Stuart Clarkson, formerly an editorial assistant for the History of the Book in Canada project, has an MA in Scottish history from the University of Guelph and an MLIS from Dalhousie University. He is currently an archivist at the Archives of Ontario.
Archives of Ontario
Personal Statement About Topic:
I first developed an interest in the Rose Publishing Company, along with fellow late-Victorian Toronto publishers William Bryce and the National Publishing Company, while researching a 2005 Bibliographical Society of Canada conference paper on William A. Letson, a bookseller in Liverpool, Nova Scotia. Upon discovering recently that the Rose family name had formerly been spelled Rosie in its native Scotland, I was eager to discover if I could find any links with that earlier name in the few extant records of the Rose family’s Canadian publishing companies. At first I thought the cash book did in fact contain such a link but, upon closer examination of the cramped letters, found that the entry in question read “Rine Club,” not Rosie Club as at first I had hoped. But by then I was immersed in the cash book, a beautifully made book replete with information, and wanted to tell its story.