Item RG 0.02.01 - The House of Ryerson, 1829-1954

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The House of Ryerson, 1829-1954

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RG 0.02.01

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first edition

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  • 1954-09-04 (Creation)
    Pierce, Lorne Albert
  • 1954-09-04 (Publication)
    The Ryerson Press

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2 books : 52 pp.

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Lorne Albert Pierce was born August 3, 1890 in Delta Ontario. He attended Queen's; Victoria College, Toronto; Union Theological Seminary, NY; New York University; and United Theological College, Montréal. He was ordained a Methodist minister in 1916. Pastoral work, in Ottawa and elsewhere, and wartime army service preceded his association with Ryerson Press in 1920. He worked as a literary adviser, then as editor.He became Editor in chief of RYERSON PRESS in 1922, a position he held until 1960. Pierce championed Canadian writers and writing for over 40 years. Pierce typified the enthusiastic nationalism of English Canada in the 1920s: he launched the important Ryerson Chapbook poetry series, the pioneering Makers of Canadian Literature volumes of criticism, and the textbook series, The Ryerson Books of Prose and Verse.
Pierce's own writings include studies of William KIRBY and Marjorie Pickthall, a critique and an anthology of Canadian literature, and editions of the poetry of Pickthall and Bliss CARMAN. In 1926 he established the Lorne Pierce Medal of the RSC for literary achievement and in 1927 the Edith and Lorne Pierce Collection of Canadian Literature at Queen's. He was prominent in the Canadian Authors' Association, the Canadian Bibliographical Society, the Canadian Writers' Foundation, the ROYAL ONTARIO MUSEUM and the Art Gallery of Toronto (ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO). In 1940 Pierce was a founder of what became the Canadian Hearing Society, a by-product of his own deafness.
Lorne Pierce died in Toronto, Ontario on November 27, 1961.

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One copy of book donated to Archives by Jean Kennedy, formerly of Ryerson Athletics.

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Two copies of the "House of Ryerson". The book covers the evolution of the Methodist Church printing between 1829 and 1954.

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One copy appears to have been signed by Lorne Pierce: "Dear....This was written during Jan-Apr 1953, Lorne Pierce.'

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