Fonds 15-007 - Joseph Wearing fonds. 2015 additions

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Joseph Wearing fonds. 2015 additions

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  • ca. 1940-1996 (Creation)
    Wearing, Joseph

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1.2 m of textual records

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Joseph Wearing is Professor Emeritus at Trent University, having been a member of the Department of Political Studies for three decades and, for a time, serving as Chair of the Department. He is a graduate of the universities of Western Ontario, Toronto and Oxford (D.Phil.) and is the author of books and articles on Canadian political parties. His books include The L-Shaped Party: The Liberal Party of Canada, 1958-1980; Strained Relations: Canadian Parties and Voters; and The Ballot and its Message: Voting in Canada (edited collection of articles on Canadian voting behaviour). He also wrote a book about his father, Lumberjack in the Court House: The Remarkable Career of Judge Joseph Wearing and helped to produce “:30 Second Democracy: A Documentary on Political Television Advertising.” A more recent research interest is the role of party discipline in the Canadian House of Commons. Apart from his academic activities, Professor Wearing has also contributed to the musical life of Trent University and the City of Peterborough. He was the musical director of six Gilbert & Sullivan productions between 1969 and 1975 and performed in a seventh production. He conducted the Coventry Singers of Peterborough, 1967-1975, and was chair of Town & Gown Concerts that presented concerts by local performers as well as by prominent Canadian musicians including Lois Marshall, soprano, and Anton Kuerti, piano. He was also on the Board of Directors of the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra and held the position of president. As a pianist and member of the Master Class Players, Wearing performs regularly at community events in Toronto.

Custodial history

Fonds was in the custody of Professor Joseph Wearing before being donated to Trent University Archives in 2014.

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Fonds consists of Professor Joseph Wearing's research materials, newspaper clippings, reports, and articles related to the Liberal Party of Canada, various Liberal Party conventions and conferences, the Peterborough Riding Liberal Association, the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, government and Canadian federal cultural policy, Canadian federal elections of the 1960s and 1970s, and The Arts. Also included are miscellaneous notes and manuscripts, as well as materials related to the video “:30 Second Democracy” and Wearing’s book, The L-Shaped Party: the Liberal Party of Canada, 1958-1980. Included also in this fonds are programs, financial and administrative records, and minutes related to Peterborough Symphony Orchestra, 1970s-1980.

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Some documents in this fonds have a musty smell; there is no evidence, however, of mould. Masks are available upon request.

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Fonds acquired from Professor Joseph Wearing in 2014.


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Some of the research material is comprised of photocopies of articles and book chapters; this material is not to be reproduced or quoted directly without appropriate consent.

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This fonds is an addition to 98-011.

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Box 1


  1. Liberal Party Convention, 1966
  2. Liberal Party / Death of Martin Luther King, 1968
  3. Liberal Party, 1968
  4. Liberal Party, 1968
  5. Harrison Liberal Conference, 1969
  6. Harrison Liberal Conference, 1969

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  1. Liberal Party Convention, 1970
  2. Liberal Party Convention, 1973
  3. Liberal Party Convention, 1973
  4. Liberal Party Convention, 1975
  5. Peterborough Poll 166, List of Voters, 1975
  6. Peterborough Poll 40, List of Voters, 1977
  7. Liberal Party Convention, 1978
  8. Liberal Party Convention, 1978
  9. Federal Election, Peterborough, 1978
  10. Federal Election, Peterborough, 1978
    Loose in box: 7 notebooks with ballot counts, undated
  11. Liberal Party Convention, 1984
  12. Liberal Party Convention, 1984
  13. Liberal Party Convention, Survey of Delegates, 1984
  14. Liberal Party Convention, Survey of Delegates, 1984
  15. National Liberal Federation: notes
  16. Federal Liberal Party: clippings and miscellaneous
  17. Peterborough Riding Liberal Association: some minutes, miscellaneous, 1975-1977

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  1. Party organizations abroad – paper by Wearing, 1984
  2. Politics – graduate studies
  3. Claxton, Tarte and Murphy research papers
  4. Research regarding article in Journal of Canadian Studies
  5. Wearing manuscript “The Liberal Party”
  6. Wearing manuscript – miscellaneous
  7. Arts funding and the Government, 1983-1984 (includes papers and research materials by Wearing)
  8. Arts funding and the Government, 1983-1984 (includes papers and research materials by Wearing)
  9. Arts and government, ca. 1977-1981
  10. Arts and government, ca. 1977-1981
  11. Visual Arts Museum, ca. 1980-1983
  12. Canadian Opera Company, ca. 1983
  13. Arts – Vancouver
  14. Canada – Theatre – General
  15. Canada – Music – General
  16. Canada – Opera – General
  17. Canada – Orchestras – General
  18. Canada – Performing Arts – General
  19. Arts – Edmonton
  20. Arts – Edmonton
  21. 1962 Federal Election
  22. 1963 Federal Election
  23. 1968 Federal Election
  24. 1972 Federal Election
  25. 1974 Federal Election

Box 4


  1. Political T.V. Adverts & “:30 Second Democracy” script, 1993-1996
  2. “:30 Second Democracy” transcripts
  3. re video on Political Advertising on Television “:30 Second Democracy”, 1991-1995
  4. Television advertising, 1986-1991
  5. Political Advertising on Television, 1988-1996

Box 5


  1. Peterborough Symphony Orchestra (PSO): budgets, 1978-1980
  2. PSO: bylaws, 1977
  3. PSO: concert committee, 1974-1977
  4. PSO: conductor, 1976-1978
  5. PSO: financial reports, 1976-1979
  6. PSO: funding and grants, 1975-1978
  7. PSO: John Falls and Peter Bartley, 1977-1978
  8. PSO: minutes, 1976-1979
  9. PSO: newspaper clippings, 1977-1979
  10. PSO: office, 1975-1979
  11. PSO: president, 1975-1978
  12. PSO: publications, 1975-1980
  13. PSO: Wintario, 1977-1979
  14. PSO: Youth Orchestra, 1976-1979
  15. PSO: miscellaneous, 1977-1980
  16. Progressive Conservatives: clippings, ca. 1970s-1980s
  17. Progressive Conservatives: constitutions and directors’ reports, 1956-1975; Report on the Montmorency Conference, 1967
  18. Progressive Conservative Party: papers, 1940s
  19. Progressive Conservative Party: papers, 1940s

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