Fonds 12-008 - Denis Smith fonds. 2012 additions

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Denis Smith fonds. 2012 additions

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  • 1968-2010 (Creation)
    Smith, Denis

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1.32 m of textual records

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Professor S.G. Denis Smith was born in 1932 in Edmonton. In 1953 he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Honours, from McGill University. At McGill he received the J.W. McConnell Scholarship and an I.O.D.E. post-graduate scholarship for Oxford University in England. From 1953 to 1956 Denis attended Oxford University and obtained his Master's Degree and a Bachelor of Literature. While in Oxford he received an Exhibition Scholarship and a grant from the Bryce Fund to travel and study in Poland. In 1956 he returned to Canada and by 1962 had written a number of papers and reviews on political material. Denis Smith has held a number of university positions throughout his career. He was with the Department of Political Economy at the University of Toronto, 1956 to 1957; Department of Political Science, York University, 1960 to 1961 and was the first Registrar of that University. He held the Vice-President's position at Trent University from 1964 to 1967. He was Master of Champlain College from 1969 to 1971 and a professor in the Department of Political Studies to 1983 when he left to teach and become Dean of Social Sciences at the University of Western Ontario. At Trent he was Chairman of the Politics Department from 1967 to 1968. He was editor of the Journal of Canadian Studies from 1966 to 1975; editor of the Canadian Forum from 1975 to 1979 and President of the Canadian Periodical Publishers Association from 1975 to 1977. He has written several books including: Bleeding Hearts, Bleeding Country, 1971; Gentle Patriot, 1973; Diplomacy of Fear, 1988; Rogue Tory, 1995; Prisoners of Cabrera, 2001; Ignatieff's World: A Liberal Leader for the 21st Century?, 2006; Ignatieff's World Updated: Iggy goes to Ottawa, 2009; General Miranda’s Wars: Turmoil and Revolt in Spanish America, 1750-1816, 2013; and, A Dissenting Voice: Essays, Addresses, Polemics, Diversions, 1959 - 2015, 2017.

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Fonds was in the custody of Professor Denis Smith before being donated to Trent University Archives in 2011.

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Fonds consists of essays, opinion pieces, research notes and correspondence generated by Professor Smith during his career as a political scientist and author. Included are research materials, correspondence, publishing and promotion materials relating to Smith's books on Michael Ignatieff, Ignatieff's World: A Liberal Leader for the 21st Century? (James Lorimer, 2006), and Ignatieff's World Updated: Iggy Goes to Ottawa (James Lorimer, 2009).

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Fonds acquired from Professor Denis Smith in 2011.


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Permission of Professor Smith is required to access the fonds.

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This fonds along with 89-009, 92-012, 01-002, 02-012, 04-019, 14-010, and 18-007 is an addition to 86-001.

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The papers in this accession consist of essays, opinion pieces, research notes and correspondence generated by Professor Smith during his career as a political scientist and author. All essays, reports and reviews listed below are authored by Smith unless otherwise noted.

Box 1


  1. Notes and final copy of chapter in the biography of T.H.B. Symons edited by Ralph Heintzman and published in 2011. The Smith chapter is entitled, "Tom Symons and the Founding of Trent University." 2009.
  2. Notes and clippings re "Conservatives in Power" Globe and Mail, 2006.
  3. Universidad de Jaen, 2006
  4. John Diefenbaker entry for Oxford Companion to Canadian History, 2001-2003.
  5. CPAC appearance re Canadian Prime Ministers. 2003.
  6. Toronto Daily Star review of "The Player" by Geoffrey Stevens. 2003.
  7. Correspondence with McClelland and Stewart. 2003.
  8. Smith review of "An End to Evil" written by David Frum and Richard Perle, Toronto Daily Star. 2004. Also copies of reviews of the same book by Newt Gingrich, Thomas Powers and Fared Zakaria.
  9. Smith review of "Iron Man" (Jean Chrétien) written by Lawrence Martin. 2003.
  10. Entry on John Diefenbaker for Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Final draft and page proofs. 2003.
  11. Correspondence and notes for a speech and essay: "Beyond the Golden Age: Diefenbaker's Foreign Policy'" 2005.
  12. Essay "Canada and the Cuban Missile Crisis" for a C.D. ROM entitled "Canada Confederation to Present" ed. Bob Hesketh and Chris Hackett. Final draft, corrected copies and copy of C.D.
  13. Notes and correspondence for "The Flag Debate" prepared for the C.D. as above. 1998-2000.
  14. Notes, newspaper clippings and essay "Reflections on the Gulf Crisis: Chaos or New World Order?" 1991.
  15. Notes and lecture, Trinity College Oxford. 1968.
  16. York University Founders' Society. 1999.
  17. Presentation at Royal Military College conference on the Cold War and Defense. 1988.
  18. Notes and observations on student protest movement, Paris, May 1968.
  19. Canadian Parliament and Party Leadership. 2009.
    20 Newspaper clippings and article print-outs re Stephane Dion, Bob Rae, Gilles Duceppe. 2008-2009.
  20. Miscellaneous newspaper clippings.

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  1. Report of "Commission of Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in Relation to Maher Arar." 2005.
  2. Washington Post article print-outs re V.P. Dick Cheney. 2007.
  3. Print-outs of articles from The Nation, The Guardian, The Independent, Washington Post and re George Bush and U.S. military policy.
  4. Smith article "Watching America's Afghan Debate from the Sidelines." 2009.
  5. Newspaper and magazine print-outs, and correspondence re Afghanistan. Includes information on alleged torture; affidavit re Richard Colvin.
  6. Canada and Afghanistan. 2007.
  7. John Manley Panel on Afghanistan. 2008.
  8. Research notes on Stephen Harper. 2007-2010.Boxes 3, 4 and 5

These boxes contain research materials, correspondence, publishing and promotion materials relating to Smith's books on Michael Ignatieff. The first book is entitled Ignatieff's World: A Liberal Leader for the 21st Century (James Lorimer, 2006). The second Ignatieff is entitled Ignatieff's World Updated: Iggy Goes to Ottawa (James Lorimer, 2009).

Box 3

Notes, research material, galley proofs and chapter drafts. 18 files. 2006.

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