Fonds F025 - Peter Madden fonds

Title and statement of responsibility area

Title proper

Peter Madden fonds

General material designation

  • Textual record
  • Sound recording
  • Graphic material

Parallel title

Other title information

Title statements of responsibility

Title notes

  • Source of title proper: Title based on the content of the fonds

Level of description


Reference code


Edition area

Edition statement

Edition statement of responsibility

Class of material specific details area

Statement of scale (cartographic)

Statement of projection (cartographic)

Statement of coordinates (cartographic)

Statement of scale (architectural)

Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)

Dates of creation area


  • 1961-2009 (Creation)
    Madden, Peter

Physical description area

Physical description

2.75 m of textual records
1 audio reel
12 photographs
21 paintings

Publisher's series area

Title proper of publisher's series

Parallel titles of publisher's series

Other title information of publisher's series

Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series

Numbering within publisher's series

Note on publisher's series

Archival description area

Name of creator


Biographical history

Peter Madden was born October 14, 1939 in the Toronto area. Between his 12th and 31st birthday, he spent many years first in reformatories and later in prison. He wrote his first play, Criminal Record (1971), while incarcerated at Collins Bay Penitentiary. The production of this play was invited to the Dominion Drama Festival in 1971. Later, it was adapted into a film, Cell 16, produced by the National Film Board (NFB), and Peter Madden was paroled from Collins Bay Penitentiary as a writer for the NFB. Since his release in 1971, Peter Madden committed himself to writing. In 1974, he wrote the script for the NFB-film One Man and the play The Night No One Yelled, which was produced by Beggars’ Workshop in Montreal. Peter Madden’s script Leave my Kids Alone was released by the NFB in 1990 under the title The Ticket Back. Peter Madden worked as a writer, playwright, screenwriter, and poet for the remainder of his life. He predominantly wrote about prisons, crime, and incarceration. Some of his plays were produced as radio dramas for the CBC. From 1972 to 1977, Peter Madden was Artistic director at the Beggars’ Workshop Theatre in Montreal. In 1977, he was awarded for the screenplay of the NFB-film One Man. Peter Madden lived in Montreal from 1971 until his death on September 9, 2006. He had two sons.

Custodial history

Scope and content

The Peter Madden fonds is composed of materials spanning Peter Madden’s career as a writer from the 1970s to the beginning of the 21st century. A major part of Peter Madden’s work reflects his experience in prison.

Documents include manuscripts, drafts, scripts, notes, correspondence, journals, notebooks and press clippings related to performances of Peter Madden's plays. The fonds contains examples of both published and unpublished poems, short stories, plays, and screenplays. It permits to follow the development of a play from the idea to its final version.

The fonds is organized in the following series:

F025/ A Personal Life
F025/ B Professional Life
F025/ C Literary work

Notes area

Physical condition

Immediate source of acquisition


Materials are arranged in the order of receipt.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Location of originals

Availability of other formats

Restrictions on access

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Reproduction for scholarly purposes is permitted. Use of material in a publication may only be done with permission of the copyright owner.

Finding aids

Box listings are available.

Associated materials

Related materials


No further accruals expected


Copyright belongs to the creator(s)

Alternative identifier(s)

Standard number area

Standard number

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Description record identifier

Institution identifier

Rules or conventions



Level of detail


Language of description

Script of description


Madden, Peter. Curriculum Vitae. Peter Madden fonds (F025), file 004-04, Concordia University Library, Special Collections

Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related places

Related genres