Fonds F0411 - Denis Smith fonds

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Denis Smith fonds

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CA ON00370 F0411

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  • 1976 (Creation)

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0.03 m of textual records 1 audio tape reel (60 min.) : polyester ; 9.5 cm/sec, mono.

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Denis Smith (1932- ), educator and editor, was born in Edmonton, Alberta and educated at McGill and Oxford, receiving the degree of M. Litt. from the latter in 1959. After a brief time teaching at the University of Toronto, Smith was engaged first as registrar and then professor of political science at York University, 1960-1963. In 1964 he joined the faculty of Trent University as associate professor of political science and as Vice President. In 1982 he moved to the University of Western Ontario where he served as dean of social science. Smith was an editor of the 'Journal of Canadian studies,' (1966-1975) and of the 'Canadian forum,' (1975-1979). He was also president of the Canadian Periodical Publishers' Association (1975-1977). Smith is the author of several books including, 'Bleeding hearts, bleeding country.' (1971), and 'Gentle patriot,' (1973), the latter a biography of Walter Gordon.

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The fonds consists of a taped interview of Denis Smith by Paul Axelrod, a graduate student at York University, concerning the early history of the university, and the dispute between the then-president, Murray Ross and the faculty in 1963. It also includes a transcript of the interview.

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Access to this material is restricted during Smith's lifetime.

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See John R. Seeley fonds (F0405), and York University. Office of the President fonds (F0044) for related material.

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The fonds comprises the following accession: 1977-010. Further accruals may be expected.

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