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Earle Toppings fonds
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1877, 1946-2022 (Creation)
- Toppings, Earle
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96 cm of textual records
1 audio cassette
1 video cassette
8 compact discs
1 flexi disc
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Name of creator
Earle Toppings was an editor at The Ryerson Press, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and CBC Radio Drama. He was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, in 1931, and grew up near Kipling. After attending high school in Kipling, Vancouver, and Surrey, B.C., he attained a B.A. at the University of British Columbia, and then graduated from the Academy of Radio Arts in Toronto. Beyond his editing career he also worked as a newscaster, producer and program director at CBC and other radio stations, and taught in Radio and Television Arts at Ryerson University, where he produced Canada's first course for university credit by radio, broadcast by Ryerson's Open College in 1976. Before becoming an Art advisor (Toppings Art), he was producer and interviewer for Canadian Writers on Tape and Canadian Poets on Tape. A volunteer at the Art Gallery of Ontario and other institutions, he and his wife Iris reside in Toronto.
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Fonds contains records related to Earle Toppings' professional career as an editor, producer, news caster and educator, as well as records related to his personal life. It includes correspondence, typescripts, radio scripts, proofs, transcripts of interviews, offprints, programs, notebooks, notes and audiovisual material.
Fonds is comprised of the following series:
Series 1: Typescripts, radio scripts and drafts
Series 2: Correspondence
Series 3: Records relating to "Canadian Writers on Tape", "Canadian Poets on Tape" and "Nightfall"
Series 4: Personal records
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Acquired from Earle Toppings, 2008, 2009, 2015, 2016, 2019 and 2023.
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Literary Titans Revisited: The Earle Toppings Interviews with CanLit Poets and Writers of the Sixties (PR9189.6 .T66 2017), edited by Anne Urbancic, is available in the Victoria University Library.
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Revised: MO March 14, 2016
Revised: BC July 30, 2019
Revised: BC June 19, 2023