Donald K. Gordon:

An Inventory of His Collection of Materials on A. J. Roden at the University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Jason Peters
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Winnipeg, Manitoba
(Dec. 1, 2005)

Finding aid encoded by Jason Peters (Dec. 1, 2005)
Finding aid written in English.

Collection Summary

University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections,
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Donald K. Gordon

Donald K. Gordon fonds





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Biographies of Donald Keith Gordon and Alderman Johnson Roden

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.

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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.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The fonds consists of A.J. Roden's photographs,poems, and correspodence between A.J. Roden and D. K. Gordon.

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged in 4 series:

  • 1. poems by A. J. Roden
  • 2. correspondence
  • 3. photographs
  • 4. secondary materials

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Restrictions on Access

There are no restricitions on this material

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Restrictions on Use

There are no restriction on use

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Custodial History

fonds collected by Donald K. Gordon and donated to the University of Manitoba, Archives and Special Collections in 2005

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Poems by A. J. Roden, [ 1968-c.1983 ]

poems published in The Advisor, handwritten poems, typed poems

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Correspondence, 1976-1983

letters written by A.J. Roden to Donald K. Gordon

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Photographs, 1977

photographs of A.J. Roden

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Secondary materials, 1983-2003

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