Fonds 89-009 - Denis Smith fonds. 1989 additions

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Denis Smith fonds. 1989 additions

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    • 1963-1976 (Creation)
      Smith, Denis

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    61 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.

    Custodial history

    This fonds was created by Denis Smith and in the custody of the Journal of Canadian Studies and in 1988 it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

    Scope and content

    This addition to Professor Denis Smith's fonds consists of records forwarded to the Archives via the office of the Journal of Canadian Studies in 1988 which were apparently generated by Professor Denis Smith. Most files relate to Trent University, its founding and architectural history, and areas of interest to Professor Smith such as the Committee For An Independent Canada and the Canadian Forum.

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    This fonds was donated by Denis Smith via the Journal for Canadian Studies.


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        For related records see: 80-024, 82-015 and 95-007.


        This fonds along with 92-012, 01-002, 02-012, 04-019, 12-008, 14-010, and 18-007 is an addition to 86-001.

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        1: University of Toronto Alumni

        2: Canadian Studies Program

        3: Toronto City Hall

        4: Other Departments

        5: Canadian Political Science Assoc. 1974

        6: Canadian Political Science Assoc. 1975

        7: Canadian Political Science Assoc. 1976

        8: Colin Wright

        9: Amnesty International

        10: Canadian Forum

        11: Canadian Publishing

        12: Committee For An Independent Canada

        13: Committee on Television

        14: Cultural Policy

        15: Devonshire House

        16: High Schools

        17: Mel Hurtig

        18: Information Canada

        19: Department of National Revenue

        20: Royal Commonwealth Society

        21: Committee on University Affairs

        22: University Club of Toronto

        23: D. S. Rickerd

        24: Peter Dale Scott

        25: Sidney Smith, Postmaster General

        26: H. G. Thorburn

        27: P.-E. Trudeau

        28: Dalton Camp

        29: MME Solange Chaput-Rolland

        30: Company of Young Canadians

        31: Constitution of Canada

        32: R.G.L. Fairweather, M.P.

        33: Eugene Forsey

        34: College V Committee

        35: P.C. Policy Advisory Committee

        36: Champlain College

        37: Trent University, President

        38: Trent University, General

        39: Peter C. Newman

        40: Trent University Radio Service

        41: Safety Committee

        Committee on Salaries and Promotions

        42: Scholarships, Prizes, Awards

        43: Committee of the Sciences

        44: Secretarial and Administrative Arrangements

        45: Committee on the Selection of a President

        46: Senate Executive Committee

        47: Special Appeals Committee

        48: Striking Committee

        49: Serpent Mounds

        50: B. Napier Simpson

        51: Small School Talent Search, Univ. of Chicago

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        1: Special Lectures

        2: Stratford

        3: Student Activities

        4: Student Discipline

        5: Student Dress

        6: Graduating Class, 1967

        7: Graduating Class, 1968

        8: Student Housing

        9: Student Mental Health

        10: Student Publications

        11: Student Union

        12: Symbols and Ceremonials: plaque re founding of Trent; press releases re opening of Lady Eaton (1969) and Chemistry Building (1969); opening of University bridge (1968); cornerstone of Lady Eaton College (1968); cornerstones on University Court.

        13: Convocation, June 1967; speech introducing Bora Laskin; installation of Frost as Chancellor; other honorary degrees: Coldwell, Colville, Ed Mirvish, Chas. Ashley.

        14: Master Plan Text

        15: Master Plan

        16: Master Plan Review

        17: Site Development: Master Plan Review

        18: Site Development: General

        19: Site Development: College V

        20: Site Development: Lady Eaton College

        21: Site Development: Summary of Construction Reports

        22: Site Development: Library

        23: Site Development: Master Plan Book

        24: Site Development: Planning of New Colleges

        25: Site Development: Science Building

        26: Site Development: Site Services

        27: Ad Hoc Committee on Building Priorities

        28: Master Planning Architect: R. Thom, South Central School, choice of Thom in 1963 as Master Planning Architect, letters from Thom outlining his philosophy, tentative building schedule, Brief to the Master Planning Architect, newspaper clipping re Thom, biographical sketch of Thom, historical sketch of his firm, Thompson, Berwick & Pratt.

        29: Master Plan: Publications; brief history of Trent University to1964, sketches by architect (unfinished), graph of proposed building schedule for Trent.

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