Fonds 98-011 - Professor Joseph Wearing fonds

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Professor Joseph Wearing fonds

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  • 1966-1978 (Creation)
    Joseph Wearing (Professor)

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45 cm of textual materials

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Joseph Wearing is Professor Emeritus at Trent University, having been a member of the Department of Political Studies for three decades and, for a time, serving as Chair of the Department. He is a graduate of the universities of Western Ontario, Toronto and Oxford (D.Phil.) and is the author of books and articles on Canadian political parties. His books include The L-Shaped Party: The Liberal Party of Canada, 1958-1980; Strained Relations: Canadian Parties and Voters; and The Ballot and its Message: Voting in Canada (edited collection of articles on Canadian voting behaviour). He also wrote a book about his father, Lumberjack in the Court House: The Remarkable Career of Judge Joseph Wearing and helped to produce “:30 Second Democracy: A Documentary on Political Television Advertising.” A more recent research interest is the role of party discipline in the Canadian House of Commons. Apart from his academic activities, Professor Wearing has also contributed to the musical life of Trent University and the City of Peterborough. He was the musical director of six Gilbert & Sullivan productions between 1969 and 1975 and performed in a seventh production. He conducted the Coventry Singers of Peterborough, 1967-1975, and was chair of Town & Gown Concerts that presented concerts by local performers as well as by prominent Canadian musicians including Lois Marshall, soprano, and Anton Kuerti, piano. He was also on the Board of Directors of the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra and held the position of president. As a pianist and member of the Master Class Players, Wearing performs regularly at community events in Toronto.

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This fonds was created by and in the custody of Professor Joseph Wearing before it was donated to Trent University Archives.

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This fonds consists of materials relating to Gilbert and Sullivan productions, the Coventry Singers of Peterborough, and the Town and Gown concerts of Peterborough. Also included are materials related to the Progressive Conservatives, the New Democratic Party, the 1975 election, and Peterborough voting patterns.

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This fonds was donated by Professor Joseph Wearing.


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Box 1


1: General correspondence, 1967-1977

2: Town and Gown Concerts: correspondence, etc., 1969-1976

3: Town and Gown Concerts: programmes, newspaper clippings

3: Theatre Trent: Patience production, 1969

4: Theatre Trent: The Mikado production, 1969-1970

5: Theatre Trent: Ruddigore production, 1970

6: Theatre Trent: Yeomen of the Guard production, 1971

7: Theatre Trent: Iolante production, 1973

8: Theatre Trent: The Gondoliers production, 1975

9: Theatre Trent: H.M.S. Pinafore production, 1976

10: The Coventry Singers of Peterborough: miscellaneous documents, correspondence and programmes, 1968-1974

11: Publicity re: Town and Gown concerts and The Coventry Singers of Peterborough, 1968-1976

12: Artistic: correspondence and documents re concerts, etc., 1969-1972

13: Same as above, 1972-1973

14: Same as above, 1973-1974

15: Same as above, 1975-1976

16: Miscellaneous notes re election, 1975

17: Miscellaneous correspondence re election, 1975

18: P.C. Priorities of Canada Conference: miscellaneous documents, October 1969

19: Progressive Conservative Association: miscellaneous documents, 1971

20: Peterborough's voting patterns: related documents and maps

Loose in the box: 3 notebooks

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1: NDP: Federal Convention, miscellaneous documents, 1967

2: NDP: miscellaneous documents, including newspaper clippings, correspondence

3: NDP: Federal Biennial Convention, October 1969

4: NDP: newspaper clippings, 1969

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