Fonds 86-001 - Denis Smith fonds

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Denis Smith fonds

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  • 1963-1981 (Creation)
    Smith, Denis

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90 cm of textual records

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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.

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This fonds was created by and in the custody of Professor Denis Smith until it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and content

This fonds consists of correspondence with Board of Governors of Trent University and other Trent records. It also contains research records for book a by Professor Denis Smith: Bleeding Hearts, Bleeding Country and records relating to his editorialship of "Canadian Forum".

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This fonds was donated by Professor Denis Smith.


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Associated material located at Library and Archives Canada and York University Archives in Toronto.
For related records see: 80-024, 82-015 and 95-007.


Additions to this fonds include: 89-009, 92-012, 01-002, 02-012, 04-019, 12-008, 14-010, and 18-007.

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Box 1

Bleeding Hearts, Bleeding Country


1: Forward-Chapter 1: A Human Life

2: Chapter 2: A State of Confusion

3: Chapter 3: The Vicious Game

4: Chapter 4: Have These Gentlemen Ever Seen a Revolution

5: Chapter 4: continued

6: Chapter 5: Public Order and Civil Liberty

7: Chapter 6: The Federalist Dagmar

8: Chapter 7: Quebec Alternatives

9: Chapter 8: Quebec and Canada

10: Manuscript Mastercopy Chapter 1-7

11: Duplicate Manuscript

12: Manuscript publishers final copies

13: Index

14: Correspondence contract, cover re: publication

15: Correspondence on the Quebec Crisis

16: Periodical articles on the Quebec Crisis 1970 and T V interviews

17: Same

18: Permissions for quotes, pictures and cartoons

Also in Box 1: a copy of Bleeding Hearts, Bleeding Country

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Trent University


1: Board of Governors 1963-1966

2: Same 1967-1970

3: Board of Governors: Chair

4: Board of Governors: Committee and Foundations

5: Board of Governors: Finance Committee, 1965

6 Board of Governors: Finance Committee, 1966 Jan-July

7: Board of Governors: Finance Committee, 1966 Aug-Dec

8: Board of Governors: Finance Committee, 1967-1968

9: Board of Governors: Property Committee

10: Budget Review Committee

11: Dean of Science: Current

12: Dyde H A

13: Edmison J. Alex

14: Faculty Association ATS 1979

15: Same 1980

16: Foundation Drafts

17: Investments

18: Possible Board

19: Psychology

20: Staff applications: psychology

21: Staff : sociology

22: sociology

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1: Canadian Forum correspondence 1964-1965

2: Canadian Forum correspondence 1966

3: Certification

4: Committee for an Independent Canada 1974

5: Same

6: Same 1975

Also in Box 3: 2 films: Bedford Road Film #1; Bedford Road Film #2

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1: Destine Canada York University June 26-29 1977

2: The Laurentian Project. The Impact of a Major Industry on a Community ed. A. Thorn

3: "Politics and Political Science in Canada" Conference: York University May 9 1981

4: H C Sebate Committee on the Constitution

5: The West & Confederation Atkinson College Feb 27-28 1981

6: Miscellaneous

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