Fonds F0101 - Harry Boyle fonds

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Harry Boyle fonds

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15.2 m of textual records
156 sound recordings
2 video cassettes
153 photographs
20 graphic materials
219 published items

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Harry J. Boyle, journalist, broadcaster and playwright, was born on 7 October 1915 in St. Augustine, Ontario. His education included high school in Wingham and St. Jerome's College in Kitchener, Ontario. He married Marion McCaffrey in 1937, with whom he had two children. Mr. Boyle had a long career in journalism, having contributed articles to the London Free Press and the Toronto Globe and Mail, and a weekly column for the Toronto Telegram, 1957-1968. He joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as Farm Commentator in 1942 and became Director of the National Farm Radio Forum, 1942-1946. Other radio credits include: "CBC Wednesday Night," "Assignment," and "Project" series. Mr. Boyle also served on the Canadian Radio and Television Commission (CRTC) as the vice-chairman, 1968-1976, and chairman, 1976-1977. He won awards for his contribution to broadcasting, and to Canadian television and radio in particular. Besides journalism, Boyle has written a number of radio plays, a stage play, three books of essays, and several novels. He has been a faculty member at the Banff School of Fine Arts and a member of the Ontario Arts Council, 1979-1982. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1978. Harry Boyle died in Toronto on 22 January 2005.

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Fonds consists of records created during Harry Boyle's career as a broadcaster, including: sound recordings of programmes, interviews, and speeches; transcripts of speeches (1968-1973) delivered while working for the CBC and the CRTC; personal and administrative files while chairman of the CRTC and during his tenure at the Banff School of Fine Arts. There are files related to the writing and publishing his books, and articles and stories published during his years as a journalist with the Toronto Telegram. Also included are items from Boyle's library about communications, broadcasting, and advertising. The records accessioned following his death in 2005 also include: files regarding Boyle's involvement with the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour and the Leacock memorial dinner; articles by or about Boyle; scripts for the CBC's Farm Department and articles on Canadian agriculture; manuscripts for "Memories of a Catholic boyhood" and "Dreams stronger than death; correspondence and subject files for the Boyle family, his career as a writer and broadcaster, the work of leading Canadian personalities; honours and awards; research and writing on a wide variety of topics; and internal memoranda from the CBC.

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No restrictions on access. Some material is located off-site and requests for access must be made in advance of your visit to the archives.

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A file list for accession 1995-008 is attached to this description.

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The fonds comprises the following accessions: 1995-008, 2005-020. No further accruals are expected.

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2002/04/03 Marie-Josee Levesque:. (Creation)
2002/04/03 Awaiting review by the Data Collection Archivist
2002/10/10 Shannon MacDonald. Update wording in biographical sketch, Scope and content and accruals notes.
2002/10/22 Shannon MacDonald. Update wording in biographical sketch and access restrictions.
2003/05/08 Shannon MacDonald. Added URL for online finding aid.
2009/02/26 Michael Moir. Updated fields to incorporate 2005-020, and updated access restrictions to take into account the removal of restrictions by Patricia Boyle by letter dated 19 Feb 2009.
2009/02/26 Michael Moir. Stuff I missed the last time.
2014/07/22 Migrated to AtoM.
2018/11/09 J. Grant. Post-migration metadata clean-up, added note about off-site storage of AV materials.
2020/10/27 KCP. Uploaded 1995-008 legacy description. Added offsite storage notes.

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