Fonds MG H 166 - Stuart Trueman

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Stuart Trueman

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CA UNB MG H 166

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  • 1926-1955, predominant 1950-1995 (Creation)
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    Trueman, Stuart

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11.46 m of textual records
550 photographs
cartoon sketches

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(1911-1995)

Biographical history

Humorist, journalist, and amateur historian, Stuart Douglas Trueman was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, on 6 November 1911. He was the eldest of three sons and four daughters raised by Annie M. (Roden) and John Macmillan Trueman. Educated in local schools, Trueman graduated from Saint John High School in 1928. In 1937 he married Mildred Kate Stiles, daughter of Kate and Riley Stiles of River Glade, and they had three sons: Douglas Hugh M. and Stuart Macmillan (Mac).

At age 17, Trueman began his newspaper career as a cartoonist with "The Telegraph-Journal" and "The Evening Times-Globe". Over the next 43 years he also worked as a reporter and associate editor. In 1951 he was elevated to editor-in-chief, a position which he held until 1971. Following retirement, he remained active as contributing editor, writing weekly columns until 1993.

A well-known author, Trueman wrote 12 books and numerous articles. More than 300 of his light pieces were published in Canadian and American magazines including "The Saturday Evening Post", "Saturday Night", "Weekend", and "The Atlantic Advocate". His first humorous book, "Cousin Elva" (1955), was later adapted for television and the stage. In 1969 his third book, "You're Only as Old as You Act" (1968), won the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour. In addition to his works of humour, Trueman published several books on historical themes, and he co-authored two cookbooks with his wife Mildred. Several of Trueman's books are self-illustrated.

Along with his work as a writer and journalist, Trueman was a popular public speaker and an active member of several committees and organizations. He was a member of the Canadian Authors Association and served on the Lord Beaverbrook Overseas Scholarship Committee, the Beaverbrook Playhouse Committee and the Stephen Leacock Centennial Committee. He was the Bank of Canada's New Brunswick representative for its Canada Savings Bond campaigns. For 27 years he was an alternate member of the Roosevelt Campobello International Park Commission.

During his life Trueman received several awards and honours. He received honourary degrees from St. Thomas University and the University of New Brunswick in 1971 and 1979 respectively. He was made an honourary life member of the Saint John Press, Radio and TV Club, the New Brunswick Branch of the Canadian Authors Association, the New Brunswick Museum, and the Saint John Regional Library. Trueman died at Saint John on 23 April 1995.

Custodial history

The records comprising this fonds passed from Trueman's estate to his widow, Mildred Trueman, in 1995.

Scope and content

This fonds documents Stuart Trueman's literary career as author of books and articles published nation-wide between the late 1940s to the 1990s. It also documents his career as a reporter, editor, and columnist with The Telegraph-Journal and The Evening Times-Globe from the late 1920s to 1993. In addition, the fonds reflects his activities as a public speaker and as a member of several committees, most notably, the Roosevelt Campobello International Park Commission. It also reflects his work as the Bank of Canada's New Brunswick representative for its Canada Savings Bond campaigns. As well, this fonds contains some of Mildred Trueman's correspondence and financial records.

It includes incoming and outgoing correspondence, research materials, speaking notes, travel itineraries, newspaper clippings, minutes, report,s and personal mementos. The fonds also includes handwritten, typed, and published copies of Trueman's articles and columns as well as handwritten and typed copies of his books. Graphics include photographs, negatives, cartoon illustrations for books, promotional posters, proofs of book covers and original dust jackets. Artifacts that accompanied this fonds have not been processed and include invitations to various formal functions and certificates of appreciation.

Humorist, journalist, and amateur historian Stuart Douglas Trueman was born in Saint John, N.B. on 6 November 1911. He was the eldest of three sons and four daughters raised by Annie M. (Roden) and John Macmillan Trueman. Educated in local schools, Trueman graduated from Saint John High School in 1928. In 1937 he married Mildred Kate Stiles, daughter of Kate and Riley Stiles of River Glade, N.B. They had two sons, Douglas Hugh M. and Stuart Macmillan (Mac).

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Immediate source of acquisition

The bulk of this fonds was deposited with Harriet Irving Library Archives & Special Collections by Mildred Trueman, widow of Stuart Trueman, on 28 September 1995. The remainder was acquired from Mildred Trueman on 16 November 1995.

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The bulk of the material contained in this fonds was unsorted at the time of acquisition. Consequently, all files were created by the archivist.

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  • English

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A few files have been restricted temporarily to protect the privacy of the Trueman family.

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