Fonds 14-009 - Professors Dawn and Denis Smith fonds

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Professors Dawn and Denis Smith fonds

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  • 1998-2001 (Creation)
    Smith, Dawn and Denis

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12 cm of textual records
2 computer disks

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Professor Dawn L. Smith was born in London, England, in 1932 and studied French and Spanish at Oxford University from 1952 to 1955. She emigrated to Canada in 1961. She received her D.Phil in Spanish Literature from Oxford University in 1975 and taught Spanish at Trent until her retirement in 1996. She currently holds the position of Professor Emeritus of Hispanic Studies. She is the author of numerous articles on the Spanish Comedia and has edited a critical edition of Tirso de Molina's La mujer que manda en casa.

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 Cabrara, 2001; Ignatieff's World: A Liberal Leader for the 21st Century?" 2006; Ignatieff's World Updated: Iggy goes to Ottawa" 2009; and General Miranda’s Wars: Turmoil and Revolt in Spanish America, 1750-1816, 2013.

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Fonds was in the custody of Professors Dawn and Denis Smith before being donated to Trent University in 2013.

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Fonds consists of manuscript copies, correspondence, newspaper clippings, research materials, and notes related to the English translation by Professors Dawn and Denis Smith of the 1998 edition of El Ultimo dia de Salvador Allende by Oscar Soto. The English title is The Last Day of Salvador Allende: a Chronicle of the Assault on La Moneda Palace, Santiago de Chile.

Folders in the box include the following:

Folder 1

  • Correspondence, 1999-2001: correspondents include Dawn Smith, Denis Smith, Alicia Soto, Oscar Soto, and Bella Pomer
  • Book proposal, manuscript submissions, letters to editors, newspaper clippings, notes, right to translate, 1999-2001

Folder 2

  • “Allende Files”: Correspondence, 1998-1999; includes correspondence with Alicia Soto
  • “Notes for Oscar Soto” regarding the translation of text
  • Notes regarding contracts, fees, and rights to the translation

Folder 3

  • Typed drafts of the English translation of the introduction to Oscar Soto’s The Last Day of Salvador Allende (also floppy disk labeled “New Introduction 30.12.99”)

Folder 4

  • Manuscript copy of The Last Day of Salvador Allende: A Chronicle of the Assault on La Moneda Palace, Santiago de Chile by Oscar Soto, translated into English by Professors Dawn and Denis Smith (also floppy disk copy of same manuscript)
  • Photocopy of blueprint of La Moneda Palace

Folder 5

  • News articles on the Pinochet trial from November 1998 to May 2000
  • Printed email correspondence between Denis Smith and various editors of newspapers

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Fonds acquired from Professors Dawn and Denis Smith in 2013


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Permission of Professor Dawn Smith or Professor Denis Smith is required to access this fonds. On 1 January 2020, the material will become unrestricted.

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