Fonds 6 - Doris Calder Oral History Collection

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Doris Calder Oral History Collection

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  • 1979-1980 (Creation)
    Calder, Doris Ethel (Patterson)
  • 1984 (Publication)
    Doris Calder
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44 audio recordings (original cassette tapes and MP3 files)
17cm textual material (original interview notes)
6.5cm textual material (transcript)

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Biographical history

Doris Ethel Calder (née Patterson) is a resident and historian of the Kingston Peninsula. She was born on November 3rd, 1941, and currently lives in the Patterson family home in Long Reach with her husband, John. Both her mother, Winnifred Ethel Crawford, and her father, George Gordon Patterson, are direct descendants of Loyalist settlers.
Calder is as an authority of local history with a natural gift for storytelling. This disposition can be traced back to her childhood, when she would tell stories to captivated peers in the woodshed behind her school. Much of the rest of her childhood was spent working and playing on the family farm.

After high-school, Calder left the Peninsula for a few years. She graduated from Acadia University in 1963 and received a B.Ed. at the University of New Brunswick the following year. In 1964, she married John Calder. The young couple then embarked on an adventure, hitch-hiking through Europe and Africa, where they worked and explored. When the grand tour came to an end, Doris and John settled in Long Reach, where they have remained ever since, serving as keen-eyed witnesses to patterns of life and their generational transformations.

In addition to being an oral historian, Calder is the author of All Our Born Days: A Lively History of New Brunswick’s Kingston Peninsula (Percheron, 1984). All Our Born Days is the definitive account of life on the Peninsula. This book stems from more than forty-five interviews conducted by Calder, documenting the memories of local residents.

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The fond contains records of interviews conducted by Doris Calder of Kingston Peninsula residents. These interviews document oral histories of the region and provide the research material for her book "All Our Born Days: A Lively History of New Brunswick's Kingston Peninsula."

Records include audio recordings, Calder's original note cards, and transcripts of Calder's notes.

Interviewees include :Mary Catherine “Kay” (Hickey) Barlow; Gladys Vida Lucella (MacDougall) Bostwick; Myrtle Maria (Holder) Burnham; Edna Gertrude (Waddell) Cochrane & William Harvey Cochrane; Ida Harding (Marshall) Coffey; Maurice “Morris” Kingston Coffey; Robert Wesley “Bob” Cosman; Maisie Willington (Pitt) Currie, Lucie Melita (Pitt) Worden, & Eva Marjorie (Pitt) Miller; James Gordon “Jim” Edwards ;Helen Augusta (Williams) Flewelling; Mildred Ellen (Gorham) Redmore & Zaidee Vivian (Gorham) Williams; Stanwood Brittain “Stan” Gorham & Blanche Marion (Long) Gorham; Hartley Emerson McAlary; Gladys Marjorie (Henderson) Titus & James "Gordon" Henderson; Louise Everett (Peters) Holder; Dr. Albert Theodore Leatherbarrow; Joseph Leonard Linton; John Frederick “Fred” Long; Russell E. McCleery; Ethel Muriel Meritt; Eva Marjorie (Pitt) Miller & Robert “Bob” Miller; Addie Helen Murphy; Charles Duffy Northrup, Melva Isabella (Moore) Roberts, & Lucy Louise (Paddock) McPherson; Barbara Helena Northrup & Marguerite Agnes (Northrup) Watts; George "Gordon" Patterson; Ida May (Patterson) Wakeling; Ida May Patterson & Helen Louise (Patterson) Regan; Ella May (Pitt) Reed; Zetta Theresa Fern Rodgers; William Robert “Bill” Roper; Vera Florence May Rosetta (Carter) Shamper; Albert M. Sleep & Alice Elizabeth (Donnelly) Sleep; Claude Arthur Stewart & Agnes Gertrude (Gilliland) Stewart; Albert Willard Thompson; Lorne Kenneth Waddell & Doris Mabel (Hall) Waddell; James “Jim” Walton; Agnes Elizabeth (Miller) White & Marjorie H. (Dickson) Miller; Lena Mary Victoria (White) Linton & Agnes Elizabeth (Miller) White; Zaidee Vivian (Gorham) Williams; Robert Marshall Wood, George Thomas Frederick Wood, & Elmina Augusta “Gussie” Wood; Bessie (Holder) Crosby; Bruce Hansom Williams; Hazel May Puddington & William Ellis Puddington; Harold Hazen Kierstead & Ruby Winifred (Hunt) Kierstead.

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Calder's note cards are undamaged. Most audio recordings are clear and audible; however, certain recordings feature inaudible segments.

Immediate source of acquisition

Donated by Doris Calder.


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  • English

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Location of originals

Archives Office, John Fisher Memorial Museum, Kingston, Kings Co., N.B., Canada

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Digital copies of recordings and transcripts of note cards are available upon request.

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Finding aid for audio recordings available.

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Note cards unavailable for Ethel Merrit, Eva Pitt, Maurice & Margaret Paddock, Jim Walton, Robert Cosman, the Pitt Sisters, and Russell McCleary.

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