Bertram Brooker:

An Inventory of His Papers at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Richard E. Bennett, A.03-199 inventory prepared by Jonathan Nordland
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
Winnipeg MB
(March 1981)

Finding aid encoded by Julianna Trivers and Vladimira Zvonik (July 2002, A.88-52, A.03-119 in December 2004)
Finding aid written in English.

Revision History

  • July 26, 2005 - MSS 16, PC 16, TC 76 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).

Collection Summary

Archives & Special Collections, University of Manitoba
331 Elizabeth Dafoe Library, Winnipeg MB R3T 2N2

Bertram Richard Brooker, 1888-1955

Bertram Brooker fonds.

[18-?], 1905-1989

1.3m of textual records. -- 17 photographs -- 6 tapes .

MSS 16, PC 16, TC 76


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Biography of Bertram Brooker

Chronology of Important Dates

1888 Bertram Richard Brooker born March 31 to Richard Brooker and Mary Ann (Skinner) Brooker in Croydon, Surrey Co., England

1905 Immigrated to Canada with family and settled in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba

1913 Marriage to Mary Aurilla Porter of Portage, Manitoba. Rented a movie theatre in Neepawa.

1914 Editor, Portage Review

1920 Moved to Toronto

1921 Joined staff of Marketing Magazine

1923 Published first book, Subconscious Selling

1924-26 Editor and Publisher of Marketing Magazine

1929 Joined staff of J.J. Gobbons Advertising Agency

1929 Published book Layout Technique in Advertising

1929 Published Year Book of the Arts in Canada – 1929

1936 Won Governor General’s Award for the best fiction for his novel Think of the Earth

1940 Joined staff of the MacLaren Advertising Co.

1949 Published The Robber – A Tale of the Time of the Herods; also The Tangled Miracle

1951 Received the Silver Award from the Association of Canadian Advertisers

1955 Death in Toronto at the age of 67.

Biographical Sketch

Professor David Arnason, a Brooker scholar and the individual responsible for initially suggesting that the papers of Bertram Brooker be housed in the University of Manitoba, recently said of Brooker that he “is an important figure in Canadian culture because he saw different kinds of art as the expression of a single talent and because he was able to function successfully in so many ways.” He went on to say that his work was “a vital link between the arts that permits an understanding of an important period in the cultural history of Canada” [FN – Arnason, David E. “Bertram Brooker – His Life and Papers” – unpublished lecture].

Bertram Richard Brooker was born in Croydon, Surrey, England in 1888, son of Richard Brooker and Mary Ann Brooker. The earliest document in his collection, other than that of his birth certificate, is a 1905 diary recording the family’s immigration to Canada in 1905. Written apparently retrospectively and with a possible view to publication, the diary is as fragmentary as the few other diaries in the collection but more perceptive. The family had decided early on to take the risk and stake out a new life in Canada – Specifically Portage La Prairie, Manitoba – apparently on the strength of recommendations from some English friends. Referring to the long train ride west from Quebec City, Brooker wrote:

“We had heard so much of the prairies at home, but we had been on the train two days, and most of the time only rocks and dead trees. Kept looking at time table. Realized that in less than an hour we would be in Winnipeg, which we thought was the prairie city – but still rocks. At last the flat land, a farmer ploughing, the black soil – my father’s rejoicing.” [Brooker Collection; 1905 Diary, p.2]

The Brookers took up residence in Portage La Prairie in the summer of 1905. Four years after quitting school and at age 17, Brooker began working for the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway (one of several forerunners of the Canadian National Railway) following in the footsteps of his father who had been a railway ticket collector in England and who had resumed railroading in Canada and also farming. Young Brooker worked on section gangs, as a cook’s help and in the timekeeper’s office for the railroad.

His later diaries and autobiographical sketches reveal an early avid interest in literature and drama. He began writing his first novel at the age of nine. In 1910 he returned to England for some unmentioned purpose via New York City where he attended several live theatrical productions. A sample of his literary diet is given in his 1910-11 diary in which he recorded several of the books he had read such as Sorcery Shop , Mankind in the Making , Heretics , Orthodoxy , and Nietzsche’s Thus Spake Zarathustra . Of special relevance to his reading habits is an undated manuscript written in his own hand entitled “Books That Have Influenced Me”, a manuscript fifteen pages in length listing some four hundred works by over one hundred and fifty authors. Many of these titles are included in his personal library that now complements and supports the manuscript collection. Brooker, a voracious reader from early youth, made meticulous marginal notes in his books on those subjects he felt authors best addressed. His books were read and subtitle intently with studious and deliberate notations and as such are a revelation of his mind and of the lasting impressions famous writers wrought upon him.

That he was interested in drama is further evidenced by the fact that as early as 1910 he was writing and directing several of his own works as well as some well-known plays. In December 1910 he directed the comedy Much Ado About Something at the Portage Opera House and worked on several other theatrical productions in 1910 and 1911. How many of the over thirty plays written by Brooker and in his collection were written in these early years is not known since most are undated but it is clear he continued to write drama well into the 1940s. Like most of Brooker’s works, save for a substantial portion of his poetry, these are not published. A new book entitled Sounds Assembling: The Poetry of Bertram Brooker , edited by Birk Sproxton (Wpg. Turnstone Press, 1980) has been published and contains most of Brooker’s poetry.

In 1913 Brooker married Mary Aurilla (“Rill”) Porter of Portage, Manitoba. She had worked closely with him in the local theatre and had sung with him in the church in which they eventually married – St. Mary’s Anglican in Portage. The published column relating to the marriage said of him:

“Mr. Brooker is an amateur actor of considerable ability. The characters he has sustained in several amateur productions in Portage have always been a feature of the play. As a play rite he has also some claim to distinction, his plays being eagerly sought by several moving picture film producers.” [Brooker Wedding file, undated clipping]

Brooker was also painting and sketching throughout these early years. Since this collection is not of his artwork, little can be said of this aspect of is multifaceted artistic expression although the correspondence files indicate that as early as 1914 he was submitting sketches and cartoons for publication in such magazines as Collier’s – The National Weekly . By his early twenties, Brooker was developing his talents and ideas in a wide range of artistic endeavors – drama, music, art and fiction. He gained experience in journalism in 1914 when he became editor of the Portage Review , a local newspaper funded and supported by the Conservative Party to challenge The Liberal . After a brief stint with the Portage Review and after the outbreak of World War I, the Brookers moved to Winnipeg in 1915 where Brooker enlisted in the Royal Canadian Engineers, then stationed in Winnipeg.

Following the War, Brooker worked for a short time with both the Winnipeg Tribune and the Regina Leader Post before joining the staff of the Winnipeg Free Press where he worked for two and a half years serving at various times as drama editor, music critic, automobile editor and promotion manager. It was a propitious time to work in the employ of the Free Press , for as writer and reporter he was intimately involved in the social and labour hurricanes of the Winnipeg 1919 General Strike. During his stay he developed a high regard for Thomas Roberton, destined to become well-known for his Free Press editorials. Roberton was a writer whom Brooker felt epitomized the best in Canadian journalistic criticism. Judging from the Roberton correspondence in the collection, Roberton reciprocated that respect for he obviously held Brooker’s creative abilities in high esteem. Several years later, in November 1937, the two writers were simultaneously honoured as recipients of the first governor-general’s awards for the best Canadian literature in 1936 – Roberton, posthumously, in the field of non-fiction for his TBR Newspaper Pieces , and Brooker for his partly autobiographical novel Think of the Earth , a work set against a western Canadian background in the early 20th Century.

In March 1921, Brooker left Winnipeg for Toronto with his young family where he was destined to spend most of his career. During the following six years he held important positions with the Globe newspaper and with the fortnightly business magazine Marketing , a publication devoted to publicity and advertising. In 1924 he purchased the entire business of Marketing Publishers Limited and became its publisher and editor, a position he held until 1927 when he disposed of his holdings in Marketing and joined the A. McKim Advertising agency. Two years later, Brooker left McKim and worked with J.J. Gibbons Advertising Agency as copy and art director until 1936. He spent the rest of his professional advertising career in the employ of the MacLaren Advertising Co. eventually becoming Vice-President.

The collection contains relatively little documentation of his commercial career in advertising. Although Brooker achieved much as an advertising executive in both Toronto and New York (indeed in 1951 he won the “Silver Award” from the Association of Canadian Advertisers for his “outstanding contribution to Canadian advertising by an advertising agency executive”), one is of the impression that his real love was his private writings and paintings.

The collection contains photocopies of most of Brooker’s writings in Marketing and other advertising publications during the 1920s, a careful study of which will show a mind less committed to the commercial and more to the intellectual and the artistic. He was, at heart, less a promoter and more of a creator. Writing under such literary pseudonyms as Philip E. Spane, Richard Surrey, Burke Brodie and eleven others, Brooker wrote at least seventy-seven advertising-oriented articles during the 1920s. Some dealt with historical themes such as his five-part series “Forty Years of Canadian Advertising” which appeared in Marketing in 1924 and which discussed such topics as the changing use of photography, the developing use of engravings for newspaper copy and the change from woodcuts to half-tones.

While in Toronto his artistic interests blossomed and he found himself increasingly in the company of men and women whose names are now well-known in Canadian art. Early in the 1920s he joined the Mendelssohn Choir and the Arts and Letters Club. His interests in theatre, ballet, art and literature continued to expand. His association and close familiarity with such people as Merrill Dennison, Vincent Massey, E.J. Pratt, Fred Houssen, Lawren Harris, Marcus and Jeanne Adeney, the Adaskins all led to the preparation and publication of his Yearbook of the Arts in Canada – 1928-1929. Designed to highlight Canadian artistic expression for 1929 from all fields of art, the book of 306 pages was printed by the Macmillan Company of Canada in a limited edition. It consisted of a collection of essays and several illustrated plates by leading figures of the six major art forms – literature, drama, painting, sculpture, architecture and music. In producing the work, Brooker seemed to have in mind the search for an underlying character of unity in Canadian art – a unity he found difficult to decipher because of Canada’s relative lack of history, its geographical expanse, its ethnic compartmentalization, its sparse population and the general malaise of “the encroaching skepticism of a science-ridden age.” He concluded that Canadian artists in 1929 were only beginning to awaken to the realization of a national and of a universal unity. “There is a spirit here, a response to the new, the natural, the open, the massive – as contrasted with the old, artificial, enclosed littleness of Europe – that should eventually, when we rely on it less timidly, become actively creative.” [ Yearbook of the Arts – 1928-1929 , p. 17]

Originally Brooker envisioned an annual publication but because of the depression and its consequent economic restraints, only one other similar work ever appeared, Yearbook of the Arts in Canada 1936 , also published by Macmillan of Toronto. Today both these works are standard works in the study of Canadian art and intellectual history.

It was also while Brooker was living in Toronto in the 1920s that he began to express himself seriously on canvas. While engaged in painting, Brooker continued to express himself as prolifically and as memorably with pen and paper. One art form could not contain all his talent of expression. The almost seventy-five short stories, novellettes and editorials, written over at least a thirty year span from 1918 to the late 1940s reflect his wide-ranging interests. He was as comfortable writing murder mysteries and comic pieces as he was writing philosophical essays and tragedies.

He also wrote novels, although only three were published – Think of the Earth , 1936, Tangled Miracle , 1936 and a work on the Biblical character Barabbas entitled The Robber , 1949, later dramatized and broadcast on two successive Good Fridays by the “Ford Motor Hour”. In addition, the collection contains other full-length manuscript novels never published. These included Listen For the Wings , Mr. Windle , A Candle in Sunshine and several more outlined or partially completed novels with such tentative titles as Brave Voices , Myself A Stranger , Son of My Son , Jevon , and Sacrement Street . The degree of completion varies from work to work – from lengthy hand-written chapters to amplified outlines. As in his paintings, so in his writings there are evidences of a spiritual, almost mystical quest to understand man and his soul and to grasp his place in the world. In some ways Brooker may be compared to William Blake, another, earlier enigmatic romanticist who expressed himself artistically in many art forms. Brooker may have deliberately patterned some of his poetic, prosaic and even artistic expressions after those of Blake. His library contains many of Blake’s writings. He also frequently lectured and presented slide presentations on Blake. Fragments of such presentations are found in the collection. Both men shared an early mystical experience, both expresses themselves in art forms not readily understood or accepted by their peers.

Brooker’s fame as an artist blossomed long after his death in Toronto in 1955. He is more readily accepted and appreciated today than he was while alive. It was not until 1973 that the National Art Gallery of Canada circulated the Brooker paintings throughout Canada for the first time. Today his paintings are displayed in several art galleries in Canada.

With the public’s accelerating interest in Brooker’s art, it is important to be aware of his literary collection at the University of Manitoba. It may be that his writings will prove to be equally captivating and worthy of serious study by a growing number of scholars.

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Scope and Contents of the Papers

Since the Brooker collection arrived virtually without order, much time and effort were invested in the process of arrangement and clarification. Despite careful attempts, it is impossible to insure that the works are in original sequence. The correspondence fills 12 folders, is primarily incoming, and although substantially revealing of Brooker’s mind and activities is far from complete and is as conspicuous for what it lacks as for what it contains. There are several substantive exchanges between Brooker and other artists such as Le Moine Fitzgerald, William Arthur Deacon and Pelham Edgar but on the other hand one sees no writings whatsoever with many other prominent figures in Canadian art and literature whom Brooker knew well, such as Lawren Harris. Most of the letters deal with his publishers, friends and critics who advised and admonished, and with family and friends particularly of his early years.

His diaries consist mostly of fragmented excerpts of short intermittent periods in his life. Several seem to have been written with a view to publishing an autobiography. Such entries offer less by way of chronological continuity and more of spontaneous expression of sentiment and conviction.

The heart of the collection is the several literary works, most of which have not yet been published. Some are dated while not a few come with an original and a second draft showing evolutionary changes, corrections and notations. Some are written in longhand. Most of the approximately thirty-five plays are complete although it is obvious that Brooker wrote several other dramas during his lifetime that are not here included. Portions of novels which may have been printed under other titles posed problems in identifying the works to which certain fragments belong. The collection is rich in its holdings of Brooker’s short stories and essays. Some seventy-five are included, the majority unpublished. They reflect his wide range of writing interests and creative versatility. He seemed to be as comfortable in dissecting and evaluating the poetry of E.E. Cummings or the moral philosophies of the naturalists school of literature on the one hand as he was in writing light, quick-paced mystery stories on the other.

Most of the poetry has recently been published by Professor Birk Sproxton in a book by Turnstone Press entitled Sounds Assembling, 1980. Several of the poems are in multiple drafts though only a very few are dated.

Brooker’s published writings on advertising and marketing are assembled in photocopy form chronologically under one of the pseudonyms he often used. Most of these articles appeared in the 1920s in Marketing and Business Management and Printer’s Ink. As per agreement, all original manuscripts by Brooker on advertising remain with the family. Artwork is not included in the collection.

The balance of the manuscript collection consists of news clippings on several topics written either by or about Brooker, sixteen photographs some of which are of Brooker, a birth certificate, account book and other miscellaneous items.

A valuable addition to the manuscripts is Brooker’s private research library consisting of approximately three hundred volumes. The library is completely described and listed in alphabetical order by the author in a bibliography on file in the Department of Archives and Special Collections. [What constitutes value in the library is not so much the individual titles, since many are common works, nor the physical condition of the books since most are neither special editions nor works of fine binding. What is of worth is a result of Brooker’s method of marking and making notations throughout so many of the books. Underlining or bracketing selected passages was only the first step. He then cross-referenced the noted passage to his self-composed handwritten subject index at the back flyleaf which index indicated the page in the book to turn for study purposes. This simple, yet clear book-marking method now provides the researcher with an invaluable tool to evaluate the influence of writer upon reader.

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Organization of the Papers

This collection is organized into 15 series.

  • I. Correspondence - Incoming, 1910-1954
  • II. Correspondence - Outgoing, 1922-1955
  • III. Correspondence - Related, 1926-1962 and n.d.
  • IV. Personal Materials, 1905-1947
  • V. Drama, 1912-1949
  • VI. Prose Writings, 1913-1951 and n.d.
  • VII. Literary Reviews & Announcements, 1927-1937 and n.d.
  • VIII. Art, 1926-1973
  • IX. Advertising, 1913-1951
  • X. Music, n.d.
  • XI. Miscellaneous, 1907-1949
  • XII. Additions, [1920s]-1988 and n.d.
  • XIII. Photograph Collection (PC 16), [18-??]-[ca. 1929], [19-?]
  • XIV. TC 76 (A.88-52)
  • XV. A.03-119

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Restrictions on Use

The Brooker collection is open to anyone willing to abide by departmental rules of use. Materials must be used in the Reading Room of the Department of Archives and Special Collections and cannot be removed from the library. No part of the collection has been restricted from use.

Copyright to all unpublished works has been donated to the University of Manitoba. Copyright to all published works remains with the estate. Royalties generated by the publication of any and all unpublished Brooker materials will be divided amongst the estate, the University and the writer with the understanding that the estate has rights to 70% of all royalties if desired.

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Custodial History

The Bertram Brooker papers and library had been in the custody of the two Brooker children, Victor Brooker of Toronto and Phyllis Smith of Midhurst, Ontario, since shortly after Brooker’s death in 1955. Most of the papers were loaned to Professors Dave Arnason and Birk Sproxton at St. John’s College of the University of Manitoba in 1973 and 1974 for research and editing. A fairly thorough inventory and card index system to the collection was devised by Arnason and Sproxton for their research purposes. Most of the papers remained with the two English professors until 1980.

Serious negotiations between the Brooker family and Richard Bennett of the University of Manitoba Libraries which began in 1979, culminated in the official donation of the papers on December 23, 1980. A signed and sealed deed of gift evidencing that transaction is now in departmental files. Early in 1981, the University purchased the Brooker private library which was shipped from Ontario to Winnipeg in February. Some of the books had been in the possession of Victor Brooker while others had been with Mrs. Smith.

Additional manuscript material, photographs and taped interviews were donated in 1988 by Mrs. Phyllis Smith and by two nieces of Bertram Brooker – Mrs. Gwen Green of Portage La Prairie and Mrs. Marion Hosegood of Regina, Saskatchewan.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Correpondence – Incoming 1910-1954

(For additional letters not indicated here, see Box 10 Fd. 17 - All by newspapers across Canada in the 1920s. Including letters from: W. E. Nichols, R. Lawry, Joseph Katz, A. C. Galbraith, A.r. Halloway, Arthur E. Darby, Healey Willan, E. H. Macklin, Albert E. Ford, G. A. Tyndall. Also includes some writings.)

A-C 1911-1954

Aikens, Carroll (3 items) 1929

Always, Mary 1912

Arthur, E.R. 1929

Baldwinson, B.L. 1919

Barnard, Leslie 1929

Beldon, August 1924

Brooker, Rill (wife) 1924

Brooker, Richard (father) 1920

C. Arthur Pearson Ltd. 1911

“Cal” (2 items) 1925

Calver, George 1921

Canadian Authors Association:

Church, Elizabeth 1929

Levack, Anita Gabrielle (2 items) 1929

The Canadian Forum: White, J.F. 1929

Canadian National Newspapers and Periodicals Association: Burrows, Acton 1920

Canadian Storage Company: McPherson, W.H. 1938

Canadian Pacific Railway Company: Gibbon, J.M. 1929

Chambrun, Jacques (5 items) 1949, 1954

Charles Francis Press: Davey, George W. 1925

Clare, Eva (2 items) 1922

Collier’s: Casey, F. 1914

Cox, Leo 1936

Curtis Brown, Ltd.: Collins, Alan 1936

12 D – J 1914-1944, n.d.

Deacon, William Arthur (4 items) 1929, 1931

Durkin, Douglas n.d.

Edgar, Pelham (2 items) n.d.

F.B. Housser and Co. 1929

Fitzgerald, Felicia (2 items) 1931

Fitzgerald, LeMoine (2 items) 1929-1937

Frederick A. Stokes Co. (2 items) 1914

Grey, Earle 1944

H.J. Heinz Co.: “Hank” 1935

Hamilton, Constance E. (3 items) 1929

Henriette Lichtenstein Advertising Agency: Greenbrook, C.D. 1926

His Majesty’s Theatre Dana, Henry 1913

Ingersoll, William Ernest 1929

The International: Rethy, J.B. (3 items) 1936

John O’London’s Weekly Carnish, Walter 1936

3-4 K-Mac 1929-1940 and n.d.

Kellogg, Doris (6 items) n.d.

MacDonald, Wilson 1929

MacLaren, Tanis (2 items) 1923-24

Maclean’s Magazine: Moore, H. Napier (3 items) 1929-1936

The Maclean Publishing Co.: Hunter, H.T. 1920

The MacMillan Company of Canada Ltd.:

Eayrs, Hugh – President (21 items) 1929-1940

Elliot, Ellen (5 items) 1938

Foster, Ann 1939

Mill, John R. (10 items) 1929

Rogers, G.E. 1936

Rooke, Daphe F. 1929

5 Man – Mit 1916-1950

Manfred, Ernest F. 1950

Mario, Queena (14 items) 1923-24-n.d.

Marketing : Brown, Margaret 1953

McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc.:

- Gartner, W. 1930

- Hyland, James “

- Kelly, H.J. “

- Thompson, James S. (2 items) 1930-1931

- Zahringer, George J. 1930

The Meredith Publications: Forbin, E.F. 1925

Mitchell, Adelia 1936

Morley, Winham 19

6 N – R 1910-1937 and n.d.

The National Gallery of Canada: Brown, Eric – Director (3 items) 1929

Nazimova, Alla 1912

“Nell” 1912

Phillips, Walter J. (4 items) 1929

Printer’s Ink Publications: Palmer, R.W. 1925

Roberton, Thomas (5 items) 1927-29

Rowe Wright 1934

Folly, M.

The Royal Society: Harrison, Rob 1910

7-8 S 1918-1937 and n.d.

* Letters written prior to marriage are filed under married name.

Schuch, D. 1936

* Sherren, Dorothy & Ewert (8 items) 1918-1929

Sherwin, Mabelle K. n.d.

The Society of Manitoba Artists

- Beech, Arthur 1929

- Cattley, Robert 1929

* Somers, Eleanor (12 items) 1921-

Thomas Nelson & Sons Limited:

- McEwen, Jessie (7 items) 1936-37

- Redlich, Monica (3 items) 1936

- Rogers, C.M. 1937

- Watson, S.B. (13 items) 1933-37

- Unidentifiables (3 items) 1936-37

9 T-W 1911-1955

Tovey, Vernon 1938

University of Toronto Press: Jeanneret, M. 1955

The Vanderpant Galleries: Vanderpant, J. 1929

The Vitagraph Co.:

- Breuil, Hartmann 1913

- Smith, Albert (2 items) 1912

Voaden, Herman 1930

Weiner Literary Agency (3 items) 1911-13

10 Undecipherables 1916-1936

C.H.S. 1916

R. Eliza


No Name (2 items)

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II. CORRESPONDENCE – Outgoing 1922-1955
111 Outgoing Correspondence

Atkinson, Dora 1922

Brown, Eric (2 items) 1929

Brown, Margaret (Marketing) 1953

Burrell, Hon. Marten 1953

Canadian Forum , The Editor 1953

Chambrun, Jacques (4 items) 1949, 1955

Church, “Miss.” 1929

Cox, Leo 1936

Denison, Merrill 1936

Edgar, Pelham (2 items) 1936

Fitzgerald, LeMoine (32 items) 1929-45 [ On Sept. 30/81, we received 15 letters in photocopy form from School of Art (Helen Coy) of B. Brooker to L. Fitzgerald. These were added to the above. ]

Gibbon, J. Murray 1929

Haines, Fred S. 1929

Hamilton, Contance E. 1929

Levack, A.G. (Canadian Authors Association) (3 items) 1929

McCurry, H.C. 1929

McGraw-Hill Book Co. Zahringer, George J. 1930

Maclean’s Magazine Moore, H. Napier 1936

The MacMillan Co. of Canada, Ltd.

- Eayrs, Hugh S. (13 items) 1936-38

- Elliot, E. (2 items) 1937-38

Manitoba Society of Artists (Secretary) 1929

Montreal Art Association (Secretary) 1929

Phillips, Walter (2 items) 1929

Roberton, T.B. (2 items) 1929

Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd.

- McEwen, Jessie (2 items) 1936-37

- Redlich, Monica 1936

- Rogers, C.M. (2 items) 1937-38

- Watson, Sidney B. (15 items) 1931-36

Threlfall, M.S. 1929

Toronto Daily Star (Editor) 1925

Tulloch, John (Winnipeg Art Gallery) 1937

University of Toronto Press (M. Jeanneret) 1955

________________, Lawren 1929

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Correspondence - Related 1926-1962, n.d.
112 Letters neither to nor from but relating to B. Brooker 1929-1929, 1962

(6 letters)

Six letters (1926-29) from Martha Ostenso, Hector Charlesworth, Mazo de la Roche and others evaluating Brooker’s writings and written to publishers and others Also one 1962 letter from Mrs. Roy D. Fast, (formerly Doreen Brooker) written to Vincent Price about Brooker’s paintings.

13 Manuscript Rejection Slips (9 items)

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IV. Personal Materials 1905-1947
114 Birth Certificate
15 Newspaper Clippings on Weddings and Obituaries
16 Diaries and Some Daily Jottings

Diary of Bertram Brooker (1905)

Note Pads (1910 & undated)

Diary (1920)

Diary excerpts – “A Plan of Life” (1924)

February 29 – April 20 (no date)

Diary excerpts – “Thoughts About Life” May 24 – August 25, 1925

Notes after lunch with F.B.H., August 3, 1925

Diary – August 24, 1925, April 16, 1926, June 27, 1926

Excerpts – April 16, June 27, 1926, October 14, 1926, January 24, 1927, April 17, 1928, 1947

“Dreams” (1938)

Savings Account

“Shorts About Bernard”


Account Book

(for a list of photographs, see the photograph collection finding aid, PC 16)

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V. DRAMA 1912-1949
118 Dramatic Productions by B. Brooker

“Prologue in Heaven – Recitative”

“Motherhood – A Drama in Four Acts”

“The Angels Sing” a Christmas sketch

“The Angels Sing” narrators script (December, 1940)

“A Tchekoff Take-off or Christmas Eve in Ruddy Russia”

“A Trade Survey of Mars in 1997”


“The Common Man” a play in 3 acts (March 1943)

21 Dramatic Productions by B. Brooker, con't

“The Dead Should Sleep” – 2 drafts

“Reform – an experiment in psychodrama”

“The Measure of Gordon Craig” – 2 drafts

“Male and Female”

“Thud and Blunder”

“First Enquiry” – not necessarily correctly arranged – 4 parts

“Second Enquiry” – not necessarily correctly arranged – 2 parts

“Barabbas” – appears to be pre-draft, sequential plan of proposed play

2 Dramatic Productions by B. Brooker, con't

“Within” – 2 drafts (1927) (See also Box 8 Fd. 10 for third draft)

“The Robber”

“The corpse with the raised elbows”

“Experience” (1929)

“Four Parodies of Toronto Music Critics” – a skit (1930)

“Clowns Should Laugh” – a comedy in three acts

3 Dramatic Productions by B. Brooker, con't

“The Mitre Court Murder” – 2 copies (1934?)

“Hearts Ahoy”

“The Lost Shephard”

“What Happened to Smith” – 2 copies

“The Strongest Plume” – a comedy in 3 acts (1942)

“Tomorrow is Sunday” – 2 drafts (1940)

“Saxaphone Serenade”

“White Wings” Program from the play workshop

“The Mailed Fist”

“A Fiddler at the World’s Burning”

4-5 Dramatic Productions by B. Brooker, con't

“The Storks” – bound copy plus 2 partial excerpts

6 Dramatic Productions by B. Brooker, con't

“Cassandra – A Tragedy in Four Acts”

Photocopies from the Herman Voaden Collection at York University – copies donated March 12, 1984:

- “The Dragon”

- “Within”

7 Printed Articles, Programs on and about Dramatic Productions

Pictures depicting Masefield’s passion play “Good Friday”

Program – “Ida St. Leon” (1912)

Miscellaneous programs

7 Articles Written in Connection With Drama

Free Press Jollification (December 28, 1918)

Other Drama Programs

8 Newspaper Articles About Brooker’s Plays

“Dominion Drama Festival Presentations”

“About Books & Authors”, Saskatoon Star-Phoenix (February 19, 1949)

“Looking Backward”, Neepawa Press (n.d.)

Unidentified clipping, “The Dragon”

(Note: For “Division”, see Box 8, Fd. 10)

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VI. PROSE WRITINGS 1913-1955, n.d.

Creative literature written by Bertram Brooker (not all are complete)

31 “West is West – An Epic of the Prairie”
1 “Jevon” – incomplete?
2 “Bridge Place” – incomplete?
3 “Sacrement Street”
3 “Sons of the Soil – An Epic of the Prairie” – incomplete
3 Unidentified – no title, pp. 2-77 inclusive
41 Listen for the Wings – a 349 p. typewritten bound draft
2 Mr. Windle – a 367 p. typewritten bound draft
3 Herne, Huxley. The Tangled Miracle A Mortimer
4 Hood Mystery, Toronto, Thomas Nelson & Sons Ltd. (1936)
4 Brooker, Bertram. Candle in Sunshine A Novel, London Jonathan Cape – advance proof copy
51-4 “Brave Voices”- Excerpts
Proposed, Outlined or Partially Complete Novels
61 “Son of My Son” (1948)
2 “The World and I – A Voyage of Self – Exploration” (1934, 1953)
3 “The Urge to Excel” (1954)
4 “Myself A Stranger” (1955)
5 “A Candle in Sunshine”
6 “The Bloodless Revolution”
7-8 “Nine Words That Changed the World”
9 Titled Fragments:

“Our Noontide Majesty”; “Fountains Within”; “Lament for the Lost”; “Prelude to the Possible”; “Half-way From Anywhere”; “Fabulous Wings”; “The Past is Ahead”; “Time the Enemy”; “Escape from Time”

10 Assorted outlines and excerpts
Short Stories and Essays
71 Short Stories and Essays

“The Wrong World”

“No Time to Love” – 2 drafts

“The Big Guy”

“A Scratch in Time”

“Mrs. Legion’s Affections” – 2 drafts

“The Poet’s Birthday”

“The Wink” (1936)

“Evelyn Under the Floor” (1940)

“The Poetry of E.E. Cummings”

“Biography of a Mind” (1930)

“Free Prose” (1925)“Shorts About Bernard” (1938)

2 Short Stories and Essays

“The Last Meal”

“I’ll Be Listening” – 2 drafts

“The Catch of the Town” – 2 drafts

“A Glass of Catawba”

“Encounter on Eighth Street”

“Like Old Jehovah”

“The Gilliland House” – 2 drafts


“The Lie That Failed”

“Mrs. Hungerford’s Milk”

3 Short Stories and Essays

“Prophets Wanted”

“A Fall Day” (1931)

A Straight Path”

“Bad Order”

“Youth’s Manuscript” – 5 drafts

4 Short Stories and Essays

“The Mystery of Shining Island” – 2 drafts

“Head Waitress”

“Muddled Murder”

“A Matter of Courses”

“The Second Crash”

“The Years Between”

“Flame” – Possibly outline of a novel (1937)

“C as in Corpse” – 2 drafts

“The Bread of Carefulness” – 2 drafts (1927)


“The Blue and The Sweet”

5 Short Stories and Essays

“The Forbidden Tree” – notes

“Green Skull” – synopsis


“Letters to a Fighter From His Father”

81 Short Stories and Essays

“Haggard Island” by “Max Britton”

“The Censorship of Photoplays” by Bailly

“Bartholdy, The Photoplay Author (April, 1913)

2 Short Stories and Essays

“Lambert Chace Detective”

“The Bottled Message”

“The Decay of Art”

“Four Parodies of Toronto Music Critics”

“How to Find Faith”

“Time the Enemy” – 2 drafts

3 Short Stories and Essays

“Birth, Death and Mr. Dionne”

“Response to Reality”

“The Price of Peace”

“Humanism – the Creed of Today” – also notes on “The Menaced Crown”

“The Greeks and a Word for Jack Benny”

“The New Game of Music Colour”

“The Story of the Christmas Carol” – 2 drafts

“The Creative Life”

“The Ingredients of Life”

“In Praise of Austerity”

“Self-portrait, an Experiment in Autobiography” - 2 drafts (1937)

“To All the Nations…”

“Life Follows Art” Untitled – first line: “Anyone who picks up today the famous work on Urn Burial, from which this extract is taken, might be Deceived by its antiquarian interest and…”

“Nudes and Prudes”

4 Short Stories and Essays

“Prelude to the Possible”

“Ethics” – Notes

“The Moving Finger”

“Song of Solomon”


Followed by a collection of several untitled, fragmented excerpts of various writings at different levels of completeness.

5 Short Stories and Essays

“Gulliver Travels to Winnipeg” – “Gulliver Among Winnipeggians” – a series, newsprint

Editorials by “Peter La Prairie” – (ca. 1917-18)

6 Short Stories and Essays

“The Seven Arts” – syndicated (?) news releases, several clippings and 20 different typed versions and multiple drafts (1928-1930)

7 Yearbook of the Arts in Canada

Excerpt from the Yearbook of the Arts in Canada - pp. 101-104

Newspaper Advertisement for Yearbook of the Arts

Excerpt from the Yearbook of the Arts in Canada (1928 & 1929), Preface to pp. Xii

The Canadian Forum, p. 87 write-up on the Yearbook of the Arts In Canada (1928-29)

General introductory notes to Yearbook of the Arts

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Poetry 1928-1936, [19-?]
88 Poetry

“Speculation in a Flower Market”

“The Humorist”

“Fellowship” – 6 drafts (1936)

“I Have Uttered Arches”

“Arches” ] – same poem, drafts

“Two Modern Dances”


“To Leo Ornstein”

“The Edge of Peace” – 3 drafts

“As It Is In Heaven” (1928)

“A Fiddler at the World’s Burning” – incomplete – 2 drafts (1928)

“June Twenty Six Twenty Eight”

“The Restless West”

“A Man to His Son”

“The Ice Man”

“In Praise of Austerity”


“The Destroyer”

“Legacy From the Past” – including notes on

“The World-as-it-is”

“To Sevrelda”

“Wilhelm at Heaven’s Gate”

“Wutlend” or “The Wind-Sprite” – 2 drafts

“Nine Words”

“The Bridegrooms of Death”


8 A collection of poems originally placed together – for book of poems?


“an artist”



“on the wharf”





“self portrait”

“old man”







“a doctor”

8 Another collection of poems:






8 Poetry – untitled
9 Poems identified by first line – alphabetically arranged:

Behind me the unbarred gates recede

I will lay hands on all limits

Lewd moon, uncovered in the breathless sky

Like a cat, conscious of its perfection

O tree silent and aslant

Rightness not good or evil (1928)

Let me not be deflected

This morning I went out slowly to plant a tree - 2 drafts (1928)

under the sleeper’s eyelids light seeps

without speaking they both look at the long light patch

Is she so fair

Deep vacancies I fill with images

10 A home-made notebook of Brooker’s collected verse containing:

Part 1:











Part 2:


“Division” – A drama

“Within” – A drama

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VII. Literary Reviews and Announcements 1927-1949, [19-?]
91 a) By Bertram Brooker

Mary by Sholem Asch, Globe and Mail (October, 1949)

The Proving of Romanticism by Hugh I. Fausset, The Canadian Forum (August, 1930)

2-4 b) Of Bertram Brooker’s writings

Listen for the Wings reviewed by an unknown editor

Yearbook of the Arts in Canada, 1928-29 – numerous news clippings of various reviews and releases (1929)

Yearbook of the Arts in Canada 1936 – numerous news clippings of various reviews and releases (1936-37)

Think of the Earth (1936) – numerous news clippings of various reviews and releases (1936-37)

5 c) Neither by or about Brooker

“Tolstoy’s Diary” The Times Literary Supplement (September, 1927)

“Freud and the Future” by Thomas Mann, The Saturday Review of Literature (July, 1936)

“Lord Tweedsmuir’s Coming Lecture on Behalf of Canadian Poetry” (n.d)

“The Canadian Novel Turns the Corner” by William Arthur Deacon, The Canadian Magazine (October, 1936)

“Short Story Contest – A Report” by Earle Birney, Canadian Forum Magazine , vol 17 (n.d.)

“Religion Still Inspires Great Modern Art” by Paul Duval (n.d)

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VIII. Art [18-?], 1926-1970

[Note: Most items in sections VIII-X are photocopied]

96-7 Art work by B. Brooker

Brooker’s first watercolour – 10 years old. “Simply to Thy Cross I Cling”

Lamps – magazine (Spring, 1938) “Entombment”

Lamps (Winter, 1938-39) – over Design and “The Storks”

The Canadian Forum (June, 1930) – several works “Elijah” in both The New York Times Book Review (January 19, 1930) and Winnipeg Free Press (February 3, 1930)

“Progression” – in an unidentified news clipping

“Catalogue of the 57th Annual Exhibition of the Ontario Society of the Artists” – Drawings by Bertram Brooker

Christmas Card Designs

Two other listings

8 Articles by B. Brooker (presumably) About Canadian Art

“Canada’s Modern Art Movement”, The Canadian Forum (June, 1926)

(“Art and Reformation”) see Box 8 Fd. 6

Two other untitled articles

9 Articles about B. Brooker’s Art

“Some Canadian Moderns” by Walter Abell, Magazine of Art (July, 1937)

“Religion Still Inspires Great Modern Art” by Paul Duval (n.d)

“A Rebel In Reverse Abides by Tradition”, Globe and Mail (September 12, 1970)

“Protean” by D.M. le Bourdais, Saturday Night (May 2, 1950)

Draft of an untitled 10 p. article on Brooker by an anonymous writer that appeared in the Arts/Canada Magazine . (see “Art and Weltenschearing of Bertram Brooker” by J. Zemans, Arts/Canada Feb/Mar 1973)

10 Assorted materials on Art

Arts and Letters Club programmes and newsletters (1926-1948) Nov. 1968

Magazine of Art , July, 1937 issue on “The Society of Manitoba Artists”

Miscellaneous announcements and listings

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IX. Advertising 1913-1951

[Note: Most items in sections VIII-X are photocopied.]

911 9 articles on B. Brooker’s Advertising Career (1913-1951)
12 Printed articles written on advertising by B. Brooker ( Most appeared in the Marketing and Business Management )

“Selling A Community to Secure A Customer” (December, 1922)

“Cutting the Dead Wood Out of Mailing Lists” (Spring, 1923)

“Getting Orders With A House Organ” (Autumn, 1923)

“What Interests The Dealer” (Autumn, 1923)

“Trying to Level Peaks and Valleys of Fountain Pen Sales” (October 20, 1923)

“How ‘O-Cedar’ Established A Good Name in Canada” (November 3, 1923)

“Making it Easy to Order Multiplies Mail Orders” (December 29, 1923)

“Getting Dealers to Buy More By Helping Them to Sell” (January 26, 1924)

“Ten Years of Life Insurance Advertising Proves That it Pays” (April 5, 1924)

“A Statistical Picture of the Average Canadian Consumer” (June 14, 1924)

“Forty Years of Canadian Advertising” (June 28, 1924)

“Supremacy of Imperial Oil Products Owes Much to Advertising” (July 12, 1924)

“Forty Years of Canadian Advertising” (November 15, 1924)

“Variation in Layout Need Not Lessen ‘Family Resemblance’” (May 1, 1926)

“Prosperous? – Canada Has Never Been So Prosperous as Now” (March 31, 1928)

“Why Not Emphasize to the Public What the Product Will Do” (August 31, 1929)

13 Printed articles by B. Brooker under pseudonym Phillip E. Spane which appeared in Marketing and Business Management

“Bad Breaks in Advertising Display” (February 10, 1923)

“Do We Believe in Advertising” (May 19, 1923)

“Country Weekly A Community Power” (June 30, 1923)

“Suiting the Copy to the Medium” (August 11, 1923)

“ ‘Shape’ as an Attention Compeller” – unfinished (September 8, 1923)

“Can You Cast Your Copy in Story Form” (December 1, 1923)

“Success of One Advertised Product Make Market for Another” (December 15, 1923)

“Digging Up New Selling Arguments” (February 9, 1924)

“Point of Sale as a Copy Contact” (March 8, 1924)

“Loosening the Family Purse Through Appeal to Children” (Summer, 1924)

“Make Advertising Believable” (February 4, 1928)

“Check Your Advertising With Displays in Dealers’ Stores” (March 2, 1929)

“Visualize Events – Not Things in Advertising Copy” (March 16, 1929)

14 Printed articles by B. Brooker under pseudonym Richard Surrey which appeared in Marketing and Business Management

“How Can We Get Better Make-Up” (May 15, 1922)

“What History Can Add to Advertising” (February 24, 1923)

“Three Copy Points of View” (April 21, 1923)

“Finding Holes in the Market That Advertising Can Fill” (June 30, 1923) “Budgeting the Trade Campaign” (July 28, 1923)

“Making Announcements to the Trade More Attractive” (November 17, 1923)

“The Copy Outlook in 1924” (January 12, 1924)

“Competition Tends to Make Copy More Specific” (August 9, 1924)

“Getting Air Into the Layout” (August 23, 1924)

“The Comic In Copy – Does It Pay” (September 20, 1924)

“One Thousand Sources of Copy Ideas” (June 26, 1926)

“Rhythmical Headings? No!” (January 19, 1929)

“A Reply to Two Critics of Advertising” (March 16, 1929)

15 Printed articles by B. Brooker which appeared in Printer’s Ink

“Canada Spending Half-Million Dollars to Attract New Citizens” (January 24, 1924)

“When Resistance to Price Increase Must Be Overcome” (April 10, 1924)

16 Printed articles by B. Brooker under pseudonym “Richard Surrey” which appeared in Printer’s Ink

“The Paradoz as an Aid In Selling” (July 5, 1923)

“Borrowed Glamor in Copy” (September 13, 1923)

“Using Facts As Bait in Small Copy” (August 21, 1924)

“Getting Emphasis in Letters Without Underlining” (December 4, 1924)

“Tome Down the Shout in Direct-Mail” (January 20, 1925)

“Hammering Brass Tacks into Flaccid Copy” (June 11, 1925)

“Shunning Shakespeare!” (November 19, 1925)

“Advertising – Arch Enemy of Poverty and Disease” (December 10, 1925)

“What Effect Has Advertising That People Can’t Believe?” (December 17, 1925)

“Life vs. Lungs” (September 9, 1926)

“The Way to Start a Piece of Copy is to Start” (August 18, 1927)

“Rehearsing Copy Presentation Before Its Appearance” (March 1, 1928)

“O Oikonomikos, Mr. Calkin!” (December 6, 1928)

“The Advertising Tone of Voice” (n.d.)

17 Printed articles by B. Brooker under other pseudonyms which appeared in Marketing and Business Management.

“A Sales Play Based on a Booklet” by George H. Baker (December 13, 1924)

“What Makes the Week Appeal Strong” by George K Beddoe (June 30, 1923)

“Why Salesmen Fail and What Can Be Done About It” by Reginald Clarke (November 3, 1923)

“Selling a New Accessory in a Large Market” by John C. Kirkwood (September 8, 1923)

“Banishing the Summer Slump” by John Meldrum (August 11, 1923)

“Britain Aims to Give Advertising a Professional Status” by Thomas Russell (May 1, 1926)

18 Printed articles by B. Brooker under other pseudonyms Which appeared in Printer’s Ink

“Dressing Up the Guarantee” by August Belden (July 3, 1924) [On p.16 there is a letter to Brooker by August Belden. Therefore, this article may not be Brooker’s.]

“The Intellectual High Diver Makes a Poor Copy Writer” by William E. Cameron (October 29, 1925)

“A Plea for the Intellectual High Diver” by Ralph Crothers (November 26, 1925)

“The Salesman as an Advertising Critic” by Ira Fleming (October 18, 1923)

“Shall Advertising Walk in Stocking Feet or Hob-nailed Boots” by Ray Giles (April 10, 1924)

“Why Pick on the Poor Copy Writer?” by Charles S. Knapp (October 22, 1925)

“A Plebeian Product is made Aristocratic and Sales Jump” by Walter Lamont (December 4, 1924)

“I Wonder Who’s Selling Him Now?” by Walter Lamont (March 5, 1925)

“How to Fit Accurate Sales Quotas and Determine Sales Expenses” by G.C. Willings (n.d), incomplete

19 Printed articles and news clippings by unknown writers (possibly Brooker)

“The Use of Presidents’ Portraits for Advertising” by unknown author (August 28, 1924)

“How the Census Can Help Us Sell” (November 15, 1921)

“Does Hand-Lettering Sell More Smokes” (January 13, 1923)

“Will 1921 Reward Fighters?” (April 15, 1921)

“Build for 1922” (May 1, 1921)

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X. Music [19-?]

[Note: Most items in sections VIII-X are photocopied.]

101 Newspaper articles written by (?) B. Brooker about Music

(3) Articles about music

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XI. Miscellaneous 1970-1949, [19-?]
101 “Is Immorality Immoral” by B. Brooker (concerning censorship of motion pictures)
2 Two articles (not by Brooker) on language
3 Several news clippings, articles, and reviews on and about William Blake, books about Blake, etc. (1907-1949)
4 Two articles on the Caxton Press (1927)
5 News clippings, Memorandum of Agreement, Royalty statements, dust cover and other Material on B. Brooker’s book The Tangled Miracle
6 News clippings on Brooker’s Book Think of the Earth (1937)
7 News clippings apparently collected by Brooker for “Brave Voices”
8 Miscellaneous newspaper clippings
9 “Books that Have Influenced Me”

– 3 copies

10-11 Notes made of Brooker Collection by Professors David Arnason and Birk Sproxton (includes two Letters by Victor Brooker about his father)
12 Miscellaneous incomplete writings (not by Brooker)
13 Slide presentation notes on William Blake – Likely prepared by Brooker
14 Detached notes by Brooker

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Additions [192-?]-1991, [19-?]
1015 Article. Sherrill E. Grace, “ ‘The Living Soul of Man’: Bertram Brooker and Expressionist Theatre”. Theatre History in Canada (Spring 1985) : 1-22
16 News clippings about Brooker (sent by Free Press )
17 Additional Correspondence – 1920’s Newspaper (for description see back of p. 15)
18 Photocopies of 4 letters to and from Victor Brooker Re: Bertram Brooker exhibit, 1972.
19 UNICEF Christmas Card of Brooker Painting (1989)
Brooker Painting (Actual) – Floral Abstract (See Dept. Head)
Provincial Essays: Bertram Brooker and Emergent Modernism – Edited by Jennifer O. Sinclair (See Lib. Catal. on this collection)
1020 M.A. Thesis by Carole Luff on B. Brooker “Progress Passing Through the Spirit. The Modernist Vision of Bertram Brooker. Lionel L. Fitzgerald as Redemptive Art (Carleton) (1991)
21 “Memories of Uncle Bert” – handwritten message by Marion Burtonshaw Hosegood (1988)
21 “Thoughts on Uncle Bert” by his niece Marion Hosegood
21 “Bertram Brooker – author, artist, my uncle” by Gwen Green (handwritten reminiscence) – 1988
21 Genealogy Sheet
21 “Retrospective Art Exhibit” – Marion Hosegood
21 “Railroading and Rugmaking” – a published article on Richard Brooker, father of Bertram Brooker
10a1 Victor Brooker (?)

Index to Bertram Brooker’s fonds (cards) (unknown origin - possibly given to Dick Bennett by Victor Brooker, Bertram’s son)

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Photograph Collection (PC 16), [18-??]-[ca. 1929], [19-?]
11 Bertram R. Brooker
1 Bertram R. Brooker
1 Bertram R. Brooker
1 Bertram R. Brooker
1 Bertram R. Brooker
1 Bertram R. Brooker
1 2nd Field Troop; Canadian Engineers, Winnipeg – World War I
1 2nd Field Troop; Canadian Engineers, Winnipeg – World War I
1 2nd Field Troop; Canadian Engineers, Winnipeg – World War I
1 Engineers Canteen, 2nd Field Troop
1 Cecil, Richard, Bertram Brooker (1905)
1 Unidentified Person, Bertram Brooker
1 Richard Brooker, father
1 Free Press Promotion – Bertram Brooker in Indian costume (1920?)
1 Free Press Promotion – Bertram Brooker in Indian costume (1920?)
1 Tennis Club group – Bertram Brooker and friends (1920?)
1 Negative (B+W) of sketch from “Within a Play” November 7, 1927
"The Artist's Table": Merrill Denison, Bertram Brooker, A.Y. Jackson, J.E.H. Macdonald, Lawren Harris and Arthur Lismer (approx. 1928-29)

Map Cabinet #1

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TC 76
1 Robert Fulford’s CBC show on Bertram Brooker, 25 September, 1970

Features art dealer Gerald Morris and Joan Murray, curator of the Art Gallery of Ontario

2 Victor Brooker’s speech and Art Presentation at Art and Letters Club,

tape -18 minutes; 32 seconds,

Bertram Brooker's biography

3 Interview with Nell Burtonshaw (Brooker’s Sister) by Victor Brooker, [ 1973, ]

tape - 16 minutes;10 seconds

Adio-visual script presentation on Bertram Brooker’s artistic work and accomplishments for the Museum of Contemporary Art (Montreal) – done by Victor Brooker,

tape - 8 minutes

Interview with Dorothy Porter (niece of Bertram Brooker) in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba by Victor Brooker,

tape - 62 minutes

A taped interview with Victor Brooker prepared for broadcast on the Winnipeg radio program “For Art’s Sake” in which he discusses specific paintings of his father, Bertram Brooker, his close involvement with the Group of Seven, his love of music, his work as a poet, the popularity of his art and related topics , [ c. 1982, ]

tape - approximately 15 minutes

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11 Draft - Prelude
2 Draft - Action
3 Draft - Nature
4 Draft - Love
5 Draft - Possibility
6 Draft - Likeness
7 Draft - Goodness
8 Draft - Manhood
9 Draft - Beauty

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