Fonds F0402 - John Tupper Saywell fonds

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John Tupper Saywell fonds

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  • 1812-2011, predominant 1961-1991 (Creation)
    John Tupper Saywell

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1.38 m of textual records
24 audio tape cassettes (ca. 30 hours)
3.24 m of photographs : b&w ; 20 x 25 cm or smaller
1.4 m of graphic material

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John Tupper Saywell (1929- ), author and educator, was educated in Canada and the United States receiving the PhD from Harvard University. He taught at the University of Toronto, 1954-1962, before accepting a post as professor of history and dean of the Faculty of Arts at York University in 1963. He currently serves as University Professor, professor of environmental studies and chairman of the graduate programme in history. Saywell served as editor of the 'Canadian historical review,'(1957-1963) and as editor of the 'Canadian annual review,' (1960-1979). He is the author of several books and articles including, 'The office of the Lieutenant Governor,' (1986), 'Making the law,' (1991) and 'Just call me Mitch,' (1991).

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The fonds documents John Tupper Saywell' university career as well as his research activities in the field of the Canadian political history. The fonds consists of his professorial files, 1969-1979; sound recordings and transcripts, 1935-1961; his photograph collection; research files, [198-]; and political cartoons, [183-]-1993.

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Donated by Saywell's widow, Suzanne Firth, in 2014.


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The fonds comprises the following accessions:
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2018/03/29 KCP. Published.
2019/02/11 KCP. Added 2014-007 file list. Updated fonds level extent and dates.
2020/03/28 KCP. Added access point(s).

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