Henry Gerald Wade fonds
Call Number: Mss 38, Pc 40 (A.86-21)

Title: Henry Gerald Wade fonds.

Dates: 1859-1978.

Extent: 0.4 m of textual records. -- 58 photographs.

Biographical sketch: 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 1920s and 1930s as Bliss Carmen, William Arthur Deacon, Frederick Philip Grove, Hopkins Moorhouse, Charles G.D. Roberts, and Robert Stead.

Custodial history: The fonds and accompanying library were originally donated to St. John's College by H. Gerald Wade's daughter, Mrs. Gerald W. Malaher, in 1972.  These materials were later transferred to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections.  In 1979, Mrs. Malaher donated Wade's Dickens collection to the Archives.  In 1986, Mrs. Malaher's daughter-in-law, Rosemary Malaher, donated the remaining volumes of Wade's library to the Archives.

Scope and content: The fonds 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.

Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this material.

Accruals: No further accruals are expected.

Finding aid: Printed finding aids are available in the Archives reading room.