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  • Title: Henry Franklin Gadsby papers
    Date (inclusive): 1897-1949
    Date (bulk): 1915-1940
    Collection Number: 78096
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 7 manuscript boxes, 7 oversized boxes (14.6 linear feet)
    Abstract: Writings, correspondence, printed matter, and memorabilia relating to Canadian and British politics, primarily in the inter-war period, and to British Empire war efforts during World War I.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Gadsby, Henry Franklin, 1869-1951


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

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

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1978.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

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

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The Henry Franklin Gadsby papers document his literary career as a political satirist, poet, and war correspondent through correspondence, manuscripts, and his published works.
    The collection is arranged into five series: 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. Correspondence mainly reflects Gadsby’s professional relationships with the House of Commons, Office of the Prime Minister, and various editorial and publishing organizations. Writings consists of manuscripts and published works, mainly Gadsby’s political satire columns in the Montreal Standard, Toronto Saturday Night and the Toronto Star. The Subject File predominantly focuses on Gadsby’s association with the Press Gallery and research materials relating to the Canadian Military, including pamphlets, correspondence, and manuscripts.The remainder of the collection is Printed Matter, which consists mainly of travel mementos such as 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