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.

    Scope and content

    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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    Physical condition

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

    Immediate source of acquisition

    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

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        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

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        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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