Fonds F0353 - Edgar Wardwell McInnis fonds

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Edgar Wardwell McInnis fonds

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5.1 m of textual records
276 photographs : b&w, 5 col.
38 maps : b&w and col.
5 illustrations : b&w
5 audio reels

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Edgar Wardwell McInnis was an educator, author and university administrator, who was born in Charlottetown, P. E. I. on July 26, 1899. McInnis took his first degree (B. A. 1923) at the University of Toronto, after serving in the Canadian Heavy Artillery in the First World War. He was a Rhodes Scholar and he received further degrees in History from Oxford University (B.A. 1926, M.A. 1930), where he won the Newdigate Prize for English Verse. McInnis taught at Oberlin College, Ohio and the University of Toronto (1928-1952), and served as the President of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs (1952-1960) prior to his appointment as the first faculty member and History professor of York University in 1960. McInnis taught History at York until his retirement in 1968, (Emeritus Professor of History, 1969-1973). He also served York as a University Orator, as Chair of the History Department, 1962-1968 and as Dean of Graduate Studies at the University, 1963-1965. He remained at Glendon College following the opening of the Keele Street campus in 1965. McInnis was a prolific writer. Notably, he twice won the Governor-General's Award for Non-Fiction, first in 1943 for "The Unguarded Frontier: a History of American-Canadian relations" and second in 1945 for "The war: the fourth year". His "Canada: a Political and Social History" went through three editions in his lifetime and was a standard text for a generation of Canadian History students. In addition to numerous works on History and International Relations, McInnis published works of poetry, including "On the road to Arras," (1924) and "Eleven poems," which appeared in the anthology "Modern Canadian Poetry" (1930). Many of his works were written for a wider audience than the academic community, which reflected his activities outside of the university. In 1952 McInnis was a member of the Canadian delegation to the United Nation's Seventh General Assembly. McInnis died on September 28, 1973 in Toronto, Ontario.

Custodial history

Most of the material in the fonds was in the custody of David C. McInnis of Hamilton, Ontario, Edgar's brother and executor of his estate between 1973-1979. One letter was in the custody of the Rare Book Room, Scott Library, until October 1980.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of McInnis' publication files, including scholarly articles and correspondence, drafts, research notes, photographs, and other material for "The Long Cold Peace: Treaty Making after World War II", "The East", "Canada: A Political and Social History", "North American Nations", and other works. Fonds also includes professorial files documenting his teaching at the University of Toronto and York University; Canadian Institute of International Affairs files; research files; and other material reflecting his varied interests in history, current events and world politics.

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Most of the material in the fonds was donated by David C. McInnis of Hamilton, Ontario, Edgar's brother and executor of his estate between 1973-1979. One letter was transferred to the Archives from the Rare Book Room, Scott Library, in October of 1980.


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  • English

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  • Latin

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Sound recordings and some photographs have been digitized and are available at: .
See file level descriptions for details.

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No restrictions on access.

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Photographs and maps may be copied for reference purposes only. Use of photographs and maps in publications requires written permission of copyright holders.

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See Glendon College fonds (F0005) for related material.

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The fonds comprises the following accession: 1973-004. Further accruals may be expected.

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2002/04/05 Jizi Chen:. (Creation)
2002/04/05 Awaiting review by the Data Collection Archivist
2003/04/30 Shannon MacDonald. Added URL for online finding aid. Updated wording in accruals, access restrictions, finding aids, related material.
2003/05/14 Ken Hernden. Updated extent, biographical sketch, scope and content, custodial history, immediate source of acquisition, and Terms governing use and reproduction/publication. Updated provenance and subject access points.
2003/05/20 Ken Hernden. Updated extent.
2016-07-21. Anna St.Onge. Did quick review of file list for major errors/typos and published. Linked digitized photographs and sound recordings preserved in YUDL at file level.
20020/03/26 KCP, N. Somerset. Added subject access points.

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  • English


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