Fonds 18-007 - Denis Smith fonds. 2018 additions

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Denis Smith fonds. 2018 additions

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  • 1980-2016 (Creation)
    Smith, Denis

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60 cm 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 2018.

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Fonds is comprised of research materials, correspondence and manuscript drafts related to Professor Denis Smith's books and articles, including his book A Dissenting Voice (2017). 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 2018.


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None. Until 1 January 2020, 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 14-010 is an addition to 86-001.

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Box 1


  1. Donaghy on Dief-Ike, 2015
    Copy of a paper by Greg Donaghy entitled: “When the Chips are down: Eisenhower, Diefenbaker, and the Lebanese Crisis, 1958”, presented at the Canadian Historical Association meetings of 2015 and sent to Smith

  2. Stephen Harper and the parliamentary constitution, Sept. 2015

  3. Joe Wearing: “Who forms the government?, [Nov. 2014]

  4. David Harley memorial, 26 September 2014
    Denis Smith’s copy of his words of tribute spoken at the funeral of his friend David Harley

  5. John Graham manuscript, 2014
    Comments by Smith on manuscripts by John Graham: “Whose man in Havana: adventures from the far side of diplomacy”, [2013]; and “Central America: fireworks and foreign diplomacy”, [2014]

  6. Azzi class: Diefenbaker’s prime ministership, 2014
    Smith’s notes on the talks he gave to Dr. Stephen’s Azzi’s classes at Carleton University in [2012] and 2014

  7. Diefenbaker, 2011-
    Includes copy of article by Eric Bergbusch: “Diefenbaker in the Holy Land” (Bout de papier, Summer/Fall 2009 pp. 17-23); a second article by Kathryn Blaze Carlson: “The Diefenbaker gambit” (National Post, 7 Jan. 2011); and a third article by Andrew Cohen: “The Chief had too big an ego for anyone else (Ottawa Citizen, 6 Sept. 2011)

  8. Harper’s demise, 2013
    Includes draft of a piece Smith submitted to the Globe and Mail editorial office 30 Oct. 2013 re the “Senate scandal” (over Senators’ expenses). Plus copies of other related newspaper articles

  9. 2012: The Siege of 24 Sussex Drive
    An article by Smith submitted to the Globe and Mail, Dec. 2011

  10. Harper and dissolution, 2008
    Prime Minister Stephen Harper dissolved Parliament in Sept. 2008 and called a snap election. In 2007 Parliament had adopted fixed election dates and there was the question of whether Harper could call a snap election and whether or not the Governor General would agree. Included are many articles including one by Smith entitled: “Can Stephen Harper dissolve Parliament when he chooses?” submitted to the Globe and Mail, August 2008

  11. Harper’s generous legacy
    Smith wrote an article entitled “Stephen Harper’s generous legacy” and it was published in the Globe and Mail, 12 May 2012 under the title: “A Modest Proposal: The (as yet) untold Harper legacy: So long, Ottawa. Hello, three hills”. Included in the folder is the correspondence re publication of the article
    Also included is a copy of the online version of the article entitled: “What would Canada look like in 2015 if Harper is still Prime Minister?”, 11 May 2012

  12. Prisoners of Cabrera: Spanish translation
    Documentation regarding the production of the Spanish edition of Smith’s Prisoners of Cabrera (Toronto: Macfarlane, Walter & Ross, 2001)

  13. Smith review of a book.

  14. The Lessons of Anatoli Tarasov
    Smith was inspired by an article in the Toronto Star, 30 Dec. 1969 entitled “Russia’s Tarasov examines NHL play” to written a poem entitled “The Lessons of Anatoli Tarasov”. Included in the folder is a copy of the poem plus a copy of an article in Puckstruck, 18 Sept. 2014, entitled “In Russia, we have a proverb” in which Smith’s poem is reprinted

  15. Ron Thom panel, 11 Sept. [2014]
    Copy of Smith’s remarks entitled: “Ron Thom and the founding of Trent: remarks for a panel discussion,” 22 Sept. 2014, plus responses to his talk. The talk was in conjunction with celebrations re the 50th anniversary of Trent University

  16. Ron Thom panel, 11 Sept. 2014 – [research and drafts]
    Research regarding Trent University history and its buildings in preparation for the talk given to the panel

  17. Smith review of a book

  18. The Crier, 1999-2000 The Port Hope Crier was established by local citizens, including Denis Smith, in 1999 and published its last issues 22 June 2000. Included is a deed of gift to the Ganaraska Region Archives where the issues of the newspaper were archived

  19. Toronto Star book editor
    Correspondence of Smith with the book editor of the Toronto Star recommending books to be reviewed
    Also, drafts of potential contracts any member of the Professional Writers Association of Canada could use when signing with a publisher. Especially applicable in the digital media era

  20. Royalty statements

  21. Trent University personal, 1980-82

  22. Diefenbaker [health], 2001

  23. Ron Thom memorial, 1986

  24. Symons Conference, 17 June 2011
    Smith’s speech at the conference is included. The book Tom Symons: a Canadian life, (University of Ottawa Press, 2011), edited by Ralph Heintzman, was launched at this conference. Included is the chapter that Smith contributed to the book

  25. Tom McMillan, Stanfield and Symons, 2010
    Smith advised Tom McMillan re the production of McMillan’s book: Not My Party: The rise and fall of Canadian Tories, from Robert Stanfield to Stephen Harper (Nimbus, 2016)

  26. Trent University, 1986

  27. University of King’s College, Halifax, 1992

  28. Allan Blakeney Honorary Degree Citation, University of Western Ontario, Oct. 1991

  29. T.H.B. Symons Fund in Canadian Studies

  30. Awarding to Smith of title “Honorary Professor” at Trent University, 1998

  31. Trent University Champlain College Architectural Advisory Board, 1991-

  32. Lisa Rochon – Trent, Dec. 2004
    Article by Lisa Rochon entitled “The mugging of Thom’s Trent” (Globe and Mail, 1 Dec. 2004) which discussed the new Gzowski College at Trent. Smith sent a letter to the Editor of the Globe re Rochon’s article. Included are various articles re Trent’s architecture

Box 2

Note: folders 1-5 relate to A Dissenting Voice (manuscript by Smith) which was later published as a book (Rock’s Mills Press, Nov. 2016). Hereafter referred to as DV


  1. Collected articles, 2016: DV
    A large folder consisting of 5 subfolders containing the articles later reproduced in DV
    1a: 1: Essays and addresses
    1b: 2: Reviews
    1c: 3: Polemics
    1d: 4: Diversions

  2. DV submitted version, 20 April 2016
    Consists of 6 pages: Title page, contents and introduction

  3. DV final copy, 8 Nov. 2016
    Full text of the manuscript

  4. Discards
    Articles by Smith not included in the manuscript

  5. DV miscellaneous notes, 2016

  6. Classes Maria de la Rica, 2014
    Information for the Spanish ambassador to Canada Carlos Gomez-Mugica and wife Maria de la Rica Aranguren, 2014-2015

  7. Conversations on Canada for the Spanish ambassador, 2014 and 2015

  8. Climate Change: COP-21
    Information re the 2015 UN Conference on Climate Change and the resulting Paris climate change agreement. Included is the UN text of the agreement, Dec. 2015

  9. SCC (Supreme Court of Canada) Senate reference, 2014
    Decision 2014 SCC 32 of the SCC concerning the proposed reform of the Senate. The government of Prime Minister Harper had proposed changing the method of selecting Senators. The SCC said that under the 1982 constitution the way for changing institutions must involve the provinces

  10. Greece, 2015
    Articles regarding the financial crisis in Greece, 2015

  11. The Ukraine and Russia, 2014
    Articles on the matter including Prime Minister Harper’s reaction

Note: Folders 12-33 consist of documents related to the research and writing of Smith’s unpublished book Juan Carlos and the Democratic Monarchy in Spain (hereafter abbreviated at DMS)

  1. DMS Bella Pomer, Nov. 1991

  2. Juan Carlos in Toronto, Oct. 1991
    Op ed. Article submitted to the Toronto Star by Smith related to the honorary doctorate awarded to King Juan Carlos I of Spain by the University of Toronto

  3. Failed 1981 coup d’etat in Spain called 23-F
    Spanish newspaper clippings related to 23-F

  4. New York Times, 1969- (DMS)
    References to articles in the New York Times

  5. DMS Bella Pomer 1989-1990

  6. Articles on Juan Carlos, 1991

  7. Newspaper articles, 1990

  8. DMS revised 1989
    Manuscript of the text of Juan Carlos and the Democratic Monarchy, revised 15 Feb. 1989

  9. DMS current history notes

  10. DMS: Appendices

  11. DMS: Introduction

  12. DMS: [Chapter] 1: The monarchy in exile

  13. DMS: [Chapter] 2: Kingdom without a King

  14. DMS: [Chapter] 3: Prince of Spain

  15. DMS [Chapter] 3: Prince of Spain (no. 2)

  16. DMS [Chapter] 4: Dictatorship without a dictator
    Note: file folder is empty

  17. DMS [Chapter] 5: The triumph of Juan Carlos
    Note: file folder is empty

  18. DMS: Draft MSS copy 1

  19. The Spanish transition: bibliography

  20. The Spanish transition: correspondence
    Note: file folder is empty

  21. The Spanish transition: notes

  22. The Spanish transition: articles (clippings)

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