Fonds 95-007 - Canadian Forum fonds. 1995 additions

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Canadian Forum fonds. 1995 additions

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  • 1976-1988 (Creation)
    Canadian Forum

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80 cm of textual records

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Founded in 1920 by a group of University of Toronto faculty members, Canadian Forum first began publication in October of that year. With particular emphasis on Canadian art and poetry, Canadian Forum provides a medium for public opinion on art, literature, politics, theology and science.

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This fonds was created by the Canadian Forum and purchased by the Trent University Archives.

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This addition to the fonds consists of editorial correspondence, committee records, financial and administrative records of the Canadian Forum magazine.

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This fonds was purchased from the Canadian Forum.


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For related records see Denis Smith fonds (86-001 and 89-009).


This fonds, along with 89-005, is an addition to 82-015.

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Table of Contents

Series A: Editorial correspondence, 1976, 1979-1988 Boxes 1-3

Series B: Editorial board, 1977-1979 Box 4 Folders 1-7

Series C: Committees, 1976-1978 Box 4 Folders 8-15

Series D: Survival Foundation / Fundraising / Grants, 1977-1987 Box 4 Folders 16-30

Series E: Subscriptions, ie. correspondence with subscribers, survey among subscribers, subscription rates, etc., 1976-1987 Box 4 Folders 31-34

Series F: Production, Publishing, & Promotion, 1981-1988 Box 4 Folders 35-41

SERIES A: Editorial correspondence

(Note: Besides correspondence, many of the Editorial Correspondence folders also contain manuscripts of short stories, plays, etc., and occasionally correspondence from a month or two before the date indicated on the folder. Also included in some folders are copyright release forms for articles published. Original folder headings and contents have been maintained.)

Box 1


1: Editorial correspondence, January 1979 (also contains 2 pieces of 1976 correspondence)

2: Editorial correspondence, February 1979

3: Editorial correspondence, March 1979

4: Editorial correspondence, April 1979

5: Letters April - May 1979

6: Editorial correspondence, August 1979

7: Editorial correspondence, September 1979

8: Editorial correspondence, October 1979

9: Editorial correspondence, November 1979 - March 1980

10: Editorial correspondence, January - June 1980

11: Editorial correspondence, March - October 1980

12: Editorial correspondence, July 1980

13: Editorial correspondence, October 1980

14: Editorial correspondence, November 1980

15: Editorial correspondence, December 1980 (includes small green pocket diary)

16: Editorial correspondence, January 1981

17: Editorial correspondence, February - March 1981

18: Editorial correspondence, March 1981

19: Editorial correspondence, April 1981

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1: Editorial correspondence, May 1981

2: Editorial correspondence, June 1981

3: Editorial correspondence, July 1981

4: Editorial correspondence, August 1981

5: Editorial correspondence, September 1981

6: Editorial correspondence, November 1981 (includes one unidentified photograph of rider wearing armour on horse near waterfalls)

7: Editorial correspondence, 1982

8: Editorial correspondence, 1983

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1: Editorial correspondence, 1984

2: Editorial correspondence, 1985-1986

3: Editorial correspondence, June 1986 - August 1987

4: Editorial correspondence, January - June 1987

5: Editorial correspondence, July 1987 - early 1988

SERIES B: Editorial Board

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1: General information, ie. editorial board members lists, etc.

2: Financial statements, correspondence, etc., 1977

3: Financial statements, correspondence regarding Survival Foundation, etc., 1978

4: Correspondence, etc., 1979

5: Don Coles correspondence, 1979

6: Copy editing - notes on editing rules and procedures

7: Orange notebook with entries for articles submitted to Canadian Forum, and status given, ie. accepted, rejected

SERIES C: Committees

8: Committee on Structure and Membership of Editorial Board - draft report, 1978, copy of Politics Today article entitled "Small can be beautiful" by Carey McWilliams

9: Finance Committee - correspondence and financial statements regarding the Survival Foundation, staff salaries and benefits, etc., 1977

(NOTE: Denis Smith, Canadian Forum editor, was a Member of the Steering Committee, The Committee for a New Constitution)

10: Committee for a New Constitution (CNC) - meetings, organization, general business, 1977-1978

11: CNC - CNC Proposal - final drafts and circulation

12: CNC - CNC Proposal published in the Canadian Forum, and critiques, 1976 - 1977

13: CNC - Trent University meeting for the signators of the Proposal, 1977 - correspondence, meeting invitations and replies, notes, etc. - Hart House, University of Toronto meeting for the supporters of the Proposal, 1977 - correspondence, meeting invitations and replies, notes, etc.

14: CNC - miscellaneous notes and drafts

15: CNC - Task Force on Canadian Unity (co- chaired by Jean-Luc Pepin and John Robarts) - correspondence, notes, meeting itinerary, etc. regarding the CNC's presentation to the Task Force on Canadian Unity, 1978

SERIES D: Survival Foundation / Fundraising / Grants

16: Cash flow projections, correspondence regarding Survival Foundation, request for special capital support from the Canada Council, budgets, 1977

17: Survival Foundation, 1977 - correspondence, minutes of editorial board, memorandum, shareholders' register

18: Survival Foundation, 1977-1979 - indenture and correspondence with Trent University regarding chattel mortgage agreement, correspondence, financial statements, notes, etc.

19: Canadian Labour Congress et al v. Survival Foundation et al legal file (re Desmond Morton article published in Canadian Forum entitled "Labour's New Political Direction: Is the CLC Series?") - correspondence, legal documents, notes, etc., 1977-1979

20: Survival Foundation - list of board members, no date; correspondence and auditor's report, etc., 1985; report to the Board of the Survival Foundation, 1987

21: Grant applications submitted by Canadian Forum to The Canada Council and to the Ontario Arts Council, and related correspondence, etc., 1982-1984; grant proposals, no date

22: Individual Donors - correspondence from Canadian Forum to individuals requesting financial support, donor mailing lists (paper copies and one diskette), 1985

23: Foundation Correspondence - correspondence between the Survival Foundation and corporations regarding donations, 1985

24: Fundraising Package 1986: Foundations & Corporations - correspondence, editorial board list of names and addresses, Survival Foundation members of the board list of names and addresses, financial statements of the Survival Foundation

25: Fundraising Package 1986: Foundations & Corporations - mailing lists

26: Individual Responses: Fundraising 1986 - correspondence

27: Donations - accounting records, ie. - Individual Donations 1986 - Fundraising Deposits into Survival Account, February 1984 - December 1985 - Foundations 1987 - Cabaret 1987 - Donations 1987 Campaign

28: Fundraising - miscellaneous brochures and correspondence relating to fundraising ideas, lists of Foundations, etc. [1987]

29: Foundation Responses 1987 - correspondence between Canadian Forum and various Foundations regarding donations

30: Individual Fundraising 1987 - "Friends of the Forum" list of donors, correspondence to potential donors, etc.

SERIES E: Subscriptions

(i.e. correspondence with subscribers, survey among subscribers, subscriptions rates, etc.)

31: "A Survey Among Subscribers to Canadian Forum, June 1976 - survey conducted by Gordon Lusty Survey Research Ltd., Don Mills, Ontario

32: Subscriptions rates - 1982-1985

33: Subscriptions - complaints and correspondence, 1984-1987

34: Air Canada, 1977 - correspondence regarding decision to drop Canadian Forum from Air Canada flights

SERIES F: Production, Publishing, and Promotion

35: Canadian Forum logo

36: "New design mock-ups"

37: Promotion endorsement - correspondence from readers regarding quotes from their letters to be used in promotional brochures, etc., 1984-1986

38: Index of ads, Dec./Jan. 1981-82 - March 1983 - red binder of published Canadian Forum magazine covers and advertisements

39: Production schedule, 1988; rate schedule, March 1983

40: Sales reports, 1988

41: Business manager's report, 1985

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