Fonds 03-001 - Spencer J. Harrison fonds. 2003 additions

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Spencer J. Harrison fonds. 2003 additions

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  • 1990-2002 (Creation)
    Harrison, Spencer J.

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32 cm of textual records
7 photographs
2 computer disks

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Spencer J. Harrison was born in 1962. An artist who has lived and painted in Peterborough for several years, Harrison's work has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. Of special significance is his project "Would You Beat this Man?, or more affectionately, "The Fag Project"" which was shown in several cities across Canada and addresses the issue of fear and hatred of gay people. The project is known widely as "The Queer Project." Harrison is also an art instructor and a graduate of the Frost Centre, Trent University. Harrison was artist-in-residence at Trent University in 1994-1995.

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This fonds was created by and in the custody of Spencer J. Harrison before it was donated to Trent University Archives.

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Fonds consists of one box of materials related to the life and times of Spencer J. Harrison, artist and gay activist.

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Fonds acquired from Spencer J. Harrison in 2002 and 2003.


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Associated material located at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives.


This fonds, along with 06-001 and 16-002, is an addition to 99-010.

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Box 1


  1. Masters thesis: The Queer Project: The Distance Between History and Truth / Spencer J. Harrison (draft #1)

  2. as above (draft #2)

  3. as above (3rd draft)
    loose in box. Black binder with final version of thesis, as above (note: pouch in binder includes loosely inserted cards of congratulations and remarks)

  4. Correspondence: MA at Trent, 1998-2002

  5. Correspondence: Ph.D. applications, 2002

  6. Correspondence written by students and addressed to Harrison re a talk he gave to a Bancroft high school art class, 2000

  7. Correspondence written by students and addressed to Harrison re a talk he gave to a Peterborough high school class, 2001

  8. Correspondence: Bill C-23, 2000

  9. Correspondence re donation of art work entitled "It's About Belonging" to Special Needs Department, Trent University, 1999-2002

  10. Correspondence: miscellaneous, 1990, 2000-2002 (includes one photograph of Harrison and six photographs of Banff National Park)

  11. "The Queer Project": survey questionnaires

  12. "The Queer Project": transcripts of interviews

  13. "The Queer Project": Bancroft exhibit

  14. "The Queer Project": Belleville exhibit (includes 2 computer disks entitled "The Pioneer [ ] Loyalist College Oct. 2000", and "transcripts")

  15. "The Queer Project": Cobourg exhibit

  16. "The Queer Project": Saskatoon exhibit

  17. "The Queer Project": Toronto exhibit

  18. "The Queer Project": sheets of photographic reprints

  19. Committee for Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse (CASSA) conference: re Harrison paper on "The Queer Project", 2000

  20. Research notes and materials

  21. Articles, publicity materials, etc. about Harrison

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