Fonds 91-002 - Keith Walden fonds

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Keith Walden fonds

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  • 1966-1990 (Creation)
    Keith Walden

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30 cm of textual records

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Professor Keith Walden was born in Montreal, Quebec. From 1966 to 1970 he was an undergraduate student at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. He also received his Master's degree (1971) and Doctorate degree (1981) from Queen's University. Professor Walden joined the History Department of Trent University in 1977. His major historical research interest has been in the area of popular culture, particularly myth and symbolism. Professor Walden served for several years, until August 1990, as an editor of the journal Ontario History, and has published several articles and books. His books include Isaac Brock, man and myth: a study of the militia myth of the War of 1812 in Upper Canada, 1812-1912, 1971; The symbol and myth of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in some British, American and English Canadian popular literature, 1873-1973, 1980; Visions of order, 1982; Becoming modern in Toronto: the Industrial Exhibition and the shaping of a late Victorian culture, 1997; and The papers of Harry Cassidy and Beatrice Pearce: the courtship years, 1917-1925, 2009.

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This fonds was created by and in the custody of Professor Walden before being donated to Trent University Archives.

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This fonds consists of materials relating to journal articles; research materials and correspondence relating to Ontario History.

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This fonds was donated by Professor Keith Walden.


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Permission of the University Archivist and Professor Keith Walden.

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Accrual added in 2014: 14-015.

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1: Trent University Department of History, curriculum committee, correspondence, surveys and reports, 1986-1989.

2: Research proposals, grant applications and research reports to the Trent University Committee on Research; sub- committee on University Aid to Research in the Arts; Trent University Graduate Program Committee in the Methodologies for the Study of Western History and Culture; and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Program of Aid to Small Universities, 1983-1989.

3: 18 January 1989 letter from Yan Lingbo, a student in the Foreign Language & Literature Department at Northeast Normal University, Changchun, Jilin Province, Peoples' Republic of China to Professor Walden. Copy of 16 February 1989 reply from Professor Walden to Lingbo.

4: Undated and unpublished 34-page handwritten manuscript by Professor Walden, dealing with symbolism and the Northwest Mounted Police

5: Correspondence leading up to and related to the 1990 resignations of editor Laurel Sefton MacDowell and assistant editor Keith Walden from Ontario History over ongoing budget and editorial independence disputes with the Ontario Historical Society, the publisher of the journal, December 1988-September 1990.

6: Correspondence to and from the Ontario Ministry of Culture and Communications, April to December 1988. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada funding documents and report on scholarly publishing. Summer 1986 Ontario Historical Society (OHS) questionnaire to members and survey results.

7: Manuscript, photographs and negatives for "Speaking Modern: Language, Culture and Hegemony in Grocery Window Displays, 1887-1920." Manuscript for Respectable Hooligans: Male Toronto College Students Celebrate Halloween, 1884-1910.

8: Readers' assessments and related correspondence for "We Have Mist the Haze: Initiations at the University of Toronto, 1880-1925" in Youth, University and Canadian Society, edited by John Reid and Paul Axelrod, McGill-Queen's University Press, 1989.

9: 24 June 1980 publishing agreement with Butterworth & Co. (Canada) Ltd., Scarborough, Ontario for book manuscript (Published in 1982 as Visions of Order: The Canadian Mounties in Symbol and Myth). Royalty statements, royalty cheque, correspondence, book reviews and promotional material, June 1980-February 1990.

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