Campbell, William Wilfred fonds

Campbell, William Wilfred, 1861-1918.
William Wilfred Campbell fonds. - ca. 1886 - [19-?]

3 cm of textual records.

William W. Campbell was born at Berlin (Kitchener), Ontario, June 1, 1861. Educated at the University of Toronto and at Cambridge, Mass., he was ordained to the Church of England ministry in 1885 and soon afterwards was appointed to a parish in New England. Returning to Canada in 1888, he became Rector of St. Stephen, N.B. In 1891 he retired from the Church and moved to Ottawa, where he began to write short poems in a village paper, after which he became a contributor to the Atlantic Monthly, the Century and Harper's. He had a number of volumes of his poems published. He was a member of the Royal Society of Canada and died in 1918.


The fonds consists of

  • several undated typescript poems, some corrected: Untitled [part of "The Last Ride"], "An August Reverie", "The Children of the Light", "A Day in June" [autographed], "The Dread Voyage", "Life", "The Were-Wolves"[autographed, note unpublished?], "Winter", "The Cloud Maiden" [autographed],
  • two printed poems: "Premonitions" and "The Dead Leader", 1891,
  • a printed letter by J.S. McCuaig dated May 17, 1886 requesting the Crown's recognition of John A. Macdonald, with attached resolutions, and
  • an undated pamphlet, The Dominion Campaign! Sir John Macdonald on the Questions at Issue Before the People: The Premier's Great Speech Before the Workingmen of Toronto.


  • Title from content of the fonds.
  • Acquired by the Library as part of the McLaughlin Collection in 1970.

Call number: GA 17