Fonds F0356 - H. Roy Merrens fonds

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H. Roy Merrens fonds

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3.75 m of textual records
457 maps
44 photographs
30 slides
1 postcard

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H. Roy Merrens (1931- ) is a Professor of Geography at York University, where he has taught since 1968. He was educated at University College, London (BA (Hons.) 1954), University of Maryland (M.A.1957), and University of Wisconsin (Ph.D.1962). Merrens is the author of a number of articles and books, including Regions of the United States (1974) and Urban Waterfront Redevelopment in North America (1980). He served as a member of the Toronto Harbour Commission from 1973-1978 and was Chairman for one year. In addition, he is a founding member of both Forward 9, a citizen's association in Ward 9 and Citizens for a Better Waterfront and has been Chairman of the Waterfront Task Force. As a concerned citizen, he has a special interest in the use and development of Toronto's waterfront and as a geographer has directed students in field studies and tutorials on waterfront land use. As a member of Forward 9, he led a research team that produced and distributed copies of novel maps entitled People's Guide to the Toronto Waterfront and People's Guide to Ward 9. He is also involved in numerous waterfront issues and has distinguished himself in the role of watchdog and spokesperson on matters affecting the waterfront. In recognition of his achievements, Merrens was awarded a Medal of Service from the City of Toronto in 1980.

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The fonds consists of records accumulated by Roy Merrens as a result of his activities as a geographer, professor, and member of various associations, authorities, and boards. The records have been physically arranged by the creator by subject; the original order has been maintained. They include maps, correspondence, minutes and agenda of meetings, mailing lists, reports, drafts, notes, press releases, proposals, copies of legislation, affidavits, telegrams, statistical data tables, newspaper clippings, journal articles, photographs, slides and a postcard. Also included is a file containing articles and reports about the geography, landscape and architecture of York University.

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The records are a gift of Roy Merrens.


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A PDF finding aid is attached to this description (link below).

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The fonds comprises the following accessions: 1981-001, 1981-002, 1981-003, 2000-074. Further accruals are expected.

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2002/04/05 Jizi Chen:. Word Perfect (Creation)
2003/04/30 Shannon MacDonald. Added URL for online finding aid. Updated wording in accruals, access restrictions.
2003/12/10 Ken Hernden. Updated provenance access point.
2014/07/22 Migrated to AtoM.
2018/03/23 KCP: Added GMD.
2020/03/28 KCP. Added access point(s).
2023/02/22 J. Grant. Uploaded PDF finding aid.

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