Fonds F0216 - Charles Templeton fonds

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Charles Templeton fonds

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CA ON00370 F0216

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  • 1973-1991 (Creation)

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2.4 m of textual records

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Charles Templeton (7 October 1915-), broadcaster, author and former evangelist, was born in Toronto and attended the Princeton Theological Seminary from 1948-1951. He received his D.D. from Lafayette College in 1953. From 1932 to 1936 he was a sports cartoonist with the Globe and Mail in Toronto. He was ordained at the Church of the Nazarene in 1938 and was appointed Minister, Avenue Road Church, Toronto where he remained from 1941 to 1948. From 1952-1954, Templeton was Secretary of Evangelism, National Council of the Churches of Christ, U.S.A.. He was also host of Look Up and Live for the CBS Network from 1952 to 1955 and Director of Evangelism, Presbyterian Church, U.S.A. from 1955-1957. Templeton was a moderator, director and/or performer on many CBC and CTV-TV programs between 1957 and 1972 and was Executive Managing Editor of the Toronto Star from 1959 to 1964, a position he resigned from in order to contest the Liberal Party Leadership in Ontario. He was defeated but remained as Vice-President of the Party for the 1964-1965 year. He was President of Technamation Canada Ltd. in 1966, Director of News and Public Affairs for CTV from 1967-1969 and co-hosted Dialogue with Pierre Berton on CFRB radio from 1964-1966 and CKEY from 1966-1983. He is the recipient of several ACTRA awards for his career as a journalist and has had numerous plays performed on the CBC, the BBC and the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation. He is also the author of over ten books. He received the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal in 1992.

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The fonds consists of notes, drafts and research material pertaining to several of Charles Templeton's books. The material has been arranged chronologically by year of publication of the respective work.

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The fonds comprises the following accession: 2000-078. Further accruals are expected.

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