Fonds 14-010 - Denis Smith fonds. 2014 additions

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Denis Smith fonds. 2014 additions

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    • 1971-2013 (Creation)
      Smith, Denis

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    Biographical history

    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.

    Custodial history

    Fonds was in the custody of Professor Denis Smith before being donated to Trent University Archives in 2013.

    Scope and content

    Fonds is comprised of research materials, correspondence and manuscript drafts related to Professor Denis Smith's books The Prisoners of Cabrera: Napoleon's Forgotten Soldiers, 1809-1814 and General Miranda’s Wars: Turmoil and Revolt in Spanish America, 1750-1816. Also included are reviews, correspondence, and newspaper clippings pertaining to various other books and articles by Smith, and materials pertaining to Trent University.

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    Fonds acquired from Professor Denis Smith in 2013.


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        No restrictions, as of January 1, 2020. Prior to this, permission of Professor Denis Smith was required to access this fonds.

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        This fonds along with 89-009, 92-012, 01-002, 02-012, 04-019, 12-008, and 18-007 is an addition to 86-001.

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        1 & 2. Bleeding Hearts, Bleeding Country: reviews and commentary (includes newspaper clippings, royalty statements, correspondence), 1971-1972
        3 & 4. Gentle Patriot: reviews and commentary (includes newspaper clippings, royalty statements, correspondence), 1973-1974

        1. Diplomacy of Fear: reviews and commentary (includes newspaper clippings, royalty statements, correspondence), 1988-1993
          6 & 7. Rogue Tory: reviews and commentary (includes newspaper clippings, royalty statements, correspondence), 1995-1998
        2. Globe and Mail: folder titled “The Year 2011” re article by Smith titled “Politics 2011: An Astonishing Tale of Derring-do”
        3. Literary Review of Canada: review by Smith of Ken Dryden’s “Becoming Canada: Our Story, Our Politics, Our Future”, 2011
        4. Globe and Mail: folder titled “The Education of Michael Ignatieff” re article by Smith titled “Michael Ignatieff: Is he just acting?”, 2009
        5. Toronto Star: folder titled “Star Review/Granatstein” re article by Smith titled “Stand on Guard, But for Whom?” (re J.L. Granatstein’s “Whose War is it?”), 2007
        6. The Harper Index: folder titled “Harper’s plebiscitary challenge” re article by Smith titled “Parliament Democracy Disdained Under New Rules”, 2008
        7. Articles by Smith titled “Prorogation and its consequences”, 2008; “Stephen Harper’s Dangerous Journey”, 2006
        8. Toronto Star: folder titled “Star Review: Gwyn - John A.” re article by Smith titled “The Father who Made Us” (re Richard Gwyn’s “John A: The Man Who Made Us”), 2007
        9. “Bella Pomer Agency, 2003/4” re article by Smith titled “The Day We Invented Pond Hockey”
        10. “Bella Pomer/Spanish Projects”, 1996-2003
        11. “Trent: An Experiment That Failed” (2006) re discussion about the possible publication of a Trent book; includes draft chapter by David R. Morrison titled “Connecting the Dots: “Governance” at Trent, 1972-1998”
        12. “Trent article, Feb. 2005” re Smith’s draft chapter titled “What Kind of Place Did We Intend to Create” (for possible inclusion in a Trent book)
        13. “Trent Colleges Project, 2004-2005” re closure of Trent’s Peter Robinson College and subsequent purchase of the College by Trent students
        14. Ralph Heintzman degree nomination, 2010/2011

        (Note: Box 2 Folder 1 through Box 3 Folder 9 pertain to Smith's book The Prisoners of Cabrera: Napoleon's Forgotten Soldiers, 1809-1814).

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        1. “Los prisioneros de Cabrera, la capitulacion de Bailen, y los archivos britanicos” by Smith, 2006
        2. The Prisoners of Cabrera by Smith: comments and reviews, 1999-2010
        3. Cabrera exposition, August 2009, articles by Smith and others
        4. “Els Presoners de Cabrera”: press comments, 2004
        5. “The Prisoners of Cabrera”/”Els Presoners de Cabrera”: comments, newspaper clippings, contracts, correspondence, drafts, etc., 2003-2004
        6. “The Prisoners of Cabrera:” book presentation, Palma and Barcelona, 2004
        7. “The Prisoners of Cabrera”: correspondence and queries, 2005-2008
        8. “The Prisoners of Cabrera”: correspondence, contracts, 2001-2008

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        1. Cobourg and District Historical Society: remarks to the Society by Smith titled “Secrets from the Archives: Solving a Mystery of the Napoleonic Wars”, 2002 (re his book “The Prisoners of Cabrera”)
        2. Friends of the Bata Library, Trent University: remarks to the Friends by Smith titled “Secrets from the Archives: Solving a Mystery of the Napoleonic Wars”, 2004 (re his book “The Prisoners of Cabrera”)
        3. Cabrera materials, 2003-2004 (Napoleon Series Forum)
        4. Andalucia en la Historica article, “The Prisoners of Cabrera”, 2008
        5. “The Prisoners of Cabrera”: promotion, 2001-2002
        6. “The Prisoners of Cabrera”: travel grant applications, 2004
        7. “The Prisoners of Cabrera”: promotion Four Walls Eight Windows (publisher), 2003
        8. “The Prisoners of Cabrera”: readings, 2001
        9. “The Prisoners of Cabrera": French translation, 2002
        10. General election, Canada, 2008
        11. Book reviews and articles by Smith
        12. The Crown in Canada conference, Queen’s University, 2010
        13. Jean Chretien/Paul Martin: research materials and articles by Smith, 2002
        14. Stephen Harper: “Harper’s Dangerous Journey”

        Boxes 4-5

        Francisco de Miranda/Miranda’s Wars: research materials, correspondence, 2 original Miranda postage stamps (Box 4 Folder 46), and manuscript drafts pertaining to Smith’s book General Miranda’s Wars: Turmoil and Revolt in Spanish America, 1750-1816 (published 2013)

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