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G. Elmore Reaman fonds.
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- Reaman, George Elmore
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78 cm of textual records and other material
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George Elmore Reaman (1889-1969) was an author, educator, lecturer and columnist. Born at Concord Ontario on July 22, 1889, he received his later education at the University of Toronto (B.A. 1911; M.A. 1913), McMaster University (M.A. 1916), Queen's University (B. Paed. 1917), and Cornell University (Phd. 1920). Employment included teaching at Moose Jaw College (1913-14), Woodstock College (1915), Educational Director of the Y.M.C.A., Toronto from 1920 to 1924, editor at the Macmillan Co. of Canada, Superintendent of the Boys Training School at Bowmanville from 1925 to 1932, principal of Glen Lawrence School, Toronto from 1932 to 1939, Head of the English Department, Ontario Agricultural College from 1939 to 1954 and Director of Adult Education at the University of Waterloo from 1957 to his retirement in 1967. In 1967 he was awarded a Centennial medal; in 1969 he received an honourary doctorate from the University of Waterloo.
G.E. Reaman was active in a number of organizations and held office in most of them: first Canadian president of the International Association for Exceptional Children, also first Canadian President of the International Platform Association. He was founder of several historical organizations, among them the Pennsylvania German Folklore Society, the Ontario Genealogical Society and of the Huguenot Society of Ontario. He also published more than twenty books, the first of which was English for New Canadians, first published in 1919 and re-published over a period of 30 years. His historical publications include Trail of the Black Walnut (1956); Trail of the Huguenots (1963); Trail of the Iroquois Indians and History of Agriculture in Ontario, 1969.
G.E. Reaman married Flora Josephine Green in 1914 and had one daughter, Elaine. He died Dec. 7, 1969.
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Fonds consists of material relating to the life and career of George Elmore Reaman. His position as superintendent of the Bowmanville Training School for Boys and later of the Glen Lawrence School is represented by clippings, photographs and ephemera. His interest in a wide variety of topics, including psychology, education, agriculture and history are represented by correspondence, research files and manuscripts. Typescripts of two unpublished novels "What Sorrow Beyond Sorrows" and "Strangers on the Earth" are also present. Fonds is arranged in eight series as follows:
- Glen Lawrence School;
- Bowmanville Training School for Boys;
- Personal, Biographical;
- Published Work;
- Sound Recordings.
Includes: 1 audio reel, 32 negatives, 3 printing plates, 144 photographs
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Donated by Elaine Reaman, G.E. Reaman's daughter, in 1985.
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Other Reaman material can be found at the Mennonite Archives of Ontario (Hist.Mss. 1.71 - Reaman, G. Elmore) and at the National Archives of Canada (MG31-D57), finding aid at http://data2.collectionscanada.ca/pdf/pdf001/p000000913.pdf.
Included in the original donation were publications, photographs and newspaper clippings relating to Dr. Reaman's work at the University of Waterloo. These materials have been transferred to the University Archives.
Related records can be found in GA 242.
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Fonds level description created February 2010. Original finding aid created 1985. Series descriptions in 2014.