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St. Ursula's Convent or the Nun of Canada

This sub-series includes permission letters and collation. The permission letter files consist of correspondence with various archives and museums for permission to use a portrait of Julia Catherine Beckwith Hart in the CEECT edition.

Douglas G. Lochhead edited St. Ursula's Convent or the Nun of Canada (1824) by Julia C.B. Hart in 1991, the eighth CEECT scholarly text. This publication is abbreviated STU throughout the CEECT fonds.


This sub-series includes eight manuals compiled and published concerning the editorial principles of CEECT and procedures necessary to facilitate the editorial process.

CEECT published several manuals pertaining to scholarly editorial procedures and other activities related to the publications of each CEECT edition. Various publications resulted from the 1983 Conference. CEECT also published instructional manuals for the computer programs and databases created by CEECT for the publication of its texts.

Centre for Editing Early Canadian Texts conferences

This sub-series includes eighteen audio tapes from the 1981 informal colloquium and 1983 conference, both of which were concerned with the editorial procedures of scholarly texts

CEECT held two conferences in 1983 and 1993 pertaining to scholarly editing procedures. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research of Canada grant awarded to CEECT in 1981 stipulated CEECT host a conference on its practices and the contribution of its work to the field of scholarly editing in Canada and elsewhere.


This sub-series consists of applications submitted by CEECT, including letters of intent and supporting documentation for SSHRC funding.

CEECT applied for major editorial negotiated grants in 1981 and 1986. These applications required CEECT to demonstrate its research and intent at each stage of the process.

Grant Files

This sub-series consists of grant files and annual reports submitted by CEECT regarding SSHRC funding, including Editorial Board comments.

CEECT received major grants from SSHRC in 1981 and 1986. The stipulations of these grants required CEECT to submit annual and semi-annual reports as well as support letters.


This sub-series consists of correspondence between Centre for Editing Early Canadian Texts staff and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) staff pertaining to grants administered by SSHRC and applications for SSHRC funding.

CEECT regularly corresponded with Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council staff from 1981-1995 regarding its applications and grants for funding.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council

This series consists of three sub-series: correspondence (1979-1995); grant files (1982-1992); applications (1980-1991).

CEECT received two major five-year research grants from SSHRC in 1981 and 1986. There were specific requirements that accompanied these grants, such as a conference on editorial procedures, editorial manual, and publishing a specific number of scholarly editions.

Steering Committee

This sub-series is comprised of minutes of the CEECT Steering Committee.

The Steering Committee originally consisted of six members: Mary Jane Edwards, Mary Durance, Jeremy Palin, Sydney Wise, Robert Laird, and Robert McDougall. In later years, the Committee was expanded to include other Carleton University faculty such as Thomas Ryan, Carl Amberg, Naomi Griffiths, Ian Cameron, and Dennis Forcese. The Committee's objective was to establish the administration and funding of the CEECT editorial project. Tasks included selection of texts and determining the editorial principles and procedures for CEECT. The Committee convened every second week 1979-1982, at which time the Committee was dissolved and replaced by the Editorial Board.

Chronological files

The chronological files record the daily activity of CEECT from 1981-1993, including correspondence with academic publishing houses in Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia (1980-1985).

Daily CEECT was in contact with various academic institutions, libraries, and museums in search of material pertaining to each early Canadian author and text from the series. Prior to establishing a publishing agreement with Carleton University Press (CUP), CEECT sought out other Canadian academic publishers.

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