Fonds consists of the political and personal records of John Parmenter Robarts. Fonds includes correspondence, speeches and subject files created and collected by Robarts in his capacity as Minister of Education and Premier of Ontario. Fonds also contains materials from his Progressive Conservative leadership campaign in 1961.
In addition, the fonds contains Robarts' personal records such as correspondence with family members concerning his service in World War II, trips and family matters.
Also included are records created by Robarts' in his capacity as Chancellor for the University of Western Ontario and York University, and as a corporate director for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Bell Canada.
Fonds also includes 29 photo albums and 477 loose photographs. The photographs document Robarts' career as a Progressive Conservative politician, Minister of Education and Premier of Ontario. Photographers include Gilbert Milne and Yousef Karsh. Fonds also contains some personal Robarts family photographs.
In addition, there are 24 drawings and 1 engraved printed plate of various cartoons from Toronto, London, Windsor, and Winnipeg newspapers. Also included are: two charcoal sketches of Robarts, a 1950 Robarts election campaign poster, and 42 drawings by Robarts himself which he doodled while speaking on the telephone in the Premier's Office. Some of the latter drawings appear to relate to current government business matters; others not. One is a drawing of his Cabinet colleague, Al Lawrence.
Films include 8mm home movies, probably filmed by John Robarts, that show family events and fishing trips to Moosonee, Newfoundland and Labrador; and 8mm footage of the opening of a highway to Atikokan and Noden Causeway in the Rainy River District in 1965, as well as Robarts at an historical plaque unveiling in Niagara-on-the-Lake and military tattoo at Fort York. Films also include 16mm films of Premier's Christmas 1970 and New Year's 1971 messages; 1961 interview with John Robarts on his qualifications for the PC Party leadership; Robarts, Minister James Auld and others at Upper Canada Village on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway in 1969; and compilation reels of film footage depicting events and highlights of Robarts years in the Premier's Office.
Sound recordings include recordings of media interviews with Robarts (1970, 1976); recordings of reports of the House of Commons Special Committee on the Disabled and Handicapped (1981); and a recording of the 1973 funeral of Leslie Frost, Robarts' predecessor in the Premier's Office.
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Robarts, John P. (John Parmenter), 1917-1982