in alphabetical order by the title of the work with some writings being organized by column title or puiblication.
Box-folder 3:1-2

Article sketches, notes, and parliamentary meeting notebooks, undated

Box-folder 3:3

"Articles to Work Over," undated

Box-folder 3:4

"As Things May Go in 1960," Montreal Standard, draft, circa 1930's

Box-folder 3:5

"At the Interpreter's House, with Apologies to John Buryan," draft, undated

Box-folder 3:6

"Camel's Back," undated

Box-folder 3:7

"Canada's Wonder Day," draft, undated

Box-folder 3:8

"Chromatic" Column, The Evening Star, 1897-1898

Box-folder 3:9

"Description of the House of Commons," draft, 1933 May 23

Box-folder 3:10

"The Devil and The Deep Sea,” draft, undated

Box-folder 3:11

"Diary of a Back Bencher," drafts, undated

Box-folder 4:1

Edits to articles, drafts, 1945-1915

Box-folder 4:2

"For the Weeklies,"undated

Box-folder 4:3

"Gadsby Letters (England)," drafts, 1912 October-1913 January

Box 8

"Gallery Clock" Column, The Toronto Star, 1900-1912

Box-folder 4:4

"Gallery Clock" Column, The Toronto Star, 1912-1913

Box-folder 4:5

"If Jesus Came to Ottawa,” draft, Before 1943

Box-folder 4:6

"It's Always Fair Weather When Good Fellows Get Together," draft, undated

Box-folder 4:7

Joseph Discovered by His Brethen, 1917

Box-folder 4:8

The King's Flagon, 1899

Box-folder 4:9

"The Man from the Moon: An Allegory," draft, undated

Box-folder 4:10

"The Man in Charge,” draft, undated

Box-folder 4:11

"Man of July," draft, undated

Box 9

Montreal Standard articles, 1920-1922

Box 10

Montreal Standard articles, 1923-1925

Box 11

Montreal Standard articles, 1926-1928

Box 12

Montreal Standard articles, 1929-1931

Box 13

Montreal Standard articles, 1932-1934

Box 14

Montreal Standard articles, 1935-1938

Box-folder  4:12

Notes, undated

Box-folder 4:13

"One Complex Too Many,” draft, circa 1940s

Box-folder 4:14

"Page Colonel Mellows for Me,” draft, undated

Box-folder 4:15

"Parilmenary Sketches," drafts, 1913 April 29

Box-folder 4:16

"The Past is Over Our Shoulder," draft, undated

Box-folder 4:17

Poems, Canadian Magazine, circa 1898

Box-folder 5:1

Poems, Jokes, and Sketches, undated

Box-folder 5:2

"Power of the Press, An Imaginary Conversation,” draft, undated

Box-folder 5:3

"Quebec and the Draft," Century Magazine, circa 1898

Box-folder 5:4

"Richard the Fourth, King of Canada," drafts, undated

Box-folder 5:5

"The Sample Seven Doing Their Bit: Gadsby on Parlimentary Colonels," Ottawa Fress Press, undated

Box 8

Saturday Night magazine articles, 1914-1919

Box-folder 5:6

"Scare the Wealth Gets Together," draft, undated

Box-folder 5:7

Speech notes on journalism, undated

Box-folder 5:8

"Totem Pole Decoration for Chateau Laurien Tea Garden, an Indian Allegorization of Canada's History from 1867-1928," undated

Box-folder 5:9-10

Untitled manuscripts, 1914

Box 8

War syndicate proofs #2-11, 1918-1919

Box-folder 5:11

"When Deep Calls on the Deep," draft, undated

Box-folder 5:12

"When None for the Party," draft, circa 1930s

Box-folder 5:13

"Why Good Advice Goes Wrong," draft, circa 1930s

Box-folder 5:14

"Wind in the Mulberry," draft, undated

Box-folder 5:15

"WLO Makes Its Bid," draft, undated


Subject files, 1908-1938

Scope and Contents note

Contains drafts, pamphlets, booklets, and correspondence regarding Gadsby's research and association with the Press Gallery. Arranged by subject, and then chronologically.
Box-folder 6:1

Quebec Battlefield Association, 1908-1910

Box-folder 6:2

Mexican War travel documentation, 1914

Box-folder 6:3

World War I military manuals and research notes, 1917-1918

Box-folder 6:4-5

Parliamentary Press Gallery, 1922-1938


Printed matter, 1905-1930's

Scope and Contents note

Contains a scrapbook, booklets, travel guides, maps, and miscellaneous printed materials. Arranged by format and subject.
Box-folder 6:6-8

Travel documents and mementos, 1906-1930's

Box-folder 7:1-2

Writers' guides, dictionaries, pamphlets, and ephemera, circa 1910-1930

Box 7

Scrapbook, undated